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Elevator Pitch

by Linwood Barclay

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Elevator Pitch

Oomph, my stomach went into free-fall as I read this clever, on-point, and absolutely thrilling tale. Manhattan’s elevators have been taken over, as the death toll rises and Manhattan comes to a stop, a journalist and two New York Detectives investigate. The prologue sets a chilling scene, I knew what was coming, it was peek through fingers time! Linwood Barclay adds new characters to the boiling pot without missing a beat. Layers of intrigue coupled with heart pounding action ensured I was on high alert at all times. As the tale slid forward, chimes and occasionally towering bells of realisation rang out. I adore Linwood Barclay’s books, I always throw myself in with abandon and know I can just enjoy a stunningly good read. Elevator Pitch is a flaming humdinger of a novel, it’s one of those, where at the end and I thought back, I slapped my hand to my head and exclaimed “of course!”. Dynamic and because it is just so readable, I’ve added Elevator Pitch as one of my Liz Robinson picks of the month.

Liz Robinson

Elevator Pitch Synopsis

It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world - and the nation's capital of media, finance, and entertainment - is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it's working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men and women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.

Who is behind this? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers . . .

Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.

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Elevator Pitch Press Reviews


'You should read ELEVATOR PITCH by Linwood Barclay as soon as possible. It's one hell of a suspense novel' STEPHEN KING

`This novel moves as fast as a falling elevator and hits with just as much force. Linwood Barclay is a stone cold pro and ELEVATOR PITCH is a shameless good time' JOE HILL

`A great cast of characters, tension, humour and a thrilling ending; this book takes Linwood to new heights!' MARK EDWARDS

`Linwood Barclay presses all the right buttons. Rush out and buy this book, but make sure you take the stairs' MICHAEL ROBOTHAM

`Grabbed me from the very first page. Riveting and heart-pounding' MICHELE CAMPBELL

`An all stops-out thriller that will keep readers' pulses pounding' BOOKLIST


'A suspense master'


'One of the world's finest thriller writers on the top of his game'


'No one can thrill you and chill you better than Barclay'


'One of the best thriller writers in the world'


'Nothing is more satisfying than tucking into a new Linwood Barclay novel'


`Barclay's plots are a delight'


'Barclay writes terrific thrillers'


`The king of the thriller'




`Barclay knows how to keep readers turning the page'


`The real virtues of Barclay's best-selling fiction lie in his characters, not just his plots. Families are as muddled and complicated in his novels as they are in life, generally bolstered by variations of loyalty and love as well as, sometimes, terrible forms of betrayal'


`Canada's current thriller king'


`Linwood Barclay has become the master of the page-turner thriller'


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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008332037
Publication date: 20/02/2020
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008331993
Publication date: 05/09/2019
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008331993
Publication date: 5th September 2019
Author: Linwood Barclay
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Crime / Mystery, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Classic crime, Thriller / suspense,

About Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay was our Guest Editor in October 2013 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Linwood Barclay is married with two children and lives near Toronto. He is the author of four acclaimed Zack Walker mysteries, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, and is the author of the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one besteller, No Time For Goodbye. In the video below Linwood Barclay answer questions from Lovereading members.  Author photo © Bill Taylor

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