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The Accident by Chris Pavone
  

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With his first novel The Expats, Pavone introduced himself as a clever spinner of tales of treachery and intrigue, alongside a forensic dissection of the dark side of married life, which made for a unique combination. In his new novel, he confirms his talent for suspense in the tale of a manuscript coveted by agents, publishers, industrialists, spies and shadowy government agencies, many of whom would kill or worse to avoid it being published. A multilayered structure keeps the reader in the dark all along, with clues scattered aphazardly and twists buried at every turn. The book reads like a runaway train and offers suspense of the highest order. Most satisfying.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In a hectically paced, very topical thriller that takes place over the course of a single day, a highly dangerous document throws the lives of a literary agent and an espionage operative into turmoil. Isabel Reed is one of New York’s most high-powered literary agents. But she comes across a manuscript that is unlike anything she has ever read before – and it keeps her reading into the wee small hours. The manuscript is hand-delivered anonymously, and Isabel finds it full of astonishing revelations and destabilising truths.
~ The Good Book Guide

Synopsis

The Accident by Chris Pavone

From Edgar Award-winning Chris Pavone, author of the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller The Expats, comes a riveting time-bomb of a thriller (fans of The Expats will be excited to see a few characters from Pavone's first book pop up here as well). Taking place over the course of twenty-four hours, The Accident draws on the rich worlds of publishing, politics and international spies to tell a suspenseful tale of intrigue in the vein of John Grisham and Laura Lippman. In New York City, Isabel Reed, one of the most respected and powerful literary agents in the city, frantically turns the pages of a manuscript into the early dawn hours. This manuscript - printed out, hand-delivered, totally anonymous - is full of shocking revelations and disturbing truths linked to a car accident that occurred years ago, things which could compromise national security. Is this what she's been waiting for her entire career: a book that will help her move on from a painful past, a book that could save her beloved industry ...a book that will change the world? In Copenhagen, Hayden Gray, a veteran station chief, wary of the CIA's obsession with the Middle East, has been steadfastly monitoring the dangers that abound in Europe. Even if his bosses aren't paying attention, he's determined to stay vigilant. And he's also on the trail of this manuscript - and the secrets that lie at its heart. For him, quite simply, it must never see the light of day. As Isabel and Hayden try to outwit each other, the nameless author watches on from afar. With no-one quite sure who holds all the cards, the stakes couldn't be higher: in just one day careers could be ruined, devastating secrets could be unearthed, and innocent people could die. As the manuscript moves from person to person, it leaves a trail of bodies in its wake. Gripping, sophisticated, and impossible to put down, The Accident is a masterful follow-up to one of the most acclaimed and striking debut thrillers of recent years.

About the Author

Chris Pavone

Chris Pavone grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Cornell, and was an editor at book-publishing houses in New York for fifteen years. His 2012 debut, The Expats, described by the Sunday Times as 'a captivating, sophisticated thriller' was an international best seller and won the Edgar Award for best first novel.

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Publication date

5th January 2015

Author

Chris Pavone

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
544 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9780571298945

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