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The Next Accident Hardcover – August 28, 2001

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Gardner brings back the quirky team of FBI supervisory special agent Pierce Quincy and Portland private eye Rainie Conner in a fiendishly well choreographed dance of death. The reader knows from the outset (a seduction scene ending in vehicular homicide) that someone has set out to systematically murder FBI profiler Quincy's loved ones. The question is not why, since Quincy has tracked down many killers, but who. Specifically, who would have the resources of time, money, and psychological acumen to devise and carry out such a sadistic campaign? After the first death, Quincy calls upon Conner to investigate; the plot moves to the clock of the killer's agenda. The weak points of Gardner's writing are his dialogue and characterization: Conner's overly snappy banter and her hardbitten personality are both overdone. But Gardner knows procedure, FBI behavioral science, and the details of such newly minted crimes as identity theft. Not deep but harrowing. Connie Fletcher
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“A cool and mostly accomplished psychokiller tale ... Connor [is] delightfully brash and spunky.”
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The Perfect Husband

“A streamlined bang-up addition to the oeuvre of Tami Hoag, Karen Robards, Elizabeth Powell and, these days, even Nora Roberts.”
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (August 28, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553802380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553802382
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

New York Times #1 bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics and twisted plots into a streak of thirteen bestselling suspense novels, including her most recent release, Catch Me.

Readers are invited to get in on the fun by entering the annual "Kill a Friend, Maim a Mate" Sweepstakes, where they can nominate the person of their choice to die in Lisa's latest novel. Every year, one Lucky Stiff is selected for Literary Immortality. It's cheaper than therapy, and you get a great book besides. For more details, simply visit Lisa's website.

Lisa lives in New England with her family, as well as two highly spoiled dogs and one extremely neurotic three-legged cat.

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Nick G on August 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
What would you do if someone has targeted you for the ultimate revenge?
This is the question that plagues FBI Special Agent Pierce Quincy. Quincy's daughter Amanda has been killed in an automobile accident, and the official story is while driving drunk she crashes her car, killing herself and an elderly man. Although Mandy had alcohol problems in the past, Quincy is not convinced this was an accident. Mandy had been clean for awhile, and all the events leading up to the accident don't add up, and Quincy wants answers, the only person he can turn to for help is Rainie Connor, an ex-cop haunted by a case that almost destroyed her.
Quincy, and Rainie not only had a professional relationship, but also a personal one, that is why Quincy knows he can trust her to find out what happened to his daughter.
As Rainie begins her investigation into the accident, a killer is slowly beginning his plan to destroy all the loved ones in Quincy's life.
While shocking new discoveries prove Mandy was killed, a second murder is committed, leaving Quincy as the lead suspect.
Desperately trying to prove his innocence, Quincy will enter into a twisted game with a psychopath with only one thing on his mind...revenge. And the next victim will be Quincy's only surviving daughter Kimberly.
Non-stop suspense, and masterful plot twists keep the pages turning in `The Next Accident'. Lisa Gardner has crafted a hot shocker with nail biting tension, and explosive action, peopled with engaging characters. No reader will be able to put this book down once begun. From page one the terrifying plot grabs you and doesn't let go.
After a string of EXCELLENT bestsellers, Ms. Gardner has given us a masterpiece of suspense, her best yet.
A MUST read!
Nick Gonnella
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on September 25, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a fast paced page turning story. Ms. Gardner is the queen of keeping you glued to the pages with twists and turns, murder, and a little romance on the side. This was also my first time reading this author and I must say it won't be my last!
FBI Special Agent Pierce Quincy is being stalked by a killer. His family is being butchered and he must find the one clue that will bring an end to the killing. He askes Ex-Cop and friend Rainie Conner to help him investigate his first daughters death. He is convinced that she did not kill herself in a car accident.
Rainie is tough, sweet, and has her own baggage and the history between these two is part of that. (this is from Ms, Gardners other novel The Third Victim) She still goes back to Virginia to investigate the car accident and finds out things are not as they seem.
Don't pick up this book unless you have plenty of time to read. I had a hard time putting it down. Ms. Gardner keeps you guessing until the very end of the book as to who is the killer and why he is killing. Don't pick this book up if you think there is a strong romance. The romance is really a background story. Still in all I am going to go back and read some of this authors older books.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By paula_k_98 on September 10, 2001
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This book scared the living daylights out of me. Not because it was full of graphic violence or gory scenes. It's the chilling suspense that just steadily creeps at you until you have to put it down and take a deep breath. Lisa Gardner has truly outdone herself in The Next Accident.
The two lead characters from The Third Victim are brought back and we see how much and how little their relationship has developed. Pierce Quincy is still a special agent for the FBI and Rainie Conner is getting her life back together and opening up her own private investigating office. Quincy is confronted with a family tragedy when his oldest daughter who had seemly conquered a drinking problem is involved in a terrible accident that leaves her brain dead. When Quincy's ex-wife, Bethie agrees to take their daughter Amanda off life support you would think they would be able to get on with their lives. But for some reason Quincy can't believe the wreck was an accident. He goes to Rainie and hires her to investigate and perhaps open the door to continue their relationship.
As Rainie begins to dig into the circumstances surrounding Amanda's wreck, she begins to unravel little details that don't make sense. Then Quincy begins to receive hundred of terrorizing calls from men that he has either put away in prison or from those who just plain hate the FBI. Someone has given out his personal phone number and address. In fact, someone is methodically assuming his identity and destroying his creditability. The killer is cunning and brilliant. He finds out everything about Quincy's life and those who are important to him. Then he selects his next victim. He stalks his victims learning every detail about their lives. He becomes whatever it is they desire.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Padilla on October 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Revising the roles of now ex-cop Rainie Conner, and FBI agent Pierce Quincy, Lisa Gardner takes us along on their new battle with evil. Someone is hunting down Quincy's loved ones, finding their most intimate weaknesses, and then using these weaknesses to gruesomely end their lives. The victims know their killer, and those remaining do as well. The question then becomes which trusted friend or lover is it? A master of disguises, he insinuates himself into the victim's lives, and then when least expected, he pounces. Even though the suspense was kept alive by keeping the identity of the killer well hidden from the reader, I was still not satisfied with this book. I feel that these are worthwhile characters, but are in desperate need of development. Is Rainie an independent yet troubled and scarred woman, or is she a wise-cracking vamp? The romantic entanglement between Rainie and Quincy also left much to be desired, will they or won't they? The inconsistencies in the yes's and no's become tiresome after awhile, and soon I just didn't care. So while the suspense sizzles, the romance and characters merely fizzle.
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