I love nothing better than surprising the readers of my short stories with a big twist in the end. They think the story is going in one direction and, bang, it ends up some place else. This is true of A Dish Served Cold, a crime short story set in Arizona. If any readers can guess the ending, I'd love to hear from them (through my website)!
From Publishers Weekly
It's said that great minds think alike; apparently great thriller writers do too. Here's the second outstanding novel in as many months to see a busload of schoolchildren kidnapped by maniacs. The first was Mary Willis Walker's Under the Beetle's Cellar (Forecasts, June 12); Deaver's is equally gripping, with the added twist that these kids are deaf. In rural Kansas, an act of kindness launches a nightmare when Mrs. Harstrawn, along with hearing-impaired apprentice teacher Melanie Charrol, stops her busload of deaf schoolgirls at a car wreck, only to be taken hostage by Lou Handy and two other stone-cold killers who've just escaped from prison. Pursued by a state trooper, the captors race with their prey to an abandoned slaughterhouse. There, Arthur Potter, the FBI's foremost hostage negotiator, sets up a command post?but the nightmare intensifies when Handy releases one girl, then shoots her in the back just as she reaches the agent. After further brutalities, Melanie decides to rescue her students herself, tricking the killers with sign language games to convey her plan to her charges. Meanwhile, pressure mounts on Potter as the media get pushy, the local FBI stonewalls, Kansas State hostage rescue units try an end run to grab the glory and an assistant attorney general butts in. Deaver (Praying for Sleep) brilliantly conveys the tensions and deceit of hostage negotiations; he also proves a champion of the deaf, offering poetic insight into their world. Throughout, heartbreakingly real characters keep the wildly swerving plot from going off-track, even during the multiple-whammy twists that bring the novel, Deaver's best to date, to its spectacular finish. 200,000 first printing; $200,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild featured alternate; film rights to Interscope Communications; simultaneous Penguin Audiobook; author tour.
From Library Journal
A bus carrying eight deaf children and their teachers stops in the middle of the Kansas countryside, a car wreck directly ahead. Soon, three escaped killers rise out of the nearby cornfields and take children and teachers hostage. Pursued by the police, the convicts are forced to hole up in an abandoned slaughterhouse. There they threaten to shoot a child every hour until their demands are met. A 12-hour war of wits begins between FBI hostage expert Arthur Potter and the escapees' leader, Louis Jeremiah Handy. "I aim to get outta here…If it means I gotta shoot 'em dead as posts then that's the way it's gonna be," Handy boasts. Potter finds himself "in the middle of the week's media big bang," battling publicity-hungry politicians, trigger-happy cops, and the press as well as the unpredictable killers. This book by the best-selling author of Praying for Sleep (Viking, 1994) starts with a bang, and the tension never lets up. A topnotch thriller with an unexpected kicker at the end.
Siedzimy przed komputerem w domu i odpoczywamy, surfując po Internecie. Cieszymy się z ciszy i samotności. Ale czy naprawdę jesteśmy sami?
Niekoniecznie, jeśli wziął nas na cel haker, a na dodatek socjopata. Śledzi nasze e-maile i rozmowy na czacie; krok po kroku nas poznaje: czym się zajmujemy, co nas interesuje, kim są nasi znajomi, ile płacimy za dom, samochód itd. Kiedy już nas dobrze pozna, postara się podejść i zaatakować, a wówczas wątpliwe, czy ujdziemy z życiem…
Hollywood location scout John Pellam thought the scenic backwater town of Maddox, Missouri, would be the perfect site for an upcoming gangster film. Until real bullets leave two people dead and one cop paralysed. Pellam had unwittingly wandered onto the crime scene just moments before the brutal hits. Now the feds and local police want him to talk. Mob enforcers want him silenced. And a mysterious blonde just wants him. Trapped in a town full of sinister secrets and deadly deceptions, Pellam fears that deal will imitate art, as the film shoot – and his life – race toward a breathtakingly bloody climax.
From Publishers Weekly
When a porno movie theater is blown up in Times Square, 21-year-old film production assistant Rune (no last name given) decides that this is the chance to realize her dream of making her own film. Using the bombing as a hook for a documentary on pornography, she interviews Shelly Lowe, a major porn star. Rune is just getting into the film when another explosion kills Shelly. Evidence points to a religious cult, but Rune teams up with a quirky bomb squad detective, Sam Healy, to discover the real murderer. Since Rune's method of operation is unorthodox (including breaking into offices and buying false IDs), Sam extricates her from some bizarre predicaments and then becomes her lover. Rune's pursuit of the killer takes her behind the scenes of legitimate theater and into the seamy world of pornography. She is an offbeat heroine with a mixture of spunk and naivete. Deaver (Manhattan Is My Beat) writes compellingly about New York 's sordid side, but his portrayal of Shelly as a gifted actress and aspiring playwright is hard to credit. Still, his fast-paced whodunit is saved by surprising twists near the end.
W czytelni muzeum afroamerykańskiego zostaje zaatakowana szesnastoletnia Geneva Settle. Udaje się jej uciec, a napastnik pozostawia w bibliotece kartę tarota z wizerunkiem Wisielca. Zdarzenie może mieć związek z pisaną przez dziewczynę pracą semestralną, poświęconą jej przodkowi – weteranowi wojny secesyjnej, wyzwoleńcowi i działaczowi na rzecz praw czarnej społeczności Ameryki.
Ponieważ prześladowca nie ustaje w próbach zgładzenia panny Settle, do akcji wkraczają błyskotliwy kryminalistyk Lincoln Rhyme i jego partnerka Amelia Sachs. Chcąc pomóc w ujęciu przestępcy, muszą ustalić, dlaczego Thompson Boyd postanowił zabić Genevę, co się przydarzyło przed prawie stu czterdziestu laty jej przodkowi i o jakim wielkim sekrecie pisał w listach do żony Charles Singleton.
En una escuela de música de Nueva York, el autor de un terrible asesinato se esfuma inexplicablemente de la habitación en la que la policía lo había acorralado…
Un nuevo caso del detective tetrapléjico Lincoln Rhyme, enfrentado a un criminal de habilidades extraordinarias: engañar, escapar, disfrazarse…
A pesar de que un accidente le haya dejado paralítico, Lincoln Rhyme, el protagonista de El coleccionista de huesos, sigue siendo uno de los mejores criminalistas del mundo. Se le considera el único que podría frenar a un asesino muy particular, apodado El Bailarín. Es un matón a sueldo que cambia su aspecto con una rapidez asombrosa. Sólo dos de sus víctimas han podido dar una pista: lleva en un brazo un tatuaje de la Muerte bailando con una mujer delante de un féretro. Su arma más peligrosa es el conocimiento de la naturaleza humana, que maneja sin piedad. Rhyme y su ayudante, Amelia Sachs, se involucran en una partida estratégica contra «el bailarín de la muerte»
El cerebro de Rhyme y las piernas de Amelia se convierten en los únicos instrumentos para perseguir al asesino por todo Nueva York. Sólo tienen cuarenta y ocho horas antes de que El bailarín vuelva a matar.
Berlín 1936: Un matón de la mafia es contratado para asesinar al lugarterniente de Hitler
El protagonista de esta historia es Paul Schumann, un matón de la mafia de Nueva York, conocido por su sangre fría y su “profesionalidad”.
Sin embargo, sin que él lo sepa, está en el punto de mira de los servicios secretos de su país: acorralado, tendrá que escoger entre pudrirse en la cárcel o aceptar un “trabajo” prácticamente imposible: asesinar al lugarteniente de Hitler que está dirigiendo el plan para rearmar Alemania.
En cuanto Schumann llega al Berlín de las olimpiadas del 36, los bien trazados planes del Gobierno de Estados Unidos comienzan a torcerse cuando el mejor y más implacable detective de la policía alemana se lance en persecución del sicario americano.
A medida que se va desarrollando la trama, los dos hombres comprenderán que la mayor amenaza que se cierne sobre ellos y sus es el irrefrenable ascenso de los nazis.
Jeffery Deaver consigue atrapar al lector desde la primera página de esta trepidante novela, atípica en su trayectoria, pero consecuente con su talento.
In the most ingenious and provocative thriller yet from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, a conscience-plagued mobster turned government hitman struggles to find his moral compass amid rampant treachery and betrayal in 1936 Berlin.
Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only “righteous” assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He’s to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst – the ruthless architect of Hitler’s clandestine rearmament. If successful, Paul will be pardoned and given the financial means to go legit; if he refuses the job, his fate will be Sing Sing and the electric chair.
Paul travels to Germany, takes a room in a boardinghouse near the Tiergarten – the huge park in central Berlin but also, literally, the “ Garden of Beasts ” – and begins his hunt.
In classic Deaver fashion, the next forty-eight hours are a feverish cat-and-mouse chase, as Paul stalks Ernst through Berlin while a dogged Berlin police officer and the entire Third Reich apparatus search frantically for the American. Garden of Beasts is packed with fascinating period detail and features a cast of perfectly realized locals, Olympic athletes and senior Nazi officials – some real, some fictional. With hairpin plot twists, the reigning “master of ticking-bomb suspense” (People) plumbs the nerve-jangling paranoia of prewar Berlin and steers the story to a breathtaking and wholly unpredictable ending.
From Publishers Weekly
Rune, the shrewd and spunky heroine of Manhattan Is My Beat, returns with a new job as a camerawoman for a local TV news station, but she still believes in magic and lives by her own rules. Rune thinks that Randy Boggs, convicted killer of network news head Lance Hopper, is innocent, and she persuades network dragon lady Piper Sutton, the country's top news anchor, to let her investigate and produce a segment on the murder. Endearing, with lots of moxie but no experience, Rune learns the hard way as she blunders through the world of big-time investigative reporting, making mistakes and trusting the wrong people. She also has to act as a mother to her flaky friend Claire's three-year-old, Ophelia, when Claire runs off to Boston in search of a better life. Deaver's background as a journalist helps him to vivify the competitive, even back-stabbing caste system of network news and to successfully depict the tedium as well as the excitement a reporter experiences when breaking a major story. He writes with clarity, compassion and intelligence, and with a decidedly human and contemporary slant.
This is the final installment in Jeffery Deaver's "Rune" trilogy. Rune seems to have finally made the first step towards her dreams. She has secured a job working for a major news department. However, she becomes fascinated with the brutal murder of the network boss and then trouble starts.
Every New York City neighbourhood has a story, but what John Pellam uncovers in Hell’s Kitchen has a darkness all its own. The Hollywood location scout is hoping to capture the unvarnished memories of longtime Kitchen residents in a no-budget documentary film. But when a suspicious fire ravages an elderly woman’s crumbling tenement, Pellam realises that someone might want the past to stay buried. As more buildings and lives go up in flames, Pellam takes to the streets, seeking the twisted pyromaniac who sells services to the highest bidder. But Pellam is unaware that the fires are merely flickering preludes to the arsonist’s ultimate masterpiece – a conflagration of nearly unimaginable proportion…
Do wybrzeży Stanów Zjednoczonych zbliża się statek z nielegalnymi chińskimi imigrantami na pokładzie.
Przemytem tych ludzi kieruje nieuchwytny Kwang Ang, poszukiwany przez policję wielu krajów. Okręt tonie niedaleko brzegu, ale części imigrantów udaje się dotrzeć do lądu. Kwang Ang znika w Nowym Jorku, a Lincoln Rhyme zostaje poproszony o pomoc w poszukiwaniach przestępcy, który nie zawaha się przed zgładzeniem każdego, kto mógłby go zidentyfikować. Wszystkim ocalałym z katastrofy Chińczykom grozi śmierć. Rhyme musi ująć mordercę, zanim ten do nich dotrze.
Lincoln Rhyme to jeden z najwybitniejszych kryminalistyków na świecie. Od czasu tragicznego wypadku jest sparaliżowany od szyi w dół. Przykuty do łóżka planuje samobójstwo, gdy od swojego dawnego partnera z policji otrzymuje propozycję, której nie może odrzucić…
Kolekcjoner Kości – morderca i porywacz mający obsesję na punkcie starego Nowego Jorku – zostawia wskazówki, które tylko Lincoln Rhyme może odszyfrować. W wyznaczonym czasie, dzielącym od śmierci kolejne ofiary, Lincoln Rhyme i Amelia Sachs – policjantka, która jest jego rękami i nogami – starają się znaleźć miejsca ukrycia porwanych, korzystając ze wskazówek podrzuconych przez Kolekcjonera Kości.
Powoli kryminalistyk zawęża krąg poszukiwań wokół porywacza. Jednak okazuje się, że Kolekcjoner Kości ma swoje plany i zaciska pętlę wokół Lincolna Rhyme'a…
Taylor Lockwood pracuje jako aplikantka w jednej z najznakomitszych nowojorskich kancelarii prawniczych z Wall Street. Znakomity adwokat, Mitchell Reece, prosi ją o pomoc w poszukiwaniu ukradzionego dokumentu. Taylor, zafascynowana przystojnym, błyskotliwym mężczyzną i zaintrygowana sprawą, przyjmuje jego propozycję. Im bardziej jednak zagłębia się w tajemnice firmy Hubbard, White and Willis, tym większe ogarnia ją przerażenie.
„Konflikt interesów” to nie tylko doskonale napisana powieść sensacyjna – zaglądając za zamknięte drzwi szacownej firmy prawniczej, pracującej na potrzeby wielkich korporacji finansowych, poznajemy zasady funkcjonowania Wall Street, a także zwyczaje, słabości i motywy działania rekinów amerykańskiej finansjery.
El nuevo caso del aclamado detective de El coleccionista de huesos
Geneva Settle, joven estudiante afroamericana de Harlem, investiga en una biblioteca de Nueva York la historia de un antepasado suyo, Charles Singleton, un esclavo liberto del siglo XIX. Mientras tanto, alguien vigila sus movimientos. Geneva consigue escapar del peligro, pero el criminal deja un rastro de sangre tras de sí.
El célebre criminalista Lincoln Rhyme, su inseparable Amelia Sachs y su equipo se ocuparán del caso. ¿Quién persigue a Geneva? ¿Y por qué hay alguien interesado en acabar con su vida? ¿Quién es verdaderamente Charles Singleton? ¿Y qué historia se oculta tras su pasado? ¿Cómo conseguir que encajen todas las pieza del puzle?
La insuperable trama urdida por Deaver, autor de El coleccionista de huesos, maneja todas estas historias -el pasado y el presente- como instantáneas fugaces, al tiempo que nos muestra asombrosas revelaciones de las que podrían derivar desastrosas consecuencias para los derechos humanos y civiles de Estados Unidos. Con sobrecogedores giros y numerosas sorpresas que mantienen al lector en ascuas hasta la última página, esta nueva aventura de Lincoln Rhyme es la más apasionante hasta la fecha.
Jeffery Deaver explora en La Estancia Azul el siniestro territorio del suspense en la red. El asesino del relato responde al apodo de Phate, pero su verdadero nombre es Jon Patrick Holloway. Aparentemente no es más que un hacker, un inofensivo pirata informático. Pero su mente perversa ha ideado un programa llamado Trapdoor, el cual le permite asaltar los ordenadores de sus víctimas potenciales, apoderarse de todos los archivos que contienen información de carácter personal y, de este modo, iniciar un juego macabro cuyo objetivo final es la eliminación del usuario elegido. Para atrapar a este peligroso psicópata, la policía recurre a la ayuda de Wyatt Gillette, un hacker experto que cumple un año de condena en la cárcel por un delito informático menor. Es preciso actuar deprisa, pues los terribles asesinatos se suceden uno tras otro, y nadie en la red está a salvo.
Lincoln Rhyme, está en un centro universitario especializado en neurología a la espera de una operación que podría mejorar su estado. Cuando le piden que colabore con la policía de Tanners Corner, una pequeña ciudad de Carolina del Norte, en la búsqueda de una chica secuestrada, no sabe que al aceptar pondrá en peligro su vida y la de su colega Amelia Sachs.
El secuestrador es un chico conflictivo, cuyos padres han muerto en un misterioso accidente automovilístico. Es además muy aficionado a los insectos. Su forma de vida hace que se le culpe de todas las cosas extrañas que han ocurrido en la ciudad, incluidas algunas muertes. Desde un laboratorio improvisado, Lincoln, se enfrenta a la impaciencia de la justicia por resolver este nuevo y espeluznante caso.
Young film-maker Rune, becomes obsessed with the murder of one of the customers at her video shop, who has been renting the same noir film over and over again. She is convinced that the secrets of his brutal death are hidden within the film, but her interest brings her too close to the killer.
Asked to help attorney Mitchell Reece locate a stolen document that could cost him a multimillion-dollar case, paralegal Taylor Lockwood finds out what goes on behind closed doors at Hubbard, White Willis.
Z zakładu dla umysłowo chorych ucieka Michael Hrubek, pacjent ze schizofrenią paranoidalną. I ma przed sobą ściśle określony cel: odnaleźć Lis Atcheson – to jej zeznania sprawiły, że uznano go za potwora i skazano na zamknięcie.
Podczas burzy, sprzyjającej szaleńcowi, ścigają go teraz trzej ludzie: psychiatra Kohler – przekonany o niewinności swego pacjenta, zawodowy tropiciel Heck – liczący na nagrodę za schwytanie szaleńca, i Atcheson – mąż Lis, który musi dopaść Hrubeka, nim ten skrzywdzi jego żonę…
Ameryka połowy lat trzydziestych ubiegłego wieku. Paul Schumann, nowojorczyk niemieckiego pochodzenia, jest wykonawcą mafijnych wyroków. Podczas jednej z akcji wpada w pułapkę. Dostaje jednak wybór: albo trafi na krzesło elektryczne w Sing-Singu, albo dokona ostatniego zamachu, zabijając – dla dobra ojczyzny – głównego architekta nazistowskiej remilitaryzacji, Reinharda Ernsta.
W Berlinie Paul tropi Ernsta, uciekając przed siłami bezpieczeństwa Trzeciej Rzeszy. Musi się także strzec wyjątkowo przenikliwego detektywa, inspektora policji kryminalnej. Akcja, pełna nieoczekiwanych zwrotów, toczy się w sercu niemieckiej stolicy gorączkowo przygotowującej się do igrzysk olimpijskich 1936 roku i pragnącej pokazać światu pokojowe oblicze. Atutem powieści jest dbałość autora o szczegółowy obraz epoki i oddanie atmosfery Niemiec dławionych faszystowskim terrorem.
A psychological thriller focusing on a young paranoid schizophrenic who escapes from a New England mental hospital in pursuit of a high-school teacher who testified at his murder trial, carrying with him a secret that will tear many lives apart during the course of one night.
The Monterey Peninsula is rocked when a killer begins to leave roadside crosses beside local highways-not in memoriam, but as announcements of his intention to kill. And to kill in particularly horrific and efficient ways: using the personal details about the victims that they've carelessly posted in blogs and on social networking websites. The case lands on the desk of Kathryn Dance, the California Bureau of Investigation's foremost kinesics-body language-expert. She and Deputy Michael O'Neil follow the leads to Travis Brigham, a troubled teenager whose role in a fatal car accident has inspired vicious attacks against him on a popular blog, The Chilton Report. As the investigation progresses, Travis vanishes. Using techniques he learned as a brilliant participant in MMORPGs, Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games, he easily eludes his pursuers and continues to track his victims, some of whom Kathryn is able to save, some not. Among the obstacles Kathryn must hurdle are politicians from Sacramento, paranoid parents and the blogger himself, James Chilton, whose belief in the importance of blogging and the new media threatens to derail the case and potentially Dance's career. It is this threat that causes Dance to take desperate and risky measures… In signature Jeffery Deaver style, Roadside Crosses is filled with dozens of plot twists, cliff-hangers and heartrending personal subplots. It is also a searing look at the accountability of blogging and life in the online world. Roadside Crosses is the third in Deaver's bestselling High-Tech Thriller Trilogy, along with The Blue Nowhere and The Broken Window.
John Pellam had been in the trenches of filmmaking, with a promising Hollywood career – until tragedy sidetracked him. Now he's a location scout, travelling the country in search of shooting sites for films. When he rides down Main Street, locals usually clamour for their chance at fifteen minutes of fame. But in a small town in upstate New York, Pellam experiences a very different reception. His illusionary world is shattered by a savage murder, and Pellam is suddenly centre stage in an unfolding drama of violence, lust and conspiracy in this less-than-picture-perfect locale.
Two men of words… One seeking only peace. The other, violence. Tate Collier, once one of the country's finest trial lawyers, is trying to forget his past. Now a divorced gentleman farmer, land developer, and community advocate in rural Virginia, he's regrouping from some disastrous mistakes in the realms of love and the law. But controversy – and danger – seem to have an unerring hold on Tate. Even as he struggles to rebuild his life, his alter ego is plotting his demise. Aaron Matthews, a brilliant psychologist, has turned his talents away from curing patients to far deadlier goals. He's targeted Tate, Tate's ex-wife, Bett, and their estranged daughter, Megan, for unspeakable revenge. Matthews, ruthless and hell-bent, will destroy anything that inhibits his plans. When their daughter disappears, Tate and Bett reunite in a desperate, heart-pounding attempt to find her and to stop Matthews, a psychopath whose gift of a glib tongue and talent for coercion are as dangerous as knives and guns. Featuring an urgent race against the clock, gripping details of psychological manipulation, and the brilliant twists and turns that are trademark Deaver, Speaking in Tongues delivers the suspense punch that has made this author a bestseller. It will leave you speechless.
Z kalifornijskiego więzienia ucieka Daniel Pell, skazany na dożywocie za wymordowanie rodziny zamożnego biznesmena. Zbieg przystępuje do realizacji swojego planu, zabijając kolejne ofiary i manipulując ludźmi, z których czyni posłuszne sobie marionetki. Na czele pościgu staje Kathryn Dance, agentka Biura Śledczego Kalifornii. Aby odkryć zamiary psychopatycznego mordercy, zwraca się o pomoc do kobiet należących niegdyś do założonej przez Pella grupy fanatycznie oddanych mu wyznawców. Odpowiedź może także znać Śpiąca Laleczka, dziewczynka, która jako jedyna przeżyła zbrodnię popełnioną przez Pella przed siedmiu laty. Żeby wygrać pojedynek z bezwzględnym zbrodniarzem, Kathryn Dance musi przedrzeć się przez labirynt kłamstw i przemilczeń i dotrzeć do prawdy o przeszłości.
Detektyw Lincoln Rhyme, duma i chwała nowojorskiej policji kryminalnej, ściga nieuchwytnego, seryjnego mordercę zwanego Tańczącym Trumniarzem. Ten niezwykle inteligentny zbrodniarz uderza znienacka, błyskawicznie, zawsze w odmienny sposób, po czym znika bez śladu. Tylko jedna z jego ofiar zauważyła charakterystyczny szczegół, o którym przed śmiercią zdążyła powiedzieć policji. Ten szczegół to niezwykły tatuaż na ramieniu mordercy, przedstawiający śmierć tańczącą z kobietą przed otwartą trumną.Co oznacza zagadkowy tatuaż? Czy ta skromna wskazówka pomoże Rhyme'owi ocalić kolejne ofiary działającego z żelazną konsekwencją zabójcy? Opromieniony sławą detektyw zdaje sobie sprawę, że oto trafił na godnego siebie przeciwnika, najbardziej zaś dręczy go graniczące z pewnością przeczucie, że już gdzieś, kiedyś go spotkał…
The powerful new thriller from the author of THE DEVIL'S TEARDROP and THE EMPTY CHAIR. In Jeff's most chilling and topical thriller to date, we meet the most powerful and modern of criminals, the uber-hacker. Trawling both on and off the Net, he can follow your every move, your every detail and your every communication. He can invade your life before taking it away from you. This is the novel that will stop you ever turning your computer on again. Ranged against this modern day mastermind are two new heros. Frank Bishop, a streetwise but very human cop, and his unwilling ally, Wyatt Gillette, a young, brilliant and idealistic hacker who found himself in prison, but now has been liberated to fight this incipient disaster.
A spring night in a small town in Wisconsin… A call to police emergency from a distant lake house is cut short… A phone glitch or an aborted report of a crime? Off-duty deputy Brynn leaves her family's dinner table and drives up to deserted Lake Mondac to find out. She stumbles onto the scene of a heinous murder… Before she can call for backup, though, she finds herself the next potential victim. Deprived of her phone, weapon and car, Brynn and an unlikely ally – a survivor of the carnage – can survive only by fleeing into the dense, deserted woods, on a desperate trek to safety and ultimately to the choice to fight back. The professional criminals, also strangers to this hostile setting, must forge a tense alliance too, in order to find and kill the two witnesses to the crime…
Once the nation's foremost criminologist and the ex-head of NYPD forensics, quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme abandons his forced retirement and joins forces with rookie cop Amelia Sachs to track down a vicious serial killer.
Lincoln Rhyme and partner/paramour Amelia Sachs return to face a criminal whose masterful staging of crimes is enabled by a terrifying access to information…
When Lincoln's cousin is arrested on murder charges the case against Arthur Rhyme is perfect – too perfect. Forensic evidence from Arthur's home is found all over the scene of the crime, and it looks like the fate of Lincoln's estranged cousin is sealed.
At the behest of Arthur's wife Judy, Lincoln begrudgingly agrees to investigate the case. Soon Lincoln and Amelia uncover a string of similar murders and rapes with perpetrators claiming innocence and ignorance – despite ironclad evidence at the scenes of the crime. Rhyme's team realizes this "perfect" evidence may actually be the result of masterful identity theft AND manipulation. An information service company-Strategic Systems Datacorp-seems to have all of the answers but is reluctant to share its information. Still, Rhyme and Sachs and their assembled team begin putting together a chilling pattern and consistent trace evidence, and their investigation points to one master criminal, whom they dub "522."
And when "522" learns the identities of the crime fighting team, the hunters become the hunted. Full of Deaver's trademark plot twists, The Broken Window will put the partnership of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs to the ultimate test.
Lincoln Rhyme is back, on the trail of a killer whose weapon of choice cripples New York City with fear.
The weapon is invisible and omnipresent. Without it, modern society grinds to a halt. It is electricity. The killer harnesses and steers huge arc flashes with voltage so high and heat so searing that steel melts and his victims are set afire.
When the first explosion occurs in broad daylight, reducing a city bus to a pile of molten, shrapnel-riddled metal, officials fear terrorism. Rhyme, a world-class forensic criminologist known for his successful apprehension of the most devious criminals, is immediately tapped for the investigation. Long a quadriplegic, he assembles NYPD detective Amelia Sachs and officer Ron Pulaski as his eyes, ears and legs on crime sites, and FBI agent Fred Dellray as his undercover man on the street. As the attacks continue across the city at a sickening pace, and terrifying demand letters begin appearing, the team works desperately against time and with maddeningly little forensic evidence to try to find the killer. Or is it killers…?
Meanwhile, Rhyme is consulting on another high-profile investigation in Mexico with a most coveted quarry in his crosshairs: the hired killer known as the Watchmaker, one of the few criminals to have eluded Rhyme's net.
Juggling two massive investigations against a cruel ticking clock takes a toll on Rhyme's health. Soon Rhyme is fighting on yet another front – and his determination to work despite his physical limitations threatens to drive away his closest allies when he needs them most…
The Coffin Dancer is America 's most wanted hit-man. He's been hired by an airline owner who wants three witnesses disposed of before his trial, and has got the first, a pilot, by blowing up the whole plane. Lincoln Rhyme has the task of keeping the witnesses safe and finding the Coffin Dancer.
On a freezing December night, with a full moon hovering in the black sky over New York City, two people are brutally murdered – the death scenes marked by eerie, matching calling cards: moon-faced clocks inves-tigators fear ticked away the victims' last moments on earth. Renowned criminologist Lincoln Rhyme immediately identifies the clock distributor and has the chilling realization that the killer – who has dubbed himself the Watchmaker – has more murders planned in the hours to come.
Rhyme, a quadriplegic long confined to his wheelchair, immediately taps his trusted partner and longtime love, Amelia Sachs, to walk the grid and be his eyes and ears on the street. But Sachs has other commitments now – namely, her first assignment as lead detective on a homicide of her own. As she struggles to balance her pursuit of the infuriatingly elusive Watchmaker with her own case, Sachs unearths shocking revelations about the police force that threaten to undermine her career, her sense of self and her relationship with Rhyme. As the Rhyme-Sachs team shows evi-dence of fissures, the Watchmaker is methodically stalking his victims and planning a diabolical criminal masterwork… Indeed, the Watchmaker may be the most cunning and mesmerizing villain Rhyme and Sachs have ever encountered.
After a machine gun attack in the Washington, D.C., subway system leaves dozens of people dead, retired FBI document examiner Parker Kincaid must track down the assassin with the aid of only one clue-a ransom note demanding twenty million dollars to stop further massacres.
The Barnes Noble Review
The Empty Chair is the third – or, if you count a guest appearance in the millennial thriller The Devil's Teardrop, the fourth – novel to feature Lincoln Rhyme, the irascible forensic genius who became a quadriplegic when a cave-in at a crime scene damaged his spinal cord beyond repair. The series began in 1997 with The Bone Collector, which was recently made into a so-so film starring Denzel Washington. Every Rhyme novel to date has been characterized by authentic forensic detail and wild, even extravagant plotting, and the latest entry is no exception. The Empty Chair may, in fact, be the single trickiest suspense novel published so far this year.
Unlike earlier volumes, The Empty Chair takes place outside of New York City in the bucolic but sinister environs of Paquenoke County, North Carolina. Rhyme – accompanied by his long-suffering physical therapist, Thom, and his beloved forensic assistant, Amelia Sachs – has just been accepted as a patient at the Medical Center of the University of North Carolina, where he is scheduled to undergo an experimental procedure that might increase the range of his mobility but might, on the other hand, result in his death. Shortly after his arrival, Lincoln 's plans are disrupted by an unforeseen emergency. Jim Bell, Paquenoke County sheriff, has trouble on his hands and needs Lincoln 's expertise.
According to Bell, a disturbed teenager – known, for reasons that become graphically clear, as the Insect Boy – has murdered a local football hero and abductedtwoyoung women. Convinced that the women have only hours to live, Bell asks Lincoln to examine the trace evidence found at the abduction site in the faint hope of pinpointing the kidnapper's location. Though he knows nothing about the physical composition of the surrounding area – he and Sachs, as he repeatedly comments, are "fish out of water" in the American South – Rhyme agrees to help. Once again using Amelia Sachs as his eyes and legs, he sets up an ad hoc forensic lab in a borrowed corner of the local Sheriff's office and goes to work.
This sort of scenario – a crazed killer, a race against time, a scattered handful of clues – offers more than enough drama to fuel any number of traditional suspense novels. In The Empty Chair, however, this same scenario is merely the first level of a complex, multitiered mystery that constantly confounds our most fundamental expectations. The first indication that The Empty Chair contains unexpected depths comes when Lincoln, flawlessly interpreting his disparate bits of evidence, locates both the Insect Boy (Garrett Hanlon) and his most recent victim (an oncology nurse named Lydia Johannsen) within the first 150 pages. At that point, Deaver throws away the rulebook.
After talking with Garrett Hanlon in the Paquenoke County jail, Amelia develops the instinctive sense that Garrett might, as he continually claims, be a victim, and that another unidentified killer might still be at large. In a moment of intuitive – and reckless – empathy, Amelia abandons her professional principles and escapes with Garrett, determined both to prove the boy's innocence and rescue the remaining victim, a local history student named Mary Beth McConnell. From this point forward, almost nothing that happens in The Empty Chair is even remotely predictable.
It would spoil too many of the carefully constructed surprises to reveal the plot in any more detail. Suffice it to say that the narrative – which seems, at first, a simple but effective chase story – broadens and deepens to become something stranger and infinitely more complex. Throwing a varied assortment of people and elements into the mix – a trio of Deliverance-style rednecks, an emotionally scarred cancer survivor, a revisionist account of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, an apparently deranged deputy sheriff, a pair of incipient rapists, the hidden motivations of a wealthy industrialist, and the tragic history of Tanner's Corner, a "town without children" – Deaver constructs an artful, entertaining melodrama that has much to say about the destructive consequences of uncontrolled greed.
If The Empty Chair has a besetting weakness, it is Deaver's relentless determination to dazzle the reader with his narrative sleight of hand, piling on an endless, constantly escalating series of shocks, surprises, and unexpected twists that might, in a lesser writer's hands, have become just a bit too much. But Deaver, as usual, is a consummate professional, and he holds it all together with the ease and assurance of a natural storyteller. Readers familiar with the earlier adventures of Lincoln Rhyme will be lining up for this one, which seems likely to attract a substantial number of new readers, as well. The Empty Chair is Jeffery Deaver at his best and most devious and is recommended, without reservation, to anyone in search of intelligent, high-adrenaline entertainment.
– Bill Sheehan
When Detective Bill Corde looks at the beautiful face of the murdered girl in the mud, he does not know his own life is about to turn into a terrifyingly real nightmare. For the girl's killer is now on the trail of Corde and his unsuspecting family.
Special Agent Kathryn Dance – introduced in The Cold Moon – stars in the latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver. When Special Agent Kathryn Dance is sent to interrogate the convicted killer Daniel "Son of Manson" Pell as a suspect in a newly unearthed crime, she feels both trepidation and electrifying intrigue. Pell is serving a life sentence for brutal murders years earlier that mirrored those perpetrated by Charles Manson in the 1960s. But Pell and his cult members left behind a survivor who – because she was in bed hidden by her toys – was dubbed the Sleeping Doll. Pell has long been both reticent and unrepentant about the crime. But Dance sees an opportunity to pry a confession from him for the recent murder – and to learn more about the depraved mind of this career criminal. But when Dance's plan goes terribly wrong and Pell escapes, leaving behind a trail of dead and injured, she finds herself in charge of her first manhunt. As the idyllic Monterey Peninsula is paralyzed by the elusive killer, Dance turns to the past to find the truth about what Daniel Pell is really up to. She tracks down the now-teenage Sleeping Doll to learn what really happened that night, and arranges a reunion of three women who were in his cult at the time of the killings. The lies of the past and the evasions of the present boil up under the relentless probing of Kathryn Dance, but will the truth about Daniel Pell emerge in time to stop him from killing again?
In a race against time, Lincoln and Amelia are recruited to track down a cargo ship carrying two dozen illigal Chinese immigrants, as well as the notorious human smuggler and killer – Youling the Ghost. Can they stop the Ghost before he murders again?
The stunning new Lincoln Rhyme thriller – by the number one bestselling author of THE VANISHED MAN and GARDEN OF BEASTS. Geneva Settle is a bright young high school student from Harlem writing a paper about one of her ancestors, a former slave called Charles Singleton. Geneva is also the target of a ruthless professional killer. Criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and his policewoman partner Amelia Sachs are called into the case, working frantically to anticipate where the hired gun will strike next and how to stop him, all the while trying to get to the truth of Charles Singleton, and the reason that Geneva has been targeted. For Charles Singleton had a secret – a secret that may strike at the very heart of the United States constitution, and have disastrous consequences for human rights today. And Sachs is going to have to search a crime scene that's 140 years old before she can stop the killer.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Stone Monkey is back with a brilliant thriller that pits forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme and his partner, Amelia Sachs, against an unstoppable killer with one final, horrific trick up his sleeve.
The Los Angeles Times calls his novels "thrill rides between covers." The New York Times hails them as "dazzling," and The Times of London crowns him "the best psychological thriller writer around." Now Jeffery Deaver, America 's "master of ticking-bomb suspense" (People) delivers his most electrifying novel yet.
It begins at a prestigious music school in New York City. A killer flees the scene of a homicide and locks himself in a classroom. Within minutes, the police have him surrounded. When a scream rings out, followed by a gunshot, they break down the door. The room is empty.
Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are brought in to help with the high-profile investigation. For the ambitious Sachs, solving the case could earn her a promotion. For the quadriplegic Rhyme, it means relying on his protégée to ferret out a master illusionist they've dubbed "the conjurer," who baits them with gruesome murders that become more diabolical with each fresh crime. As the fatalities rise and the minutes tick down, Rhyme and Sachs must move beyond the smoke and mirrors to prevent a terrifying act of vengeance that could become the greatest vanishing act of all.
Three original short stories from New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver.
Fast (A Kathryn Dance story)Kathryn Dance is in a race against the clock to track down the members of a domestic terrorist cell--and the lives of 200 people hang in the balance.
GameAfter Sarah Lieberman's new tenants murder her in an attempt to steal her money, Sarah's housekeeper Carmel is determined to find Sarah's body so she can lay her soul to rest. But Carmel may discover that the truth is uncomfortably close to home ...
Paradice (A John Pellam story)When a brake failure leaves him temporarily stranded in a Colorado mountain town, John Pellam finds himself suddenly accused of murder.
From International Thriller Writers comes WATCHLIST: two powerful novellas featuring the same thrilling cast of characters in one major suspenseful package. THE CHOPIN MANUSCRIPT and THE COPPER BRACELET are collaborations of some of the world’s greatest thriller writers, including Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Lisa Scottoline, and Jeffery Deaver, who conceived the characters and set the plots in motion. The other authors each wrote a chapter and Deaver then completed what he started, bringing both novellas to their startling conclusions.
In the first novella, THE CHOPIN MANUSCRIPT, former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins. But the greatest threat will come from a shadowy figure from his past: the man known only as Faust.
Harold Middleton returns in THE COPPER BRACELET -- the explosive sequel to THE CHOPIN MANUSCRIPT -- as he’s drawn into an international terror plot that threatens to send India and Pakistan into full-scale nuclear war. Careening from Nice to London and Moscow to Kashmir to prevent nuclear disaster, Middleton is unaware that his prey has changed and that the act of terror is far more diabolical than he knows. Will he discover the identity of the Scorpion in time to halt an event that will pit the United States, China, and Russia against each other at the brink of World War III?
Internationally bestselling author Jeffery Deaver delivers the latest sensational thriller in his wildly popular Kathryn Dance series.
Newsweek calls Jeffery Deaver a 'suspense superstar,' and in his new novel, he lives up to the accolades once again as he sets his heroine Kathryn Dance on a quest to stop an obsessive stalker from destroying a beautiful young country singer.
Kayleigh Towne is gorgeous with a voice that is taking her to the heights of the country pop charts. Her hit single 'Your Shadow' puts her happily in the spotlight, until an innocent exchange with one of her fans leads Kayleigh into a dark and terrifying realm. The fan warns, 'I'm coming for you,' and soon accidents happen and people close to Kayleigh die. Special Agent Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body language analysis to stop the stalker – but before long she learns that, like many celebrities, Kayleigh has more than just one fan with a mission.
Siedemnastoletnia Megan, córka prokuratora Tate'a Colliera, po rozwodzie rodziców nie najlepiej radzi sobie z rzeczywistością. Decyduje się na wizytę u znanego psychiatry, doktora Aarona Matthewsa, ale nigdy nie dociera do jego gabinetu. Przerażeni zniknięciem dziewczyny rodzice wzywają na pomoc policję.
W poszukiwania włącza się błyskotliwy detektyw, który wiele zawdzięcza ojcu Megan. Szybko orientuje się, że nie chodzi o zwykłą ucieczkę z domu. Będzie musiał stawić czoła porywaczowi, który nie zawaha się przed niczym. Rozpoczyna się mrożący krew w żyłach wyścig z czasem i z szaleństwem maniaka religijnego.
Twisted: The Collected Short Stories of Jeffery Deaver
New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver has long thrilled fans with tales of masterful villains and their nefarious ways, and the brilliant minds who bring them to justice. Now the author of the Lincoln Rhyme series has collected for the first time his award- winning, spine-tingling stories of suspense-stories that will widen your eyes and stretch your imagination.
The New York Times says that Twisted is "a mystery hit for those who like their intrigue short and sweet… they feature tight, bare-bones plotting and the sneaky tricks that Mr. Deaver's title promises."
This collection includes sixteen stories, including one brand new Lincoln Rhyme Christmastime story. The titles of the stories are:
For Services Rendered
The Fall Guy
Eye To Eye
All The World's A Stage
The Blank Card
The Widow of Pine Creek
The Kneeling Soldier
The Christmas Present