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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553819917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553819915
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grant McKenzie is the internationally-published author of six edge-of-your-seat thrillers, plus a mystery series set in San Francisco.

His debut novel, SWITCH, was published by Bantam UK, Heyne Germany and Penguin Canada before launching in the U.S. from Polis Books. In translation, it is also available in Germany, Taiwan and coming soon to China.

His other novels include: No Cry For Help, K.A.R.M.A., The Fear In Her Eyes and Port of Sorrow. His sixth edge-of-your-seat thriller, Speak The Dead, will be launched in September 2015 from Polis Books.

Under the pen name, M.C. Grant, he writes the Dixie Flynn series published by Midnight Ink that began with Angel With A Bullet, continued with Devil With A Gun, and became a Shamus Award finalist with Beauty With A Bomb

His short story Underbelly appeared in the International Thriller Writers First Thrills anthology edited by Lee Child from Tor/Forge.

As a journalist, Grant has worked in virtually every area of the newspaper business from the late-night "Dead Body Beat" at a feisty daily tabloid to senior copy/design editor at two of Canada's largest broadsheets, plus Editor-in-Chief of Monday magazine. He currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia.

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"A terrific little-guy-in-big-trouble thriller. think Saw meets Payback moving at warp speed" (LEE CHILD)

"Grant McKenzie really knows how to make a story move!" (LINWOOD BARCLAY)

"A thriller that got me asking questions. Switch is a promising debut, a well-conceived thriller with no loose ends. Reminiscent of Dean Koontz. I'll be watching out for his next book" (LIENTJIE MENTZ – VOLKSBLAD, South Africa)

"Think Harlan Coben on speed" (KEN BRUEN)

"This is pulse-pounding stuff" (THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

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How far would you go to save the ones you love? A debut race-against-time thriller by a new crime-writing star.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Hardy on 27 July 2009
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Found out about Grant McKenzie, again from facebook, and am really glad I did. Pre-ordered this book and read it as soon as I got it. I couldn't put it down. Similar in style to a James Patterson book with it's shorter chapters, which I personally like. Got to grips with the main characters really quickly and the descriptive writing enabled me to form a picture of them in my head.
Its a great novel about how paths collide in the future. I'm not going to put any spoilers in so you'll have to read it for yourself as to how they collide. Thought I had the ending sussed in my head, but I was totally wrong and there were many shocks along the way, which is why you have a job to put the book down. It was certainly a good ending.
Would recommend this to anyone who likes James Patterson, Lee Childs, Simon Kernick and authors of the same ilk.
Look forward to the next Grant McKenzie book and hope its not too long in coming! Great read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Aug. 2011
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Sometimes I can spend a stupid amount of time browsing through books on Amazon and I am always on the lookout for new authors with good write ups. This is how I came across Grant McKenzie as I noticed his debut novel had pretty good write ups.

I had zero expectations, as normal with new authors and was pleased that as I started reading it was very easy to get into the story. As the synopsis explains and the story starts out, ordinary guy Sam White leaves his job early one morning and arrives home to find his house burnt to the ground. He then receives a call from a man claiming his family are safe and will be returned to Sam if he complies with the killer.

Due to the story itself it certainly doesn't take long to get into the story as there is quite a lot of action in the first few chapters. I liked the style of writing by Grant McKenzie as he seems to follow the same route as authors such as Simon Kernick which are sometimes short snappy chapters. Although that may be true, there was a certain element missing which made me feel there was something lacking. I just couldn't quite put my finger on what.

The story itself had all the right ingredients and the writing was good, but for some reason I just didn't like the characters all that much. The further I got into the story, the more I felt like I had `read this type of thing before'. Admittedly I do read a lot of books but this storyline just had too much of a familiar ring to it.

Don't get me wrong, I certainly enjoyed the book, but it didn't leave a lasting enough impression on me to really stand out from the crowd. On reflection, I think this time around maybe I relied too heavily on other readers opinions and maybe I just didn't feel as strongly as others did.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Red Books on 21 July 2009
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Bought Switch last week & read it over the weekend. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Good strong characters, twists & good ending. Kept me on the edge throughout. Really looking forward to his next book. If you like authors such as Lee Child, Tess Gerriston, Linda Fairchild, & Stephen Leather this book should be next on your list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Beresford on 27 July 2009
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Had been trying to get hold of this book from various bookshops, but they were either out of stock or weren't stocking it.
Finaly decided to order it from Amazon and got it delivered on Saturday. Started reading it, and before I knew it, I was on page 64. This is an excellent book - I am a big fan of Harlan Coben and Simon Kernick and Grant slots right in there with the best of them. Fast paced book, great characters and not predictable. Edgy enough, but not gratuitous or overbearing. Highly recommended and looking forward to his next release.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Karl Hayes on 8 Aug. 2010
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For many years now I have bought books off amazon (and elsewhere) using readers ratings as a yardstick,anything with 4 stars and over is sure to be a good read.This has worked well for me and when I have gone against better judgement and bought a book with less than a 4 star review I have ended up reading poor books (some I never finished which,for most readers,is sacrilage).
So when I saw this book with a 5 star rating from over 30 reviews I ordered it immediately.Boy did my system fail this time.
This is the type of book that I just couldn't wait to finish because it is so poorly written.Someone on here compared it to Lee Child!?Sorry but no way.
It is formulaic,cliched and to be quite honest it is just boring.
It makes absolutely no sense to keep the identity of the woman secret when its so obvious who she is.The 2 main charachters
are unbelievably one dimensional.If you have read or seen the film 'kiss the girls' then this may seem a little similar in plot (just nowhere near as good).The ending is very predictable.
I don't like to give bad reviews but I feel there should be some balance to the 'rave' reviews that this book has received
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Farrell on 24 July 2009
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This is a fantastic book by a great new author. I am a big fan of Harlan Coben, Lee Child and Jeffrey Deaver so expect a lot from my books and this one does not disappoint. It grabs you from the first page and is totally unputdownable! It kept me up until the wee hours as I just had to read another chapter.....my house was a mess, my children neglected and I had suitcases rather than bags under my eyes......but it was worth it!!!
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