A roller-coaster standalone thriller set in Washington, DC - a graphology expert has to find a mass killer before he strikes again.
At 9 am on 31st December a man gets onto the packed escalator of a metro station and fires a silenced machine gun through a paper bag. He escapes without being spotted in the confusion caused by dozens of killed and injured people. A note is delivered to the mayor of Washington, D.C., demanding $20 million, or the writer will instruct the gunman to strike again, at 4.00, 8.00 and midnight. The mayor decides to pay up. But then a man is killed in a hit and run accident - his fingerprints match the prints on the note. With the brains behind the operation dead, there's no way of stopping the gunman killing again, and again, and again...
The only thing the FBI have to go on is the note. And Parker Kincaid, forensic document expert, is the only man who can stop the killer.
Principal characters unusually vivid and sympathetic.... Rapidly paced, wholly engrossing tale - Publisher's Weekly
Jeffery Deaver's fiendish new suspense thriller . . . Amazing as it sounds, Deaver makes the intellectual puzzle the most thrilling part of his high-anxiety drama, which twists, turns and leaves us weak - The New York Times Book Review
Deaver is a terrific storyteller, and he takes the reader on a rollercaoster of suspense, violence and mystery - Daily Telegraph
An engrossing thriller...cogent plotting, smooth characterisation and (best of all) psychological profiling of his villains is all nonpareil - The Times
Another winner - Crime Time review
A top-rate thriller that will have you reading well into the early hours of the morning - Bolton Evening News
The master of the plot twist is back - Coventry Evening Telegraph
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.