The Bodies Left Behind
By Jeffery Deaver
An isolated house in the woods, dead bodies on the floor, a chase through the woods: a tense standalone thriller from the master of the twist.
DEAVER. DANGEROUSLY GOOD.
A spring night in a small town in Wisconsin. A call to police emergency from a distant lake house is cut short. Is it a phone glitch or something more sinister? Off-duty deputy Brynn McKenzie leaves her family's dinner table to find out...
...And stumbles onto the scene of a heinous murder. Before she can call for backup she finds herself the next potential victim. Deprived of her phone, weapon and car, Brynn flees, along with the only survivor of the crime.
These unlikely allies can survive only by escaping into the dense, deserted woods, on a desperate trek to safety. And ultimately to a life or death choice.
Flight. Or fight?
'Confirms his status as one of the finest crime writers in the world . . . grabs the reader by the throat from the beginning. Superb.' Independent on Sunday
Jeffery Deaver is the award-winning author of three collections of short stories and 32 internationally bestselling novels, including the 2011 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 WHSmith 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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29 Oct 2009
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Confirms his status as one of the finest crime writers in the world . . . grabs the reader by the throat from the beginning. Superb. — Independent on Sunday
The pace is terrific, the suspense inexorable, and there is an excellent climax . . . If you want thrills, Deaver is your man. — Guardian
Not just an adrenaline-charged manhunt but a game of deception and multiple double-cross that keeps the reader guessing right up to the final page — The Times
A real page-turner from start to finish — Daily Mirror
An epic cat-and-mouse chase — Sunday Telegraph
Full of his trademark misdirections, bluffs and double-bluffs . . . It'll be snapped up and devoured by Deaver's legions of loyal fans — News of the World on THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND
'Deaver cleverly keeps the surprises up his sleeve until the very end' — Daily Mail on THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND
'A thrill-a-minute wilderness adventure' — New York Times on THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND
A head-spinning, clever cat-and-mouse tale that hurtles along at 100mph . . . Full of twists, turns, bluffs and double bluffs, it's an edge-of-the-seat read from beginning to end — Sunday Express on THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND
'My, can he make you turn those pages! His real genius lies in superb plotting, which is exactly what the thriller genre demands . . . Deaver is so expert at this kind of thing it must be routine for him by now, but there is never a hint of complacency in his writing.' — Herald
'I guarantee anyone who picks up this book won't be disappointed with the story . . . as usual, Deaver has written a fantastic page-turner' — crimesquad.com
'Deaver is on top form with this novel, there is absolutely no doubt about that . . . An excellent read' — reviewingtheevidence.com