Fiendish suspense. Shocking twists.
Twelve diabolical tales.
New York Times bestselling author and highly acclaimed storyteller Jeffery Deaver-the undisputed "grand master of the plot twist" (Booklist)-returns with a dazzling new collection of short stories. In these twelve electrifying tales (including six written just for this anthology) Deaver proves once again his genius for the unexpected-in his world, appearances are always deceiving.
A devoted housekeeper embarks on a quest to find the truth behind her employer's murder. A washed-up Hollywood actor gets one last, high-stakes chance to revive his career. A man makes an impulsive visit to his hometown, and learns more about his past than he bargained for. Two Olympic track hopefuls receive terrorist threats. And Deaver's beloved series characters Lincoln Rhyme, Kathryn Dance, and John Pellam return in stories now in print for the first time.
The 12 tales in bestseller Deaver's third story collection (after 2006's More Twisted) abound in shrewd detection and twists. In "Fast," series lead Kathryn Dance and colleagues attempt to stop a terrorist attack. Another series character, Lincoln Rhyme, figures in "A Textbook Case" and "The Obit." Deaver's fondness for cons and sleights of hand is evident in such selections as "Game," inspired by a real case involving the murder of a New York socialite; "Bump," in which an aging actor agrees to a reality-show poker game; and "The Plot," in which a writer's death seems suspicious to his biggest fan, who's also a homicide cop. Both "The Therapist" and the novella "Forever" pose questions about madness, genius, and whether what appears evil might really be visionary. As Deaver explains in the introduction, he doesn't like loose ends, and he's sometimes overzealous in connecting all the dots. Still, both fans and new readers should be engrossed by these lively tales of crime and deception.