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Locked Doors (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Blake Crouch
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Book Description

Sequel to Desert Places and prequel to Crouch's and Konrath's STIRRED...

Seven years ago, suspense novelist Andrew Thomas's life was shattered when he was framed for a series of murders. The killer's victims were unearthed on Andrew's lakefront property, and since he was wanted by the FBI, Andrew had no choice but to flee and to create a new identity. Andrew does just that in a cabin tucked away in the remote wilderness near Haines Junction, Yukon. His only link to society is by e-mail, through which he learns that all the people he ever loved are being stalked and murdered. Culminating in the spooky and secluded Outer Banks of North Carolina, the paths of Andrew Thomas, a psychotic named Luther Kite, and a young female detective collide. LOCKED DOORS is a novel of blistering suspense that will scare you to death.

This 70,000-word eBook also contains a bonus interview with Blake, excerpts from his other novels, and excerpts from two new horror novels, ENDURANCE and TRAPPED, by J.A. Konrath.

About the Author:

BLAKE CROUCH was born near the piedmont town of Statesville, North Carolina in 1978. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 2000 with degrees in English and Creative Writing. Blake is the author of four novels and numerous short stories. He lives with his family in southwest Colorado, where he is at work on a new book. His website is


Crouch quite simply is a marvel. LOCKED DOORS is as good as anything I've read all year, a stay-up-all-night thriller that will have you chewing your fingers down to the nub even as you're reading its last paragraph. Highest possible recommendation.

The story grips and propels the reader, while Crouch makes the ride hypnotic with beautiful Carolina moons over tide-smoothed beaches. One wonders if a poet turned to horror, would this be the result.

Crouch writes a nicely turned character, puts them front-and-center and then rains holy hell upon them until you think your head is going to explode.

LOCKED DOORS, then, is on a big level a novel of redemption…great stuff, wonderfully written.

Blake Crouch is a young thriller writer with a talent for creating really spooky characters and plots that take terror to a new level.

Gut wrenching...the writing is tight, the plots exciting, the suspense unending...What Crouch does about as well as anyone is give the reader that sinking feeling in their gut. In LOCKED DOORS, I actually shuddered when certain events unfolded. Crouch tops my list.

Chilling...clever and lightning-paced...Blake Crouch has penned a sequel that will keep you reading long past your bedtime.

Crouch's world will appeal to James Patterson fans...there's blood spattered from Manteo to Murphy by the time Crouch is finished.

Expertly paced and viscerally effective, with many surprises and genuine chills.

Palpable suspense. Non-stop action. Relentless and riveting. Blake Crouch is the most exciting new thriller writer I've read in years.

This tautly written, very scary thriller quickly grabs the reader by the throat. Leave the lights on; Luther may be out there.

When the story moves to the foggy, desolate Outer Banks, Crouch is at his terrifying best. You can feel the cold mist on your skin and see the creepy shadows barely illuminated by a distant cabin's flickering light. A great horror novel takes you to a place so scary and vivid as to make you thankful you are not actually there, and Crouch does this well.

This is a new millennium, and Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates and Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter have to be outdone. Crouch comes close.

[LOCKED DOORS] is as suspenseful, chilling and macabre a novel as I've ever read.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Andrew Thomas was a successful suspense writer until he was framed for a series of murders by his insane brother, Orson (Desert Places, 2004). Orson is dead now, but Thomas, with no way to clear himself, has adopted a new identity--Vincent Carmichael, a recluse living in the Yukon. Unfortunately, Orson's psychotic partner, Luther Pike, is very much alive, and he's after Thomas. Pike kidnaps Thomas' former girlfriend in North Carolina, hoping to bring his prey out of hiding. It works. Thomas is determined to find Pike and kill him before more innocents die. Once one accepts the Fugitive-like premise--innocent man chases a killer the cops can't catch--this tautly written, very scary thriller quickly grabs the reader by the throat. Luther Pike is the most interesting character in the mix. He's so gleefully coldhearted and inventive it's almost difficult not to root for him against the self-absorbed, somewhat whiny protagonist. Leave the lights on; Luther may be out there. Wes Lukowsky
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"Cliffhangers and nail-biting twists. Blunt but expertly paced and viscerally effective, with many surprises and genuine chills."
- Kirkus Reviews

"This tautly written, very scary thriller quickly grabs the reader by the throat. Luther Pike is the most interesting character in the mix. He's so gleefully coldhearted and inventive it's almost difficult not to root for him. . . . Leave the lights on; Luther may be out there."
- Booklist

"Lurid . . . the action is nonstop."
- Publishers Weekly

"Wild and furious . . . engaging and compelling . . . page after page of stunning suspense. [T]his is an exhilirating and stirring tale of terror with just enough redemption to make it all worth it."
- New Mystery Reader

"Crouch quite simply is a marvel. Locked Doors is a stay-up-all-night thriller that will have you chewing your fingers down to the nub even as you're reading its last paragraph. Highest possible recommendation."

"One of the best and most realistic sequels in several years. . . .With twists that will shock readers, Blake Crouch writes a chilling thriller in which readers will consistently check to ensure they Locked Doors."
- Blether book review

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relentless September 9, 2005
Locked Doors picks up seven years after the conclusion of Crouch's debut novel, the compulsively readable Desert Places. Having barely survived the events related in that harrowing thriller, famous writer Andrew Thomas, now one of America's most wanted criminals, has settled in the Yukon after many years on the run. Believing his ordeal over, Thomas is stunned to learn of the murder of a friend's wife and the kidnapping of a former flame. Apparently, someone is trying to send him a message that the trials that commenced seven years prior are not over, and that a reckoning must occur. Thomas travels to North Carolina and the Outerbanks island of Ocracoke to confront his adversary, setting the stage for an epic battle between the author and a man who can only be described as a relentless killing machine.

Crouch's sophomore effort, a tense, violent, fast paced work of suspense, proves the author has not lost his ability to enthrall and surprise his audience-Locked Doors is just as slick and twisted and entertaining as Desert Places, perhaps even more so. What distinguishes it from that novel is Crouch's focus on ancillary characters like homicide detective Violet King and would be true crime writer Horace Boone, which, rather than diverting readers' attention from the main battle, actually intensifies the experience once the blood starts to fly.

Crouch's chief talent lies in dropping his characters into untenable, sanity threatening situations, and then letting all hell break loose. This affinity for mayhem wreaks havoc with the reader's expectations, as neither the heroes nor the villains ever act predictably. The relentless pace of the narrative and Crouch's clean, taut prose allows for a certain suspension of disbelief, making for a book that readers will be loathe to put down once they've begun.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stay-up-all-night thriller August 2, 2005
LOCKED DOORS is Blake Crouch's second novel; his first, DESERT PLACES, somehow got by me, an error that I will begin correcting later this afternoon. In doing my homework for this review, I noticed that the reviews of his debut novel were mixed. Don't let that keep you from reading this sophomore effort.

I began reading LOCKED DOORS at 10:00 p.m. on a Monday evening, and kept reading until I was too tired to hold the book properly. Crouch quite simply is a marvel. He changes perspective, points of view, and tense at whim, challenging you to hang on and ride with him. And it's easy to do. He's so good you'll want to hug him because you love him or smack him because you're jealous; sometimes you want to do both, simultaneously.

I'll give you an example. LOCKED DOORS involves, among other things, a gentleman named Luther Kite who is as dangerous and fearsome as anyone you could meet. One of the best passages in the book concerns a visit Kite pays to a Waffle House, where he orders pancakes. You know that either it'll turn out okay or he'll be painting the walls, but you're not sure which. I guarantee you though that if you read LOCKED DOORS you'll visit a Waffle House, just once, to see if Luther Kite is there. You won't be able to resist; Crouch's descriptive powers are that finely honed. Then there's another scene, darn near perfect, where Kite goes into a Wal-Mart...

But I'm getting ahead of myself here. LOCKED DOORS nicely summarizes DESERT PLACES, telling the story of bestselling thriller writer Andrew Thomas. Thomas's idyllic existence, consisting of money, a modicum of fame, and a comfortable residence in Davidson, North Carolina, is shattered when he's framed for multiple murders by his fraternal twin brother Orson and the aforementioned Mr.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put the book down..... August 2, 2005
This was a great book. My husband and I read Crouch's first book "Desert Places" and could hardly wait for "Locked Doors" to come out. The day it came out, my husband read it in about 5 hours. I began the next day and life around you just stops while you're reading a Blake Crouch book. Awesome book! I have already re-read "Desert Places" and "Locked Doors" a few times each and I can't wait to read the next one.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel: leave the lights on January 4, 2006
In Blake Crouch's riveting debut novel Desert Places his protagonist, suspense novelist Andrew Thomas, is framed for a series of gruesome murders committed by a pair of psychopaths, one of them Andrew's twin brother Orson. The physical evidence against Andrew is too strong for him to come forward and explain himself to the authorities. Thus Crouch's sequel to Desert Places, the equally compelling Locked Doors, finds Andrew hiding from civilization seven years after the murders in a remote cabin in the Yukon. He's come to appreciate his solitary life in the wilderness, and he has some small hope of one day clearing his name: he is at least working on an autobiographical manuscript, an account of his brother's killing spree, which turns out to be the text of Crouch's first book. But Andrew's calm is interrupted by a second spate of killings, similar in style to the first, which the press is blaming on Andrew himself: the victims are people he was close to in his past. He is thus lured from his safe haven to reenter the nightmarish world of serial killer Luther Kite, his brother's accomplice, whom Andrew had left for dead at the conclusion of Desert Places.

It takes all of six and a half pages for readers to experience their first jolt of electric fear while reading Crouch's second Andrew Thomas novel. After that the scares come thick and fast. This is a book that will fly by if you let it, its seductively short chapters flashing past in an adrenaline rush of reading. But it's worth slowing down, if you can, to enjoy some of Crouch's prose and the lovely, subtle way he sometimes has of getting information across: "She peered out the window and saw the fog dissolving, the microscopic crawl of traffic now materializing on Broadway through the cloud below.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars No Fingernails left!
Ive followed the Thomas/Kite series from the beginning, and can't get enough! Of course I adore Jack Daniel's series and short stories, and these never let me down when I ended... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Maria G.
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book just as much as Desert Places
I liked this book just as much as Desert Places. I have never read a Blake Crouch book that wasn't a page turner.
Published 4 days ago by Barbara J. Urry
5.0 out of 5 stars So exciting
never wanted to put the book down.. after reading desert places, I just wanted to read read read! make sure you read the books in order: desert places, locked doors then break you.
Published 4 days ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye of the storm
The 2nd installment of the Andrew Thomas series was a serious kick in the pants. The moment you think that everything is okay you get double the punishment in the best way... Read more
Published 9 days ago by - Kasia S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A rough and tumble ride!
I couldn't wait to read the sequel to Desert Places by Blake Crouch. This one is even more scary than the first one. Don't know if I can handle a third one! Read more
Published 13 days ago by Carlene P. Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Better as story progressed.......
Published 13 days ago by beth ann
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book - he is a good author - ...
I liked this book - he is a good author - glad I am getting to know him. This one is not as good as the first one.
Published 14 days ago by Kathy Evenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Locked Doors
This book left me hungry. For more. It certainly was a page turner. Wonder if it picks up in Serial Killers Uncut or before that book.
Published 16 days ago by Kellie S Davis
2.0 out of 5 stars Locked Doors
This book was truly terrifying. The descriptions of such evil acts perpetrated on innocent people for so long was disturbing. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Loretta Rankins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Loved this book! After finishing it, I could not wait to read the sequel to it, which I am in the process of doing now. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Evelyn Levine
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More About the Author

Blake Crouch is the author of over a dozen bestselling suspense novels. His Wayward Pines series is being produced as a TV show by M. Night Shyamalan and will be airing on Fox in 2014.

His short fiction has appeared in numerous short story anthologies, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and many other publications.

Blake lives in Colorado. To learn more about what he is doing, check out his website,, follow him on Twitter - @blakecrouch1 - or on Facebook at

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