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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; 3 edition (5 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340653752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340653753
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 3.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffery Deaver is the Number One bestselling author of thirty-two novels, including the 2011 authorised James Bond thriller, CARTE BLANCHE, three collections of short stories and a non-fiction law book. A former journalist, attorney, and folksinger, he has received or been shortlisted for numerous awards around the world, including Novel of the Year from the International Thriller Writers Association for THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller from the British Crime Writers' Association, and the British Thumping Good Read Award. He was recently shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author.

His most recent novels are THE OCTOBER LIST, a thriller told in reverse; THE SKIN COLLECTOR, a Lincoln Rhyme novel; and XO, a Kathryn Dance thriller, for which he wrote an album of country-western songs, available on iTunes and as a CD.

You can find out more about Jeffery on his website www.jefferydeaver.com, Facebook page facebook.com/JefferyDeaver, and follow him on Twitter @JefferyDeaver.

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Deaver knits a seamless fabric of tightening tension right up to the explosive double whammy ending (The Times)

A real chiller, seething with violence and heart-stopping tension (Sunday Telegraph)

A gripping, emotional descent into the mind of evil (Anthony Gallagher, Waterstone's)

Tension-packed pages take the thriller to a new dimension (Doris Mousdale, Whitcoulls, New Zealand)

An authentic and gripping hostage drama (Toby Wrigley, Book League, South Africa)

Riveting and sensitively handled (New Woman)

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The ultimate thriller writer's first large-scale, ticking clock standalone thriller. An escaped convict takes hostage a bus of deaf children. He will kill one an hour . . .

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
A gripping, haunting tale from one of the best crime writers around. A party of deaf girls are on their way to a poetry recital when their bus is hijacked by a gang of ruthless criminals. Another author may have resorted to pure nastiness with shock tactics and blood and guts throughout, or else fallen back on cliched characters and plot developments. Deaver doesn't do this. The characterisation in this novel is truly outstanding.
Deaver does not rely on a patronising portrayal of the girls - instead they are real, vibrant people who just happen not to be able to hear. The reader feels for each and every one of them, and wants them all to get out alive.
The storytelling is first-rate, too. The tension is incredible, and once again Deaver throws in a few twists near the end. I did see the ending coming but it was pretty well done all the same.
I lent this book to my girlfriend, who usually avoids reading fiction. At the beginning she didn't like the novel's style but was hooked after a chapter and quite literally struggled to put it down; she spent the rest of that day and the beginning of the next reading it though she had plenty of other things she should have been doing!
All in all, the best of Jeffery Deaver's books I've read so far and one I would recommend to absolutely anyone. Outstanding.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb. 2002
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After seeing that this Deaver novel was about a hostage situation and runs over about 24 hours, I could not understand how he could drag it out for the several hundred pages it lasts for. Within 4 pages I was hooked. The storyline flits between the sensitive portrayal of the young, deaf female hostages, and the thrilling expectancy of what the thoroughly debauched hostage takers were going to do next. Throw in the efforts of the FBI agents and 'well meaning' local folk, you have the right ingredients for a compelling read. The only complaint I have about the story is that I feel, at least in this novel, that Deaver should stay well away from any romance. It might work in other novels - between Sachs and Rhyme in his other works, but I felt it was slightly misplaced here. All in all - a fantastic read, and I was genuinely disappointed when I finished it - I just wanted to read more.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Green on 24 May 2000
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Having read everything that Deaver has ever written, I must write to say that this was the book that got me started. Why oh why hasn't this been made into a movie? In the right hands it would be terrific! Better than James Patterson, and I'm also a big fan of his! An edge of your seat, page turner and all the other literary cliches that abound. The twist at the end is mind blowing, totally unexpected. Please, won't somebody make buy the film rights? 'The Bone Collector' was good as a book and a movie but this would be a blockbuster. In fact I lent my copy to so many people that it's fell apart and I'm about to order another copy from Amazon so I can re-read it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. Yam on 4 Jan. 2004
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I have read a lot of Jeffrey Deaver, and he is normally very competent, but suffers from two things - weak main characters and the need for a blockbusting plot twist.
Maiden's Grave makes up for these flaws in his other books. I won't say much more about the plot other than it is about a hostage situation involving a schoolbus full of deaf girls. The main character is an FBI negotiator.
Unlike most of his other books, Deaver has resisted the temptation to make the main guy a real cliche. You have to shake your head and try to look past Amelia Sachs in the Lincoln Rhyme books because she's this outrageous supermodel-turned-policewoman. Deaver manages to go against the grain and produce a first class leading character, and how the hostage situation is handled, contained and how negotiations are carried through. The first hundred pages or so are some of the best I've read anywhere.
Now with the Deaver books, you tend to reach the "fake end" with fifty pages to go, so you know there is a big surprise coming. In Maiden's Grave, this is hinted at, and built up to to such an extent that it is actually expected and fits nicely into the story.
Buy and read in one go.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By OllyOctopus on 18 Jan. 2001
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This is the first Jeffery Deaver novel I have read due to the positive reviews on Amazon, and I am now completely hooked. I read this book yesterday, all day and couldn't put it down till I finished. There were so many twists in the plot, and so many deadlines, that I had to keep reading.
I agree with previous reviewers that this could be an amazing film in the right director's hands. The whole book was very visual and I could easily picture the hostages and the Rescue Team.
I was fascinated by the amount of research that Deaver had gone into about Deaf culture which made the characters more enthralling and increased the reader's interest in their fates. The evidence of the previous hostages and the psychological planning in hostage negotiation enhanced the book's impact.
I loved this novel, and I am now hooked. Thanks to all the previous reviewers! And Jeffery Deaver!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2012
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The premise was sufficiently good for me to borrow a copy of this book, though I was a little concerned that the hostages were deaf girls was a little off-putting. I needn't have worried. Deaver deals with their disability in a way that leaves the reader following their fear and troubles in a really sensitive but realistic manner. There is no room for sympathy for the hostage takers, though and from the very beginning, we know we are in for a tough read.

The fact that the hostage situation covers 500 pages is testament to the huge ability of the author to keep the reader gripped to the very end. There are many characters involved, mainly on the side of the negotiators; there are only four kidnappers, one of whom hardly appears so the thrust of the story relates more to the infighting between the FBI, the State police, hostage negotiators and a motley crew of others as they deal with the impossible demands of the hostage takers.

There is cruelty, death, the threat and realization of rape, tension galore and a finale which carries with it a nice twist. On the downside, I didn't fully understand the developing relationship between the chief negotiator and one of the hostages. This was almost like the Stockholm Syndrome in reverse. Putting that aside, the book is a cracker. It held my attention on almost every page. Deaver certainly knows how to create the tension, be it through the hostages or, indeed, through the various elements trying to get them freed. And, although originally published in 1995, this is a story which seems just as relevant today as, presumably, the publishers similarly thought, since my book is dated 2008.

If you like crime thrillers rather than crime mysteries, this is a must read.
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