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About Saving Myles

When the FBI can’t help, an unassuming banker takes matters into his own hands to bring his son home

Wade, a respected banker in La Jolla, CA, and his estranged wife, Fiona, make the unbearable decision to send their teenage son, Myles, away to an expensive treatment center after a streak of harmful behavior. After a year of treatment, Myles comes home, seemingly rehabilitated. But soon, he sneaks off to Tijuana to buy drugs—and is kidnapped.

When the ransom call comes, Fiona is frantic and accepts help from Andre, the Quebecois whose charity Fiona runs. Wade is wary of Andre’s reputation and the bank he owns, but seeing no other way to secure a kidnap negotiator or the ransom, he swallows his doubts to get his son home.

In order to get the ransom money, Wade makes a deal with Andre—he’ll work for Andre’s bank in exchange for the cash. But as Wade races to rescue Myles before his kidnappers lose their patience, he realizes he’s wrapped up in more crime than just a kidnapping—he’s now indebted to a cartel.

Perfect for fans of Harlan Coben and Lisa Scottoline


“From the opening of his tour-de-force thriller Saving Myles, Carl Vonderau had me hooked. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. But Saving Myles isn’t just a tightly woven and utterly compelling thriller. It’s also a profound exploration of the sacrifices we’re willing to make to protect the people we love. Vonderau is an author whose storytelling ability promises a great future. I, for one, look forward eagerly to whatever he’ll offer readers next.” —William Kent Krueger, New York Times best-selling author

 “How far would you go to save your child from harm? Wade Bosworth is about to learn that what’s being asked of him is too far. Take a breath and hang on.” —Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author

Saving Myles is chilling, immersive, and utterly heartbreaking. This propulsive international thriller about sacrifice and family loyalty—with compelling characters forced to make impossible choices amid intense danger and breathtaking duress—will have you racing to the gasp-worthy ending.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today best-selling author

Saving Myles takes readers on a tense journey into the heart of a family pushed to the limit, then beyond, to rescue their teenage son. Carl Vonderau has given us an intense and suspenseful story of love, loyalty, and danger.” —Meg Gardiner, New York Times best-selling author

 “[Saving Myles] tells a twisty, expertly plotted, and character-driven tale of kidnapping, cartels, and family upheaval.” —Matt Coyle, author of the Shamus, Anthony, and Lefty Award-winning Rick Cahill Crime Series

“Vonderau deftly paints the portrait of a family in duress in this exhilarating thriller, which stands out both for its heavy plotting and witty dialogue.” —The Big Thrill

Saving Myles is a stunning thriller that will attract a wide spectrum of readers.” —Bookreporter

“Original, deftly crafted, and a simply riveting read from first page to last, Saving Myles by Carl Vonderau is crime thriller fiction at its very best.” —Midwest Book Review