I received The Acciden by Chris Pavone in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
New York Times best-selling novel, the Accident by Chris Pavone arrives in paperback on January 6, 2015. It’s a story that’s well-crafted and sophisticated. It’s a story you will be turning page after page, eager to learn what happens next.
The editor needs it. The assistant lied about it. The Hollywood producer is desperate for it.
The media mogul would kill for it. The CIA will eliminate anyone who touches it.
The author will die for it. The agent is the one who controls it . . . but only until they find her.
When Chris Pavone’s first novel, The Expats, was published in 2012, it quickly became one of the most talked about debuts of the year. The incredibly intricate and sophisticated narrative received high praise from John Grisham, Olen Steinhauer, and Patricia Cornwell, reviews that drew comparisons to John le Carré and Graham Greene, was optioned for film, sold in 18 countries, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list, won both the Edgar and Anthony Awards for best first novel, and Malcolm Gladwell gushed about it in his closing remarks at the Association of American Publishers annual meeting in 2012.
Now, in The Accident, Pavone has done it again. From New York City and Los Angeles to Copenhagen and Zurich, he has penned a masterful thriller! The methodical ratcheting up of suspense and high-end elegance that hooked thriller fans and literary readers alike; the wonderfully drawn characters with rich inner lives; the exoticism of Europe; and layers of secrets that plague all involved—not to mention a remarkably twisty ending.
In New York, in the early dawn hours, literary agent Isabel Reed is reading frantically, turning the pages breathlessly. The manuscript—printed out, hand-delivered, and totally anonymous—is full of shocking revelations that could bring down one of the most powerful men in the world, and initiate a tremendous scandal implicating multiple American presidents and CIA directors. This is what Isabel has been waiting for: a book that will help her move on from a painful past, a book that could reinvigorate her career . . . a book that will change the world.
In Copenhagen, career CIA operative Hayden Gray thinks he has finally located the elusive author and can eradicate the dangerous manuscript, but he finds himself increasingly drawn into an elite circle where politics, media, and business collide. On the one hand, a powerful media mogul who has unlimited resources to get what he wants. On the other, a group of book professionals—an eager assistant, a flailing editor, an ambitious rights director, and a desperate publisher—who all see their personal salvations in this project. And in between, the author himself, hiding in shadowy anonymity in what he hopes is safe, quiet Zurich.
In this tangled web, no one knows who holds all the cards, and the stakes couldn’t be higher: an empire could crumble, careers could be launched or ruined, secrets could be unearthed, and innocent people could—and do—die.
Pavone, who has spent more than two decades in the book publishing world, returns with a propulsive thriller that is just as captivating and riveting as his award-winning debut. Layered with tension and populated by exciting new characters, The Accident is gripping, sophisticated, and impossible to put down.
I enjoyed this book, though the ending and I didn’t quite meet up. I thought the writing was great and it was a great mystery read. I enjoyed that it was a mystery rolled into a lot of information about how a book becomes a book from the idea to the publisher.
About Chris Pavone…
CHRIS PAVONE is the author of the New York Times-bestselling The Expats, winner of the Edgar Award, and the New York Times-bestselling The Accident. Pavone spent more than two decades in the book publishing world as an acquisitions editor, copy editor, managing editor, and ghostwriter (his first job was down the hall from Jackie Onassis and he’s worked with such literary greats as Pat Conroy, John Grisham, Giada De Laurentiis), before turning his eye to fiction. With THE ACCIDENT, he has penned a captivating novel that provides a highly topical, relevant, and informed portrait of what the publishing industry is going through today. The book is told in an entertaining, suspenseful, and even sexy form through the complex relationships, vulnerabilities, needs, and desperations of vivid characters who represent all the different players in the world of books – author, agent, editor, publisher, movie mogul, etc.