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The Never Game

(2019)
(The first book in the Colter Shaw series)
A novel by

 
 
A New York Times Book Review Top 10 Crime Novel of the Year

From the bestselling and award-winning master of suspense, the first novel in a thrilling new series, introducing Colter Shaw.


"You have been abandoned."

A young woman has gone missing in Silicon Valley and her father has hired Colter Shaw to find her. The son of a survivalist family, Shaw is an expert tracker. Now he makes a living as a "reward seeker," traveling the country to help police solve crimes and private citizens locate missing persons. But what seems a simple investigation quickly thrusts him into the dark heart of America's tech hub and the cutthroat billion-dollar video-gaming industry.

"Escape if you can."

When another victim is kidnapped, the clues point to one video game with a troubled past--The Whispering Man. In that game, the player has to survive after being abandoned in an inhospitable setting with five random objects. Is a madman bringing the game to life?

"Or die with dignity."

Shaw finds himself caught in a cat-and-mouse game, risking his own life to save the victims even as he pursues the kidnapper across both Silicon Valley and the dark 'net. Encountering eccentric game designers, trigger-happy gamers and ruthless tech titans, he soon learns that he isn't the only one on the hunt: someone is on his trail and closing fast.

The Never Game proves once more why "Deaver is a genius when it comes to manipulation and deception" (Associated Press).

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Grabbing you from the first page, Jeffery Deaver crafts a devilish plot that unfolds with breakneck speed. An excellent start to a new series, Colter Shaw has comfortably nestled onto the bench with Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance - one of our best literary puppet-masters at the end of all their strings." - J D Barker

"Jeffery Deaver knows how to deliver exactly what a reader wants. He has a gift for place and character and, here, the tension ratchets up, page by page, as we follow the exploits of a new hero. Crisply plotted and fraught with danger." - Steve Berry

"As always Deaver gets you in his stealthy grip on page one, and then takes you on a wild and inventive ride...this time with new star character Colter Shaw. No one in the world does this kind of thing better than Deaver." - Lee Child

"Lightning-fast and loaded with twists, The Never Game is a thrill a minute from one of the best. Don’t miss it." - Harlan Coben

"Terrific writing, vivid and raw, Deaver grips from the very first line and never lets up. He is, hands-down, one of the finest thriller writers of our time." - Peter James

"Jeffery Deaver is a one of our most exciting storytellers, and The Never Game pulls off the remarkable feat of intertwining a devilish plot with unforgettable characters, fascinating disquisitions with propulsive action, every element conspiring to make it almost impossible to not turn the page. I absolutely loved it." - Chris Pavone

"The Never Game is the very definition of a page-turner." - Ian Rankin

"Jeffery Deaver scores yet again with a fascinating new detective, Colter Shaw, and a plot as full of thrills and twists and turns as you would expect from him. With The Never Game you know you are in the hands of a master. But be warned—don’t start this too late in the evening because sleep would be an annoying interruption once you’ve started reading!" - Peter Robinson

"With a twisty plot, riveting characters, and relentless suspense, The Never Game fires on every single cylinder. Readers will delight in this compelling new character from one of the finest suspense writers in the field. I always look forward to the new Deaver, but this one tops them all." - Karin Slaughter


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Hardback Editions

May 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Never Game (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
ISBN: 1-4328-6339-8 / 978-1-4328-6339-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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May 2019 : UK Hardback

Title: Never Game Signed (Colter Shaw 1)
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
ISBN: 1-4726-2621-4 / 978-1-4726-2621-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins
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May 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Never Game: The most mysterious and riveting new thriller of 2019 from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Bone Collector. (Colter ... new thriller from the No.1 bestselling author
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
ISBN: 0-00-830372-X / 978-0-00-830372-3 (UK edition)
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May 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Never Game (A Colter Shaw Novel)
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
ISBN: 0-525-53594-2 / 978-0-525-53594-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Paperback Editions

March 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Never Game (A Colter Shaw Novel)
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
ISBN: 0-525-53595-0 / 978-0-525-53595-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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March 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Never Game: The most mysterious and riveting new thriller of 2019 from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Bone Collector. (Colter Shaw Thriller, Book 1)
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
ISBN: 0-00-830376-2 / 978-0-00-830376-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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March 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Never Game: The most mysterious and riveting new thriller of 2019 from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Bone Collector. (Colter Shaw Thriller, Book 1)
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
ISBN: 0-00-830377-0 / 978-0-00-830377-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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March 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Never Game
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
ISBN: 0-593-18915-9 / 978-0-593-18915-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
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June 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Never Game (A Colter Shaw Novel)
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
ISBN: 0-593-10428-5 / 978-0-593-10428-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Never Game
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
ISBN: 0-00-836278-5 / 978-0-00-836278-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Never Game: The most mysterious and riveting new thriller of 2019 from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Bone Collector. (Colter Shaw Thriller, Book 1)
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
ISBN: 0-00-830373-8 / 978-0-00-830373-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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May 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Never Game
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
ISBN: 0-593-08330-X / 978-0-593-08330-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
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May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Never Game: The most mysterious and riveting new thriller of 2019 from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Bone Collector. (Colter Shaw Thriller, Book 1)
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
ISBN: 0-00-834190-7 / 978-0-00-834190-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Audio Editions

May 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Never Game: Colter Shaw Thriller, Book 1
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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May 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Never Game: Colter Shaw Thriller, Book 1
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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May 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Never Game
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
ISBN: 1-984832-39-5 / 978-1-984832-39-9
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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May 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Never Game
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Publisher: Penguin Audio
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May 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Never Game
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Kindle Editions

May 2019 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Never Game: The most mysterious and riveting new thriller of 2019 from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Bone Collector. (Colter Shaw ... thriller from the No.1 bestselling author
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
Publisher: HarperCollins
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May 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Never Game (A Colter Shaw Novel Book 1)
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


May 2019 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Never Game: The most mysterious and riveting new thriller of 2019 from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Bone Collector. (Colter Shaw Thriller, Book 1)
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon AU