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Grant McKenzie
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2 July 2009

How far would you go to save the ones you love? Would you run five traffic lights in a row? Would you rob a store at gunpoint?

Would you commit murder?

Security guard Sam White's life falls apart when he arrives home to find his house a burnt-out shell with the bodies of his wife and daughter inside. Then he receives a phone call from a man who claims that his wife and child are alive and Sam can still save them.

But first, he must complete a few simple tasks.

Sam joins forces with Zack Parker whose life has also been ripped apart by the same sadistic kidnapper.

Together they plunge into the dark, labyrinthine underworld of Portland, Oregon. And into a race against time to discover the identity of the kidnapper and save their families before it's too late.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553819917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553819915
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 10.8 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Scotland, living in Canada and writing U.S.-based fiction, I like to wear a kilt and toque with my six-guns. My debut novel, SWITCH, became an Amazon bestseller in the UK (Bantam Transworld) and Germany (Heyne) and in Canada from Penguin. It is now available for the first time in the U.S. in ebook and 1st edition trade paperback.

My second novel, No Cry for Help, is available from Bantam in the UK and in Germany from Heyne. It is coming to the U.S. and Canada in 2012.

My third novel, originally dubbed too controversial for mainstream publishers, K.A.R.M.A. has just been released as an Amazon E-Book and 1st Edition trade paperback in the U.S., Canada and the UK.

Under the pen name M.C. Grant, I will be releasing a brand new, and very fun mystery series featuring wisecracking, butt-kicking, San Francisco-based reporter Dixie Flynn through the wonderful folk at Midnight Ink. Dixie's first adventure, Angel With A Bullet, launches on Sept. 8, 2012.

My short stories have been featured in Out of the Gutter and Spinetingler magazines, plus the First Thrills anthology edited by Lee Child from Tor/Forge. My first screenplay won a fellowship at the Praxis Centre for Screenwriting in Vancouver, B.C.

As a journalist, I have 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. In between regular newspaper gigs, I have also contributed technology/humour columns to various magazines around the world. I currently reside in Victoria, BC, where I am Editor-in-Chief of Monday Magazine.

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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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new author 21 July 2009
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut novel 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me up all night! 5 Jan 2010
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This first novel is so good I really could not put it down once I started it and have sat up until 4am to finish it. Good plot, good characters, fast pace, a real page-turner. Thriller readers will love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic thriller 30 Sep 2009
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Filled with suspense, this is a fabulous read that I would recommend to anyone and everyone! Believable characters with wonderful relationships, I loved every minute! Can't wait for Book number 2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grant McKenzie "Switch" 7 Aug 2009
I was contacted by Grant McKenzie through Facebook and asked to consider buying this book, after listing myself as an ardent Lee Child fan.
I read the book over a few days and was absolutely enthralled from the beginning. This is a fantastic read, truly engaging and beautifully written.
For a first book, it is outstanding and I feel excited about the future of this author.
Bravo Mr McKenzie!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!! 1 Aug 2009
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Definetly gives you something to think about.... I'm no writer I just want to say how much I enjoyed reading this amazing book, I'm definetly going to be looking out for Grants next book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with the best! 31 July 2009
Grant McKenzie contacted me on Facebook regarding his new book Switch as I am a fan of Lee Child, Peter Robinson and Tess Gerritsen.

Switch is compelling right from the beginning and the reader soon finds themselves racing through the chapters.

Think it's safe to say that any future releases by Grant McKenzie will be sharing a bookshelf in my home with my other favourite authors.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fast paced,thrill ride
How far would you go to save your family?,what would you be willing to do to save them?,that is the dilemma that Sam White has to face as his life is torn apart by someone who has... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. N. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great page turner from Mr McKenzie
A tale of abduction and double cross. Yet another great page turner from Grant McKenzie. How have I missed out on this author?
Published 14 months ago by Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
My husband said it was a great read, and wants to read more from this author so will be buying more in the future.
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. Marion F. Cozens
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read
If you read the likes of Linwood Barclay, Gregg Hurwitz and Harlan Coben then you'll enjoy this. More blood thirsty than some of them a bit more brutal but a story that you can't... Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2012 by lindsayv1977
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, page-turning, high-school never ends, revenge thriller
"For some people high-school just seems like yesterday". A story about revenge - the "gods" of high-school and the nerds who later became successful are punished by the one who... Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2012 by Luceononuro1987
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
This aims to be a fast-paced action thriller in the style of Lee Child and James Patterson and it succeeds. If you're looking for an entertaining narrative, this will work for you. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2012 by K. Vadaszffy
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgraceful
I know it is only my own opinion but I found this book unnecessarily and grotesquely violent. I only picked it off the library shelf because it has a recommendation from Lee Child... Read more
Published on 4 May 2012 by dixie dean
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
I read the reviews on this book and thought I would buy it because the other reviews was saying it was a brilliant book to read but I found it very hard going and abit boring. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2011 by Mrs. Tracy A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read

Keeps you hooked from the start and makes you think what would you do!?

I was recommended to read grant Mackenzie and was so glad I was and want to... Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by Karin Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars This guy can tell a story
One of those books which you will devour over a couple of days, so finish your chores before you start to read..... Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by cloosh
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