Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver has hit the spotlight with the film adaptation of his novel THE BONE COLLECTOR. The film has been produced by Universal Studios and stars Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The film is now showing around the world and receiving both great reviews and excellent audiences.




Author Bio:

Former attorney and folk-singer Jeffery Deaver is the best-selling author of a dozen suspense novels and numerous short stories. He has three times been nominated for Edgar Awards and is a two-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Readers' Award for best short story of the year. The London Times has called him the "best psychological thrillre writer around." He makes him home in Virginia and California.




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THE BONE COLLECTOR
Now a major Motion Picture from Universal Pictures

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Lincoln Rhyme, ex-head of NYPD forensics, was the nation's foremost criminalist, the man who could work a crime scene and come away with a perfect profile of the killer, frozen in time. Now, Lincoln is frozen in place--permanently. An accident on the job left him a quadriplegic who can move just one finger, a great mind strapped to his bed, mulish and sarcastic, hiding from a life he no longer wants to live. Until he sees the crime-scene report about a corpse found buried on a deserted West Side railroad track, its bloody hand rising from the dirt. It belonged to a man who got into a cab at the airport and never got out. Reluctantly, Lincoln Rhyme abandons retirement to track down a killer whose ingenious clues hold the secret to saving his victims--if Rhyme can decipher them in time. The search leads him to the Bone Collector, whose obsession with old New York colors every scrap of evidence he leaves for Rhyme and his new partner, Amelia Sachs, whom he drafts as his arms and legs. But she's never worked a crime scene in her life--and he can only whisper in her ear as she does the exacting work he loved more than anything else.





Press For Success: What the press are saying...

"Deaver knits a seamless fabric of tightening tension right up to an explosive double-whammy ending" - The Times

"Scary, smart, and compulsively readable" - Stephen King

"Seldom have more twists and turns, or more harrowing suspense been packed into a single day - or between the covers of a single book...Superior." - James Patterson

"Sophisticated chiller...compulsive reading" - The Guardian

"A Stunner...most readers will be losing their sleep ober Deaver's outsize thriller." - Kirkus Reviews





Backlist: Other works by our featured author...

A MAIDEN'S GRAVE

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A school bus carrying eight deaf schoolgirls and their teacher brakes suddenly on a flat Kansas highway. They never should have stopped. Waiting for them are three heartless men just escaped from prison--each with nothing to lose. And now, with the girls as hostages, they have everything to gain. They make their stand in an abandoned slaughterhouse, and it is there that Lou Handy, a murderer and the convicts' ringleader, announces his terms: to kill one captive an hour unless his demands are met. What follows is a twelve-hour siege of noose-tight tension--and a war of nerves between Handy and the FBI's hostage negotiator, Arthur Potter. Bespectacled and quiet, Potter may not look like a match for the vicious Handy. But behind his world-weary eyes is a steely nerve sharpened over a lifetime of tough stands at the barricades. Trying to beat the inexorable clock, Potter struggles to grow close to Lou Handy, to become him, and finds himself walking the dangerous line between good and evil, cop and criminal. Is Handy a desperate escapee? Or a wild-card psychopath killing for kicks? Or is he simply a brilliant poker player, upping the bloody ante for reasons of his own? All Potter knows for sure is that Handy will gamble those girls' lives away in a heartbeat if it suits him. While Potter negotiates from a hundred yards away, inside the macabre slaughterhouse one of the hostages--a deaf teacher named Melanie Charrol--vows that Handy won't win his sadistic game of cat-and-mouse. Together, Potter, a man of words, and Melanie, a woman of silence, will fight to keep the convicts from murdering the innocent girls one by one.





THE COFFIN DANCER

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Detective Lincoln Rhyme, the foremost criminalist in the NYPD, is on the hunt for an elusive murderer, the Coffin Dancer. He's a brilliant hitman who changes his appearance even faster than he adds to his trail of victims, only one of whom has lived long enough to offer a clue: the assassin has an eerie tattoo on his arm of the Grim Reaper waltzing with a woman in front of a casket. Rhyme continues to tutor his beautiful protege, Detective Amelia Sachs, in the art of criminal hunting. Rhyme is certain he's seen this killer before, and his suspicion of an earlier encounter fuels a bitter taste for vengeance. When the chameleonlike assassin targets three federal witnesses for death, the stakes reach a new high. Rhyme's brainpower and Sach's legwork are they only tools they have to track the cunning murderer through the subways, parks, and airports of a darkly painted New York City. And they only have forty-eight hours before the Coffin Dancer strikes again.





PRAYING FOR SLEEP


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On a savage, storm-lashed night, Michael Hrubek--a dangerous paranoid schizophrenic--escapes from a mental hospital for the criminally insane by impersonating a dead man. He's on a mission--to find Lis Atcheson, the woman whose testimony identified him as the gruesome Indian Leap State Park murderer. He'll stalk her all the way home, where she waits in the cool autumn night...surrounded by her past.

For Lis, the chief witness at Hrubek's trial, is a woman obsessed with the past. Living in the remote New England house that was her family's summer retreat, she is struggling to put her life back together after a period of terrible turmoil--just as Michael Hrubek sets out on his harrowing quest.

Racing to intercept him are his psychiatrist, Richard Kohler, a brilliant doctor--but one with his own secrets to protect; Trenton Heck, a professional dog tracker with an uncanny skill for picking up a trail--and a desperate need for the reward money offered for Hrubek's return; and Lis's husband, Owen Atcheson, a man of uncommon intelligence and determination--who must hunt Hrubek down before he can destroy his wife.

Yet Michael's madness is inextricably entwined with his genius--and he proves a far greater adversary than any of his pursuers anticipated. For though his mind is tormented by his eerie delusions of betrayal and revenge, he is crystal clear on one point: he knows Lis Atcheson better than she knows herself, and as he hunts her he is bringing a terrible secret into the light of day.





THE LESSON OF HER DEATH


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Detective Bill Corde gazes down at the demure body in a bed of muddled hyacinths beside a gloomy lagoon, unaware that he is about to plunge into fears as dark and dense as the waters of Blackfoot Pond. The twisted mind of the murderer who cut off a college girl's life in its bloom is intent on using her death to teach Corde a terrible lesson and shatter into splintered fragments everything he holds precious.

As rumors of a crazed serial "moon killer" scorch the no longer serene Midwestern campus, Corde uncovers the shocking secrets about the victim's sexual encounters with students and faculty. Exposing these lurid vignettes from the underside of college life could tear apart the seemingly placid surface of the academic community, revealing scenarios of sinister ambition, intrigue, and corruption.

While he races to prevent another death before the full moon, Corde's public and private lives cruelly collide. The murderer has focused on the cop's family and leads them into an isolated world of terror from which there is no escape. Helplessly, Corde watches his guilt-haunted wide and troubled teenage son become entangled in a brilliant madman's malevolent trap. But it is Corde's learning-impaired daughter, Sarah, who is in the greatest danger--she alone may hold the key to the identity of a killer.





SPEAKING IN TONGUES


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Tate Collier, once one of the finest trial lawyers in the country, is now a divorced gentleman farmer in rural Virginia, trying to forget the past.

Aaron Mathews, a brilliant psychologist, has turned his talents to far deadlier goals than curing patients; he's targeted Tate, his ex-wife and his estranged daughter for unspeakable revenge.

As Mathews's terrifying plan unfolds, destroying the lives of this troubled family and anyone who tries to stop him, Tate and his ex-wife must reunite to stop this psychopath whose gift of a glib tongue and talent for coercion and deceit are as dangerous as knives and guns...






Website:

Jeffery Deaver's official website is at: http://www.jefferydeaver.com/

News on the film of The Bone Collector can be found at the Official Universal Pictures site at http://www.thebonecollector.com




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