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The Accident [Kindle Edition]

Chris Pavone
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Book Description

From the author of the New York Times-bestselling and Edgar Award-winning The Expats
 
As dawn approaches in New York, literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript, racing through the explosive revelations about powerful people, as well as long-hidden secrets about her own past. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of an unexpected gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life, trying to atone for a lifetime’s worth of lies and betrayals with publication of The Accident, while always looking over his shoulder.

Over the course of one long, desperate, increasingly perilous day, these lives collide as the book begins its dangerous march toward publication, toward saving or ruining careers and companies, placing everything at risk—and everyone in mortal peril.  The rich cast of characters—in publishing and film, politics and espionage—are all forced to confront the consequences of their ambitions, the schisms between their ideal selves and the people they actually became.

The action rockets around Europe and across America, with an intricate web of duplicities stretching back a quarter-century to a dark winding road in upstate New York, where the shocking truth about the accident itself is buried.

Gripping, sophisticated, layered, and impossible to put down, The Accident proves once again that Chris Pavone is a true master of suspense.



Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*Starred Review* New York literary agent Isabel Reed plows through an anonymous manuscript in one night and immediately knows two things: The manuscript, a biography of a media mogul, will be a blockbuster, and people will die if word of its existence leaks. She’s also fairly sure she knows who the author is, but he’s dead. Word does leak, in New York and Hollywood, and ambitious young women in publishing quickly die violently. Isabel and her chosen editor, Jeffrey Fielder, are on the run from resourceful, relentless killers. Pavone’s plot twists tirelessly, shifting focus among a large cast of well-drawn characters and using flashbacks and changes of locale (Copenhagen, Zurich, Manhattan, Hollywood, the Hamptons) to build suspense. The Accident is a somewhat more conventional thriller than Pavone’s fine debut (The Expats, 2012), but he excels at developing characters’ backstories. Isabel and Jeffrey, for example, are successful but frightened that changes in their business and the onset of middle age might make them has-beens, and they’re both recalling the mutual attraction they once had but didn’t act on. Like Isabel, many readers will read this one through the night. --Thomas Gaughan

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Books of 2014

“[Pavone is] a reliable new must-read in the world of thrillers. . . . You will want to finish The Accident at a nice, rapid clip to see how [the] pieces come together. . . . Unputdownable.” —The New York Times
 
“A taut, bookish thriller.” —People

“If you like real nail-biters, this is the best one so far this year. . . . Couldn’t put the damn thing down.” —Stephen King, on Twitter
 
“Savvy. . . . [With] plenty of swift action and sudden twists.” —Wall Street Journal
 
“Smart and stylish. . . . Thrill-a-minute. . . . The Accident never stumbles as it confidently and most entertainingly barrels forward toward shocking revelations and a bombshell of a finish.” —Chicago Tribune
 
“A must-read…gripping.”—USA Today
 
“Chris Pavone is the new best thing. The Accident proves the promise of The Expats. It is as intelligent and timely as it is relentless and gripping. Pavone is going to be around for a long time and now is the time to jump on the train.” —Michael Connelly
 
“A fast-paced, airport-ready thriller. . . . Pavone writes well about the politics of modern publishing.” —Entertainment Weekly
 
“The thriller-of-the-year. . . . Pavone’s characters seem genuine, with some flaws in the good guys and some virtues in the bad guys.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
 
“Maximum enjoyment at maximum speed.”—Dallas Morning News

“A sly globetrotting spy thriller that gives new meaning to publish or perish.” —Family Circle
 
“A propulsive A-train of a thrill ride and worthy successor to Pavone’s debut.” —Los Angeles Times
 
“A fast-paced, dangerous ride. . . . That intricate plot [propels you] forward, twisting and turning right up to its final, ultimately satisfying conclusion.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
“A clever, sophisticated mystery.”Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
 
“[Pavone] has outdone himself with this amazing thriller. . . . Full of constant surprises [The Accident] is jam-packed with everything from media moguls to conspiracies. This is a truly great read!” Suspense Magazine
 
“Tantalizing. . . . With terrific surprises and high-quality writing in this engaging thriller.” —Associated Press
 
“Marvelous. . . . The deft plot globetrots and en route provides glamorous locales as well as twisty turns in suspense.” —New York Daily News
 
“A high-wire thriller featuring a Wolfe-ian cast of characters.” —Vogue.com
 
“[A] high-wire thriller. . . . The suspense is palpable.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Pavone’s plot twists tirelessly, shifting focus among a large cast of well-drawn characters. . . . many readers will read this one through the night.” Booklist (starred review)
 
“[An] engaging thriller, driven by compelling portraits of desperate characters.” Library Journal
 
“Pavone knows the formula for a best-seller and keeps the reader turning the pages.”Kirkus
 
“Chris Pavone's many fans will not be disappointed with The Accident, his fast-paced, twisting, smart follow-up to The Expats. Cleverly plotted, filled with surprises, a terrific read.” —William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob
 
“The world of book publishing has never been more perilous or mesmerizing than in Chris Pavone’s dizzyingly good follow-up to The Expats. The dark eruption of long-buried secrets, complex betrayals further snagged by sex and greed, and eleventh-hour desperate gambits for reinvention all propel a whirlwind story that will keep you up way past your bedtime. Crafty, stylish, satisfying.”  —Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife
 
“Clever, sophisticated, and propulsive.  I am constantly awed by Chris Pavone's writing.  He's already one of the best in the thriller business.” —Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Paranoia and Suspicion
 


Praise for The Expats
 
"Sly. . . . Pavone strengthens this book with a string of head-spinning revelations in its last pages. . . . The tireless scheming of all four principals truly exceeds all sane expectations.” —The New York Times

“Bombshell-a-minute. . . . Pavone creates a fascinating, complicated hero.” Entertainment Weekly

“A gripping spy drama and an artful study of the sometimes cat-and-mouse game of marriage.” —Family Circle

“Smartly executed. . . . Pavone is full of sharp insights into the parallels between political espionage and marital duplicity. . . . Thoroughly captivating.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Superb. . . . [Pavone] expertly draws readers along with well-timed clues and surprises. . . . An engineering marvel.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Expertly and intricately plotted, with a story spiraling into disaster and a satisfyingly huge amount of double-crossing, The Expats certainly doesn’t feel like a first novel. This is an impressively assured entry to the thriller scene.” —The Guardian (London)

“Refreshingly original. . . . Part Ludlum in the pacing, part Le Carré in the complexity of story and character, but mostly Chris Pavone. . . . A thriller so good that you wonder what other ideas [Pavone] has up his cloak, right alongside the obligatory dagger.” —The Star-Ledger

“Amazing. . . . Impossible to put down. . . . Pavone invokes memories of the great writers of spy fiction of the past, and he has the chops to be mentioned with the best of them.” —Associated Press

“A blast. . . . Pavone is spinning a fantastic tale with action that spans the globe.” —Dallas Morning News

“Highly entertaining.” —Mystery Scene

“Thoroughly enjoyable.” —Suspense Magazine

“Hard to put down.” —San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Stunningly assured. . . . An intricate, suspenseful plot that is only resolved in the final pages.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Brilliant, insanely clever, and delectably readable.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Meticulously plotted, psychologically complex. . . . The sheer amount of bombshell plot twists are nothing short of extraordinary, but it’s Pavone’s portrayal of Kate and her quest to find meaning in her charade of an existence that makes this book such a powerful read.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Impressive. . . . With almost more double-crosses than a body can stand.” —Kirkus (starred review)

“Bristling with suspense and elegantly crafted, The Expats introduces a compelling and powerful female protagonist you won't soon forget. Well done!” —Patricia Cornwell

“I often thought I was again reading the early works of Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth, and Robert Ludlum. Smart, clever suspense, skillfully plotted, and a lot of fun to read.” —John Grisham

“One of the best-written spy thrillers I've ever read. . . . A riveting story of great-game deceptions wrapped inside the smaller deceptions of marriage. At moments horrifying, hilarious, and very wise, The Expats has given Chris Pavone a permanent place on my short list of must-read authors.” —Olen Steinhauer

“A gem. Clever, suspenseful with a jet fueled story that rockets from one corner of the globe to another, it is never less than a thrill a minute. . . . An absolute winner!” —Christopher Reich

“Spy stories need to budge over to make space for Kate Moore—mother, wife, expat and far more than she appears. I loved her.” —Rosamund Lupton

“Riveting. One of the most accomplished debuts of recent years: not just a worthy addition to the literature of espionage and betrayal, but a fine portrait of a marriage disintegrating under the pressure of secrets and lies.” —John Connolly


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  • File Size: 4108 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (March 11, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F1W0DKE
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars UNAUTHORIZED BIOS CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH February 11, 2014
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What author Chris Pavone gives us in his new novel "The Accident" is a series of "ones". One day in the lives of a group of inter-related characters , one explosive non-fiction manuscript that threatens the very lives of many of these individuals, and one ruthless media mogul and his assorted cronies bent on keeping the manuscript from ever being published. Unlike Pavone's first novel "The Expats" which dealt primarily with spies, this story is set in the world of publishing with side trips into political maneuvering and dirty dealing performed under the guise of national security.

It appears that the world of publishing is filled with individuals who will do whatever it takes to survive in a cut-throat business. (Ditto for CIA and FBI operatives.) From New York literary agent Isabel Reed and her assistant Alexis to owner/publisher Brad McNally and his editor Jeffrey to subsidiary rights director Camilla Glyndon-Browning, each sees the anonymous submission as a ticket to success, while CIA Copenhagen station chief Hayden Gray is trying desperately to hold on to his own "golden ticket."

Although all the action takes place in one day it does initially take a bit of concentration to keep the cast straight since the author moves back and forth in time via the various characters recollections of old secrets and lies and more recent revelations. No spoilers here but I will say that the end of this book contains an extra layer of complexity that elevates the story from average to remarkably satisfying. 31/2 stars
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illusion? Reality? It's All The Same. January 27, 2014
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Chris Pavone has a winner here! It took me a couple of chapters to get the rhythm of the book, but I ended up loving it. A well written story-line that keeps the reader turning the pages, with just enough reality to make it believable. The story revolves around literary agent Isabel Reed, and a mysterious, anonymous manuscript that she receives. She is both drawn to it, and terrified by it. The revelations in this book form a web that encompasses secrets involving a powerful media media empire, its owner, government agencies and officials, and a secret from Isabel's own past.

The manuscript could be a career maker for many people .. including Isabel's young assistant,Alexis; Camilla, an ambitious rights director searching for a golden parachute; Stan, a larger than life producer in LA, by Brad, a struggling publisher in New York, and by Isabel's friend Jeff, a veteran editor. It could also get them killed.

Each character is well scripted, and the movement between them flows seamlessly. They each have their strengths, and their flaws. In the background we have the anonymous author, who is supposed to have committed suicide, and a CIA type operative that ... isn't.

This is all about betrayal at the highest levels, and how one incident can form a shadow over so many lives, for their entire life. All of this action takes place within the space of one day ... 24 hours. Well worth a read!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Pavone's The Accident, the follow-up to his very good first novel, The Expats, has all the makings of a bestseller. Its plot is fast-paced and exciting, its characters are credible and its narrative makes the reader feel that he/she is "right there" in the middle of the excitement.

So, here's a bit of what The Accident is about to whet your appetite.

A female, NYC literary agent has just finished reading a manuscript by an anonymous author that provides mysterious revelations about some very powerful people -- one of whom is a billionaire media mogul, as well as long-hidden secrets about her own past. It is a manuscript that she feels will explode its way onto bestseller lists, and help rejuvenate her career as well as that of the editor she's chosen to help get this book published. A very experienced CIA operative is determined that this story stay buried, and is willing to "remove" anyone exposed to the manuscript. And, The Accident is about the anonymous author himself who is "living in shadows" in Copenhagen, trying to atone for a lifetime's worth of lies and betrayals by wanting to get his book published.

Needless to say, these lives collide as the book begins on the path towards publication and towards saving or ruining careers and companies...a path that places everything at risk and everyone in danger of their lives.

Is The Accident great literature? Definitely not. What it is, however, is an exciting, entertaining and suspenseful thriller that demonstrates that Pavone's successful debut with The Expats was no accident.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "The Accident": Move Along, Nothing to See Here July 10, 2014
Format:Hardcover
You may want to read THE ACCIDENT if you're part of the New York literary crowd, but if you're just looking for a suspenseful read, move on. This "suspense" novel is very slow to develop a plot, and we never stay in any character's head long enough to have a chance of developing empathy. The author attempts to build tension by repeatedly cross-cutting between different points of view, verb tenses, and present/past activity (the latter also hopscotching around out of sequence), but as a reader I found this technique more annoying than engaging. Scene-setting is established with a laundry list of observations -- e.g., "Then he too starts walking through Union Square's riot of exuberant youth," followed by descriptions of 20 different kinds of people encountered in the square, none of whom have anything to do with the story. Alas, the big end-of-book reveal of a key character's real identity is obvious halfway through the novel. In the Acknowledgments Mr. Pavone thanks everyone he has apparently ever shaken hands with, but I wish he had had more to thank his editor for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing and engrossing
A fast-moving, emotionally complex thriller that is a real page turner. Literary agent Isabel Reed has received an anonymous manuscript and as dawn is nearing, she has just turned... Read more
Published 21 hours ago by The Escape Artist
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel. Could not put it down
Sometimes the publishing business can be murder. In The Accident it is. Isabel Reed, a literary agent has received an anonymous submission for a book. Read more
Published 3 days ago by David I. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Hide it from big brothers
Today I am here to tell you about The Accident written by Chris Pavone. I received this novel through the Blogging For Books program for an honest review:
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Published 3 days ago by Erinn
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent book, annoying style
I was immediately annoyed by the present tense writing and the buffet of metaphors thrown out on the first page. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Matthew Erwin
3.0 out of 5 stars For Conspiracy Buffs Only
Thrillers are popular, but commonly suffer from too little believeability, too much gratuitous violence and too many card board characters. Read more
Published 13 days ago by George E. Burns
4.0 out of 5 stars A Look Into The Dark Side Of Publishing
This is a very fast-paced story which is chock full of emotions. When you stop to realize that it ALL takes place in one day, it's even more amazing. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Teresa Kander
1.0 out of 5 stars Window action
Written as though the author was watching the drama unfold while watching the action as a by stander or peering into someone's window with binoculars. Terribly boring. Read more
Published 17 days ago by raggedy anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beach read!
Dan Brown pace - could not put it down!
Published 22 days ago by JG
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery/Thriller!
This is one of the better thrillers that I have read in quite awhile! It is loaded with suspense and you also don't know who has written and sent a manuscript of a story that... Read more
Published 25 days ago by mmbear
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Pavone's style of using constant flashbacks to tell the ...
I love Pavone's style of using constant flashbacks to tell the full story. All these disparate characters who come together in a Dickenson finale. The ExPats is almost as good. Read more
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Chris Pavone is the author of THE EXPATS, which was an instant New York Times, USA Today, and international bestseller, published in twenty languages on five continents, as well as developed for film, plus winner of the 2013 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Chris grew up in New York City, and attended Midwood High School in Brooklyn and Cornell University, then worked at a number of publishing houses over nearly two decades, most notably as an editor at Clarkson Potter, where he specialized in cookbooks; in the late nineties, he also wrote a little (and mostly blank) book called The Wine Log. Chris is married and the father of twin schoolboys, and lives in Greenwich Village and the North Fork of Long Island. His second novel, THE ACCIDENT, will be published March 11, 2014.

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