Fiendish suspense. Shocking twists.
Twelve diabolical tales.
New York Times bestselling author and highly acclaimed storyteller Jeffery Deaver-the undisputed "grand master of the plot twist" (Booklist)-returns with a dazzling new collection of short stories. In these twelve electrifying tales (including six written just for this anthology) Deaver proves once again his genius for the unexpected-in his world, appearances are always deceiving.
A devoted housekeeper embarks on a quest to find the truth behind her employer's murder. A washed-up Hollywood actor gets one last, high-stakes chance to revive his career. A man makes an impulsive visit to his hometown, and learns more about his past than he bargained for. Two Olympic track hopefuls receive terrorist threats. And Deaver's beloved series characters Lincoln Rhyme, Kathryn Dance, and John Pellam return in stories now in print for the first time.
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Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. You can visit his website at www.JefferyDeaver.com.From Booklist:
This new collection from the maestro of the plot twist is a no-brainer for fans of tightly plotted short fiction: a dozen stories (some of them previously published) that showcase Deaver’s gifts for story construction, character design, and out-of-left-field surprises. In addition to the various stand-alone stories, there’s one featuring Kathryn Dance (of the California Bureau of Investigation and the lead character in her own series of novels), another starring John Pellam (the Hollywood location scout who starred in a trio of Deaver’s earlier novels), and not one but two with Lincoln Rhyme (the quadriplegic criminalist, and Deaver’s most popular character). Although all of the stories are solidly within the crime genre, they range quite a bit: there’s a psychological thriller, a femme-fatale story with a noir feel about it, a private-eye tale, other variations on the theme. Deaver’s novels, as his fans know, are intricate and deceptive; the most exciting thing about the stories is the way the author carries over the intricacy and deception to the shorter length. Required reading for the author’s fans. --David Pitt
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