The Devils’ Due
Barnes & Noble
In 2006, International Thriller Writers published Thriller: Stories To Keep You Up All Night. It is a collection of short stories by ITW authors. Steve's story from that book, The Devils' Due, is an alternative-history-with-a-twist that explores one of Cotton Malone’s early missions, from a time when Malone was still employed as a Magellan Billet agent. Malone is sent on a mission to a small, central Asian country run by an enigmatic dictator, Yossef Sharma, whose alliance with the United States must be kept under wraps. It’s not a mission Malone enjoys, since Sharma has a penchant for burning books. Things get even more interesting when Sharma connects Malone with (at the time) the world’s most infamous criminal, a man who wants to surrender. Things are not always what they seem, and Malone will need Sharma’s help if he plans to set things right and give the devil his due.