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Starred Review. Thriller Award–winner Deaver (Edge) delivers a clever, demanding stand-alone that moves backward in time over the span of a three-day weekend, from Sunday evening to early Friday morning. In the first chapter, office manager Gabriela McKenzie, whose six-year-old daughter, Sarah, has been kidnapped, waits in her Manhattan apartment for news from fund manager Daniel Reardon, who&'s attempting to deal with kidnapper Joseph Astor. Gabriela must not only pay a $500,000 ransom but also fork over the mysterious October List, which belongs to her former boss Charles Prescott, the head of Prescott Investments, who has fled from a police investigation. As the ingenious plot folds back on itself, the reader has to reevaluate and reinterpret the constantly shifting facts in the case. The finished picture finally emerges with a shock of recognition. This is brilliant craftsmanship in a vastly entertaining package. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents. (Oct.)

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"Might well be Deaver's most fiendish thriller ever...as the pace quickens and the story continues to backtrack, solid evidence, established plot points and sturdily built characters all begin to come undone, until what started out as an interactive game becomes a truly unnerving exercise in deception."―New York Times Book Review

"Don't skip ahead to the beginning and spoil the fun that's guaranteed for anyone interested in a thriller that forces readers to use their brains in a creative way...Deaver is a master of manipulation and The October List is a small but powerful book."―Associated Press

"The premise is clever, but Deaver's ability to execute it successfully makes this experimental novel even more impressive. Revealing the ending first, he still manages to surprise with a few twists, constantly challenging readers' understanding of the story. Read it backward, forward, once or twice, to see how all the pieces fit together--just be sure to chase down this List yourself."―Shelf Awareness

"Thriller Award-winner Deaver (Edge) delivers a clever, demanding stand-alone...As the ingenious plot folds back on itself, the reader has to reevaluate and reinterpret the constantly shifting "facts" in the case. The finished picture finally emerges with a shock of recognition. This is brilliant craftsmanship in a vastly entertaining package."―Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

"Perhaps the cleverest of all Deaver's exceptionally clever thrillers. If you've ever wished you could take the film Memento to the beach, here's your chance."―Kirkus (STARRED review/Best Books of 2013)

"Elegantly clever...The novel takes a mischievous delight in misleading the reader, without ever outright cheating. It offers a delightful game of wits with the author."―The Columbus Dispatch

"[Deaver] has the intelligence and skills to do anything and everything...It is a book like no other you have read."―Huffington Post
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455576646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455576647
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (527 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffery Deaver was born outside of Chicago in 1950. His father was an advertising copywriter and his mother was a homemaker. He has one younger sister who writes novels for teenagers ' Julie Reece Deaver.

Deaver wrote his first book ' which consisted of two entire chapters ' when he was eleven, and he's been writing ever since. An award-winning poet and journalist, he has also written and performed his own songs around the country. After receiving a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Deaver worked as a magazine writer, then, to gain the background needed to become a legal correspondent for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, he enrolled at Fordham Law School. After graduation he decided to practice law for a time and worked for several years as an attorney for a large Wall Street firm. It was during his long commute to and from the office that he began writing the type of fiction he enjoyed reading: suspense novels. In 1990 he started to write full time.

The author of twenty-two novels, Deaver has been nominated for six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony award, a Gumshoe Award, and is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the Year. In 2001, he won the W.H. Smith Thumping Good Read Award for his Lincoln Rhyme novel The Empty Chair. In 2004, he was awarded the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain's Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Garden Of Beasts and the Short Story Dagger for "The Weekender." Translated into 35 languages, his novels have appeared on a number of bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the London Times and the Los Angeles Times. The Bone Collector was a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington as Lincoln Rhyme. A Maiden's Grave was made into an HBO film retitled Dead Silence, starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin.

Jeff has also released two collections of his short stories, called Twisted and More Twisted.

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80 of 88 people found the following review helpful By DeaverFan on October 3, 2013
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Oh what a disappointment. As a big fan of Deavers I was thoroughly disappointed with this convoluted effort at a story.It is truly complicated and very hard to read.It is ever harder to decipher when read on a Kindle (as I did) - I HAD FORGOTTEN THE END BY THE TIME I REACHED THE START. Bottom Line - don't destroy your affection for Deavers other books by buying this one.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Diane on October 9, 2013
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What a disappointment! I put it down halfway through. I usually buy his books without reading other reviews..and always love them. I will now read the reviews before I purchase any more of Jeffrey Deavers books.
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62 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Tarquin on September 29, 2013
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Being an avid Deaver fan, I did not read the preview prior to purchasing so I can't complain too much. However, his “strategy" of end to start in this book left me cold. I gave up and transferred it to my REJECT folder very quickly. It may have been an intellectual exercise for Mr Deaver but he lost me.
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Joe on October 3, 2013
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This was a horrible book. I had to MAKE myself finish it and had almost all of it figured out in the end. It was supposed to be awkward, and awkward it was. I ordered it the minute it was announced because I am an avid Deaver fan. This was crud. Whoever advised him was not doing him any favors. This was awful...........Don't waste your money. This was NOT from the 1st four chapters, I bought this book and read the entire thing. I don't know where Amazon got that remark.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 9, 2014
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I’ve been a long-time fan of Deaver’s well-executed serial killer novels starring his dynamic duo Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs. His next series with Kathryn Dance was less inspired, and when he wrote the Ian Fleming knockoff Carte Blanche, I was worried that the old Deaver magic had gone walkabout. So I was happy to learn that Deaver has re-discovered his creative flair for the original and the bizarre in The October List. Don’t get me wrong—the writing itself is not stellar and the characters are far from deep. But his decision to write a book in reverse—that’s right, his first chapter is the end of the story, which goes steadily backwards in time with each successive chapter—was a self-challenge in creativity which brilliantly exercises the mind of the reader as well. It may be gimmicky, but it is great fun!

Single mother Gabriela MacNamara has just learned (1) that her beloved boss is actually a financial advisor to criminals, and has just skipped town with millions after learning of an imminent police raid and (2) her 6-year-old daughter Sarah has been kidnapped by one of those criminals, who wants Gabriela to come up with half a million dollars and a list of her boss’ other “advisees,” the so-called October List. Gabriela had just met a gorgeous rich guy named Daniel when her whole life blew up, but fortunately, he knows some influential people who are going to help her find the October List and get her daughter back. And Daniel, clearly besotted with her, is sticking to Gabriela like glue.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Emma on October 8, 2013
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I read on average 10 books a month. I have never not completed a book, until now. This book is confusing and is a huge disappointment. I got to 22% on my Kindle and gave up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa P. on January 28, 2014
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I have been reading JD for years, and have loved everything he has ever written. Until now. This book was horrible. It was hard to read, but if the story had been better and more plausible, I would not have minded. Because it was written ending to beginning, you find out at the end (which is the beginning) that people were killed, but it was conveniently left out of the book, because you would lose interest in the character and what he did an hour ago, if you know he's already dead. The format is not good because, when you begin to read a book, you are not familiar with the characters, and therefore not invested in them. I have a great memory, but I had to go back and read the first (last) chapter again just to make sure I knew what happened. SPOILER ALERT: Also, his biggest failure is the total unbelievability that this woman is a highly respected detective AND works for the Russian mob. Come on. And that someone who is such a professional and callous killer would really care about the contrived kidnapping of the child of a woman whom he just met. It's really sad, because one of Jeffrey Deaver"s greatest strengths as a writer is how he gets every single tiny detail right. I am so disappointed.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Political Junkie on October 4, 2013
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Failed effort in so many ways. I finished the book because I couldn't accept one of my favorite authors could produce such tripe. I just knew it had to get better but I was wrong. Stupid format, lame premise, adject bomb. Save your money, save your time, maybe he will get back on track with the next one but he'll have to really work to get this fan back.
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