The Never Game

Jeffery Deaver. Putnam, $28 (416p) ISBN 978-0-525-53594-2
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. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary. (May)
Reviewed on : 03/04/2019
Release date: 05/14/2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Mass Market Paperbound - 544 pages - 978-0-525-53595-9
Compact Disc - 978-1-9848-3239-9
Paperback - 528 pages - 978-0-593-10428-6
Library Binding - 978-1-4328-6339-5
Compact Disc - 978-1-9848-3241-2
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