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The bodies left behind, Jeffery Deaver

Label
The bodies left behind
Title
The bodies left behind
Statement of responsibility
Jeffery Deaver
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Arriving at a deserted lake house to investigate an aborted call to police, Deputy Anna McCafferty walks into the middle of a heinous crime and is deprived of her weapon, car, and phone, forced to flee, along with the twenty-five-year-old daughter of the murdered couple, into the surrounding forest to escape the perpetrators who must eliminate any potential witnesses
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Award
Thriller Award for Best Novel, 2009.
Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ Deaver, who has written one excellent thriller after another, is such a good puppet master that he makes us believe whatever he wants us to believe, even things that are false, without telling us a single lie. He practices misdirection through dialogue: a character says something he believes to be true, and so we believe it, too, without questioning the assumptions on which the character is basing his statement. A perfect example of how this technique can be used to perfection occurs in Deaver's latest, in which Brynn McKenzie, a Michigan police deputy investigating a suspicious 911 emergency call, finds herself being pursued through the woods by a pair of killers. And when she meets up with a woman who is also being hunted, Brynn has two lives to protect, and precious few resources with which to do it. The novel, which in some places may remind readers of Barry England's Figures in a Landscape (1997), is vintage Deaver: tightly plotted, with plenty of right-angle plot twists and pitch-perfect dialogue. It's not until we're well more than halfway through the book that we even begin to suspect that we might have made some dangerous mistakes, accepted certain things at face value merely because the characters in the book sold them to us so successfully—but by then, it's way too late, and we are completely at Deaver's mercy. -- Pitt, David (Reviewed 09-15-2008) (Booklist, vol 105, number 2, p4)
  • Usually a strong plotter, bestseller Deaver (The Bone Collector ) fails to deliver on the promise of this stand-alone thriller’s nicely creepy opening. When two masked men break into the isolated lakeside weekend house of Steven Feldman, who works for the Milwaukee Department of Social Services, and his wife, Emma, an attorney who may have stumbled on union corruption in the course of some corporate research, Steven has just enough time to phone 911 before the intruders shoot him and Emma dead. That interrupted plea for help brings Deputy Brynn McKenzie, who possesses a set of predictable emotional baggage (an abusive ex-wife, a troubled teenage son), to the scene. A protracted and less than suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse between McKenzie and the hired guns responsible for the murders ensues. A few twists will catch some readers by surprise, but the pacing and characterizations aren’t up to Deaver’s best. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed September 15, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 37, p42)
  • More thrills from the genre's master prestidigitator (The Broken Window, 2008, etc.).Steven and Emma Feldman retreat from their jobs in Milwaukee to Wisconsin's Marquette State Park. But they haven't retreated far enough to keep two armed and masked men from breaking into their place. Responding to a 911 call Steven made moments before he was shot dead, sheriff's deputy Brynn McKenzie is swiftly pulled into a night of terror. In short order she's deprived of her sidearm and cell phone and saddled with flighty actress Michelle Kepler, the Feldmans' house guest, who promoted herself from inconvenient witness to priority target when she winged one of the intruders with his own gun. It's a pleasure watching Deaver, who has no rivals in the realm of sneaky plot twists, spin out a series of cat-and-mouse games through which the hired guns and the two unexpectedly resourceful women try to outwit each other. With a logician's skill, he exhausts every possibility for shifting advantages within each situation before adding a single new element—a car alarm, a canoe, a pair of campers with their adorable little girl—into the mix to provide new opportunities. The result is a tour de force in which the suspense never flags for the first 250 pages. But Deaver's fatal inability to leave well enough alone is as much on display as his trademark cleverness, and Brynn and Michelle's ordeal is followed by a series of further (and further) revelations as dazzling as they are preposterous, finishing touches that show why the best suspense novels depend on making you forget that you're reading a book, not rubbing your nose in the author's cleverness.More proof that your first Deaver, before you've learned the formula, is likely to be your favorite. (Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
275300
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Deaver, Jeffery
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3554.E1755
LC item number
B64 2008
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Murderers
  • Witnesses
  • Escapes
  • Trespass
  • Winter
  • Murder
  • Policewomen
  • Wisconsin
Label
The bodies left behind, Jeffery Deaver
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
350 p.
Isbn
9780743579926
Lccn
2008030682
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o229025477
  • (Sirsi) o229025477
  • (OCoLC)229025477
Label
The bodies left behind, Jeffery Deaver
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
350 p.
Isbn
9780743579926
Lccn
2008030682
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o229025477
  • (Sirsi) o229025477
  • (OCoLC)229025477

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