The Bodies Left Behind: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 11, 2008 - Fiction - 368 pages
23 Reviews
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.

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The ending was anti-climactic and weak, yet a relief. - Goodreads
The ending is very unconvincing and way too neat. - Goodreads
Ostensibly, the plot involves a game of fox and hounds. - Goodreads
Also, the ending was a miss for me. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Maia Osborne - Goodreads

This is the first Jeffrey Deaver book I have read, although I have got a couple on my to be read shelf! He is obviously a popular author and I've read some good reviews of his books. I have to say I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zachary Blount - Goodreads

At this point I have read a goodly number of Jeffrey Deaver's novels. I know there will always be not just one twist, but several, with the truth only being known in the last few pages. As a ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Jeffery Deaver is the author of two collections of short stories and twenty-eight 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.

Deaver has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony Award and a Gumshoe Award. He was recently short-listed for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in North Carolina.

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