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Elevator Pitch

by Linwood Barclay

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 just so readable.

Liz Robinson

Elevator Pitch Synopsis

It begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in Manhattan. Each presses the button for their floor, but the elevator climbs, non-stop, to the top where it pauses for a few seconds, before dropping.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again. And when Wednesday brings yet another catastrophe, New York, one of the most vertical cities in the world is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it's working. But what do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line?

It will be a race against time for detectives Jerry Borque and Lois Delgado to find the answers before a deadly Friday night showdown.

Number 1 bestseller Linwood Barclay returns with a heart-stopping thriller which will do for elevators what Psycho did for showers and Jaws did for the beach... 

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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

'One of the finest thriller writers in the world at the very top of his game. You will not put this book down. You will not want to sleep. And you will certainly not want to get in a lift again' MARK BILLINGHAM

'Best known for noirish suburban tales, Barclay manages the switch here to metropolitan mayhem with aplomb, juggling venal big-city politics, far-right terrorism, hubristic architecture and the co-option of the media with the same confidence he brings to orchestrating his sizeable ensemble ... it has all the makings of a superior disaster movie' SUNDAY TIMES, Thriller of the Month

'Ought to be sponsored by the Department of Health as it will make most readers take the stairs instead of the lift ... As always, Linwood Barclay tells his story with an appealing combination of darkness and warmth' SUNDAY EXPRESS

'Linwood Barclay's new-found sardonicism brings out the humour that always lies within horror ... the twists keep coming - but it is the unexpected comedy that keeps you reading' THE TIMES

'The plot is crammed with even more narrative twists than Barclay usually serves up ... it is delivered with considerable acumen' FINANCIAL TIMES

'Genius ... but terrifying' THE SUN

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

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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: 9780008332037
Publication date: 20th February 2020
Author: Linwood Barclay
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, 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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