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The Accident Paperback – January 6, 2015
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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.
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“[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
About the Author
Chris Pavone's novel The Expats was a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestseller, and winner of Edgar and Anthony awards for best first novel. Chris grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Cornell, and was a book editor for nearly two decades, as well as an expat in Luxembourg, but now lives again in New York City with his wife and children. The Accident is his second novel.
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (January 6, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385348479
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385348478
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,550,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have really loved all Pavone's books and enjoy the fact that some of my favorite characters cross over from one story to the next.
I can't wait until his next one is released. He has created a new fan of spy novels in me.
Author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain
Seems to me that’s a pretty good way to talk about Pavone’s latest thriller, a somewhat tasty morsel, but without a whole lot of substance, nuance or lasting flavor. Not something you’re going to savor long in your memory.
Day breaks and over the course of what to me is one stupendously contrived 24-hour period, an author-in-hiding in Zurich frets over the manuscript of his tell-all book. His is a book that – if truth wins out – represents a grave threat to world order as well as to some powerful individuals, corporations and governments.
The author-in-hiding was both an insider and participant in a mess of serious double-dealing that he has now chronicled in his manuscript, “The Accident.” But now he’s the apologist, motivated by remorse, but more so by the soul-cleansing redemption that coming clean promises.
In Copenhagen, New York, and other global locales, CIA spooks along with power-brokers working in the media, literary and publishing world are also thinking – obsessing – over the manuscript. These government and publishing predators either hope to cash in on the book’s publication, or are threatened with ruin if “The Accident” makes it to print.
Two camps exist: those who hope to gain if the book is published and those who will kill to prevent its publication. For me, each camp is populated with characters as one-dimensional as cardboard cutouts. All of them are wily, witty and wise but all in the same manner, acting and speaking as if cut from the same cloth; as a result it’s difficult to keep straight who’s talking. There’s a long list of characters. Nearly all the characters are expendable and too often for my taste someone seems to be introduced so he or she can be summarily erased, violently. I lost tab but there’s an extremely high body count. (A fun exercise might be to tally the actual number of corpses. My guess is you’ll be surprised at how many there are.)
The one person we are led to care for most is Isabel Reed, a literary agent who is reading the final pages of “The Accident” as the book begins. You’ll need to stick with the book until the final pages to learn if Isabel is among the survivors and if the manuscript that has already buried so many makes its way into print.
Pavone sets out to take you on a thrill ride. And, okay, the pages did seem to flip rather quickly. But, depending on your tolerance for the implausible, he delivers a book that’s hard to put down or one you’ll be tempted to throw across the room.
In a word: Far-fetched
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That said, it is a well-written book with well-observed characters and settings. If one can suspend one’s disbelief (see above), then the book does crackle along nicely.
The novel covers an approximately 24h period, where a decision on the publishing of an explosive expose biography of a politically connected media business tycoon needs to be made by a variety of players, with others working for the tycoon (primarily his CIA henchmen) equally trying to prevent the publication.
The author's understanding of the publishing business shines through and similarly to his first book the pace is good and the novel reasonably gripping. While some developments are telegraphed much further in advance than in The Expats , this does not make the book completely predictable or induce you to skip pages. The secret service aspect is something the author is generally keen on and while we are talking of 'off the books' black ops, which may or may not work in this fashion, it certainly does not detract from the book's enjoyment.
Overall a competent thriller and if you liked the author's first book, you will most likely not be disappointed here. Definitely with more excitement than someone in the publishing business is likely to experience over a day in real life.
The tale about the attempts to publish a book has enough little digs at publishing and modern life to get some lighter moments into the tale.
Well worth the effort.
This is supposed to be a Random house Traditional published book but despite these efforts there were both formatting and typo issues in the kindle version. I do not mind about these but I know some readers get annoyed.
I like books that are authentic ,not preposterous, and this was right up my street ,sure a little bit of license has to to be taken but overall this is a great story ,full of twists but thrilling after a slowish start .
I wont describe the story , there's no need but if you liked Expats -go for this it's really good -in fact I would read lots more of this guy if it was available !