The New York Times Bestselling master of suspense is back with a riveting thriller, as reward seeker Colter Shaw plunges into the woods and races the clock in a case where nothing is quite what it seems.
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The Times Book of the Month (November 2022)
THERE ARE TWO FUNDAMENTAL RULES OF SURVIVAL.
#1: NEVER BE WITHOUT A MEANS OF ESCAPE.
Allison Parker is on the run with her teenage daughter, Hannah, and Colter Shaw has been hired by her eccentric boss, entrepreneur Marty Harmon, to find and protect her. Though he’s an expert at tracking missing persons—even those who don’t wish to be found—Shaw has met his match in Allison, who brings all her skills as a brilliant engineer designing revolutionary technology to the game of evading detection.
#2: NEVER BE WITHOUT ACCESS TO A WEAPON.
The reason for Allison’s panicked flight is soon apparent. She’s being stalked by her ex-husband, Jon Merritt. Newly released from prison and fueled by blinding rage, Jon is a man whose former profession as a police detective makes him uniquely suited for the hunt. And he’s not alone. Two hitmen are also hot on her heels—an eerie pair of thugs who take delight not only in murder but in the sport of devising clever ways to make bodies disappear forever. Even if Shaw manages to catch up with Allison and her daughter, his troubles will just be beginning.
SHAW IS ABOUT TO DISCOVER RULE #3:
NEVER BELIEVE ANYTHING.
As Shaw ventures further into the wilderness, the truth becomes as hard to decipher as the forest’s unmarked trails…and peril awaits at every turn.
“The alternating friction and affection between parent and child make Hunting Time especially convincing and nerve-wracking. Mr. Deaver is well-known for maintaining suspense while also subverting readers’ expectations. This fourth Shaw novel—full of “oh no!” surprises and tire-screeching escapes —is guaranteed to make your heart pound, your blood race and your head spin. And how likely is it that you’re being set up for a finale that will pull the rug out from under you? One hundred percent.” Financial Times
“Hunting Time has got what distinguishes good page-turners from landfill: grip … a neat twist, a deadly chase, plus a pair of killers … and you’re good to go.’ The Times Book of the Month
‘Colter Shaw is one of Deaver's most intriguing characters, a survival specialist who finds people who don't want to be found, for high financial rewards. He is resourceful, smart and courageous … Deaver's plot skills shine out of this tale of treachery and redemption.’ Daily Mail
‘The twists in the plot and relationships are unexpected’ Literary Review
About the author
Jeffery Deaver is the No.1 international bestselling author of more than forty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages.
MWA Grand Master Deaver's bland fourth thriller featuring professional reward-seeker Colter Shaw (after 2021's The Final Twist) takes Shaw to the tough Midwestern city of Ferrington, where entrepreneur Marty Harmon's startup company has been working on developing miniature nuclear power plants. After the theft of one of the company's products, the Pocket Sun, Harmon hires Shaw to retrieve it; he also hires Shaw to locate and protect its inventor, Allison Parker. Parker and her teenage daughter, Hannah, have fled their home in Ferrington after the early release from prison of Parker's ex-husband and Hannah's father, former cop Jon Merritt. Merritt was convicted of attempting to murder Parker, and she fears he'll try to finish her off. Once Shaw finds Parker, the Ferrington police are unable, or unwilling, to devote resources to guarding her, and she takes matters into her own hands, which makes Shaw's job more difficult. With the personal puzzles Shaw grappled with in previous books resolved, the once-complex protagonist has become just another eccentric, skilled lone ranger. This is a forgettable page-turner that lacks the intelligence of Deaver's best work. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary.