“A Deal with the Devil is one of those can’t-believe-it, can’t-put-down books. Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken draw you in from the first page and, before you know it, you’ve sunk deep into the heart of a labyrinthine investigation that raises bigger questions about greed, manipulation and the desperate hunger to believe.”
– Megan Abbott, Edgar-winning author of Give Me Your Hand and You Will Know Me
"An engaging, quick-paced read, loaded with twists, turns, conspiracies, and secrets galore."
– Tulsa Book Review
"A Deal with the Devil shows the power of investigative journalism."
– Shelf Awareness
"An entertaining exposé of an epic episode from the chronicles of consumer fraud."
– Publishers Weekly
“This page-turner is the product of a remarkable, in depth pursuit of a fraud perpetrated on the weakest among us. The victims aren’t anyone you’d know...or are they? On behalf of society’ most vulnerable and voiceless, Ellis and Hicken travel to dusty towns and dig deep into obscure records to find the perpetrators of a silent but devastating crime. In the telling of their story, they weave a cautionary tale that reads like a novel.”
– Ali Velshi, NBC business correspondent and anchor
“A Deal with the Devil, by the investigative duo Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken, is a personal how-to guide for investigative journalists, a twisted tale of a scam of huge proportions and a really good read. You won't want to put it down.”
– Bethany McLean, Vanity Fair contributor and author of The Smartest Guys in the Room
“Journalists Ellis and Hicken out-sleuthed professional law enforcement in unraveling the mystery of a $200 million global scam. What they have wrought would have made a gripping novel. The fact that every word is true is what makes this book downright shocking.”
– Adam L. Penenberg, Journalism Professor at NYU, author of Viral Loop
"A thrilling adventure."
– Library Journal