Jeffery Deaver's extraordinary new standalone thriller begins with his most amazing twist - the book's ending . . .
Gabrielle is sitting in an apartment in Manhattan, watching the clock. Her daughter has been kidnapped, she's shot and killed a man, she is trying to evade the police and negotiate with the kidnapper, a stone-cold killer. He wants the October List, and he wants money. The doorbell rings...
That is the end of Gabrielle's story, and the first chapter of this extraordinary novel by the world's best thriller writer Jeffery Deaver. The next chapter is the scene which came before, and what follows is the what happened before that. Deaver's breathtakingly clever new thriller is guaranteed to keep you gripped to the final page - where you find out the beginning...
About the Author
Jeffery Deaver is the award-winning author of three collections of short stories and 30 internationally bestselling novels, including the latest James Bond novel Carte Blanche. He is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include the number one bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card And The Cold Moon, as well as The Bone Collector which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. vA three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the year, he has been nominated for an Anthony Award and six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. He won the WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award in 2001 and in 2004 won the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller and their Short Story Dagger.
Jeffery Deaver lives in North Carolina and California.
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As always, Jeffery Deaver weaves a great story. Unusually written backwards. Certainly not a disappointment!
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This was so bad it defies description. I gave up and I NEVER give up!
I think I know what he was going for, but this illustrates why traditional formulae work.
'A clever, demanding stand-alone . . . As the ingenious plot folds back on itself, the reader has to reevaluate and reinterpret the constantly shifting 'facts' in the case. The finished picture finally emerges with a shock of recognition. This is brilliant craftsmanship in a vastly entertaining package. Publishers Weekly Jeffery Deaver's most fiendish thriller ever . . . The reader is never lied to in Deaver's brilliant shell game, merely misdirected, and the best part of this trick is that despite being in on the game, we continue to make false assumptions .. . as the pace quickens and the story continues to backtrack, solid evidence, established plot points and sturdily built characters all begin to come undone, until what started out as an interactive game becomes a truly unnerving exercise in deception.' New York Times
'In The October List, the always entertaining Jeffery Deaver attempts the almost impossible: the back-to-front thriller, beginning with its climax and ending with the planning of the initial crime . . . It's very readable.' The Times
'Even halfway through, it seems possible that Deaver has been defeated by the mind-boggling technical challenge of delivering surprises in back-to-front time. But after the reverse journey reaches the couple's first meeting, his gamble is thoroughly vindicated by a series of twists in which he resembles a conjurer who each time seems to have performed his final trick, but then tops it.' Sunday Times
'This will keep you gripped right to the last page.' Press Association
Praise for master thriller writer Deaver:
'Devious, diabolical and devilish.' New York Times
'The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world.' Daily Telegraph
'Deaver writes crime fiction - thrillers you want to race through - and he's bloody good.' The Big Issue
'Sometimes the purest escapism can only be found in a knuckle-bleaching thriller that messes with your blood pressure. This is a job for Jeffery Deaver.' Saga Magazine
'It's everything we've come to expect from a man at the top of his game . . . a great read.' Sun
'Deaver dispenses expository bits and cliffhangers with a mastery that'll make you smile even more broadly after you realize how thoroughly you've been hoodwinked. Perhaps the cleverest of all Deaver's exceptionally clever thrillers. If you've ever wished you could take the film Memento to the beach, here's your chance.' Kirkus
Number Of Pages: 289
Published: 26th September 2013
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1