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Nobody was absolutely riveting from the opening scene to the final page. With compelling characters, a plot that surprised me at every turn, and a subtle, yet profound message that moved me to tears, this book goes straight to the top of my highly recommended list.”
- Deborah Raney, author of Remember to Forget and Within This Circle

“A taut, entertaining novel of mystery, intrigue, and spiritual truth. Creston Mapes delivers a winner in Nobody.”
- James Scott Bell, bestselling author of No Legal Grounds and Try Dying

“Creston Mapes has served up a savory tale sizzling with deceit, greed, and selfish ambition–and seasoned with just the right measure of grace. Nobody offers an inspiring reminder that it is only when we empty out our hearts for others that we can be truly filled. Highly recommended!”
- Kathy Herman, bestselling author of The Baxter, Seaport Suspense, and Phantom Hollow Series

Nobody had me fascinated from the first paragraph and kept the surprises coming to the very end. Somehow, as the pages flew by, it also managed to convey a beautiful picture of faith the size of a mustard seed. From now on I’ll read anything by Creston Mapes the instant it hits the shelves.”
- Athol Dickson, Christy Award—winning author of River Rising and The Cure

“Creston Mapes sculpts a story of suspense and beauty while guiding the reader to the ultimate ending–redemption. The story is built layer upon layer until the full meaning of Chester Holte’s life is clear and the mystery is solved in a wild ride, combining deep emotion with a page-turning thriller .”
Patti Callahan Henry, bestselling author of Between the Tides

“Creston Mapes has given us a wonderful gift with Nobody. The story compels, the pages fly, the city of Las Vegas pulsates with life, and the twists keep coming. We can all benefit from the message of this book, and once you start it, you wont be able to put it down. Nobody rocks!”
- Jud Wilhite, author of Stripped and pastor of Central Christian Church in Las Vegas.

Nobody has a unique way of showing you the life of a homeless man and how he impacted so many lives with simple compassion. We should all strive to be more like that. Perfectly done, Creston!”
- Jesse Garcia, guitarist for Building 429

“Creston Mapes has delivered another remarkable story. Beat reporter Hudson Ambrose rises from the pages and comes to life in this fast-paced, gripping tale that pierces the heart. Nobody is a must-read!”
- Mark Mynheir, homicide detective and author of The Void

“In Nobody, Creston Mapes spins a tail about the kind of impulsive foolishness we’ve all considered at one time or another. The kind of foolishness that launches into deceit and shame and fear and that ultimately brings a thinking man to his knees. Creston Mapes has a way with words. And a way with characters. And a way with dialogue. And a way with story. Read this one. If you can stand the glimpse in the mirror.”
- Melanie Wells, author of When the Day of Evil Comes, The Soul Hunter, and My Soul to Keep

Nobody is a touching and intriguing thriller. Creston Mapes tackles a subject that most of us would prefer to walk right by–and he does it with skill, suspense, and a lovely measure of grace. While entertaining us, Nobody reminds us of our own ‘homelessness’ and shines brightly on the blessed way home.”
- Kathryn Mackel, author of Vanished

“With Nobody, Creston Mapes once again demonstrates what happens when writing talent, an intriguing plot, and won’t-let-you-go characters converge: You get a thoroughly entertaining read that’s tough to set down. Nobody is for everybody who enjoys gritty noir with heart.”
Robert Liparulo, author of Deadfall, Germ, and Comes a Horseman

“Nobody can give you intrigue, memorable characters, and an unpredictable plot with quite the same flair as Creston. And he delivers it with a one-two punch that will stay with you long after you close the book with a satisfied smile. Mapes holds a mirror in front of each of us–and then gives us Chester Holte to guide us to The Door. When it comes to thrilling, fast-paced, and provocative, I didn’t think Creston could ever top Dark Star, but he has! And it’s Nobody!
- Wanda Dyson, author of Intimidation

“Once again, Mapes gives us a thought-provoking story, a challenge to every churchgoing reader. Told in the style of a mystery, Nobody is a modern parable full of life-affirming truth and eternal consequences.”
- Eric Wilson, author of A Shred of Truth

“Have you ever looked at a homeless man and wondered, “What’s his story?” In Nobody, Creston Mapes has crafted a thriller that will guarantee you’ll be asking that question with every street person you see–a brilliant way of ending the invisibility.”
- Tom Morrisey, author of In High Places

“A great thriller, with many twists and turns. Creston has the ability to take you right where the action is. Don’t miss this one.”
- Linda Hall, author of Dark Water and Black Ice

Nobody by Creston Mapes was more than a terrific mystery novel–which it was. It also made me look at my own life and how I put my faith in action. This is a book that everybody should read.”
- Colleen Coble, author of Abomination

From the Author

My publisher sent me to Las Vegas for 3 days to research this book. I toured the soup kitchens, medical clinics and tent cities of the homeless, as well as the casinos and clubs. There are homeless people in Las Vegas - lots of them. Could one be an angel in disguise? Just ask Chester Holte...
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (September 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590526244
  • ASIN: B0048EL9OU
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,430,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Creston Mapes is the author of the #1 Amazon bestselling Christian fiction mystery, Nobody, along with the bestselling Christian fiction thrillers Sky Zone, Poison Town, Fear Has a Name, Dark Star and Full Tilt. His early years as a reporter inspire many of his novels.

A journalist, copywriter, and editor, Creston works from his home-office in Atlanta for some of the nation's top media companies, Christian ministries, and nationally-recognized corporations, including Chick-fil-A, Coke, ABC-TV, and The Weather Channel. In addition to Creston's novels and freelance writing, he has ghostwritten and edited seven non-fiction titles.

Creston is married to his hometown sweetheart, Patty. They have a close-knit family, with four great children, several pets, and a growing number of cars.

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54 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Debraney on February 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Nobody was absolutely riveting from the opening scene to the final page. With compelling characters, a plot that surprised me at every turn, and a subtle, yet profound message that moved me to tears, this book goes straight to the top of my highly recommended list.

(P.S. This was a huge page-turner, but NOT nightmare inducing, a fact I appreciate since it kept me up reading till late into the night!)
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44 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on September 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
Far from the glittery world of superstar Everett Lester explored in his first two books, The Rock Star Chronicles, Creston Mapes takes us into the not-so-glamorous lives of the Las Vegas homeless community in his latest release, Nobody.

Hudson Ambrose, a reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, responds to a call on the police scanner about a potential shooting at the Civic Center North bus stop. First on the scene, Hud finds the dead body of a homeless man sitting on the bus stop bench. When the police are slow to arrive, Hud decides to go through the man's pockets, looking for any information that might help him with a story. When he finds a bankbook with a balance of $689,000 and a safe deposit box key, he is shocked. While disgusted with himself for stealing from a homeless man, Hud flees the scene with the items; certain there is a blockbuster story in the making. But Hud has no idea what a hornet's nest of trouble his split-second decision will stir up, and how his investigation into the life of one homeless man will alter his own life forever.

If I were to give Creston Mapes' books an underlying theme, it would be Romans 3:22: "We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are" (NLT). From rock stars to homeless men, Mapes has a special talent for creating genuine and compelling characters on authentic journeys of faith--powerfully portraying Christ's love, mercy and redemptive power for all of His children. Creston Mapes, with consistently skillful writing, has become one of the authors whose new books are automatically included on my to-be-read list. If you enjoy page-turning suspense and well-written characters--a story that will not only entertain but also challenge your thinking--then Nobody is the book for you.

Armchair Interviews says: Creston Mapes does it again.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Novel Reviews on October 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I read the book "Nobody" and thoroughly enjoyed it. It kept up the suspense throughout and the ending was a complete surprise. I enjoyed the variety of story lines that were intertwined and was happy that they were adequately resolved before the end of the book.

My only negative comment is that the religious aspect I felt was dragged out a bit too long and had too much emphasis on it in the later chapters. It really wasn't a major issue in the beginning but then began to drag on. I knew what the outcome was going to be and I just kept wishing he would get there so I could find out the "real " ending of the book.

Reviewed by Cathy Schanz
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Klepfer VINE VOICE on October 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
Humanity deals with several major questions often wrestling with them at two a.m. or during crisis. The big one is "Does God exist?" But the more troubling, "Does my life matter?" steals more sleep.

Nobody is a book that explores the second question through compelling storytelling. Creston Mapes has grown as a writer and the tightness of his prose makes Nobody a tense read as Chester, a millionaire "nobody" manages to change lives as a homeless man on the streets of Las Vegas. More amazing is the effect of his murder on the people left behind.

Told as a multiple first person narrative the plot moves smoothly from the first minutes after Chester's murder to the beginning of justice for his murderer.

Nobody works well as a modern retelling of the parable of talents. It's worth digging into and scratching the "Does my life make a difference?" itch.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on April 10, 2012
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NOBODY, by Creston Mapes, is a Christian suspense novel that starts out with a bang but later crumbles under its own weight of unbelievable characters and outright preaching. Hudson Ambrose is a 34-year-old reporter who hears the reports of an injured man sitting at a bus stop in the middle of the night. Hudson arrives at the scene, hoping for a story. But instead he finds a dead man, and Hudson proceeds to make the biggest mistake of his life. He searches the dead man's pockets.

Hudson finds out the dead man is Chester Holt. He has a bank book in his pocket that states he has a balance of half a million dollars. He also finds a safety deposit box key and later that day discovers tons of cash in the box. Why did this homeless man have so much money, and who killed him? As Hudson investigates the life of Chester Holte, he meets Holly Queens, a beautiful woman who was helped by Chester. He also meets a bunch of other people who loved Chester. By searching Chester however, Hudson leaves him vulnerable to being set up for the murder, and this novel is about Hudson trying to prove his innocence, find out who killed Chester, and find meaning in his life as well.

Why I didn't like the novel: This is always hard for me to write, because the novel contains an excellent message about what it means to be a Christian, and the character of Chester Holte is a perfect example. There are other Christian lessons to be learned such as those of forgiveness and the true role of the church in the community. However, these great messages can be lost when the story around it is so poorly told. Below are a few examples.

Holly Queens is sweet, good-natured Christian who for some reason has a boyfriend who beats her and abuses her.
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