The Blue Nowhere
By Jeffery Deaver
A killer tracks his victims through their virtual world in Deaver's powerful standalone thriller.
Someone is killing people in Sacramento Valley. Seemingly unrelated, the deaths are perpetrated by a murderer who knows everything there is to know about the victims - who can kill them because of the intimacy he seems to have with them. An intimacy which is created by his ability to track their every move through the virtual world, as soon as they switch on their computer.
Streetwise cop Frank Bishop is detailed to the case, allied unwillingly to a young hacker, Wyatt Gillette, who is sprung from prison to pit his brilliance against the criminal's. But no one knows who to trust in an environment where everything is suspect, and pressing the wrong letter on your keyboard may mean death.
This is the novel that will make you hesitate every time you click on the box that says 'Are you sure you want to send this over the Internet?'.
Jeffery Deaver is the award-winning author of two collections of short stories and 29 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. The first Kathryn Dance novel, The Sleeping Doll, was published in 2007 to enormous acclaim.
A 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 with Garden of Beasts, and their Short Story Dagger for The Weekender from Twisted.
Jeffery Deaver lives in North Carolina and California.
Visit his website, www.jefferydeaver.com, Facebook page, www.facebook.com/JefferyDeaver, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JefferyDeaver.
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09 May 2002
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'He has pulled off the considerable coup of introducing two distinctive new heroes . . . Recently, authors such as Patricia Cornwell have come adrift when trying to create a fresh formula for their books, but Deaver writes as if the prose in The Blue Nowhere had been his house style all along. Working against the considerable disadvantage of an online villain - Deaver really has to work hard to make him truly sinister - he has created a high-tech thriller that suggests he need never go back to his Lincoln Rhyme books. But he probably will...' Publishing News
Deaver has produced an exciting cyberthriller — Sunday Telegraph
'A thriller of a thriller . . . Jeffery Deaver justs gets better and better' Jonathan Spencer-Payne, Peak Bookshop, Chesterfield
Deaver's customary brilliant plotting — The Sunday Times
'Deaver has produced an exciting cyberthriller' Sunday Telegraph
A classic detective yarn — Gerald Kaufman, The Scotsman
'He has pulled off the considerable coup of introducing two distinctive new heroes . . . but Deaver writes as if the prose in The Blue Nowhere had been his house style all along — Publishing News
'Deaver expertly leads the reader through the intricacies of the California State Police Computer Crimes Division' Express
Another serial killer and the internet both helping and concealing the stunning solution. The murderer chooses victims through the internet, but is is old-fashioned sleuthing that tracks down method and motive — The Scotsman
'Jeffery Deaver's story, set in California, sets out to dazzle and bewilder readers with all manner of cyber-clues and deceptions...a classic detective yarn' Gerald Kaufman, The Scotsman
Once again displays his penchants for multiple false endings . . . This is the most ambitious attempt yet to turn computer crime into fiction . . . Deaver's customary brilliant plotting — The Sunday Times
Engrossing thriller that also imparts a wealth of computer info — Choice, London
'Taut tale of a computer whiz-kid and a serial killer so skilled at covering his movements in cyberspace that it takes a fellow hacker to track him down. It will leave you feeling relieved that Bill Gates preferred monopoly to murder' The Times
Slick, pacey and jam-packed with action — Yorkshire Evening Post