FACE OFF BOOK REVIEW

An immediate New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller and “a thriller reader’s ultimate fantasy” (Booklist), this one-of-a-sort anthology pulls together the the majority of beloved personalities from the ideal and a lot of well-known thriller series this day. Worlds collide!In an unprecedented cooperation, twenty-3 of the world’s bestmarketing and critically acclaimed thriller writers pair their series characters in an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW). The stories in FaceOff feature: -Patrick Kenzie vs. Harry Bosch in “Red Eye,” by Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly -John Rebus vs. Roy Grace in “In the Nick of Time,” by Ian Rankin and also Peter James -Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast in “Gaslighted,” by R.L. Stine, Douglas Preston, and also Lincoln Child -Malachai Samuels vs. D.D. Warren in “The Laughing Buddha,” by M.J. Rose and Lisa Gardner -Paul Madriani vs. Alexandra Cooper in “Surfing the Panther,” by Steve Martini and Linda Fairstein -Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport in “Rhymes With Prey,” by Jeffery Deaver and John Sandford -Michael Quinn vs. Repairmale Jack in “Infernal Night,” by Heather Graham and F. Paul Wilson -Sean Reilly vs. Glen Garber in “Pit Sheight,” by Raymond Khoury and also Lintimber Barclay -Wyatt Hunt vs. Joe Trona in “Silent Hunt,” by John Lescroart and T. Jefferson Parker -Cotton Malone vs. Gray Pierce in “The Devil’s Bones,” by Steve Berry and James Rollins -Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller in “Good and also Valuable Consideration,” by Lee Child and Joseph Finder So sit earlier and also prepare for a rollicking ride as your favorite personalities go head-to-head via some worthy adversaries in FaceOff—it’s a thrill-a-minute check out.

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Summary by #1 New York Times bestselling writer David Baldacci and stories by Lee Child, Michael Connelly, John Sandford, Lisa Gardner, Dennis Lehane, Steve Berry, Jeffery Deaver, Douglas Preston and also Lincoln Child, James Rollins, Joseph Finder, Steve Martini, Heather Graham, Ian Rankin, Linda Fairstein, M.J. Rose, R.L. Stine, Raymond Khoury, Linlumber Barclay, John Lescroart, T. Jefferboy Parker, F. Paul Wilboy, and also Peter James.

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Hometown:

Northern Virginia

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1960

Place of Birth:

Richmond, VIrginia

Education:

B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth College, 1982; J.D., College of Virginia, 1986

Read an Excerpt

Face Off In 2004 2 accomplished thriller authors harbored a dream. Their names: Gayle Lynds and also David Morrell. To that point both Gayle and David had actually took pleasure in lengthy and successful careers. But something was lacking. The ‘who-done-its’ had Mystery Writers of America. Those that specialize in are afraid, the Horror Writers Association. And the Romance Writers Association had actually lengthy numbered hundreds of members. Eincredibly genre appeared to have actually a trade group. Except thriller writers. So Gayle and also David determined to begin one. It began in Toronto on October 9, 2004, and from that little start sprang International Thriller Writers. Today over 2,500 males and also woguys, from forty-nine nations about the world, hold membership. Eighty percent are functioning thriller writers. The remainder are sector professionals, agents, editors, and also fans. Eincredibly July the genre gathers in New York City for Thrillerfest. It’s quite literally summer camp for thriller writers and also thriller enthusiasts. The Thriller, awarded yearly in a range of categories, is currently the prize thriller writers covet, considering that it was both produced and also bestowed by their peers. From its beginning ITW strived to innovate. Doing what everyone else had actually done was never in its service arrangement. So, in 2007, once board member (and superb British thriller writer) David Hewboy suggested that the company not charge dues the idea was automatically taken on. If a writer is publimelted by an ITW-recognized home (of which tright here are hundreds), then membership is free. So how would certainly the organization sustain itself? Pay its bills? The answer came in an additional innovative means. The organization would certainly create its very own publications that would certainly be marketed to publishing residences, the revenue from which would certainly geneprice operating capital. Risky? You bet. Gutsy? Definitely. But an concept appropriate up ITW’s alley. ITW’s first publication, Thriller (2006), was the initially anthology of thriller short stories ever compiled (remember that precept around never doing what others had actually done). Thirty-three ITW members donated stories. James Patterson (an ITW member) agreed to serve as editor, and also the result ended up being among the a lot of renowned anthologies of all time—offering over 500,000 duplicates worldwide. The revenue from that groundbreaking book not just offered ITW through initial operating money, it also endowed the organization. Thriller 2 (2009) and also Love Is Murder (2012) followed. Keeping through this innovative design template ITW publimelted the initially audio book ever written only for the ear: The Chopin Manumanuscript, which ended up being a resounding success. Edited by the incomparable Jeffery Deaver (an ITW member), Chopin was named the 2008 Audio Book of the Year. That was adhered to by one more audio success, The Copper Bracelet. A move right into the people of nonfiction came with Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads, edited by David Morrell and also Hank Wagner, which continues to garner widespread critical accase. Another ITW board member, the legendary R. L. Stine (creator of Goosebumps), led the company into the civilization of young adult fiction through Fear. Annually, ITW shepherds a class of authors through their challenging inaugural year in what is recognized as the Dehowever Author Program. First Thrills, edited by ITW beginning member Lee Child, became an anthology of stories from the 2011 course. What an exceptional résumé. All developed by author-editors that volunteer their time and authors that donate their stories. Nearly eincredibly single penny earned from ITW’s publications has gone to the company. And that will certainly be the instance with this book. I joined ITW at an early stage. I agreed through Gayle and David. It was time for an company of thriller authors. I’ve been waiting for a job wright here I can come to be more affiliated via the team, so as soon as I was approached around editing FaceOff I automatically sassist yes. The entire idea intrigued me. Take iconic writers via iconic personalities and challenge them off against each various other. Normally, this might never take place. Each writer is under contract to his or her very own respective publishing home. Teaming via another writer, from another house, and also combining personalities would contractually be difficult. Which home would publish the story? No means to make that contact. And no method either home would certainly enable the story to be published by a third agency. Only with ITW’s model—that the stories are donated and the money goes to the organization—would certainly this job-related. So this volume is truly a once-in-a-life time occasion. All of the contributors are ITW members. All eagerly agreed to participate. When I was told that ITW beginning member Steve Berry, that functioned via James Patterson on Thriller, would sell assistance as controlling editor, I was thrilled. He’s the glue that hosted this task together. Thanks, Steve, for all you did. And thanks to all of the contributors. Wright here else will certainly you be able to check out Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme fulfill John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport? Or Patrick Kenzie entering the people of Harry Bosch? Fans of Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone and also James Rollins’s Gray Pierce have actually clamored for years to check out those personalities together. Then there’s Lee Child’s Jack Reacher meeting up via Joseph Finder’s Nick Heller in a bar in Boston—and also doing what Reacher does ideal. Plus Steve Martini’s Paul Madriani ending up being entangled via Linda Fairstein’s Alex Cooper. And the ever-odd Aloysius Pendergast coming face-to-face with the scary people of R. L. Stine. These are just a few examples of what lies in the pages ahead. All of the stories come through an development that describes the writers, their characters, and also a little around the story’s gestation. At the finish of the book are contributor biographies—a way to learn more about each of these impressive talents. You’re in for a real treat. So let the face-offs start. David Baldacci June 2014