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Switch Mass Market Paperback – International Edition, August 25, 2009
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More About the Author
My debut novel, SWITCH, was praised by author Ken Bruen as: "Harlan Coben on speed with a heart breaking compassion that will literally have you biting your nails." It debuted in the UK from Random House Transworld, and in Canada from Penguin Books. It has also been published in the U.S., Germany, Taiwan, Australia, and coming soon to mainland China.
My second novel, No Cry for Help, was published by Bantam UK and Random House Germany, and is now available in the U.S. and Canada.
I have recently signed a 5-book deal with U.S. publisher Polis Books to release Switch, K.A.R.M.A., and The Fear in Her Eyes in paperback and digital. Plus, my newest thriller, Speak the Dead, will be released by Polis in hardcover next fall. Another new book, tentatively titled The Butcher's Apron, is set for fall 2016.
Under the pen name M.C. Grant, I write a new and very fun mystery series featuring wisecracking, ass-kicking, San Francisco-based reporter Dixie Flynn. Published by Midnight Ink. Dixie's three adventures are: Angel With A Bullet, Devil With A Gun, and Beauty With A Bomb.
My short stories have been featured in the First Thrills anthology edited by Lee Child from Tor/Forge, plus Out of the Gutter and Spinetingler magazines. My first screenplay also won a fellowship at the Praxis Centre for Screenwriting in Vancouver, B.C.
As a journalist, I have worked in virtually every area of the newspaper business from the late-night "Dead Body Beat" at a feisty daily tabloid to senior copy/design editor at two of Canada's largest broadsheets. In between regular newspaper gigs, I have also contributed technology/humour columns to various magazines around the world. I currently reside in Victoria, BC.
Top Customer Reviews
All I can start out with is a big WOW! This is not quite my usual fare of thriller which usually consists of the serial killer variety so I was not prepared for the intense serial-ness of this book. What an incredible story that in truth could happen to anyone. As the book first started off, I was reminded of a popular Hitchcock devise of the innocent man finding himself caught up in the middle of evil doings. These are innocent men, simple men, regular Joe's who have been brought into the spider's lair to play his nasty game. He kidnaps their families and then the men must do exactly as he says, being given missions of increasing moral complexity, or else he will kill the family.
As we enter the book, one man is at the end of his mission and believes that his wife and daughter have been murdered. At the same time another man has been brought into the game with the kidnapping, given the rules and his first mission. Eventually the two men meet and figure out a connection between themselves, thus trying to find a connection between them and the dead or injured, so they can figure out who hates them so much to be doing this, when they have never done anything illegal in their lives before.
This book starts off running and does not stop until the end. The chapters are quite short making this a very easy book to just keep going 'one more chapter' until the wee hours of the night. The fast pace means a lot of action, while this usually means character development suffers, in this case it doesn't.Read more ›
McKenzie also writes in an a lot of the time hide the identity of the character for a while in a scene style by describing them from another characters point of view or simply saying the woman. This is obviously to create a bit of mystery such as who is this woman, who is the attacker but if you're paying attention you'll work out who it obviously is or more importantly is not so you know whose left by process of elimination which sort of makes writing this way unnecessary and misses out on the reader really experiencing what's happening from that character's point of view to its full extent.
Set in Portland Oregon, basic plot of Switch is two nice middle aged guys, Sam and Zack, one a successful surgeon, one who never achieved his dreams of being an actor, both find their families have been killed. However both are shocked to receive a call from a caller telling them, they're still alive, for now! They must perform a number of evil tasks for the caller, and in the time they are not doing these tasks come up with 1 million dollars, if they do all this the caller will return the family members.Read more ›
Switch is a fast-paced thriller about loss of control, failed dreams, and how far someone will cross legal and moral lines for loved ones. It's a scary premise that I wasn't sure I wanted to read at first, but the short chapters and incredible tension kept me turning pages, and the twists and turns were good. The bad guy's motive wasn't particularly original, but the ethical dilemmas White and Parker faced were riveting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an easy read, fast paced with twists and turns. The 2 protagonists Zack and Sam are forced to perform criminal acts to save their kidnapped loved ones, which is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patricia Sanchez
Never read this author before, will certainly read his other books. The action starts immediately and builds into a twisted, suspenseful thriller. Read morePublished 2 months ago by summerlover48
The story line grips you from the first page as you try and understand what is happening. It is a suspense novel with twists and turns until the bittersweet ending. Read morePublished 11 months ago by S. Breither
This was my first encounter with this author and I was very, very impressed. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely pursue other works of his.Published 13 months ago by Steve M.
This is the second book I have read by this author Nadine his other book page 1 took right off into holding your attention. Read morePublished 15 months ago by rbooth
This book was recommended to me by a friend. I loved it, well written and a great storyline, a real page turner. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Denise Jones
Could not put the book down, You really get involved with the characters. Has a surprise ending that you don't see coming Have read almost all of this authors books & they are all... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Janey C. Mutchler
This book was outstanding.At first i picked it up because i had never read a thriller before. Im more of a sci-fi and fantasy guy. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jay Lara