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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (21 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330419668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330419666
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Baldacci is the author of eighteen previous New York Times bestsellers. With his books published in over 45 languages and with nearly 90 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. David Baldacci is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www.DavidBaldacci.com, and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its programme to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.

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What would you do to change your life? LuAnn is beautiful, young and dirt poor. She's married to a low-level drugs dealer whose infidelities and incompetent double-dealing put her and her child's lives at risk. Enter master-criminal "Jackson" who offers her vast wealth if she agrees to help him fiddle the lottery. She refuses until she finds herself on the run from false charges of murder. After years abroad she returns because she wants her daughter to be an American teenager. Can she escape the FBI, an inquisitive journalist and the murderous and endlessly ingenious Jackson?

The Winner is a departure for Baldacci. LuAnn is as plucky and resourceful as the heroines of Absolute Power and Total Control, but the plot she inhabits is a new departure for him. Normally he shows us a dark vision of how things really work, but here he brings to life and makes plausible what might have been pulp cliches. As in the description of Jackson, a master of disguise: "Sitting across from her was her double, or the double of the woman she had just become. The same short red hair, facial complexion, crooked nose, everything--it was as though she had suddenly discovered a twin". What's more, his method of rigging lotteries is clever and convincing enough to worry lottery organisers the world over. Perhaps the sunniest and least cynical of Baldacci's thrillers, The Winner is an intelligent, exciting and deeply moral read whose switchback plot is full of surprises and touching moments. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Baldacci cuts everyone's grass - Grisham's, Ludlum's, even Patricia Cornwell's - and more than gets away with it' (PEOPLE magazine)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teemacs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Sep 2007
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I tend to get fed up with books populated by incredibly ingenious villains overcome by a fortuitous combination of handsome, spunky men and beautiful, talented women who live more or less happily ever after (what they call in German a "Happyend"). But then, I guess, if they were ordinary folk, we'd never get to hear about it because (a) they would be too boring for words (just like all the rest of us), or (b) the baddie would inevitably triumph and we'd never be any the wiser, so perhaps I shouldn't moan. So, what we need to get us from the beginning to the inevitable end in an entertaining manner is a good plot, well told. This manages fairly well on both counts.

At the beginning of the book, I guessed the end, and got it nearly right (there were more survivors than I expected). All in all, an entertaining read, just the right thing for train and plane journeys. Sure you could read a lot better, but you could also read a lot worse.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug 2004
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. You could really feel for LuAnn Tyler and wanted everything to work out for her. This was my 1st book by David Baldacci and it prompted me to buy more of his work. Try 'Split Second'-Excellent! 'Absolute Power'-couldn't put it down. I've ordered more of his work today on Amazon and can't wait to get started.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alison on 21 Feb 2014
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I have read most of the books written by David Baldacci and never been disappointed. However, I struggled from the start to get into this story. Didn't like the general idea of the storyline or the characters once I had got into it enough to decide. Didn't even finish this book which is very very unusual for me. Personally wouldn't recommend this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Scottish Librarian on 4 Feb 2013
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this book may be 14 years old but is one of the best thrillers i have ever read - fantastic
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Sims on 1 Mar 2012
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I've only recently begun reading Baldacci and have enjoyed each book a great deal. But not this one. The storyline only seems to move when intelligent and otherwise credible characters make stupid (and fairly predictable)moves.

Previous books I did not want to end - I had to force myself to finish this and it was a real chore from about 50% onwards.

Sorry.

Do buy a Baldacci, but not this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daisy on 29 Oct 2007
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This was the first book I had read by David Baldacci and will most definitely not be the last. Although I more or less guessed what the outcome would be I was still intrigued. Where does he get his ideas from? An absolutely brilliant read. Highly recommended. Now I'm looking for more books by this author. Outstanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Connolly on 8 Aug 2000
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Perfect for the one or two week holiday. More than 50 small chapters make it easy to read in small doses, provided, that is, you can put it down. You think you know were it's going only to end up at another dead end. This was my first Baldacci book. I am currently considering which of his other titles to read for my October 2000 break.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Aug 1999
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The Winner was the first David Baldacci book I read and was certainly the most exciting read in my last 5 years worth of books. The plot was absolutely gripping - it really would make an excellent film. After reading The Winner I had to buy his other books immediately!
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