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The October List by Jeffery Deaver
  

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As Deaver says himself, “a crime scene always begins at the end, you know what happened, you must work backwards, piecing together the events that come before” and so he has produced a novel in reverse. We start at Chapter 36, 6.30 p.m. Sunday, then Chapter 35 is 40 minutes earlier and so on back to Chapter 1 which is only 8.20 a.m. Friday. Each chapter starts with an intriguing photo so your curiosity is aroused even as you pick up the book. Then the process begins and you really do need to pay attention as the twists and turns are considerable to its surprise ending. It is superb. Quite one of the most intriguing crime novels I’ve seen.

If you like Jeffery Deaver you might also like to read books by Tess Gerritsen, Mark Billingham and Nelson Demille.

Synopsis

The October List by Jeffery Deaver

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.

Reviews

'A clever, demanding stand-alone ... As the ingenious plot folds back on itself, the reader has to reevaluate and reinterpret the constantly shifting facts in the case. The finished picture finally emerges with a shock of recognition. This is brilliant craftsmanship in a vastly entertaining package.' -- Publishers Weekly

Praise for master thriller writer Deaver:

'Devious, diabolical and devilish'
New York Times

'The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world' -- Daily Telegraph

'The pace is terrific, the suspense inexorable, and there is an excellent climax ... If you want thrills, Deaver is your man.' -- Guardian

'Jeffery Deaver is grand master of the ticking-clock thriller.' -- Kathy Reichs

'Deaver writes crime fiction - thrillers you want to race through - and he's bloody good -- The Big Issue Sometimes the purest escapism can only be found in a knuckle-bleaching thriller that messes with your blood pressure. This is a job for Jeffery Deaver' -- Saga Magazine

'It's everything we've come to expect from a man at the top of his game ... a great read -- Sun Deaver dispenses expository bits and cliffhangers with a mastery that'll make you smile even more broadly after you realize how thoroughly you've been hoodwinked. Perhaps the cleverest of all Deaver's exceptionally clever thrillers. If you've ever wished you could take the film Memento to the beach, here's your chance.' -- Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Jeffery Deaver

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

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Jeffery Deaver

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Hardback

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781444780437

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