The ultimate thriller writer's first large-scale, ticking clock standalone thriller. An escaped convict takes hostage a bus of deaf children. He will kill one an hour . . .
A trio of desperate convicts has hijacked a bus carrying a group of deaf and mute schoolgirls who are now being held hostage in a disused slaughterhouse. FBI agent Arthur Potter is flown in to negotiate with the men, as are local police, state troopers, politicians and the media. Not everyone has the same agenda. And the killers will kill one innocent child an hour, on the hour, until their demands are met.
Deaver knits a seamless fabric of tightening tension right up to the explosive double whammy ending - The Times
A real chiller, seething with violence and heart-stopping tension - Sunday Telegraph
A gripping, emotional descent into the mind of evil - Anthony Gallagher, Waterstone's
Tension-packed pages take the thriller to a new dimension - Doris Mousdale, Whitcoulls, New Zealand
An authentic and gripping hostage drama - Toby Wrigley, Book League, South Africa
Riveting and sensitively handled - New Woman
JEFFERY DEAVER is the bestselling author of thirty-five novels, including the 2011 authorised James Bond thriller, Carte Blanche, as well as three collections of short stories and a non-fiction law book. A former journalist, attorney and folksinger, he has been shortlisted for and received numerous awards around the world, including Novel of the Year from the International Thriller Writers Association for The Bodies Left Behind, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller from the British Crime Writers Association, and the British Thumping Good Read Award. He was recently shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author. Last year he received two lifetime achievement awards, one in Italy and one in the United States. He lives in North Carolina.