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Jeffery Deaver

USA flag (b.1950)

aka Jeffery Wilds Deaver, William Jefferies

Jeffery Deaver is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen suspense novels, including The Blue Nowhere and The Bone Collector. He has been nominated for three Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America and is a two-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Readers Award for Best Short Story of the Year. Mr. Deaver lives in California and Virginia.

Genres: Mystery, Thriller
New Books
December 2022

(Broken Doll , book 2)
December 2022

Execution Day
(Broken Doll , book 3)
December 2022

The Pain Hunter
(Broken Doll , book 1)
December 2022

Sixty-One Seconds
(Broken Doll , book 4)
John Pellam (as by William Jefferies)
   1. Shallow Graves (1992)
   2. Bloody River Blues (1993)
   3. Hell's Kitchen (2001)
Colter Shaw
   0.5. Captivated (2019)
   1. The Never Game (2019)
   1.5. The Second Hostage (2020)
   2. The Goodbye Man (2019)
   2.5. Forgotten (2021)
   3. The Final Twist (2019)
   3.5. The Deadline Clock (2022)
   4. Hunting Time (2022)
Series contributed to
   4. Buried (2020)
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Jeffery Deaver
Short stories
Wrong Time, Wrong Place (1998)

Jeffery Deaver recommends
Stone City (1990)
Mitchell Smith
"A work of pure genius."
The Dark Backward (1995)
Gregory Hall
"Riveting, compelling, masterful."
Shadows (1997)
(James Whistler, book 2)
Jonathan Nasaw
"Throat-gripping. Breathes new life into the classic tales of the undead."
Comes the Dark (1999)
Michael Prescott
"Michael Prescott delivers a harrowing thriller of the first order. His characters are flesh-and-blood real, the atmosphere's intense, and the plot races along unceasingly."
Void Moon (1999)
Michael Connelly
"Void Moon is a high-stakes win! Author Connelly has dealt us lucky readers a rare hand - a lightning-paced thriller with a soul, a novel that takes us straight into the glitz and underbelly of Las Vegas and yet is populated with some of the most complex and captivating characters in suspense fiction."
Eager to Please (2000)
Julie Parsons
"One of those rare authors who can successfully combine psychological style, literary style, and heart-stopping suspense."
Uncommon Justice (2001)
(Mairead O'Clare legal thriller, book 1)
Terry Devane
"Brilliant... Page-turning suspense."
The Bomber (2001)
(Annika Bengtzon, book 4)
Liza Marklund
"An astonishing talent."
Fear Itself (2002)
Barret Schumacher
"A compelling page-turner that blends traditional suspense with a harrowing flavor of the unknown."
Cold Justice (2002)
(Kali O'Brien, book 5)
Jonnie Jacobs
"A thrill ride..."
Unfit to Practice (2002)
(Nina Reilly, book 8)
Perri O'Shaughnessy
"Nina Reilly is definitely a lawyer you'd want to have on your side."
Eighteen (2002)
Jan Burke
"Astonishing... wry... these stories are sure to delight."
Scott Free (2003)
John Gilstrap
"If ever there was a one-sitting read, SCOTT FREE is it. Author Gilstrap has done it again: Not only has he dished up a gut-grabbing, pure-adrenaline rush of a thriller, but he's snagged our hearts too with a gripping story of a father-son relationship that's every bit as compelling as the breathtaking scenes and the wry, perceptive observations about small-town life."
The Last Witness (2003)
(Lou Mason, book 2)
Joel Goldman
"Fast, furious and thoroughly enjoyable, The Last Witness is classic, and classy-filled with great characters and sharp, stylish writing."
The Angel of Montague Street (2003)
Norman Green
"Like Richard Price, Norm Green brings an uncanny bare-knuckle vivacity to his portrayal of life on the streets."
Mission Canyon (2003)
(Evan Delaney, book 2)
Meg Gardiner
"It seems that the most enjoyable thrillers bring together the past and the present in unexpected yet suspenseful ways. So it is with Mission Canyon."
The London Blitz Murders (2004)
(Disaster, book 5)
Max Allan Collins
"Collins masterfully blends fact and fiction... [and] trancends the historical thriller."
Cry Last Heard (2004)
(Tally Nowata, book 2)
Hannah Nyala
"Hannah Nyala soars above the genre and gives us poetry."
Prince of Thieves (2004)
Chuck Hogan
"What a compelling read! Hogan's Prince of Thieves is smart, speedy, and stylish - a literary pulp fiction."
Immoral (2005)
(Jonathan Stride, book 1)
Brian Freeman
"Breathtakingly real and utterly compelling... some of the most literate and stylish writing you'll find anywhere today."
A Walk in the Dark (2006)
(Guido Guerrieri, book 2)
Gianrico Carofiglio
"Raises the standard for crime fiction. Carofiglio's deft touch has given us a story that is both literary and gritty-and one that speeds along like the best legal thrillers. His insights into human nature-good and bad-are breathtaking."
The Cleaner (2006)
(Jonathan Quinn Thriller, book 1)
Brett Battles
"This book is a pure delight. Protagonist Jonathan Quinn is a unique and welcome addition to the world of crime fiction. Author Battles' THE CLEANER is a brilliant and heart-pounding thriller; I'm on the edge of my seat, awaiting future installment of Quinn's adventures."
A Hard Day's Death (2008)
(Spike Berenger Rock 'n' Roll Hit, book 1)
Raymond Benson
"A sizzling story full of classic thriller twists, humor, and a dead-on look at the music business, A Hard Day's Death is number one with a bullet."
I Kill (2008)
Giorgio Faletti
"In my neck of the woods people like Faletti are called larger than life, living legends."
The Walk-In (2008)
Gary Berntsen and Ralph Pezzullo
"What thrillers aspire to be... Tom Clancy for our era."
Six Seconds (2008)
Rick Mofina
"Six Seconds is a great read. Echoing Ludlum and Forsythe, author Mofina has penned a big, solid international thriller that grabs your gut—and your heart—in the opening scenes and never lets go."
Even (2009)
(David Trevellyan Thriller, book 1)
Andrew Grant
"Modern noir at its best... brilliantly plotted and smart, and delivers the bone-jarring kick of a .45."
Borrowed Time (2009)
C J Lyons
"A compelling new voice in thriller writing... I love how the characters come alive on every page."
Road Closed (2010)
(Geraldine Steel, book 2)
Leigh Russell
"A stylish top-of-the-line tale."
Sister (2010)
Rosamund Lupton
"As compelling as it is stylish. Sister exists in that rare place where crime fiction and literature coincide."
The Perfect Prey (2011)
(John Stallings, book 2)
James Andrus
"One of the best cop novels to come along in years."
Amerikan Eagle (2011)
Alan Glenn
"Rich in history and filled with breathtakingly true characters and nonstop plotting."
Creep (2011)
(Serial Killer Files, book 1)
Jennifer Hillier
"Top-of-the-line thriller writing. You better call in sick, because you're not going anywhere until you finish reading..."
Dominance (2011)
Will Lavender
"A brilliant concept, brilliantly executed. Dominanve moves to the top of the thriiler genre.... Oh, and that last page...."
Hunted (2011)
(Danny Shanklin, book 1)
Emlyn Rees
"Hunted gives new meaning to the phrase "fast-paced." Filled with clever twists, stylishly written and populated with characters who are as real as our friends and family (and enemies!), this thriller moves at breakneck pace from first page to last. Bravo!"
The Yard (2012)
(Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, book 1)
Alex Grecian
"Lusciously rich with detail, atmosphere, and history, and yet as fast paced as a locomotive, The Yard will keep you riveted from page one. It’s truly a one—or two—sitting read."
The Trust (2012)
(Grove O'Rourke, book 2)
Norb Vonnegut
"If anybody can turn international finance into a riveting thriller, it's Norb Vonnegut."
Everyone Lies (2013)
(DI Kate Simms, book 1)
A D Garrett
"A throat-clutcher from page one. Everyone Lies is a pulse pounding thriller, which weaves expertly between evil on the streets and the dark side of police department politics. A. D. Garrett has done for Manchester what The Wire did for Baltimore. And our central characters, Simms and Fennimore, are complex, compelling and just plain marvellous."
The Edge of Normal (2013)
(Reeve LeClaire, book 1)
Carla Norton
Rosarito Beach (2013)
(Kay Hamilton, book 1)
M A Lawson
"Grabs you by the throat… the writing’s lyrical, the plot is breathtaking, and the characters, the good ones and bad, are utterly compelling."
The Farm (2014)
Tom Rob Smith
"On rare occasions, an author pulls off the high-wire act of writing a crime-oriented novel that easily transcends the genre. THE FARM is one of these."
The Devil in the Marshalsea (2014)
(Tom Hawkins, book 1)
Antonia Hodgson
"Historical fiction just doesn't get any better than this. Magnificent!"
Eeny Meeny (2014)
(D.I. Helen Grace, book 1)
M J Arlidge
"What a great premise! . . . 'Eeny Meeny' is a fresh and brilliant departure from the stock serial killer tale. And Detective Inspector Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years."
One Kick (2014)
(Kick Lannigan, book 1)
Chelsea Cain
"Author Cain has done it again. One Kick is superb! From its breathtaking opening sequence, through scenes of wrenching evil and heart-clutching emotion to its roller coaster finale, this novel will stay with you for a long time. And what a heroine . . . Here's hoping for more Kick Lannigan soon!"
Plague Land (2014)
(Somershill Manor Mystery, book 1)
S D Sykes
"The medieval CJ Sansom."
Forsaken (2014)
(Shadow Cove , book 1)
J D Barker
"A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind!."
Before He Finds Her (2015)
Michael Kardos
"Brilliant. Before He Finds Her is one of the most innovative and compelling thrillers to come along in recent years. Read the first page and kiss the next 24 hours goodbye. Bravo!"
The Killing Lessons (2015)
(Valerie Hart, book 1)
Saul Black
"This novel breaks brilliant. It's hard to tell what's the best part of The Killing Lessons: the sweaty-palm plot that races along like a squadcar on a high-speed pursuit, the breathtaking depictions of the characters, good and bad, or author Black's inimitable style. My vote? All three."
Pretty Girls (2015)
Karin Slaughter
"Breathtaking.... Fiction doesn't get any better than this."
The Lost Codex (2015)
(OPSIG Team Black, book 3)
Alan Jacobson
"Nonstop action, living-breathing characters, rich detail and sharp-as-a-knife prose. A brilliant job!."
Seized (2015)
(Profiler, book 3)
Elizabeth Heiter
"Gripping from the first page, Vanished will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to its searing conclusion...a roller coaster of a thriller."
Where It Hurts (2016)
(Gus Murphy, book 1)
Reed Farrel Coleman
"Modern noir at its absolute best! Reading Where It Hurts is to bask in the joy of the heyday of private eye fiction - Chandler, Hammett, Cain and the whole crew. Everything's a delight, from the speedy and clever plot, to the firecracker snap of the dialog, to the heart-wrenching portrayal of the characters - good and bad. And Gus Murphy, what a protagonist! Coleman's truly delivered, and then some."
The Second Girl (2016)
(Frank Marr, book 1)
David Swinson
"Once you're drawn into Frankie Marr's world (in, oh, the first few pages of this fine novel), you won't want to leave. Marr is one of the most compelling and complex protagonists to come along in years. And, not content with just creating a memorable hero, author Swinson also offers up a breakneck plot, which he recounts in muscular prose and with a commanding knowledge of cops, bad guys and the streets of Washington, D.C. Reminiscent of The Wire and the writing of George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, The Second Girl is a winner."
Nothing Short of Dying (2016)
(Clyde Barr, book 1)
Erik Storey
"A singular new talent! Storey's Nothing Short of Dying is nothing short of brilliant. It grabs you from page one and simply doesn't let go. This man is a born storyteller!"
Blood On the Tracks (2016)
(Sydney Rose Parnell, book 1)
Barbara Nickless
"A stunner of a thriller. From the first page to the last, Blood on the Tracks weaves a spell that only a natural storyteller can master. And a guarantee: you'll fall in love with one of the best characters to come along in modern thriller fiction, Sydney Rose Parnell."
Little Deaths (2017)
Emma Flint
"A phenomenal achievement."
The Follower (2017)
Koethi Zan
"Psychological thriller writing at its best."
Thrill Kill (2017)
(Quentin Archer Mystery, book 2)
Don Bruns
"Utterly compelling, rich with atmosphere and characters you'll never forget."
Say Nothing (2017)
Brad Parks
"A pedal-to-the floor thriller!"
Hawke's Prey (2017)
(Sonny Hawke, book 1)
Reavis Z Wortham
"Think: Elmore Leonard meets James Lee Burke."
Crossing the Lines (2017)
Sulari Gentill
"A tour de force! Crossing the Lines is a brilliant blend of mystery, gut-wrenching psychological suspense and literary storytelling. The novel stands as a shining (and refreshing) example of meta-fiction at its best--witty and wry, stylish and a joy to read."
19 Souls (2018)
(Sin City Investigation, book 1)
J D Allen
"That wonderful and rare combination of high-speed suspense and complex, richly drawn characters will keep you on the edge of your seat."
Hangman (2018)
(Timothy Blake, book 1)
Jack Heath
"Let’s cut to the chase: Hangman is a great read! Jack Heath’s boundless imagination and singular voice have produced a truly unique thriller. By turns, psychologically insightful, wonderfully disturbed and even darkly comedic, Hangman will keep you coursing through the pages at a lightning pace. Brilliant! (Probably best read with lights on and doors locked. I’m just saying.)"
It All Falls Down (2018)
(Nora Watts, book 2)
Sheena Kamal
"Utterly compelling, rich with voice and psychological insight, populated with heartbreakingly real characters, Eyes Like Mine will stay with you for a long, long time. Perhaps forever."
The President is Missing (2018)
Bill Clinton and James Patterson
"Relentless in its plotting and honest in its examination of issues that strike close to our hearts."
The Damage Done (2018)
(Louis Kincaid, book 12)
P J Parrish
"A brilliantly crafted thriller."
The Nowhere Child (2019)
Christian White
"The Nowhere Child is the personification of a high-concept thriller, brilliantly executed. White raises the bar on psychological suspense, telling Kim Leamy's tale in a stylish voice and with a heart-pounding pace. Read page one, and you won't stop. Guaranteed."
The Paris Diversion (2019)
(Expats, book 2)
Chris Pavone
"Thriller writing at its absolute best. With echoes of Graham Greene and John le Carré, Pavone’s novel accomplishes that rare feat of being both a nonstop adventure ride and a smart, stylish and compelling meditation on family, courage, responsibilities, and the relationships we create, for good and bad, throughout our lives. The Paris Diversion does far more than divert; it grips us from the very beginning and doesn’t let go."
Killer Thriller (2019)
(Ian Ludlow, book 2)
Lee Goldberg
"Grabs you from page one with brilliant wit, sharply honed suspense, and huge helping of pure originality."
Proof of Life (2019)
(Beyond the Veil Mystery, book 2)
Sheila Lowe
"Joins the ranks of those rare thrillers that expertly blend nonstop plotting with keen perceptions of the characters- Good and bad- Who populates this wonderful tale."
The Hidden Things (2019)
Jamie Mason
"The Hidden Things is a model for superb thriller writing. It checks all the boxes: Grabbing us on the opening page, sending us on a roller coaster of plotting, taking us deep into a world (fine arts) that most of us only glimpse from the outside, and offering up a cast of brilliantly drawn characters, noble and evil and everything in between. Mason also proves to be an ace wordsmith, whose sharply drawn prose elevates the novel to an even higher peak."
The Assistant (2019)
S K Tremayne
"The definition of suspense! A brilliant and original concept, expertly executed, this novel will grab you on the first page and not let go until the last."
A Conspiracy of Bones (2020)
(Temperance Brennan, book 19)
Kathy Reichs
"One of the absolute best thrillers of the year! Both Temperance Brennan and Kathy Reichs are at the top of their games in this brilliant rollercoaster of a tale. I can't recall when this many twists have been so masterfully woven into a novel. But, of course, it's not all about plot. The characters, too--good, bad and in between--come breathtakingly alive with heart-gripping effect. A great series has just gotten greater."
Providence (2020)
Max Barry
"An astonishing novel! PROVIDENCE is Philip K. Dick and William Gibson fueled by pure adrenaline (with a bit of Spielberg and Ridley Scott thrown in). The brilliant, unstoppable imagination of Max Barry glows on every page of this action-filled, yet emotionally resonant, tale. It will keep you riveted from first page till last. I read in one sitting and I guarantee you'll do the same."
Die Next (2020)
Jonathan Stone
"Die Next is the model of a brilliant and stylish thriller! Rich with character development and it's-like-I'm-there settings, the novel is an adrenaline rush between covers. Bravo!"
The Other Passenger (2020)
Louise Candlish
"A stunning masterwork of style and suspense. The Other Passenger is one of those novels that grabs us from the start, then keeps us up all night by brilliantly peeling back the layers of the story until we arrive—shockingly—at the truth. I can’t think of another novel in which the characters are so perfectly drawn."
A Desperate Place (2020)
(McKenna and Riggs, book 1)
Jennifer Greer
"A nonstop thrill ride! Turn the first page and you're hooked. And Greer has given us one of the most memorable heroes in recent crime fiction, Whit McKenna--love her!"
Payback (2020)
(Tank Rizzo, book 2)
Lorenzo Carcaterra
"Set aside a day for this book, because you’re not going to be doing anything but reading—or should I say, speeding—from first page to last, in the company of some of the most memorable characters we’ve ever met in crime fiction. By turns wry, moving, and gut-punching, Payback is a novel you won’t forget. And as always, Carcaterra’s keen eye and deft style bring New York City to stunning life. A brilliant thriller by one of the all-time greats."
The Cipher (2020)
(Nina Guerrera, book 1)
Isabella Maldonado
"A heart-pounding novel from page one, The Cipher checks all the boxes for a top-notch thriller: sharp plotting, big stakes, and characters—good and bad and everywhere in between—that are so richly drawn you’ll swear you’ve met them. I read this in one sitting and I guarantee you will too. Oh, another promise: You’ll absolutely love the Warrior Girl!"
Girl A (2021)
Abigail Dean
"Astonishing! A modern-day classic."
Red Widow (2021)
(Red Widow, book 1)
Alma Katsu
"Superb! Part savvy geopolitical spy thriller in the tradition of John le Carré, part whip-sawing investigative procedural, part gripping psychological suspense, Red Widow grabs you in the harrowing opening scene and never lets go--and I don't mean at the last page; this novel stays with you long after you've finished it. Author Katsu brings an incisive and resonant voice to her tale and has populated it with truly distinctive, fully formed characters, including one of the sharpest and most appealing protagonists in recent fiction: Lyndsey Duncan. Did I say superb? Well, consider it said once more."
The Damage (2021)
Caitlin Wahrer
"Damage sets the standard for psychological suspense! With a consummate authorial hand, Wahrer weaves a brilliantly layered story of a horrific crime and how it forces each member of a loving family to confront the harrowing question of what kind of person they truly are. The style of this novel is as elegant as the characters are breathtakingly real and the plot undeniably compelling."
Survive the Night (2021)
Riley Sager
"Noir at its best! This one-sitting-read of a thriller will grab you in the opening pages and simply not let go until the very (and very shocking) end. Author Sager is a master of creating both psychological suspense and richly drawn characters, both good, bad and somewhere in the middle. Bravo!"
The Piper's Dance (2021)
Maxim Jakubowski
"A brilliant and unique novel."
The Man Who Died Twice (2021)
(Thursday Murder Club, book 2)
Richard Osman
"He's back and he's better than ever!"
A Flicker in the Dark (2022)
Stacy Willingham
"Haunting, lyrical and utterly compelling! These are just a few of the words of praise one could use to describe A Flicker in the Dark. Author Willingham takes us on an unstoppable journey through the psychology of evil, and of courage (in many senses), all told in a pitch-perfect literary style. Once you start reading, you will not put it down."
This Train (2022)
James Grady
"Brilliant! A novel of soaring imagination, This Train delivers a kaleidoscope of riveting characters and roller coasters of hurtling plots. The book's nonstop pages redefine crime fiction, and author Grady captivates us further by telling the story in a voice that is so rich, resonant and poetic that it veritably sings. Bravo!"
First Victim (2022)
Debbie Babitt
"Setting the standard for top-notch thrillers, First Victim is smart, compelling and filled with utterly real characters. Author Babitt brings formidable storytelling talent to the game, and is quite the stylist. Once you start this novel, you won't put it down!"
The Recruit (2022)
Alan Drew
"Extraordinary! The Recruit is as smart and stylish as it is compelling. The plot speeds like a race car on a breathtaking course filled with twists and turns, and the novel brims with rich psychological insights into the many fully drawn characters. I can think of no other thriller that portrays its vital themes--all relevant to our times--in such a riveting and up-close and personal way. Bravo!"
Dark Objects (2022)
(Laughton Rees, book 1)
Simon Toyne
"A stunning novel! Part wily procedural, part relentless psychological thriller, Dark Objects will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish."
Double or Nothing (2022)
(Double 0, book 1)
Kim Sherwood
"I spy... a brilliant thriller! Double or Nothing is a clever and utterly compelling addition to the Bond canon. Filled with characters so real we feel we know them, the novel races through its surprising plot twists like an Aston Martin in high gear. Get this book and clear your calendar-though it won't be for long; I read it in one sitting."
Bombay Monsoon (2022)
James W Ziskin
"A stunning novel! Bombay Monsoon, captivating from the very first pages, draws us into an exotic world of intrigue and passion, offering up a whipsawing plot and a truly memorable cast. There's more than a little Graham Greene here, along with a dash of le Carre, though this story is pure Ziskin, told in his unique and resonant voice."
The Institution (2023)
Helen Fields
"Brilliant! The Institution is a harrowing, nonstop story that will grab you from the first page and not let go. Helen Fields is a master of suspense. You'll consume it in one sitting."
Death Under a Little Sky (2023)
Stig Abell
"Superb! Death Under a Little Sky is a pitch-perfect blend of psychological thriller and classic detective fiction, rich with smart plotting and characters so real we feel we know them. And with the keen eye of the journalist that he is, Author Abell gives us a compelling portrayal of life-and death-in the countryside. As for our hero, Jake Jackson, what can I say except I expect him back soon. No, I demand his return!"
Symphony of Secrets (2023)
Brendan Slocumb
"Absolutely brilliant! Once again, Slocum's consummate skills are on vivid display as he gives us a fascinating page-turner that slips back and forth in time and seamlessly blends a heart-pounding thriller, a heartfelt look at family and quiet heroism, and a searing expose of issues stretching from deep in our country's past to the very present. The 'secret' of his title is apt indeed. And as for the cast: nobody creates rich, fully formed characters like Brendan Slocumb. Some books we finish and move on. This one will stay with you long after you turn the final page."
Central Park West (2023)
James Comey
"A nonstop thrill ride! Central Park West is a masterful blend of legal thriller, police procedural and psychological drama. And it's populated with some of the best heroes and most evil villains to come along in years. Bravo!"
The Senator's Wife (2023)
Liv Constantine
"A blockbuster! The Senator's Wife is psychological suspense at its very best!"

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