A spring night in a small town in Wisconsin. A call to police emergency from a distant lake house is cut short. A phone glitch or something more sinister? Off-duty deputy Brynn McKenzie leaves her family's dinner table and drives up to the deserted lake to find out. And stumbles onto the scene of a murder. Before she can call for backup, she finds ...
A spring night in a small town in Wisconsin. A call to police emergency from a distant lake house is cut short. A phone glitch or something more sinister? Off-duty deputy Brynn McKenzie leaves her family's dinner table and drives up to the deserted lake to find out. And stumbles onto the scene of a murder. Before she can call for backup, she finds herself the next potential victim. Deprived of her phone, weapon and car, Brynn flees, along with the only survivor of the crime. These unlikely allies -- women from city and small town -- can survive only by escaping into the dense, deserted woods, on a desperate trek to safety. And ultimately to a life or death choice: flight or fight? Creator of investigator Kathryn Dance and brilliant quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme, Jeffery Deaver is the number one bestselling author of two collections of short stories and twenty-four suspense novels, most recently The Broken Window.
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Publishers Weekly, 2008-09-15 Usually a strong plotter, bestseller Deaver (The Bone Collector) fails to deliver on the promise of this stand-alone thriller's nicely creepy opening. When two masked men break into the isolated lakeside weekend house of Steven Feldman, who works for the Milwaukee Department of Social Services, and his wife, Emma, an attorney who may have stumbled on union corruption in the course of some corporate research, Steven has just enough time to phone 911 before the intruders shoot him and Emma dead. That interrupted plea for help brings Deputy Brynn McKenzie, who possesses a set of predictable emotional baggage (an abusive ex-wife, a troubled teenage son), to the scene. A protracted and less than suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse between McKenzie and the hired guns responsible for the murders ensues. A few twists will catch some readers by surprise, but the pacing and characterizations aren't up to Deaver's best. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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