Watchlist : A Serial Thriller (Paperback)

Author: Deaver, Jeffery

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Twenty-nine international thriller writers collaborate to create two serial novels in one major suspenseful package, from an idea by "New York Times"-bestselling author Deaver.


Publisher Perseus Books Group
Mfg Part# 9781593155902
SKU 214551468
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1593155905
Release Date 12/7/2010
Dimensions (in Inches) 6.75H x 4.25L x 1T
Author Info
Linda Barnes
Linda Barnes first received critical praise in 1986, when she introduced her most popular crime solver, Carlotta Carlyle. A tall, guitar-playing, taxi-driving ex-cop and private investigator, Carlyle first appeared in a short story called "Bad Penny". Carlyle, like many of Barnes's characters, is known for her vivacious sense of humor and her wry, ironic outlook on life. Barnes graduated from Boston University with a B.F.A., taught theater in Massachusetts from 1971 to 1978, and married computer expert Richard Barnes. Among many awards she has received throughout her career, she won an Anthony Award for best short stories, and an American Mystery Award for best private eye novel.
Jeffery Wilds Deaver was born and raised in Chicago. He attended the University of Missouri and received a law degree from Fordham University. A self-described "terrible attorney," Deaver quit the law in 1990 to pursue a full-time writing career based on his fascination with and love of suspense. "When I teach courses in writing," Deaver said in a interview, "I always tell my students to write what you enjoy reading and I have always been a big fan of the sort of book I write--the plot-driven commercial thriller." Deaver's modus operandi has proven lucrative since his first book was published in the early 1990s. Several of his books have achieved best-seller status and two--THE BONE COLLECTOR (1997) and A MAIDEN'S GRAVE (1995)--have been adapted for film. Deaver's sister, Julie Reece Deaver, is an author of young adult books.
Lee Child is the man behind Jack Reacher, a six-foot-five-inch drifter and ex-military policeman who has been featured in more than a dozen best-selling thrillers. Child, who stands the same height as the hero of his series, was born in Coventry, England, and raised in the nearby working-class city of Birmingham. He began his career as a producer with Granada, the television company responsible for such shows as THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN and BRIDESHEAD REVISITED. In 1995, when he was 40, he was laid off due to a corporate restructuring. He used his unexpected free time to write the first Reacher novel, KILLING FLOOR, which was published in 1997. The book, which won an Anthony Award for best debut of the year, proved exceptionally popular, and Child now has millions of avid fans. Child once said of his protagonist, "I look at the character as an update of a very old figure, who comes out of 1,000 years of literary tradition: the loner, the mysterious stranger, the knight errant who shows up, solves a problem and then leaves. He came out of Scandinavian sagas and English tales of knights and survived into the American West and pop lit." Explaining why Reacher's adventures take place in the U.S., Child, who is married to an American woman, has said, "The idea of writing against a huge landscape, a vast continent where anything could happen, greatly appealed to me."
From the Publisher
Editors Note The Chopin Manuscript and then The Copper Bracelet are collaborations of some of the world’s greatest thriller writers including Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Lisa Scottoline, and Jeffery Deaver, who conceived the characters and set the plots in motion. The other authors each wrote a chapter, and Deaver then completed what he started, bringing both novellas to their startling conclusion and combining the two in Watchlist.In The Chopin Manuscript, former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frédéric Chopin. Middleton is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. Middleton returns in The Copper Bracelet—the explosive sequel to The Chopin Manuscript—as he’s drawn into an international terror plot that threatens to send India and Pakistan into full-scale nuclear war.CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE: Linda Barnes • Brett Battles • Lee Child • David Corbett • Jeffery Deaver • Joseph Finder • Jim Fusilli • John Gilstrap • James Grady • David Hewson • Jon Land • David Liss • Gayle Lynds • John Ramsey Miller • P.J. Parrish • Ralph Pezzullo • James Phelan • S.J. Rozan • Lisa Scottoline • Jenny Siler • Peter Spiegelman • Erica Spindler • Introduction by M.J. Rose
Annotation Jeffrey Deaver organized a unique collaboration with 20 other authors--including Lee Childs, Jim Fusilli, Linda Barnes, and David Corbett--in order to produce WATCHLIST. Comprising two serial novellas, "The Chopin Manuscript" and "The Copper Bracelet," the WATCHLIST brings together each author's chapter contribution, framed by Deaver's premises, characters, and conclusions. This is a fascinating literary project that offers thriller fans a special chance to get inside some of their favorite author's heads and see their prose efforts back to back contending with the same story. Plus this process has produced a story unlike any that any of these writers could have come up with on their own.
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