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Edge: A Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Jeffery Deaver
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July 26 2011
Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations— the FBI and CIA among them—lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection.

Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless “lifter” hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary. While Loving is deft at torture, his expertise lies in getting an “edge” on his victim—leverage—usually by kidnapping or threatening family until the “primary” caves under pressure.

The job of keeping the Kessler family alive falls to a man named Corte, a senior federal protection officer known as a “shepherd.” Uncompromising, relentlessly devoted to protecting those in his care and a passionate board game aficionado, he applies brilliant gaming strategy to his work. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving—the man who, six years earlier, had tortured and killed someone close to him—is also an opportunity to avenge his friend’s death. The assignment soon escalates into a fast-paced duel between Corte and Loving, a dangerous volley of wits and calculated risks.

As he shepherds the Kesslers to a concealed safe house, Corte must anticipate Loving’s every step as the lifter moves in on his prey, and with the help of razor-sharp investigator Claire DuBois and his longtime ally, FBI agent Paul Fredericks, pinpoint which of Kessler’s seemingly insignificant cases has triggered Loving’s return. As the team digs deeper, each of the Kesslers comes under close scrutiny, and in captivity their family bonds are stretched to the breaking point—as the lifter draws near, Corte must ultimately choose between protecting his charges and exposing them to a killer in the name of long-awaited revenge.

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'As always in a Deaver novel the plot twistst one way and then the next but the tension is superbly maintained' The Times 'The twists and turns from devilish Deaver will have you burning the midnight oil, then using it to set fire to the candle you'll be burning at both ends until you finish this. The seamless narrative delights and the reader is drip-fed information that will invite imaginative minds to head into overdrive ... This is the perfect accompaniment on a winter's night, curled up on the sofa with a glass of your favourite tipple.' Sun 'He's mesmerising in whatever guise' Independent on Sunday Books of the Year 'There is no one better at wrong-footing the reader.' Evening Standard 'Fans of Deaver's fiendishly clever suspensers won't be surprised by the nonstop deceptions, reversals, shocks and surprises, but this time they're even more varied than usual, and, given the characters' backgrounds, a lot more plausible. The result is his most successful thriller in years.' Kirkus, starred review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jeffery Deaver is the author of two collections of short stories and twenty-eight suspense novels. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His many awards include the Novel of the Year at the International Thriller Writers’ Awards in 2009 for his standalone novel The Bodies Left Behind. The latest entries in the Lincoln Rhyme series are The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, and The Burning Wire.

Deaver has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony Award and a Gumshoe Award. He was recently short-listed for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in North Carolina.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad Jan. 1 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Was a bit disappointed with this one. Not the first Deaver book I've read but wouldn't recommend it. Better ones out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Brain-Teaser Nov. 12 2011
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This action packed, fast paced, heart-pounding brain-teaser pits two ruthless professionals against each other in a cat and mouse game. The suspense generated plays nifty tricks on your mind and every time someone new wanders across the page the atmosphere builds.

The storyline is narrated in the first person and has great plotting and a wonderful cast of characters. One of the main characters is a 'shepherd' named Corte who is charged with protecting a principal named Ryan Kessler from a 'lifter' named Henry Loving. (A shepherd is the person in charge of protecting another person (the principal) and the lifter is the person employed to interrogate and extract information from the principal by deadly force or using a family member or friends as leverage. It is challenging at first, there are a lot of acronyms and terms for us to get our heads around but once we get into the swing of things, we are adeptly provided with all the twists and counter-twists to keep us constantly on our toes, we never know what is coming next.

The task our hero, Corte, faces is not easy. We learn the Kessler family is a family with many problems and Ryan is no exception, he is cop with a drinking problem and a complex. Corte is faced by an ever-increasing number of distractions, complications in a deadly game as he and his opponent Henry Loving jostle for position from chapter to chapter.

This intellectual and psychological thriller gripped my attention from the very beginning and never let go. Corte, a board game aficionado and Loving a very capable nemesis each trying to outwit the other in a real-life game of chess using people as pawns proved to be intriguing, captivating and quite fulfilling from start to finish. It was my first experience reading this author and it will not be the last.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff at his best, love the main character! Sept. 25 2011
By cyd
Format:Paperback
Loved all the references to board game, lots of fun twists and turns. Absolutely recommend this book, would make an excellent gift for anybody who loves puzzles and games.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Edge is a bad read Sept. 8 2011
By Mark
Format:Hardcover
Don't bother with this one. The main character who is a specialist in his field gets snuck up on so many times including an old man and a kid that its amazing the main character makes it through and survives the first chapter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edge won't disappoint Deaver fans. Nov. 3 2010
By Robert Busko - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The first Jeffrey Deaver novel I read was 1997's The Bone Collector. Since that time I have been an on and off fan of his. It isn't the quality of the books he writes but often a function of time and what else is out there demanding my attention in the book line. I also tend to get bored with long series of novels as in the Lincoln Rhyme novels.

Edge, Deaver's latest thriller, has appeared at just the right time and is also a stand-a-lone novel. As such, it provides a refreshing opportunity to meet new characters in new situations. The premise of the story is full of real possibilities making it an even better read. Coming on the heels of the very successful Burning Wire, Edge is Deaver's second book of 2010 and that is a treat.

Corte (yes he goes by just a single name) works for a Federal organization that is never identified. Corte's job is to protect individuals who are in possession of sensitive, dangerous, or highly profitable information. Corte's opposite, Henry Loving, is a "lifter"; a collector if information who uses any means necessary to gather what he wants. Henry is Loving is not someone you would want to meet if he has an interest in something you know.

Corte's latest assignment is Ryan Kessler, a Washington, D. C. detective who, for reasons that aren't important here, becomes Loving's target. That is the outline of the story.

Deaver is an experienced and highly capable spinner of tales. Edge is rapid fire decision making and action that will keep you turning pages and is a pretty fair extension of Deaver's line of hit novels. The are plot twists and surprises galore. Like many successful novelists today, Deaver has a seemingly inexhaustible supply of plot ideas. I hope the creative well doesn't run dry anytime soon.

Could this be the beginning of a new Deaver series? Maybe.

I recommend.

Peace to all.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Novel has a lot of problems, but works in the end Nov. 30 2010
By Bill Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Jeffrey Deaver's THE EDGE is at times compelling, and then quite boring. But at the end, it comes together in an ultimately rewarding experience. Deaver takes the reader to Corte, an agent of a secretive government organization charged with keeping people safe. Corte is the shepherd assigned to guard Ryan Kessler, his wife, Joanne, sister-in-law Maree, and daughter Amanda. He's protecting them from the "lifter" Henry Loving, a man paid to find people and extract information from them. While Corte is keeping the Kesslers safe, he's also trying to discover who the primary is; who hired Henry Loving.

As the novel opens, Corte is trying to keep the Kesslers safe and Loving is trying to kill them. So, we get several scenes of cat and mouse, and action as Corte fights off Loving. With so much violence and mayhem going on, it seems improbable that all the main characters survive. I found myself skimming through the needless action to get to more story.

Thankfully, Deaver moves away from the action and more into the story. Who in Kessler's family is Loving targeting? Is it Ryan, the cop injured in the line of duty. Could it be his devoted wife, the active daughter, or the ditsy photographer sister-in-law.

My opinion of the novel definitely changed in the last half, for the better. This is a novel Deaver fans should check out as they eagerly await his next: the new James Bond novel.
55 of 74 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good...and yet annoying Nov. 8 2010
By Oakleaf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am half done the book and actually am so annoyed by it that I am writing a quick review. I am not one of the paid reviewers who always appear first on the list and seem to have all the time in the world to give a complete plot outline (skip those in the future). Anyway, here it is. Deaver never seemed to get into his character Corte. You feel like he is the author sitting next to the character, trying to appear to be the character. I know that sounds confusing, but here's how it comes out. Corte is constantly "turning to us" and defining terms used in his job, explaining his motivation, telling little anecdotes to us, etc. It's like we are on a ride-along with him and trying to write what we see from his perspective and yet can never get away from our perspective. Anyway, it's annoying. I will finish the book and if it completely redeems itself, I will write another review, otherwise not.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why so disapointing?! Dec 15 2010
By J. McAfee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have read all of Deaver's books and find them to be interesting, page-turners everytime. I couldn't believe this was a Deaver book. The book is so bogged down in details I was seriously bored throughout. Being Deaver, i thought an amazing twist was coming so I kept at it. Complete waste. The characters are so uninteresting I can't think of the last time I read any book where I found them so 2-dimentional, esp. after the ad nausum details we are given, about EVERYTHING and everyone. I tell you one of the most annoying sections EVER: when he finally gets a chance to look in the antogonist's box after making a big deal about it page after page, and almost dying trying to get at some more personal effects of this man. . . it was frustrating and crazy. Deaver, you're better than this. Much. What was this about???
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth Reading Dec 1 2010
By Jen from IL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Although I like all of Deaver's other novels to varying degrees, this one was a complete waste. His action scenes are as well-written and gripping as ever, but they are only occasional seasoning in an otherwise unbelievable, boring novel in which there is not a single character about whom we can actually care. His main character is fascinated by board games, about which we have to learn way too much, and which Deaver apparently fails to realize makes him a very uninteresting person. The biggest problem, however, is the plot itself. Deaver can't make up his mind until he runs out of characters who is really in need of protection in this book. The more he switches the object of the need for protection to another character, the less believable the book becomes. By the end, not only do we not care about any of the characters, but we are astounded at how ridiculous his choices have become. Awful! It was a relief to reach the end.
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