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The Chain

(2019)
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When a mother is targeted by a dangerous group of masterminds, she must commit a crime to save her kidnapped daughter -- or risk losing her forever -- in this "propulsive and original" thriller (Stephen King).

It's something parents do every morning: Rachel Klein drops her daughter at the bus stop and heads into her day. But a cell phone call from an unknown number changes everything: it's a woman on the line, informing her that she has Kylie bound and gagged in her back seat, and the only way Rachel will see her again is to follow her instructions exactly: pay a ransom, and find another child to abduct. This is no ordinary kidnapping: the caller is a mother herself, whose son has been taken, and if Rachel doesn't do as she's told, the boy will die.
"You are not the first. And you will certainly not be the last." Rachel is now part of The Chain, an unending and ingenious scheme that turns victims into criminals -- and is making someone else very rich in the process. The rules are simple, the moral challenges impossible; find the money fast, find your victim , and then commit a horrible act you'd have thought yourself incapable of just twenty-four hours ago.
But what the masterminds behind The Chain know is that parents will do anything for their children. It turns out that kidnapping is only the beginning.
"McKinty is one of the most striking and most memorable crime voices to emerge on the scene in years. His plots tempt you to read at top speed, but don't give in: this writing -- sharply observant, intelligent and shot through with black humor -- should be savored."-- Tana French
"A masterpiece. You have never read anything quite like The Chain and you will never be able to forget it." -- Don Winslow
"Diabolical, unnerving, and gives a whole new meaning to the word "relentless". Adrian McKinty just leapt to the top of my list of must-read suspense novelists. He's the real deal."-- Dennis Lehane
"Pairing an irresistible concept with a winner protagonist, The Chain promises to be your new addiction once you succumb to the first enticing page."-- Alafair Burke
"A grade-A-first-rate-edge-of-your-seat thriller. I can't believe what went through my mind while reading it." -- Attica Locke

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"This book is jaws for parents." - Don Winslow


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Hardback Editions

July 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 0-316-42538-9 / 978-0-316-42538-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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July 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 0-316-53126-X / 978-0-316-53126-9 (USA edition)
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July 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Chain: The gripping, unique, must-read thriller of the year
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 1-4091-8958-9 / 978-1-4091-8958-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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Paperback Editions

June 2021 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 0-316-46325-6 / 978-0-316-46325-6 (USA edition)
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September 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 0-316-53123-5 / 978-0-316-53123-8 (USA edition)
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March 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Chain: The gripping, unique, must-read thriller of the year
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 1-4091-8960-0 / 978-1-4091-8960-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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July 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Chain: The gripping, unique, must-read thriller of the year
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 1-4091-8959-7 / 978-1-4091-8959-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

July 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 1-5491-2240-1 / 978-1-5491-2240-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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July 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Chain: Library Edition
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 1-5491-5314-5 / 978-1-5491-5314-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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July 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Orion
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July 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Hachette Australia
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July 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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July 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Hachette Australia
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July 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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July 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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July 2019 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Availability: Amazon AU   


July 2019 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Chain: The gripping, unique, must-read thriller of the year
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK