AWARD-WINNING, BESTSELLING AUTHOR…: Jeffery Deaver is the internationally bestselling author of more than 30 novels. His work has won dozens of awards, including the ITW Thriller Award for novel of the year, a Steel Dagger, the Nero Wolfe Award, Thriller of the Year from Killer Nashville, and a Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been nominated for numerous Edgar awards.
…WHO IS WELL-CONNECTED: Deaver is beloved in the mystery/thriller world. He is currently the President of Mystery Writers of America and participates in conferences and conventions throughout the year. His fans within the community will offer blurbs and support.
NEW SERIES WITH AN INTRIGUING PROTAGONIST: The Never Game is the first in a new series from Deaver, and introduces Colter Shaw, an itinerate “reward-seeker” who survived a strange childhood and now spends his time solving puzzles the police can’t crack. Shaw is a fascinating, brilliant, mysterious protagonist who will appeal to fans of Lee Child and David Baldacci.
HIGH-CONCEPT: The Never Game is a high-concept, twisty thriller that dives into the secrets of Silicon Valley and a mysterious videogame that inspires real-life crimes.
FRESH START AT PUTNAM: This is Deaver’s first novel with Putnam, and it will be published with a fresh package and lots of buzz, and with major marketing and publicity campaigns.
SHORT STORY TIE-IN: Deaver will write a short story, Captivated, that we will publish as a low-priced digital original in March 2019.
BACKLIST PROMOTION: Deaver’s best-known book is The Bone Collector, which we have brought over to the Putnam list. We will publish a new edition of that—which will include a teaser chapter of The Never Game.
Praise for The Never Game
“Jeffery Deaver creates insanely devious plots calculated to make your head explode…[The Never Game] dazzles with its crafty twists and turns.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Deaver introduces a fascinating new character in the methodical Colter Shaw. Nothing is predictable in the case, and like a curvy mountain road, the twists are intense. Hopefully more stories with Shaw are in the future.”—Associated Press
“[A] superb series launch from Thriller Award winner Deaver…Fans of twisty suspense that pushes the envelope of plausibility without inviting disbelief will be enthralled.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The story is—this will come as no surprise to Deaver’s many fans—full of twists and right-angle turns, and a second Colter Shaw novel feels not just inevitable but mandatory. Deaver is a hit maker who always delivers the goods.”—Booklist
“Award-winning author Deaver introduces an engaging new protagonist with staying power. Colter’s backstory is fascinating and his persona as much a part of the tale as the crime itself. This is a sure bet for fans of suspense and will find a home with those who like their protagonists to be a central part of the mystery.”—Library Journal
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“The Never Game is the very definition of a page-turner.”—Ian Rankin
“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 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
“[The Never Game] has film adaptation written all over it.”—Bookpage
“I loved The Never Game and I particularly loved its hero, Colter Shaw, the original and fascinating investigator at the heart of the book. It’s a twisty 'keep you up all night'page-turner of a book with a wonderfully human core. A fantastic read.”—Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat
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