No.1 international bestseller Jeffery Deaver returns with a stunning thriller – the first in an exciting series featuring enigmatic investigator Colter Shaw.
Escape or die trying…
Three people are kidnapped across California.
Sophie is locked inside a derelict warehouse.
Henry is abandoned in remote woodland.
Elizabeth is trapped inside a sinking ship.
They are alive, but don’t have much time to live…
Only one man can save them: unique investigator Colter Shaw. He’s an expert tracker with a forensic mind, but this will be a test even for him.
Because this killer isn’t following the rules; he’s changing them. One murder at a time…
‘No one in the world does this kind of thing better than Deaver’ Lee Child
Deaver’s most riveting, most twisty, most unputdownable novel yet’ Karin Slaughter
‘Deaver grips from the very first line and never lets up’ Peter James
‘The very definition of a page-turner’ Ian Rankin
‘Lightning-fast and loaded with twists’ Harlan Coben
‘With The Never Game you know you are in the hands of a master’ Peter Robinson
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‘The Never Game is the very definition of a page-turner’ Ian Rankin
‘Terrific writing, vivid and raw, Deaver grips from the very first line and never lets up. He is, hands-down, one of the finest thriller writers of our time’ Peter James
‘Deaver is a masterful storyteller and he’s on top form with The Never Game’ Daily Express
‘As always, Deaver gets you in his stealthy grip on page one, and then takes you on a wild and inventive ride …
this time with new star character Colter Shaw. No one in the world does this kind of thing better than Deaver’ Lee Child
‘Masterful storytelling — The Never Game is Deaver’s most riveting, most twisty, most unputdownable novel yet’ Karin Slaughter
‘Lightning-fast and loaded with twists, The Never Game is a thrill a minute from one of the best. Don’t miss it’ Harlan Coben
‘Jeffery Deaver scores yet again with a fascinating new detective, Colter Shaw, and a plot as full of thrills and twists and turns as you would expect from him. With The Never Game you know you are in the hands of a master. But be warned—don’t start this too late in the evening because sleep would be an annoying interruption once you’ve started reading!’ Peter Robinson
‘A twisty “keep you up all night” page-turner of a book with a wonderfully human core. A fantastic read’ Kate Hamer, bestselling author of The Girl in the Red Coat
‘A superb thriller. Twisty, ingenious and totally gripping. Colter Shaw is a fascinating, complex new character. Excellent’ Will Dean
‘A fascinating new character in the methodical Colter Shaw. Nothing is predictable in the case, and like a curvy mountain road, the twists are intense’ Associated Press
Praise for Jeffery Deaver:
'If you want thrills, Deaver is your man' Guardian
'One of the most consistent writers of clever, entertaining and often thought-provoking thrillers in the world' Simon Kernick
Colter Shaw, the hero of this superb series launch from Thriller Award winner Deaver (the Lincoln Rhyme series), travels around the U.S. in an RV, earning rewards for finding missing persons, fugitives, and "suspects who have not yet been identified or located." In the prologue, Colter attempts to rescue a kidnapped pregnant woman, Elizabeth Chabelle, from a sinking fishing vessel off the California coast. With Elizabeth's fate in doubt, the action moves back two days, when Colter goes looking for 19-year-old Sophie Mulliner in Silicon Valley. Sophie vanished after an argument with her father, who was unable to get the authorities to take his fear that she was attacked and kidnapped seriously. Colter does, and manages to locate suggestive evidence Sophie's cell phone, a bloodied rock, and a plastic shard that may have come from the teen's bike. That investigation proves to be just the tip of the iceberg after the person who abducted Sophie strikes again and Colter finds parallels between the crimes and a creepy video game called The Whispering Man. Fans of twisty suspense that pushes the envelope of plausibility without inviting disbelief will be enthralled. Author tour.