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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2018

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False Witness
A Novel
By (author): Andrew Grant
9780399594359 Paperback, Mass market English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Traditional Oct 02, 2018
$12.99 CAD
Active 4.14 x 7.48 x 0.93 in 352 pages Ballantine Ballantine Books
Alabama police detective Cooper Devereaux chases a cunning serial killer terrorizing the city of Birmingham in this edge-of-your-seat thriller for readers of James Lee Burke, Craig Johnson, and Robert Crais.

A woman disappears on her twenty-first birthday. The following day her body is found, wrapped neatly like a gift in a crumbling, sun-speckled graveyard. What does Detective Devereaux have to go on? Very little. No motive, no suspects. Then another victim is discovered in a crematorium parking lot. Again, she was killed on her twenty-first birthday. Again, her body was wrapped like a gift. By the third murder the tabloids have dubbed the homicidal monster the Birthday Killer—and Devereaux is under the gun.

While Devereaux’s own violent and mysterious past nips at his heels, and his fragile home life threatens to unravel, he can’t afford to be anything but totally obsessed with the frantic search through the many layers of this city, from its wealthy enclaves to its dark criminal underbelly. The only certainty is that Devereaux is hunting a killer determined to fulfill a deranged agenda in which women’s lives are extinguished like candles on a cake.

Story Locale: Birmingham, AL

Publication History: Ballantine HC (1/18)

UNRELIABLE NARRATOR: Devereaux has a troubled past and a lot to hide—is there more to him than the heroic cop we see?

THRILLER WRITERS LOVE ANDREW GRANT: Harlan Coben called one of Grant’s previous novels, RUN, “breathtakingly fast-paced.” Robert Crais hailed it as “a perfect thriller.” Bestselling superstars Joseph Finder, Chelsea Cain, Andrew Gross, and Hank Phillippi Ryan love Grant’s work. “Relentless, twisty, and blistering-fast,” according to Sean Chercover—“it’s a book you don’t dare start at bedtime.”

SUSPENSE RUNS IN THE FAMILY: Andrew Grant is the brother of New York Times bestselling juggernaut, Lee Child.

AUTHOR IS LAUNCHING A NEW CHARACTER: The hardcover publication of Untouchable, a standalone novel with potential for a series about a former Army intelligence operator who’s using his skills to uncover injustice in the legal system—as a courthouse janitor—is planned for January 2019.

ANDREW GRANT was born in Birmingham, England. He attended the University of Sheffield where he studied English Literature and Drama. He has run a small, independent theatre company and worked in the telecommunications industry for fifteen years. Andrew is married to novelist Tasha Alexander, and the couple divides their time between Chicago and the UK.

Author Residence: Chicago, IL and Yorkshire, England

Author Hometown: Birmingham, England

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Praise for Andrew Grant’s False Friend
“A suspenseful action-packed drama that is sure to please fans of the series and mystery/thriller lovers alike.”Library Journal
“An incendiary thriller…Cooper is solid—decent, flawed, and entertaining.”Kirkus Reviews
False Positive
“Engrossing…Action-driven, the book’s pace never stops until the startling conclusion, which will chill to the core.”RT Book Reviews (top pick)
“An adrenaline-fueled thrill ride that will have your head spinning and your heart pounding.”—Joseph Finder
“Grant always delivers the goods…. Relentless, twisty, and blistering-fast, RUN is a book you don’t dare start at bedtime.”—Sean Chercover

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