|Publish Date:||Jul 2011|
|Number of Pages:||539|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.75|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.25 x 7.75 x 1.5|
Jeffery Deaver, the author of eighteen other novels of suspense, has been nominated for three Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America & is a two-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Readers Award for Best Short Story of the Year. A lawyer who quit practicing to write full time, he lives in California & Virginia.
Deaver's (www.jefferydeaver.com) latest stand-alone work introduces Corte, the senior official of a highly secretive Witness Protection Program-like government agency. While "shepherding" people whose lives are in danger, Corte and his team come up against Henry Loving, a brilliant psychopath who has a personal history with Corte. The narrative, which occurs over the course of a weekend, takes some wild turns that will keep listeners guessing until the very end. Actor/musician Skipp Sudduth skillfully keeps the pace moving along, slowing down where necessary, as when Corte engages in some retrospection on his past association with Loving. Deaver fans and anyone liking a good thriller will be clamoring for this one; highly recommended.
- Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg Air Force Base Lib., Lompoc, CA
(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In his new psychological thriller, Deaver devises a compelling contest between two cunning opponents: Henry Loving, the contracted "lifter" who extracts information from his targeted prey to satisfy an employer, and Corte, the federal protection agent who "shepherds" informants from torturous actions (kidnapping, murder, etc.) that might provide the lifter an advantage (i.e., edge). Their tension-filled struggle revolves around a Washington, DC, police officer whose knowledge threatens the intentions of a high-ranking government official.
As in his other novels (The Burning Wire; Roadside Crosses), Deaver has his ingenious protagonists use science-based logic to engineer suspenseful plot twists transpiring over a condensed period of time. Corte, serving as the narrator, consistently applies intricate game-theory analysis to anticipate the devious and evasive tactics Loving might implement within a mere four days. According to the publisher, Edge might serve as the basis for a future series.
Verdict: This tightly written tale will have Deaver fans sitting on the "edge" of their seats.
[See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/10.] - Jerry Miller, Cambridge, MA
(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations— the FBI and CIA among them—lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection.
Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless lifter hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary. While Loving is deft at torture, his expertise lies in getting an edge on his victim—leverage—usually by kidnapping or threatening family until the primary caves under pressure.
The job of keeping the Kessler family alive falls to a man named Corte, a senior federal protection officer known as a shepherd. Uncompromising, relentlessly devoted to protecting those in his care and a passionate board game aficionado, he applies brilliant gaming strategy to his work. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving—the man who, six years earlier, had tortured and killed someone close to him—is also an opportunity to avenge his friend’s death. The assignment soon escalates into a fast-paced duel between Corte and Loving, a dangerous volley of wits and calculated risks.
As he shepherds the Kesslers to a concealed safe house, Corte must anticipate Loving’s every step as the lifter moves in on his prey, and with the help of razor-sharp investigator Claire DuBois and his longtime ally, FBI agent Paul Fredericks, pinpoint which of Kessler’s seemingly insignificant cases has triggered Loving’s return. As the team digs deeper, each of the Kesslers comes under close scrutiny, and in captivity their family bonds are stretched to the breaking point—as the lifter draws near, Corte must ultimately choose between protecting his charges and exposing them to a killer in the name of long-awaited revenge.
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