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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125002479X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250024794
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Descriptions of Rosenfelt’s latest stand-alone: Spooky. Creepy. Edgy. Chilling. Shuddery. What more could anyone want? The author of the Andy Carpenter series offers an offbeat premise. A snoozy Maine town fills a time capsule with predictions and instructions to open it in 50 years. After only five years, though, the capsule is broken by a flood, and folks get a premature look at the predictions. They’re a shock. Some forecast vile things that have happened; others predict they’re going to happen. Then they start happening, ahead of schedule, and they all obliquely involve police chief Jake Robbins. The novel steps into Michael Connelly ground as Robbins learns that the savage murders he’s investigating are about him. The cop and the reader struggle together to figure out why. So effective is this approach that it’s almost disappointing when the air of mystery evaporates as the plot becomes clear. The novel is a tad too long, and Rosenfelt’s most engaging quality—a sense of humor in the face of growing menace—sometimes feels a bit inappropriate. Still, this is highly recommended for readers craving that elusive “something different.” --Don Crinklaw

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"Riveting standalone…[a] suspenseful page-turner."—Publishers Weekly

"[Rosenfelt] excels at creating fascinating plots and telling his stories with crisp writing that’s a pleasure to read. The plot of his new book has a relentless sense of urgency that captures readers’ attention early on and never lets go."—RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

"Spooky. Creepy. Edgy. Shuddery. What more could anyone want?…Highly recommended for readers craving that elusive "something different.""—Booklist


More About the Author

David Rosenfelt, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, is a graduate of NYU. He was the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures before becoming a writer of novels and screenplays. "Open And Shut" was his first novel; "First Degree," his second novel, was named a best book of 2003 by Publishers Weekly. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and 35 dogs.

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Great characters and superb plot!
Stephen Todd Pixler
This is an excellent story that keeps one guessing right through to the end.
Ian A. Umbach
I have read everyone of his books and always look forward to his next novel.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By PatPascale on April 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I order every book by David Rosenfelt. I enjoy both his Andy Carpenrter series, (love Tara ), as well as the stand alones. I picked up WITHOUT WARNING and read it cover to cover. I love his humor and I particularly enjoyed the Maine
locale.. Jake, the Chief of Police in Wilton, a small Maine town, is also a decorated war hero. One of the town's traditions is to bury a time capsule, not to be unearthed for 50 years. A hurricane had wrecked havoc on Wilton and the time capsule was unearthed with a dead body laying on top of it. So the mystery begins, in a tightly woven, exciting plot that leads us to an exciting finish. I really enjoy his imagination, his characters, he makes me laugh out loud....he is David Rosenfelt, one of my favorite authors with another winner!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen McClain on May 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Police Chief Jake Robbins realizes there is a serial killer loose in his small Maine community when a time capsule is opened after five years instead of fifty and predictions of the unsolved or mistakenly solved deaths of local residents are found inside. One such crime is the murder of his own wife, supposedly by the husband of an old girlfriend, Katie, who is now the publisher of the local newspaper. Before long the Chief realizes that the murderer is targeting people who have a relationship with Jake himself and so he must solve the crimes quickly before the remaining predictions become reality. In the process of tracking down the killers, he and Katie relight old flames and then he becomes the chief suspect for the murders. When Katie’s life is put in danger, it ups the ante for Jake and he must take a lot of risks to bring down the villain before even worse things happen.

Although I love good thrillers, I can’t say I was a fan of this one.

First of all the characters are not just one-dimensional they are emotionally weird. Although protagonists such as Jack Reacher and Stone Barrington act woodenly, the emotional reactions of Jake and Katie are schizoid---they have little emotional reaction to things when their reactions should be strong and their reactions are strong when they should be weak. Jake reminded me of a teenager the way his emotions were all over the map. In general, the emotions just didn’t ring true. Give me Will Robie any day.

Take one example. Jake is so upset by Katie’s life being at risk that he sets a timetable for the final denouement that depends on the cavalry coming to the rescue at an exact time even though he hasn’t even consulted the cavalry about their availability.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Goodwin on March 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Not my favorite sad to say as I love Andy Carpenter and Tara. The writing is not as crisp, and the story seems jumpy. I guess I miss the sarcasm that is found in his other books. All and all a pretty good read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The time capsule buried in this town is dug up as a result of the dam which burst. Inside the capsule is a whole new container of papers which turns out to be clues as to people murdered in the town or about to be murdered. This really impacts on the town sheriff, Jake, and newspaper editor, Katie, because three years ago her husband was convicted of murdering his wife. But the person who planted the new papers in the capsule clearly was the murderer instead. With that we are off and running as the murderer now gears up to finish off killing all the people in his enigmatic box from the capsule. This was a pretty good mystery. I enjoyed it. But I read an awful lot of mysteries and this did not knock me out.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bertrando on May 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Like some other reviewers, I count this one as a miss for David Rosenfelt. The story line is disjointed, there is little if any character development, and he's basically written this book before only done it better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kari on May 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I liked the concept overall but was able to figure out the plot line. I also hoped for it to have more of the Rosenfelt wit that appears in the Andy Carpenter series and missed that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Newman VINE VOICE on May 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is one of Rosenfelt's best standalone books (standalone from his Andy Carpenter series). Jake Robbins is a decorated war hero and the sheriff of a small Maine town. A sudden storm causes a flood that may have damaged a time capsule buried a few years before. The town decides to dig it up to check for damage. They find a skeletonized body buried with it along with a bunch of predictions. As Jake starts reviewing the predictions he finds that they are tied to recent deaths. This makes Jake take notice and he must do all he can to solve the other predictions before more deaths occurs.

With each passing victim, the one thing they all seem to have in common is that they are somehow tied to Jake. Jake realizes this early on and knows that he is the only one who can guess who the next victims may be.

The mystery is intense as the reader has a hard time wondering how someone could have hidden predictions in a time capsule that wouldn't be opened for 50 years. Also, each prediction is an interesting play on words so it is fun guessing along with Jake as to who is the next possible victim.

This book had me right from the start and I didn't want to put it down. The author has an amazing way of drawing the reader into the mystery and making the reader hungry to solve the puzzle immediately. Jake is another interesting character, having survived a dangerous situation in Afghanistan and then had to deal with his wife getting murdered by possibly a close friend. I hope Rosenfelt decides to bring back Jack in a future novel.
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