Things are going well for 24 year-old Evan Casher: his career as a
documentary filmmaker is booming and his relationship with his new
girlfriend, Carrie, couldn't be better. After an urgent phone call
from his mother, he makes an unexpected trip home to Austin. Then the
unthinkable happens. He arrives to find his mother brutally murdered,
and narrowly escapes an attempt on his own life. Spirited away
from the scene by an enigmatic mercenary with an agenda of his own,
Evan is confronted with a shocking fact: his entire life has been
little more than a carefully constructed lie.
Pursued by a powerful, ruthless organization of killers who will
stop at nothing to keep old secrets buried, Evan's only hope for
survival is to uncover the truth about his family...and his own past.
With his mother's attackers fast on his heels and with no one to
trustnot the authorities, his father, nor the woman he loveshis
perilous search takes him from the Texas Hill Country to New Orleans,
to London, and to Miami. Full of unforgettable characters and jolting
plot twists, Panic is an emotionally charged,
heart-stopping thriller about one man's determination to take back
his stolen life.
Library Journal - Jeff Ayers
Abbott's writing style evokes unease from the start, which makes for a tense and intriguing read. Readers should indeed panic. Recommended for all fiction collections.
Abbott has fashioned another burst of white-knuckled suspense that's extremely hard to put down.
Booklist - David Wright
Starred Review. Those who disparage page-turners seldom appreciate what it takes to pull off a really good one, such as Abbott's engrossing hardcover debut, which follows a string of hardboiled paperback originals.
A sleek, smart thriller that combines a family tragedy, international intrigue, and the redemptive power of love into one of this year's best books. There is no question: Jeff Abbott is the new name in suspense.
Jeff Abbott has all the ingredients of high suspense in Panic:
an ordinary man whose everyday life changes within minutes into an
unrecognizable landscape, a place where he is in constant danger and can
find no easy way out. Be prepared to stay up all night.
Lee Child Panic is Jeff Abbott's best novel yet... an
instant classic immediately full of questions--who, what, why, how--that
have answers you won't see coming.
Michael Connelly Panic is a ride down the roaring rapids. Jeff
Abbott has put together a hell of a page turner.
A superb story, a sterling example of why we love stories about ordinary men thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Don't even try to anticipate the twists and turns in this intelligent thriller -- just hold on tight and remember to breathe.
Tony Hillerman Panic is what a reader enjoys when a really talented writer like Jeff Abbott comes up with a fresh and gripping plot. It's even better than his Cut and Run.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by Vivienne Utter tosh It is hard to think of a more implausible plot than this!
The writing style is fine, shame about the content.. As usual, the plucky Americans face down the world... in the real world the CIA/MI5 kill everything that moves... get back into the... Read More
Rated of 5
by faiz ahmad jeff abbot-panic After a long time I really enjoyed the read. I finished it in one sitting on a flight and lives up to its credits as being unputdownable. No doubt like any fiction load it has an impregnable protagonist,it still makes compulsive reading. The early... Read More
Rated of 5
by jim Laughable The initial concept may be intriguing but the plotting, characterization and writing style are strictly comic book. Panic is riddled with howlers and the only area of which the author seems to have any real knowledge is his strictly nerdy... Read More
Rated of 5
by Gurmy Gid Book I have read Panic twice and it is a very exceptional read. :)
Rated of 5
by Christina panic This book was sensational. I love it I've read it twice and both times it still amazes me that a filmaker could turn killer and quite a believing liar. It is such athriller, an amazing read really!
is a three-time nominee for the
Mystery Writers of America's
Edgar Allan Poe Award and a
two-time nominee for the Anthony
Award, given at Bouchercon (aka
the World Mystery Conference.)
In fact, all of his Whit Mosley
suspense novels have been
major writing awards.
He was born in Dallas and grew
up in Austin and Dallas. He
graduated from Rice University
with a degree in History and
English, and worked as a
creative director at an
advertising agency before
turning his attention to
writing. He lives in Austin with
his wife and two sons.
His latest book, a
psychological thriller called
Fear, was published this
week. The plot
revolves around a...
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