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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.

About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Aug. 19 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
An excellent and exciting story that was full of surprises and double crosses that kept you guessing to the very end of the story. Loved the interweaving of game theory with the thrill of the hunt.
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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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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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