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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (28 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444704443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444704440
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 23.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,879 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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'As always in a Deaver novel the plot twists one way and then the next but the tension is superbly maintained' (The Times)

'Pacy, well written and full of the author's trademark twists and surprises, this is vintage Deaver' (Daily Express)

'Passages of tense action alternate enjoyably with this continuing guessing game in a novel that is brilliantly plotted.' (The Sunday Times)

'The twists and turns from devilish Deaver will have you burning the midnight oil, then using it to set fire to the candle you'll be burning at both ends until you finish this. The seamless narrative delights and the reader is drip-fed information that will invite imaginative minds to head into overdrive . . . This is the perfect accompaniment on a winter's night, curled up on the sofa with a glass of your favourite tipple.' (Sun)

'He's mesmerising in whatever guise' (Independent on Sunday Books of the Year)

'There is no one better at wrong-footing the reader.' (Evening Standard)

Confirms his status as one of the finest crime writers in the world . . . grabs the reader by the throat from the beginning. Superb. (Independent on Sunday on THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND)

The pace is terrific, the suspense inexorable, and there is an excellent climax . . . If you want thrills, Deaver is your man. (Guardian on THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND)

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A standalone thriller by number one bestselling Deaver, this is fast-paced, heart-pounding, and takes place in nearly real time.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RMartin on 15 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
Deaver managed something that most books don't - he actually taught me something new. His exceptional detail and insight into the close protection business is fascinating and very realistic. The plot, however, isn't. As other reviews have alluded to, the twists and turns are way over the top and diminish the overall impact. However, that aside the book is probably the best thing I have read for a long time. Fascinating protagonist who needs several more books.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is not the usual Jeffery Deaver fare but it is brilliant nevertheless. Initially I was unsure but within a few pages I was totally hooked. The main hero Corte, is a man with no feelings which to start with I found a bit unsettling. However, this part of him is vital to the job where he protects people from "lifters" who are trying to extract information from them. He is assigned to protect a family who are in danger, and from the first chapter to the last the surprised and twists and turns just keep coming. All the other characters are extremely well scripted and I found myself loving them and hating them in turns. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lakis Fourouklas on 8 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
Is this going to be a stand-alone novel for Corte, the hero of Jeffery Deaver's latest outing? Well, if I can judge from the character I'd say no. Corte, plain, simple Corte, seems to have in him a lot of stories, too much juice, and I really wouldn't mind if he came to replace Kathryn Dance who, unlike Lincoln Rhyme, his other favorite hero, seems to have run out of steam already.
Corte works at a witness protection service, a private company. His latest assignment is to offer protection to Ryan Kessler, a decorated police officer, who seems to be the target of a yet unknown hitman. He and his family seem, for no apparent reason, to be in a life-threatening situation and Corte has to work really hard to save the day. But he has more than one reason for taking this assignment, since the man posing the threat is none other than Frank Loving, an expert interrogator and remorseless killer, who was behind the murder of Corte's mentor, a few years back.
The two men, during the long and fascinating course of the story, seem to involve themselves into a game of cat and mouse, exchanging roles time and again. As each of them works hard to get into the head of the other and guess his next moves, the pace gains momentum and the twists and turns just keep the reader guessing about what's coming next. However, Loving definitely has the upper hand in this game and Corte, even though he hates him, finds himself every now and then, admiring the criminal for the analytical capabilities of his twisted brain; capabilities that are not quite out of his league since he's quite familiar with them; an extra bonus of playing strategic games.
As time goes by, painstakingly slow for the Kessler family, the heat keeps rising and a lot of secrets and lies come out in the open.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By John Grimbaldeston on 3 Nov. 2010
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Twists and turns abound as the hero Corte plays cat and mouse games with his opponent Henry Loving in trying to protect the Kessler family from some unknown Mr Big who needs information, and Loving is the ruthless man to extract it. There is a personal element as Loving had previously killed Corte's mentor, but the overriding feature of Corte's character is his lack of emotion - emotion gets in the way of the success of the job and adversely influences the strategic calls needed to beat an equally adept opponent. There is less of a didactic element in this novel - this is no manual on electricity as the last one was - and amazingly for Mr Deaver, barely an acronym; so aspects of his books which can be a little irritating are absent, and the plot benefits accordingly. The plot twists are unguessable as the two protaganists move their human chess pieces around the board, and in many ways this is vintage Mr Deaver - my only minor gripe is with the Kessler family. I know it is to keep the twists going with a limited number of dramatis personae, but how can one relatively ordinary family have so many secrets from each other and so many skeletons rattling about their closet? But great fun: some of the twists are more obvious than others, plenty of potential twists are actually red herrings, and everything is rounded off in a satisfactory way with the bad guys suitably punished and the good guys coming out of it all much stronger than when it began.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clive on 24 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
A true to form and enjoyable twisting suspense from Deaver. A member of the 'Kessler' family is targeted by a 'lifter' to get information. Security expert Corte and a rival of the Lifter is assigned to protect the family. Deaver delivers numerous attempts at extraction, engagement, and ambush with copious amounts of his trade marked deception and mis-direction. In this respect it is a classic Deaver plot. However, given that all this happens over 1-2 days it really does seem extremely far fetched, that the Lifter can arrange so many well thought out plots and contingencies. The novel whilst recommended is therefore very high on the fiction stakes.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By rhosymynydd VINE VOICE on 1 Nov. 2010
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I think my title says it all. I could hardly wait for this to come out and it was, as anticipated, superb. The plot is outlined above so you don't need me to go over it or spoil the ending. Let me just say that Deaver proves once again that he is without doubt the best psychological thriller writer around. I love his twists and turns that never fail to make his books page-turners. I could not stop reading until I had finished (around 4:00 am!!!) worth every minute of lost sleep. READ IT!! Edge
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