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The October List Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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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.)
"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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With the aid of the handsome Daniel, her savior, they chase, and are chased, all over town creating mayhem wherever they go, always just barely staying out of the clutches of the law. They can't go to the police, of course, because of the kidnapper's demands--$500,000 and that list.
It's set in mid-September, just as New York transitions from summer to autumn, and it starts to get a bit chilly, and the leaves start to fall. And it looks like something important to the financial world is going to happen when the Calendar clicks over to October. Can our innocents prevent that?
What's more--and what makes the book exceptional--is that it's told backward (the book starts with chapter 36). That requires a hightened degree of attention from you, dear reader. So be prepared to flip back and forth, and pay attention to those photographs that accompany each chapter--the author says in his preface (which naturally appears at the end) that some provide clues. If you do, you'll have a good time.
And then finally, in chapter 2, there is the small reveal; in chapter 1, the Big Reveal. And it's huge. Deaver doesn't falter. How much did you get right?