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The Winner [Paperback]

David Baldacci
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21 Nov 2003
LuAnn Tyler is an unwed mother striving to escape a life of endless poverty. Then a mysterious Mr Jackson makes her an offer he thinks no one can refuse: a guarantee to be the winner of the $100 million lottery. But LuAnn won't do it. Less than twenty-four hours later, she is fighting for her life and running from a false murder charge. Jackson's offer - and its condition that she leave the country forever - seems her only hope. However, ten years later, LuAnn secretly returns to the United States to begin a new life with Matthew Riggs, a man whose origins are as murky as her own. But a canny reporter has picked up her trail, as have the FBI - and Jackson. Matt Riggs is the only person who can help her. But is help what Matt intends or is he too closing in for the kill? '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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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (21 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330419668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330419666
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,635 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, and his foundation at, and to look into its programme to spread books across America at

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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.


'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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!! 6 Aug 2004
By A Customer
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't take it seriously... 26 Aug 2007
By K. Jamison VINE VOICE
This is my first introduction to David Baldacci and I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt.

The plot is good and the action sequences have their moments but I struggled to get through the first 30 pages. Once past those, it did pick up and was, for the most part, very enjoyable. But the antagonist is truly awful. What starts out as a fairly believable sinister character, descends into farce and overly dramatic cliché by the end of the book.

By the end of the book I cared less for LuAnn than I did at the start.

I'm not writing off Baldacci just yet, I have already bought two of his other books.

Baldacci is nowhere close to Grisham's league and has a lot of ground to make up to reach my current favourite, Michael Connelly. And I don't believe this should ever be made into a movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 6 Sep 2007
By Teemacs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding reading 29 Oct 2007
By Daisy
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
5.0 out of 5 stars the winner 4 Feb 2013
this book may be 14 years old but is one of the best thrillers i have ever read - fantastic
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2.0 out of 5 stars Buy another Baldacci - not this one 1 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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.


Do buy a Baldacci, but not this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Non-demanding and compulsive entertainment. 8 Aug 2000
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The best I have read! 29 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Baldacci is a great writer, the suspense and pace of Grisham but with more oomph! This is his best with a fast paced story and an excellent lead...cannot wait for a film verison.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
From the very first chapter I was hooked. What a ride... exhilarating...twists...turns. I didn't have a clue where this was going for well into the book. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mr C Salmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a Friend
Ordered this on behalf of a friend - when I asked her she said she really enjoyed the read. '
Published 1 month ago by PNT
4.0 out of 5 stars David baldacci "The Winner"
Good book. David Baldacci always writes a very good novel and I think I have read most of his books They are the always "Cannot put down" type.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD READ
One of three David Baldacci books bought for my husband as a present. He is enjoying the first one - The Winner.
Published 1 month ago by Millie
5.0 out of 5 stars David's books always good
This is one of several books that I have read by this author very hard to put down looking forward to the next book
Published 1 month ago by Roy
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
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. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alison
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I have read all of your books and have enjoyed almost all of them I think this one although totally unreal is one of the and I am 81 cheers
Published 1 month ago by A.F.PROCTOR
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Clever premise, skilfully told, if a little far-fetched. Usual high standard read I have come to expect from David Baldacci
Published 2 months ago by Michael Coulson
5.0 out of 5 stars Now you know why you can't win the lottery
Really enjoyed this book, different from his usual books (or the one's I have read) but still has the excitement and twists and turns of all Baldacci's books.
Published 2 months ago by Jackyt
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is my lottery ticket
Brilliant. Usual Baldacci standard. Gripped throughout and had lots of twists. Enjoyed a great deal and will read more. Great.
Published 2 months ago by Gary J Daltrey
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