"Intelligent ... opens with a bang." - Publisher's Weekly
"Sizzles with revelations, double crossings, and seemingly shifting alliances ... A taut, exhilarating mystery" - Kirkus Reviews
THIRTEEN ACROSS is thriller on a clock. FBI Agent Kate Morgan's life is derailed when Phillip Barnes makes his attacks on the nation's capital personal. Seven stops. Seven sets of clues. A race against time. It starts with five letters and Thirteen Across. Kate must arrive at a final destination to atone for her sins, and how will she survive it?
Thirteen Across is only the beginning. Barnes reveals an unfolding puzzle—a charted course—one that expires at midnight. Puzzle solutions and destinations expose conspiracy and deception. The FBI brings in a real-life puzzlemaster to riddle out stops, while Kate works the frontlines to save those that she can and log the tours.
What Kate thinks she knows about her life is tested as is her ability to survive her trials. Dan Grant delivers another edge-of-your-seat story that keeps you guessing. Puzzles? It's more than that. Thirteen Across is a fast-paced thriller that exposes disturbing research and seven Washington, DC, stops that are worth the visit. "Dark, exciting, and gripping," - USA Book Reviewers
THIRTEEN ACROSS: Here's what others are say:
"a cat-and-mouse chase with intricate puzzle … written like an action thriller movie … and Kate Morgan is the woman for the job." – San Francisco Book Reviews, 5 Stars
"part scavenger hunt, part puzzle … brilliant reading" – Jon Land USA Today bestselling author of the Murder, She Wrote series
"Unlike anything I have read before … Dark, exciting, and gripping, this book is full of depth and intrigue that is certain to keep you on the edge of your seat while reading." – USA Book Reviewers
"A deftly and subtly crafted suspense thriller … unreservedly recommended" – Midwest Book Review
"an exciting thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats … for fans of puzzle-based mysteries or thrillers with twists and turns like Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Kate Morgan is a character that is just as compelling as Robert Langdon." – Hollywood Book Review, Star Awarded to Books of Excellent Merit
"entertaining, intelligent, and clever" – Manhattan Book Review
"A fast-paced mystery and reads like a gripping Dan Brown story." – Emma Jones, Dora Book House
"Devilishly clever, and good, this is Dan Grant." – Pacific Book Review on Dan's The Singularity Witness
Grant's intelligent second thriller featuring physician and FBI agent Kate Morgan (after 2018's The Singularity Witness) opens with a bang. Morgan is riding the Washington, D.C., Metro when a bomb explosion derails her train, causing massive casualties. Despite her valiant efforts to treat the wounded, Morgan comes under suspicion from the investigators after a briefcase with her name on it is found in a subway station and the four-digit number that a Metro worker wrote on her wrist to mark her as a survivor turns out to unlock the briefcase, whose contents include clues to a crossword. Since one clue suggests an ongoing threat, Morgan is frantic to answer it. Amusingly, the FBI brings in real-life New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz to assist. Grant plausibly extrapolates from current science to explain the secrets behind the mayhem, which involve a covert government program that will resonate with readers of the Captain America comic book. Fans will look forward to Kate's third outing. (BookLife)
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Dan Grant’s Thirteen Across
Boom!! The Orange commuter train line explodes!!
FBI agent Kate Morgan is on the the commuter
train. A briefcase is found near the scene that has
been left with her name on it. In it, a puzzle that
she needs to solve or more people die including
Powerful, stunning, blood chilling, explosive,
riveting and power packed, psychological, emotional,
heart aching read!!
The story grips the reader from the first page. It keeps
intensifying until the very last word.
Tension, drama, suspense, thrills and chills surround
each clue and destination.
The characters are all multifaceted, three dimensional,
well written in a very complex, informative puzzle.
The plot is extremely complicated. It will keep the
reader on the edge of your seat as you go along with
the characters to see if the terrorizing clues can be
found to beat the clock.
Loved learning about the out of the spotlight place in
I volunteered to read Thirteen Across, A Puzzle with a
Violent Solution. Thanks to Reading Deals for the
opportunity. My opinion is my own.