The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver
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When a night-time call to 911 from a secluded Wisconsin vacation house is cut short, offduty deputy Brynn McKenzie leaves her husband and son at the dinner table and drives up to Lake Mondac to investigate. Was it a misdial or an aborted crime report?

Brynn stumbles onto a scene of true horror and narrowly escapes from two professional criminals. She and a terrified visitor to the weekend house, Michelle, flee into the woods in a race for their lives. As different as night and day, and stripped of modern-day resources, Brynn, a tough deputy with a difficult past, and Michelle, a pampered city girl, must overcome their natural reluctance to trust each other and learn to use their wits and courage to survive the relentless pursuit. The deputy's disappearance spurs both her troubled son and her new husband into action, while the incident sets in motion Brynn's loyal fellow deputies and elements from Milwaukee's underside. These various forces race along inexorably toward the novel's gritty and stunning conclusion.

The Bodies Left Behind is an epic cat-and-mouse chase, told nearly in real-time, and is filled with Deaver's patented twists and turns, where nothing is what it seems, and death lingers just around the next curve on a deserted path deep in the midnight forest.
 

About Jeffery Deaver

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Jeffery Deaver, a former attorney, is the New York Times bestselling author of two collections of short stories and dozens of previous suspense novels. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His many awards include the Novel of the Year at the International Thriller Writers’ Awards in 2009 for his standalone novel The Bodies Left Behind. The latest entries in the Lincoln Rhyme series are The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, and The Burning Wire. Visit the author on Facebook or go to JefferyDeaver.com.
 
Published November 6, 2008 by Simon & Schuster. 548 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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More thrills from the genre's master prestidigitator (The Broken Window, 2008, etc.).

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Publishers Weekly

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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

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The Guardian

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Publishers Weekly

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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...

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Book Reporter

Rather, the action takes place in the Wisconsin wilderness where Brynn McKenzie, a local police deputy, is brought in to investigate a 911 call that was cut short and originated from an isolated summer home on Lake Mondac.

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Suite 101

Bristol cops Jack Caffery and Phoebe "Flea" Marley face their most formidable foe to date in this twisty thriller by the author of SKIN.

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The Bookbag

When lawyer Emma Feldman and her husband Steven decided to buy a holiday home to give them the opportunity for much needed breaks from their hectic professional lives, they brought an old colonial house in the woods by Lake Mondac in Wisconsin, on foreclosure – it seemed like the deal of a lifetime.

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Gather Books

I did find that things seemed to fall into place a little too easily at times, but the characters were supposed to be smart so it could be attributed to that, even so I would have liked to have seen things be a little less coincidental.

Aug 06 2010 | Read Full Review of The Bodies Left Behind: A Novel

Deseret News

Similar to popcorn films, Jeffery Deaver's latest book has plenty of action, suspense and even the obligatory curse words.

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