The nerve-shredding new thriller from the bestselling author of Reckless and The Blue Zone.
Henry Steadman is a successful surgeon with a thriving cosmetic practice in South Florida. He's divorced, but on good terms with his ex-wife and remains very active in his daughter's life. But you never know what's just around the corner. An out-of-town traffic stop goes violently wrong as the cop who was about to arrest Henry is shot repeatedly, and the killer escapes the scene.
Henry is shell-shocked. To all the witness's eyes, he had the perfect motive to murder the cop. He seeks help from his only friend in the area, but what he finds there seals his fate. His friend has been butchered and Henry now knows someone is framing him for a double murder.
A state-wide man-hunt is ordered. On the run, trying to avoid dead-ends, only one person believes Henry: sympathetic state-trooper Carrie, who has seen her fair share of tragedy.
As Henry frantically figures out who would want to frame him, Carrie tries to keep the faith as more incriminating evidence against Henry surfaces. She has to lie to her own police force, praying that she has made the right choice. The trail of set-ups leads them to another father on a twisted path to revenge and Henry must face up to just what it is he's been a part of
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"Starred Review. Fans of the genre will love this one. Its a fast, fun read with crisp dialogue and a tight plot. If youre a bedtime reader, you might as well plan on staying up late, because youll be itching to learn how it ends." - Kirkus
"A total white knuckle, stay-up-all-night thrill ride. Enjoyed the heck out of it!" - Harlan Coben
"James Patterson coauthor Grossman obviously does pretty well on his own." - Library Journal
"Some readers may find Henry's initial behavior unconvincing, but once he goes on the run, the plot turns thrillingly realistic with a surprising resolution." - Publishers Weekly
"Gross... turns out a page-turning, roller-coaster of a novel with a likable if sometimes foolish protagonist." - Booklist
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Andrew Gross is an American author of thriller novels. He is best known for his collaborations with suspense writer James Patterson. The two have co-authored bestselling novels like Judge & Jury, Lifeguard, and The Jester.
Some of his independent work includes The Blue Zone (2007), The Dark Tide (2008), Eyes Wide Open (2011), 15 Seconds (2012), No Way Back (2013) and Everything To Lose (2014). Gross's books feature close family bonds, relationships characterized by loss or betrayal and large degree of emotional resonance which generally lead to wider crimes and cover-ups.
Gross lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Lynn. They have three children.
Andrew Gross: last name rhymes with hose
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