Crown Publishing, March 11, 2014
I was really excited to be included in the TLC Book Tour for this new Chris Pavone book. And then, when I learned the plot revolved around the publishing industry, I was really over the moon. The author worked for over twenty years in publishing so I knew he would bring some of his personal experience to the book. And, he did. First, let me tell you about the story – from the publisher’s description:
In New York, in the early dawn hours, literary agent Isabel Reed is reading frantically, turning the pages breathlessly. The manuscript—printed out, hand-delivered and totally anonymous—is full of shocking revelations that could bring down one of the most powerful men in the world, and initiate a tremendous scandal implicating multiple American presidents and CIA directors. This is what Isabel has been waiting for: a book that will help her move on from a painful past, a book that could reinvigorate her career . . . a book that will change the world.
In Copenhagen, CIA agent Hayden Gray has been steadfastly monitoring the dangers that abound in Europe. His latest task is to track a manuscript—the same manuscript that Isabel is reading. As he ensures that The Accident remains unpublished, he’s drawn into an elite circle where politics, media, and business collide. On the one hand, the powerful mogul who has unlimited resources to get what he wants. On the other, a group of book professionals—an eager assistant, a flailing editor, an ambitious rights director, and a desperate publisher—who all see their separate salvations in this project. And in between, the author himself, hiding behind shadowy anonymity in what he hopes is safe, quiet Zurich.
In this tangled web, no one knows who holds all the cards, and the stakes couldn’t be higher: an empire could crumble, careers could be launched or ruined, secrets could be unearthed, and innocent people could—and do—die.
This book is a Triller with a capital T. Thrillers should make your heart rate go up and your body tense. They should force you to keep reading no matter what time it is. And, even if you should fall asleep, they should wake you up with scary dreams that make you turn on the light by your bed and keep reading. The Accident is all of that.
The story takes place over a period of twenty-four hours. There’s a sense of “hurry up” from chapter one on, although the author is so skilled in giving the reader details about both the characters and their settings. From the very beginning I had the sense that the focus of the story, the anonymously written manuscript, was important on a world-wide scale and that people could possibly die because of it’s contents. That made for loads of tension all the way through.
A real bonus for me was an inside look at the publishing industry. I choose to believe it was based on how things really work in that business. The in-house fighting and the big egos sounded similar to businesses I’ve worked in. It was just too real. Kudos also to the author for creating a smart, strong woman as his main character.
I normally have great restraint when it comes to pacing my reading. In The Accident I had no control. It was so compelling that I just kept going. That quality is on my list for Top Books. This book is going to have no trouble making lots of people lose hours and hours of sleep. Read it. I dare you.
About the Author:
Chris Pavone is the author of the New York Times-bestselling The Expats, winner of the Edgar Award. He was a book editor for nearly two decades and lives in New York City with his family.
Visit the author’s website at www.chrispavone.com.