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Eyes Wide Open

Format:  Hardcover,

338 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Jul 2011

ISBN-13: 9780061655968

ISBN-10: 0061655961

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A horrible family tragedy that may not be what it seems . . .

A past encounter with an infamous killer turns deadly today . . .

An ordinary man must risk his own family to find the truth.

Jay Erlich's nephew has been found at the bottom of a cliff at Morrow Bay. It's all just a tragic suicide, until secrets from the past begin to rear up again. Did a notorious killer, jailed for many decades, have his hand in this?

Years ago, Jay Erlich's older brother, Charlie, a wayward child of the sixties, set out for California, where he fell under the sway of a charismatic but deeply disturbed cultlike figure. Tragedy ensued and lives were destroyed, but as the decades passed, Charlie married and raised a family and lived a quiet, secluded life under the radar. Yet the demons that nearly destroyed him never completely disappeared.

When Jay heads out west to help his grieving brother, he is pulled back into Charlie's past--and begins to suspect that his nephew's suicide may not have been that at all. With eyes wide open, Jay puts his own life at risk to uncover the truth, a quest that goes beyond the edge of madness and a family haunted by a secret past . . . and into the depths of evil.

Drawing on two real-life experiences from his own past, Gross has crafted a richly personal, yet utterly terrifying tale of two brothers, one successful, one wayward, trying to bridge the gap of what tore them apart.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Jul 2011
ISBN-13: 9780061655968
ISBN-10: 0061655961
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 338
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.25

About the author

Biography of Gross, Andrew

Andrew Gross was born in 1952 in New York City. He grew up in Manhattan and attended the Barnard School for Boys. Both his father and his grandfather on his mothers side were successful clothing manufacturers; they ran the Leslie Fay Companies. Gross received a degree in English from Middlebury College in 1974. In 1982, he received a Masters in Business from Columbia University. He eventually went back to work for his family's publicly-held apparel firm.

Gross attended the Writers Program at the University of Iowa. He took three years to finish a draft of his first book Hydra, a political thriller, in 1998. After dozens of rejections from agents and ultimately publishers he received a phone call from James Patterson. Gross met with Patterson and discussed the early concepts for what ultimately became the Women's Murder Club series. Gross worked with Patterson on several books in this series, including Second Chance and Third Degree, both of which went to Number One.

Then, they branched out on different themes together, co-authoring the bestsellers, The Jester, Lifeguard, and Judge and Jury. In pursuing his solo career Gross wrote such works as The Blue Zone, which debuted on the NYT bestseller list in the United States. A year later, It was followed up by The Dark Tide ( 2007), which was nominated for Thriller of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association. The Dark Tide featured the Gross fictional detective Ty Hauck of Greenwich, Connecticut, who became the lead character in his corruption and political conspiracy-based bestsellers Don't Look Twice and Reckless. In 2012 his title 12 Seconds made The New York Times Best Seller List.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2011-06-15)

The next novel from this New York Times best-selling author, after Reckless (2010); simultaneous release with the Harper Collins Ac (200,000-copy first printing); "I bet this will be good", Prepub Alert, 12/21/10; reader TBA.

Review by Library Journal (2011-07-22)

In his fifth solo outing (after Reckless and five number one best sellers coauthored with James Patterson), Gross employs two events from his own life-the suicide of a nephew and a chance encounter with a notorious mass killer-to craft a gripping psychological thriller in which past family secrets return to haunt those least able to bear the horror. Jay Erlich, a vascular surgeon from New York, is celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary when he receives a call from his sister-in-law in California.

She and her husband, both wards of the state because of mental illness and dependent on Jay for emotional and financial support, have lost their 21-year-old son to suicide. The boy had shown great promise as a kid, only to fall victim to a perfect storm of mental instability. But did he really commit suicide? Or is this tragedy somehow connected to the distant past and his father's ties to a Charles Manson-like cult leader and a California commune? Verdict If there are tricks of the trade, Gross has learned them all. He writes with seeming ease, offering no fancy stylistic tics, no overwrought prose, no melodrama, just a menacing tale with effective twists, perfect pacing, intriguing characters, and heart-gripping suspense. A fun summer read for thriller fans.

- Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

A horrible family tragedy that may not be what it seems...

A past encounter with an infamous killer turns deadly today...

An ordinary man must risk his own family to find the truth.

Jay Erlich's nephew has been found at the bottom of a cliff at Morrow Bay. It's all just a tragic suicide, until secrets from the past begin to rear up again. Did a notorious killer, jailed for many decades, have his hand in this?

Years ago, Jay Erlich's older brother, Charlie, a wayward child of the sixties, set out for California, where he fell under the sway of a charismatic but deeply disturbed cultlike figure. Tragedy ensued and lives were destroyed, but as the decades passed, Charlie married and raised a family and lived a quiet, secluded life under the radar. Yet the demons that nearly destroyed him never completely disappeared.

When Jay heads out west to help his grieving brother, he is pulled back into Charlie's past—and begins to suspect that his nephew's suicide may not have been that at all. With eyes wide open, Jay puts his own life at risk to uncover the truth, a quest that goes beyond the edge of madness and a family haunted by a secret past... and into the depths of evil.

Drawing on two real-life experiences from his own past, Gross has crafted a richly personal, yet utterly terrifying tale of two brothers, one successful, one wayward, trying to bridge the gap of what tore them apart.

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