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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 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...

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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.

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Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/03/2014

A cunning collection of short stories from the master of misdirection, including original tales featuring the hugely popular series characters Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance. TENSION ...An aging actor attempts to revive his career by entering a celebrity poker game for a reality TV show. Can he outwit his devious opponents, or is his fate doomed from the outset? CONSPIRACY ...A successful crime writer dies under seemingly natural circumstances, but for one cop, doubts are lingering. There's certainly motive for murder - or is there more to the case than meets the eye? MURDER ...Lincoln Rhyme is announced dead, shot by one of his suspects in cold blood. Is this the end of the line for the criminalist, or just another twist in the tale? King of suspense Jeffery Deaver grips with every page, setting out a devilishly clever path where nothing is as it seems. If you think you know the ending, think again ...

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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 ...

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The October List

The October List

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2013

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.

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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.

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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.

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Other books by Jeffery Deaver

Kathryn Dance Collection 1-3

Kathryn Dance Collection 1-3

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: eBook Release Date: 21/05/2015

Three gripping suspense novels featuring Special Agent Kathryn Dance: a kinesics expert whose understanding of human behaviour makes her a brilliant investigator and interrogator.

Solitude Creek

Solitude Creek

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: eBook Release Date: 12/05/2015

"e;One of Deaver's most diabolical villains."e; - New York Times Book Review"e;Deaver is the most creative, skilled, and intriguing thriller writer in the world."e; - Daily TelegraphA tragedy occurs at a small concert venue on the Monterey Peninsula. Cries of "e;fire"e; are raised and, panicked, people run for the doors, only to find them blocked. A half dozen people die and others are seriously injured. But it's the panic and the stampede that killed them; there was no fire. Kathryn Dance--a brilliant California Bureau of Investigation agent and body language expert--discovers that the stampede was caused intentionally and that the perpetrator, a man obsessed with turning people's own fears and greed into weapons, has more attacks planned. She and her team must race against the clock to find where he will strike next before more innocents die.

Rhymes With Prey

Rhymes With Prey

Author: Jeffery Deaver, John Sandford Format: eBook Release Date: 16/12/2014

In this short story from the thrilling anthology FaceOff, bestselling authors Jeffery Deaver and John Sandfordalong with their popular series characters Lincoln Rhyme and Lucas Davenportteam up for the first time ever.The last time Lucas Davenport traveled from his home in Minnesota to New York City, it was to help his friend, NYPD detective Lily Rothenburg, catch a serial killer who was terrorizing the streets of Manhattan. So its no surprise that Lily would ask him back to consult on another difficult casethis time, one she cant trust to her fellow NYC cops. Teaming up with New Yorks finest forensic mind, the irascible and brilliant Lincoln Rhyme, and Lincolns partner Amelia Sachs, they set out to investigate the deaths of four young women, all illegal Mexicans, all of whom seem to be connected to the drug trade. The problem is: the killings may not be cartel hitsthey may be carried out by corrupt cops looking to get information, and then silence the source. Or, as the veteran investigators will soon discover, they could be dealing with a very different kind of killerand to draw him out, Lily and Amelia will have to pose as bait. For more exciting pairs, check out all eleven short stories in FaceOff!

Skin Collector

Skin Collector

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: eBook Release Date: 13/05/2014

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn his classic thriller The Bone Collector, Jeffery Deaver introduced readers to Lincoln Rhyme-the nation's most renowned investigator and forensic detective.Now, a new killer is on the loose: a criminal inspired by the Bone Collector. And Rhyme must untangle the twisted web of clues before the killer targets more victims-or Rhyme himself.The killer's methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims' flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death.When a connection is made to the Bone Collector-the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago-Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case. Rhyme, Sachs, and the NYPD must race against time to answer the many questions the investigation uncovers: Whom will the killer attack next? What is the message behind the victims' tattoos? Does the killer's own inking--a fanged centipede sporting a woman's face--hold any significance? And what is his ultimate mission? As time runs out, Rhyme discovers that the past has returned to haunt him in the most troubling way imaginable...

Ans Messer geliefert

Ans Messer geliefert

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2014

In den Storys der Reihe "e;Bibliomysteries"e; geht es immer um Kriminalfalle, die im Zusammenhang mit Buchern stehen: mit alten Buchern, seltenen Manuskripten, unschatzbaren Stucken. Und naturlich geht es auch um diejenigen, die sie unbedingt haben wollen: Buchhandler, exzentrische Sammler, Bibliothekare, Buchliebhaber - oder einfach: Leser.

The Cold Moon Lincoln Rhyme Book 7

The Cold Moon Lincoln Rhyme Book 7

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2014

The seventh novel in the bestselling Lincoln Rhyme series sees Rhyme attempt to catch his cleverest opponent yet... How long does it take to die? TICK His victims would say forever ... TOCK At each meticulously planned scene, the killer leaves his victims to die slowly, a clock counting down their last minutes on earth. He calls himself the Watchmaker. And it's only a matter of time before he strikes again. But he didn't count on Lincoln Rhyme. Physically, he may face unimaginable challenges, but mentally, he has no limits. With Amelia Sachs as his eyes and ears - and heart - Rhyme is on the Watchmaker's trail within seconds. However, he's not the only one gifted with a calculating intelligence, and this time, his wits must be sharper than ever if he's to catch a killer cold as the moon. Time is ticking for Lincoln Rhyme... 'Probably the best book he's written . . . Enough of Deaver's trademark twists to satisfy his most diehard fans . . . A great read' - Observer '[The plot] is like opening up a Russian doll, and it's typical of Deaver's polished, clever entertainment' - Sunday Telegraph

The Vanished Man Lincoln Rhyme Book 5

The Vanished Man Lincoln Rhyme Book 5

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2014

Can Lincoln Rhyme catch a diabolical killer in a world of truth and lies? 'Deaver is the master puzzler.' - Sunday Telegraph A killer flees the scene of a homicide at a prestigious Manhattan music school and locks himself in a classroom. Within minutes, the police have him surrounded. A scream rings out, followed by a gunshot. The police break down the door. The room is empty. Perplexed, the police bring in Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs to investigate. For the ambitious Sachs, solving the case could earn her a promotion. For the quadriplegic Rhyme, it means relying on his protege to ferret out a master illusionist. Dubbed The Conjurer, this fiendish killer baits them with murders that become more and more diabolical with every crime. As the fatalities rise and the minutes tick down, the pair must move beyond the smoke and mirrors to prevent a terrifying act of vengeance that could become the greatest vanishing act of all.

The Twelfth Card Lincoln Rhyme Book 6

The Twelfth Card Lincoln Rhyme Book 6

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2014

How can Lincoln Rhyme catch a killer who leaves no trace? 'The pace is terrific, the suspense inexorable, and there is an excellent climax . . . If you want thrills, Deaver is your man.' - Guardian Sixteen-year-old Geneva Settle is running from death. She may only be a bright high school student researching a paper on one of her ancestors, but someone sees her as a threat. Someone who will stop at nothing to prevent her from digging up the past. Someone on a mission to kill. Lincoln Rhyme and his partner Amelia Sachs are called to the case. They may have tracked down some of the world's most brilliant criminals, but this particular hunt is posing more questions than answers. Where will their prey strike next? What is the historic secret he's so desperate to protect? And how can anyone catch a killer who leaves no trace? To find the answers, Sachs is going to have to search a crime scene that's over 140 years old and attempt to uncover a secret that that may strike at the very heart of the United States constitution...

Acceptable Sacrifice

Acceptable Sacrifice

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2014

They call him 'Cuchillo' - the Knife. Not because he kills with a blade - he has plenty of men to do that kind of work for him - but because his mind is so sharp. As Mexico's government wages war on the drug cartels, it takes brains to survive, and Cuchillo has not just survived - he has prospered. But when Cuchillo begins to cut too deeply, the federal police of both the United States and Mexico step in to dull his blade. P. Z. Evans and Alejo Diaz know the Hermosillo cartel is planning an attack on a tourist bus in Sonora, and they know they will have to capture or kill Cuchillo to stop it. The cartel leader has just one weakness: rare and ancient books. To destroy the intellectual's evil empire, this unlikely pair of policemen will have to appeal to his inner bibliophile.

The Stone Monkey Lincoln Rhyme Book 4

The Stone Monkey Lincoln Rhyme Book 4

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2014

The dark world of people smuggling beckons as Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs chase The Ghost, a notorious killer... 'The best psychological thriller writer around.' - The Times Investigators Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are recruited to track down a cargo ship carrying two dozen illegal Chinese immigrants, as well as the notorious human smuggler and killer known only as the Ghost. But when the capture goes disastrously wrong, Lincoln and Amelia find themselves in a race to stop the Ghost before he can track down and murder the two surviving families who have vanished deep into the labyrinthine world of New York City's Chinese community. Over the next forty-eight hours the Ghost ruthlessly hunts for the families while Rhyme struggles desperately to find them first. Meanwhile, Sachs pursues a very different kind of policework - forming a connection with one of the immigrants that may have far reaching consequences for her relationship with her partner and lover, Lincoln Rhyme.

The Empty Chair Lincoln Rhyme Book 3

The Empty Chair Lincoln Rhyme Book 3

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2014

The third of the bestselling Lincoln Rhyme series sends the detective deep into North Carolina on the trail of a desperate kidnapper... You've followed a killer into a swamp Hopefully you'll find him before he gets to his next victims But you'd better watch out - The Insect Boy doesn't need his own hands to kill... Sick of his debilitating injuries, Lincoln Rhyme has travelled to a world-famous spinal cord injuries center in North Carolina for some risky, experimental surgery. It may make him a tiny bit better; it may kill him. But before he has a chance to undergo the operation, the local police department draft Rhyme and his partner Amelia into a shocking new case. Using their forensic skills the pair desperately try to track down two women kidnapped by a psychotic young man known locally as the Insect Boy. After a cat-and-mouse game through the abandoned swamps of North Carolina, Lincoln and Amelia finally manage to find him - except suddenly Amelia, convinced of his innocence, breaks the boy out of jail. And it's left to Lincoln to find them both, while Amelia uses all the skills her mentor and lover has taught her to evade him. But her actions are to have more disastrous consequences than either of them could anticipate ... 'The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world . . . [Deaver] has produced a stunning series of bestsellers with unique characterisation, intelligent characters, beguiling plots and double-barrelled and sometimes triple-barrelled solutions.' - Daily Telegraph

Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/03/2014

A cunning collection of short stories from the master of misdirection, including original tales featuring the hugely popular series characters Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance. TENSION . . . An aging actor attempts to revive his career by entering a celebrity poker game for a reality TV show. Can he outwit his devious opponents, or is his fate doomed from the outset? CONSPIRACY . . . A successful crime writer dies under seemingly natural circumstances, but for one cop, doubts are lingering. There's certainly motive for murder - or is there more to the case than meets the eye? MURDER . . . Lincoln Rhyme is announced dead, shot by one of his suspects in cold blood. Is this the end of the line for the criminalist, or just another twist in the tale? King of suspense Jeffery Deaver grips with every page, setting out a devilishly clever path where nothing is as it seems. If you think you know the ending, think again . . .

Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: eBook Release Date: 04/03/2014

Fiendish suspense. Shocking twists. Twelve diabolical tales.New York Times bestselling author and highly acclaimed storyteller Jeffery Deaver-the undisputed "e;grand master of the plot twist"e; (Booklist)-returns with a dazzling new collection of short stories. In these twelve electrifying tales (including six written just for this anthology) Deaver proves once again his genius for the unexpected-in his world, appearances are always deceiving.A devoted housekeeper embarks on a quest to find the truth behind her employer's murder. A washed-up Hollywood actor gets one last, high-stakes chance to revive his career. A man makes an impulsive visit to his hometown, and learns more about his past than he bargained for. Two Olympic track hopefuls receive terrorist threats. And Deaver's beloved series characters Lincoln Rhyme, Kathryn Dance, and John Pellam return in stories now in print for the first time.

The Coffin Dancer Lincoln Rhyme Book 2

The Coffin Dancer Lincoln Rhyme Book 2

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2014

The second instalment of the internationally bestselling Lincoln Rhyme series. 'The best psychological thriller writer around' - The Times The Coffin Dancer, America's most wanted hit man, is back with a bang. Hired by an infamous airline owner to take care of three witnesses before his trial, the Coffin Dancer begins by blowing up a pilot - and an entire plane along with him... Enter quadriplegic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme, the man who can find forensic evidence to hang a man in the smallest debris, and his assistant Amelia Sachs. Despite the growing danger, their job is to keep the remaining two witnesses safe, and to track down the Coffin Dancer before he has chance to finish what he started... But as the first murder proved, this notorious serial killer is not easily stopped, and is more than happy to sacrifice anyone who tries to get in his way. The race is on...

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