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Jeffery Deaver - Author

About the Author

Jeffery Deaver is the author of three collections of short stories and 32 suspense novels. 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.

Photograph © Russ Kientsch

Featured books by Jeffery Deaver

The Goodbye Man

The Goodbye Man

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/03/2021

A whammy of a read that fires intense shots of action into a slow burn investigation of a cult. Colter Shaw goes undercover to check out the Foundation, a community with a charismatic leader and a seemingly dark purpose. I adored The Never Game, which is the first in the Colter Shaw Thrillers, this continues the series in fine style. Shaw is a resourceful professional reward seeker with a heart and a conscience, he is easy to like and believe in. Jeffery Deaver’s writing style ensures suspense overlays proceedings and that the tension ramps up as you read. He purposefully leaves information out, and then allows understanding to explode into your awareness, so expect surprises along the way. This cult feels all too believable, and the research behind the story is clearly felt. The Goodbye Man is a fabulous burst of escapism, it comes served with combat and empathy, a mix that ensures it a place as a Liz Robinson Pick of the Month.

The Never Game

The Never Game

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/03/2020

A breathtaking, riveting, fabulous reading experience awaits in this absolute belter of a thriller. Colter Shaw starts to investigate the case of a missing student, it appears that the kidnapper is playing a game that is about to turn deadly. The prelude sounded a klaxon, the chapter heading and dramatic content ensured I was on full alert. Each short, wonderfully written chapter added layer upon intricate layer and increased the tension. Jeffery Deaver is a master storyteller, his stories are so incredibly easy to read yet wonderfully clever. This book is full of intoxicating action, I also found myself wondering and considering as my thoughts and feelings were thoroughly provoked. Colter Shaw is someone you would want on your side, a hunter with humility and empathy. I am sooo excited that this is the start to a new series, I simply can’t wait to find out more about Shaw! ‘The Never Game’ is a book you can escape into and fully immerse yourself in until you have to come up for air - absolutely wonderful!

The Burial Hour Lincoln Rhyme Book 13

The Burial Hour Lincoln Rhyme Book 13

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/03/2018

 When a man is snatched from a New York street in broad daylight, the only clue is a miniature noose left on the pavement. By the time criminal forensic scientist Lincoln Rhyme is involved, a video of the missing man is already online, his dying breaths set to a grisly music by someone calling himself The Composer. Rhyme and fellow investigator Amelia Sachs must follow The Composer across the globe as he continues his horrifying creation, kidnapping further victims to add their last breaths to his piece. But with Rhyme and Sachs in a whole new world with its own rules, how can they possibly guess what danger they're in when the music finally stops? 'One of the most consistent writers of clever, entertaining and often thought-provoking thrillers in the world' Simon Kernick 'The best psychological thriller writer around' The Times 'Deaver is a master of plot twists, and they are abundant in this story...essential for fans of the franchise' Daily Mail

The Steel Kiss

The Steel Kiss

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2017

Master of suspense Jeffery Deaver returns with the latest gripping thriller featuring paraplegic forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme. Smart technology is everywhere. It makes our lives easier, our connections faster and journeys quicker. But in the wrong hands, it can kill...Detective Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a murderer, chasing him through a Brooklyn department store, when her pursuit is fatally interrupted. An escalator gives way, forcing Sachs down into the machinery to help the man trapped in its depths...and enabling the suspect to flee. But was it simply a freak accident? Could the killer's presence in the store really be a coincidence? As the body count threatens to grow, Sachs and forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme realise they are facing one of their most formidable opponents ever. Someone able to turn the most commonplace product into a murder weapon. Someone who can kill by remote control...

Solitude Creek

Solitude Creek

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

Feel the fear of the victims and witnesses, hear the thoughts of the cunning and extremely intimidating perpetrator, turn the final page and find yourself wanting to read it all over again… this is an explosive and riveting novel. You don't have to have previously read any other ‘Kathryn Dance’ thrillers, although this will certainly encourage you to. The author is more than capable of running rings around your imagination and thought processes, remember, if you work something out, it’s only because you've been allowed to. There are some wonderfully clever moments where expected action is suspended and anticipated outcomes transformed. Occasionally a chapter will leave you hanging, you want to race ahead, to find out what has just happened, while at the same time consume every word to ensure absolutely nothing is missed. Deaver creates a stimulating and challenging world for Kathryn Dance to manoeuvre through and dares you to keep up in this fabulously intense thriller of a read.~ Liz Robinson

Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2015

August 2015 Book of the Month. Deaver’s third collection of short stories contains twelve pieces and every one one of them a gem of a read full of clever plotting, surprise, tension and the occasional 'I never saw that coming' moments. Six are new; one Lincoln Rhyme, one Kathryn Dance, one John Pellam and three stand-alones. Two of the older ones, The Therapist and Forever, border on the occult and one, Paradise, with its terrific twist, is the author’s favourite.  It is in fact a wonderful introduction to his work that we are pretty sure you'll quickly get hooked on.

The Skin Collector

The Skin Collector

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/01/2015

This is forensic scientist, quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme’s eleventh case.  He is an interesting character surrounded by a great team so fans will be among old favourites.  Newcomers will be fine for Jeffery Deaver is very good at introducing you to his characters in each book.  This is the follow-up to The Bone Collector, his first case.  Here old adversary, The Watchmaker, is now dead in prison(!).  Rhyme is most interested as to who will collect the ashes and one of his colleagues goes undercover to find out.  So with plot and counterplot, twist and then some, this bounds along at a compulsive pace.  Short chapters leave you anxiously moving on in an excellent thriller

The October List

The October List

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2014

You wait, desperately, for news of your daughter. At last, the door opens. But it is not the negotiators, or the FBI. It is her kidnapper. And he has a gun ...Two days ago, life was normal. How did it end like this? Every crime scene begins at the end. To know what happened, you must work backwards, piecing together the events that came before. The ultimate thriller writer, Jeffery Deaver puts your brain - and your nerves - to the ultimate test with THE OCTOBER LIST, in a masterful mystery that unfolds from the end back to the beginning with many a breath-taking twist along the way.

The Kill Room

The Kill Room

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2014

The tenth novel in the critically acclaimed Lincoln Rhyme series, from Number One bestselling author Jeffery Deaver. They are calling it the 'million-dollar bullet': a sniper shot from a near-impossible distance. But there is no crime scene investigation, no evidence, and no co-operation from the local Bahamian police. Ambitious New York district attorney Nance Laurel won't let it go. This murder has all the hallmarks of a contract killing, and she has evidence that the order came from the highest levels of the US government. Putting her career on the line, she calls in independent investigators: Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs. No strangers to controversy, their reputation for seeing what others miss is unparalleled, and she knows they will risk everything - even their lives - to seek the truth ...

Xo A Kathryn Dance Thriller

Xo A Kathryn Dance Thriller

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/05/2013

Kayleigh Towne is a beautiful and successful singer-songwriter, and Edwin Sharp is her biggest fan. When she replies to one of his fan letters with 'XO', Edwin is convinced she loves him, and that her latest hit song 'Your Shadow' was written for him. Nothing Kayleigh or her lawyers can say persuades him otherwise. Then the singer gets an anonymous phone call; it's the first verse of 'Your Shadow' playing. Soon after, one of the crew is horribly murdered. Kayleigh's friend Kathryn Dance, a special agent with the California Bureau of Investigation, knows that stalking crimes are not one-off occurrences, and, sure enough, more verses of the song are played as warnings of death to follow. With a little help from forensic criminalist Lincolyn Rhyme, Dance must use her kinesic and investigative skills in an attempt to find the killer before more people die. Deaver has written the actual song, 'Your Shadow'. Readers are able to download it from www.jefferydeaver.com.

Carte Blanche The New James Bond Novel

Carte Blanche The New James Bond Novel

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/05/2012

Thousands will die. It is not known where, or how, or who is behind the threat. 007 is given carte blanche to do anything necessary to protect his country, but there is no blank slate when innocent lives are at stake.

Carte Blanche : The New James Bond Novel

Carte Blanche : The New James Bond Novel

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2011

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 28 May 2011. James Bond returns in a contemporary new thriller by Number One bestselling author Jeffery Deaver. CARTE BLANCHE takes place in the present day over a short period of time, and sees Bond visit three or four exotic locations around the globe, one of which is Dubai.

The Bone Collector

The Bone Collector

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2009

Matthew Dunn, author of The Spycatcher, on The Bone Collector... What happens if you take Sherlock Holmes cantankerous, yet brilliant analytical brain, put it in a body that cannot move, make him a modern American, and move his home from London to New York?  You have Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic detective.  A former NYPD forensic investigator, Rhyme lost the use of his limbs while on duty, and since medical discharge has been an occasional consulting detective.  From his room, he uses his deductive powers to identify and track down a serial killer in New York.  There are many excellent crime thrillers featuring serial killers, but to my knowledge The Bone Collector, and the subsequent Rhyme novels, is unique given the severe physical constraints of the protagonist.  Crime storytelling at its peak.

Garden Of Beasts

Garden Of Beasts

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/05/2005

An American who normally writes contemporary police procedural or serial killer tales, sets his latest thriller in pre-war Germany during the 1936 Olympics.  It’s a mix of old-fashioned detective work (German policeman), appalling training tests (S.S.), a failing hit-man (ex-Mafia) and a frightening bit of duplicity (American).  It won the Crime Writers Association highest award, the Gold Dagger, and it’s brilliant.Comparison: Frederick Forsyth, Gerald Seymour, Nelson DeMille.Similar this month: Guy Walters, Jack Higgins.

The Final Twist

The Final Twist

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/2021

The gripping new thriller from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Jeffery Deaver Twist left. Unique Investigator Colter Shaw is searching for the answer to his father's final, posthumous riddle. It will lead him to evidence that will topple the secretive espionage company, BlackBridge. Twist right. He believes BlackBridge to be responsible for his father's murder and brother's disappearance. They can outmanoeuvre anyone, as the long trail of bodies behind them can confirm. But they haven't yet met Colter Shaw. Don't slip up. This time the stakes are huge - the fate of a nation is in Colter's hands. He must find the solution as to why his father died - but to do that he needs to stay alive...

Other books by Jeffery Deaver

The Sleeping Doll

The Sleeping Doll

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/05/2021

California Bureau of Investigation Special agent Kathryn Dance is an expert in kinesics: the science of interpreting behaviour. It makes her a brilliant interrogator. But she's up against Daniel Pell, a master of control who mesmerises, seduces and exploits people for his own murderous ends. A convicted killer who is known as The Son of Manson for the chilling parallels between him and the notorious ritual murderer. To track down Pell before he destroys yet more lives, Kathyn Dance must enlist the help of four people from the killer's past. The three women who lived under his sadistic sway in the cult he once headed. And the young girl known as the Sleeping Doll, the only survivor of her family's slaughter at Pell's hands . . .

The Final Twist

The Final Twist

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/05/2021

The gripping new thriller from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Jeffery Deaver Twist left. Unique Investigator Colter Shaw is searching for the answer to his father's final, posthumous riddle. It will lead him to evidence that will topple the secretive espionage company, BlackBridge. Twist right. He believes BlackBridge to be responsible for his father's murder and brother's disappearance. They can outmanoeuvre anyone, as the long trail of bodies behind them can confirm. But they haven't yet met Colter Shaw. Don't slip up. This time the stakes are huge - the fate of a nation is in Colter's hands. He must find the solution as to why his father died - but to do that he needs to stay alive...

The Never Game

The Never Game

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/05/2019

A breathtaking, riveting, fabulous reading experience awaits in this absolute belter of a thriller. Colter Shaw starts to investigate the case of a missing student, it appears that the kidnapper is playing a game that is about to turn deadly. The prelude sounded a klaxon, the chapter heading and dramatic content ensured I was on full alert. Each short, wonderfully written chapter added layer upon intricate layer and increased the tension. Jeffery Deaver is a master storyteller, his stories are so incredibly easy to read yet wonderfully clever. This book is full of intoxicating action, I also found myself wondering and considering as my thoughts and feelings were thoroughly provoked. Colter Shaw is someone you would want on your side, a hunter with humility and empathy. I am sooo excited that this is the start to a new series, I simply can’t wait to find out more about Shaw! ‘The Never Game’ is a book you can escape into and fully immerse yourself in until you have to come up for air - absolutely wonderful!

The Cutting Edge

The Cutting Edge

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/03/2019

From the author of The Goodbye Man, discover Jeffery Deaver's chilling series that inspired the film starring Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington, and is now a major NBC TV series. Number one bestselling author and ultimate thriller writer Jeffery Deaver returns with the final novel in the Lincoln Rhyme series. Someone is killing couples just as they start their lives together. Newlyweds Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are on the hunt... The first victims, William and Anna, were collecting her engagement ring. 1.5 carat, almost flawless. But the Promisor had other ideas for their future... Their murder - and that of the diamond cutter they were visiting - is only the first of a series of macabre attacks. The killer is hunting down any witnesses who might lead to his capture. He has promised one thing: to destroy. But Rhyme and Sachs will do whatever it takes to break his vow. 'The best psychological thriller writer around.' The Times

Az acel csok

Az acel csok

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Ebook Release Date: 13/01/2018

A digitalis technologia resze a mindennapjainknak.Knnyebb teszi az letnket, a segtsgvel gyorsabban teremthetnk kapcsolatot egymssal, s lervidti az utazsi idA t. De rossz kzbe kerlve leteket olthat ki.Amelia Sachs nyomoz ppen egy gyilkost ldz forr nyomon haladva egy brooklyni ruhzban, amikor a hajtvadszatot vgzetes esemny szaktja flbe. Egy mozglpcsA gphzban tallja magt, hogy kimentsen egy mlybe zuhant ldozatot s egyttal kiengedje a markbl a gyanstottat.De vajon tnyleg egyszerA en egy rmisztA baleset trtnt? Lehet pusztn vletlen egybeess, hogy a gyilkos ppen akkor jrt a helysznen?FlA , hogy az ldozatok szma tovbbi ltvnyos nvekedst mutat. Sachs s Lincoln Rhyme, a trvnyszki szakrtA knytelenek rdbbenni, hogy valsznA leg egyik legknyrtelenebb eddigi ellenfelkkel llnak szemben. Valakivel, aki a leghtkznapibb trgyakat is kpes ldklA fegyverr vltoztatni. Valakivel, aki egy tvirnytval is lni tud.Jeffery Deaver, a 150 orszgban kiadott, No.1. nemzetkzi bestseller szerzA a mindennapi letnk rszv vlt modern technikai eszkzk veszlyeit mutatja be, felejthetetlenl izgalmas thrillerben.

The Burial Hour

The Burial Hour

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

***NOW A MAJOR NBC TV SERIES*** Number one bestselling author and master of suspense Jeffery Deaver returns with the thirteenth Lincoln Rhyme thriller, which sees a crime go global... 'One of the most consistent writers of clever, entertaining and often thought-provoking thrillers in the world' Simon Kernick When a man is snatched from a New York street in broad daylight, the only clue is a miniature noose left on the pavement. By the time criminal forensic scientist Lincoln Rhyme is involved, a video of the missing man is already online, his dying breaths set to a grisly music by someone calling himself The Composer. Rhyme and fellow investigator Amelia Sachs must follow The Composer across the globe as he continues his horrifying creation, kidnapping further victims to add their last breaths to his piece. But with Rhyme and Sachs in a whole new world with its own rules, how can they possibly guess what danger they're in when the music finally stops?

Death of a Blue Movie Star

Death of a Blue Movie Star

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2016

She calls herself Rune. She lives a downtown life and works running errands for a couple of documentary filmakers. At twenty-one, she's nowhere, and that's not where she wants to be. So, armed with a borrowed Betacam, she embarks on a freelance career of making movies herself. Unfortunately her first attempt - within the hallowed walls of the XXX Velvet Venus Theatre - was unexpectedly interesting. A bomb takes out half the cinema and a number of patrons. Rune, however, sees the possibilities and decides to track the culprit through the New York underworld - with her camera in tow, as well as Bomb Squad Detective Sam Healy. And thus begins her journey into the heart of the city of neon nightmares...

Hard News

Hard News

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2016

Rune seems to have finally made the first real step towards her dreams - she has secured a job working for a major network news department. From there, her career as a budding documentary maker can really take off. However, nothing in Rune's life is ever that simple. She quickly becomes fascinated by the brutal murder of the network boss, and just as swiftly comes to the conclusion that the guy in the frame for the crime must be innocent. This, despite the mountain of evidence against him. But, trying to prove his innocence starts to become hazardous to her own health when a hitman comes to town with her name on a contract... Full of twists and turns, and with a incredibly engaging central character, this is classic Deaver...

Manhattan Is My Beat

Manhattan Is My Beat

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2016

Back in 1988, a young author emerged onto the crime scene with a fresh and inspiring New York crime series starring a young aspiring film-maker - Rune. The series quickly established their author as one to watch. In this opener, Rune becomes obsessed with the murder of one of the customers at her video store. Mr Kelly had been renting the classic noir movie - MANHATTAN IS MY BEAT - over and over again and she swiftly becomes convinced that the secret to his brutal death is hidden in its black-and-white frames. But what she doesn't realise is that her interest is going to bring her far close to the killer than she ever could have wanted.

Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2016

Every New York City neighbourhood has a story, but what John Pellam uncovers in Hell's Kitchen has a darkness all its own. The Hollywood location scout is hoping to capture the unvarnished memories of longtime Kitchen residents in a no-budget documentary film. But when a suspicious fire ravages an elderly woman's crumbling tenement, Pellam realises that someone might want the past to stay buried. As more buildings and lives go up in flames, Pellam takes to the streets, seeking the twisted pyromaniac who sells services to the highest bidder. But Pellam is unaware that the fires are merely flickering preludes to the arsonist's ultimate masterpiece - a conflagration of nearly unimaginable proportions. . .

Twisted

Twisted

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2016

'I can make good bad and bad badder, and most fun of all, really bad seem good.' Jeffery Deaver And that is exactly what he does in this superb collection. In 'Beautiful' former supermodel Kari's stalker has followed her through retirement to her new small town home. The police can do nothing. The only thing that will end the nightmare is the stalker's death or her own. In the Edgar-nominated 'Triangle' Pete finds a true crime book - and uses the lessons contained therein to kill Mo's lover. The award-winning 'Without Jonathan' introduces us to Marissa, about to go on the first date of her life since she married Jonathan, with a man she met through the personals. As she wonders whether she will ever truly fall in love again, the man she is about to meet is killing a housewife in another part of town... And in the brand-new 'The Christmas Present', we see a side of Lincoln Rhyme we've never met before.

Bloody River Blues

Bloody River Blues

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2016

Hollywood location scout John Pellam thought the scenic backwater town of Maddox, Missouri, would be the perfect site for an upcoming gangster film. Until real bullets leave two people dead and one cop paralysed. Pellam had unwittingly wandered onto the crime scene just moments before the brutal hits. Now the feds and local police want him to talk. Mob enforcers want him silenced. And a mysterious blonde just wants him. Trapped in a town full of sinister secrets and deadly deceptions, Pellam fears that deal will imitate art, as the film shoot - and his life - race toward a breathtakingly bloody climax.

More Twisted

More Twisted

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2016

MURDER A millionaire philanthropist is shot while he sleeps. His terrified wife made a narrow escape. Or did she? MYSTERY A crime writer's violent fictions start to come chillingly true. Has he unwittingly inspired a murderer? SUSPENSE A young woman is trapped in a tunnel deep underground. Two men battle to rescue her. Are they heroes, or driven by some darker motive? In the cunning, suspense-filled world of Jeffery Deaver, only one thing is certain: the next twist is only ever a page away ...

Shallow Graves

Shallow Graves

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2016

John Pellam had been in the trenches of filmmaking, with a promising Hollywood career - until tragedy sidetracked him. Now he's a location scout, travelling the country in search of shooting sites for films. But in a small town in upstate New York, Pellam's illusionary world is shattered by a savage murder, and he is suddenly centre stage in an unfolding drama of violence, lust and conspiracy in this less-than-picture-perfect locale.

The Lesson of her Death

The Lesson of her Death

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/11/2016

DEAVER. DANGEROUSLY GOOD. When Detective Bill Corde looks at the beautiful face of the murdered girl in the mud, he does not know his own life is about to turn into a terrifyingly real nightmare. For the girl's killer is now on the trail of Corde and his unsuspecting family: his wife, teenage son, and imaginative but vulnerable daughter, Sarah. Sarah, who alone knows the identity of the killer... The lesson Bill Corde is about to learn - the lesson of her death - is an education that no one will ever forget. 'The best psychological thriller writer around' The Times

Speaking In Tongues

Speaking In Tongues

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/11/2016

DEAVER. DANGEROUSLY GOOD. Words are the most dangerous weapons on earth - and Tate Collier has a consummate skill with them. He can talk his way into anyone's heart, get them to do whatever he wants. This served him well when he used to defend death penalty cases in Virginia's Supreme Court; it also made him enemies. Then his teenage daughter goes missing. All the signs are that she's run away. But Tate and his ex-wife, Bett, feel differently. When they set out in search of her, they soon discover that Megan is in the hands of a man with no morals and a gift for words, coercion and deceit as great as Tate's. And Megan is not the only one in danger... 'A compulsive, gripping thriller' Sunday Mirror

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