From International Thriller Writers comes Watchlist: two powerful novellas featuring the same thrill cast of characters in one major suspenseful package. The Chopin Manuscript and then The Copper Bracelet were a collaboration by some of the world’s greatest thriller writers, including Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Lisa Scottoline, and Jeffery Deaver, who conceived the characters and set the plot in motion. The other authors each wrote a chapter and Deaver then completed what he started, bringing both novellas to their startling conclusions.
In the first novella, The Chopin Manuscript, former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins. But the greatest threat will come from a shadowy figure from his past: the man known only as Faust.
Harold Middleton returns in The Copper Bracelet–the explosive sequel to The Chopin Manuscript–as he’s drawn into an international terror plot that threatens to send India and Pakistan into full-scale nuclear war. Careening from Nice to London and Moscow to Kashmir to prevent nuclear disaster, Middleton is unaware that his prey has changed and the act of terror is far more diabolical than he knows. Will he discover the identity of the Scorpion in time to halt an event that will pit the United States, China, and Russia against each other at the brink of World War III?
Fans of the TV series 24 will best appreciate this two-part serial thriller written by 22 members of International Thriller Writers. Based on an idea by Deaver (The Broken Window), who provides the opening and closing chapters of each segment, the volume recounts the adventures of middle-aged Harold Middleton, an ex-U.S. military intelligence officer. In part one, “The Chopin Manuscript,” the discovery of a previously unknown Chopin score leads to murders, betrayals, and frantic efforts to stop a villain code-named Faust from carrying out a terrorist outrage. Part two, “The Copper Bracelet,” sets Middleton and his allies on the track of a Kashmiri planning the assassination of the U.S. secretary of state. While the contributors include many of the biggest names in the genre (Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Gayle Lynds, S.J. Rozan, etc.), the constraints of the form all but assure homogenized prose, thin characters, and stock action scenes atypical of their solo work. (Jan.)More Reviews and Recommendations
Wisely taking the advice given to him by legendary mystery writer Mickey Spillane -- "People don't read books to get to the middle. They read to get to the end" -- Jeffery Deaver has earned a reputation for prodigious pacing and slick suspense with his string of bestselling Lincoln Rhyme thrillers
About The Author:Wisely taking the advice given to him by legendary mystery writer Mickey Spillane -- "People don't read books to get to the middle. They read to get to the end" -- Jeffery Deaver has earned a reputation for prodigious pacing and slick suspense with his string of bestselling Lincoln Rhyme thrillers.
Table Of Contents:
Pt. I The Chopin Manuscript
1 Jeffery Deaver 3
2 David Hewson 19
3 James Grady 29
4 S. J. Rozan 39
5 Erica Spindler 45
6 John Ramsey Miller 57
7 David Corbett 65
8 John Gilstrap 75
9 Joseph Finder 85
10 Jim Fusilli 95
11 Peter Spiegelman 105
12 Ralph Pezzullo 115
13 Lisa Scottoline 125
14 P. J. Parrish 135
15 Lee Child 143
16 Jeffery Deaver 153
17 Jeffery Deaver 165
Pt. II The Copper Bracelet
1 Jeffery Deaver 177
2 Gayle Lynds 195
3 David Hewson 205
4 Jim Fusilli 221
5 John Gilstrap 233
6 Joseph Finder 245
7 Lisa Scottoline 255
8 David Corbett 261
9 Linda Barnes 277
10 Jenny Siler 295
11 David Liss 307
12 P. J. Parrish 321
13 Brett Battles 333
14 Lee Child 345
15 Jon Land 355
16 James Phelan 373
17 Jeffery Deaver 385
Fans of the TV series 24 will best appreciate this two-part serial thriller written by 22 members of International Thriller Writers. Based on an idea by Deaver (The Broken Window), who provides the opening and closing chapters of each segment, the volume recounts the adventures of middle-aged Harold Middleton, an ex-U.S. military intelligence officer. In part one, “The Chopin Manuscript,” the discovery of a previously unknown Chopin score leads to murders, betrayals, and frantic efforts to stop a villain code-named Faust from carrying out a terrorist outrage. Part two, “The Copper Bracelet,” sets Middleton and his allies on the track of a Kashmiri planning the assassination of the U.S. secretary of state. While the contributors include many of the biggest names in the genre (Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Gayle Lynds, S.J. Rozan, etc.), the constraints of the form all but assure homogenized prose, thin characters, and stock action scenes atypical of their solo work. (Jan.)
Also Known As:
William Jefferies, Jeffery Wilds Deaver
Date of Birth:
May 6, 1950
Place of Birth:
B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law
Three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Readers' Award for Best Short Story of the Year; W. H. Smith Thumping Good Read Award
* Jeffery Deaver's official web site
Born just outside Chicago in 1950 to an advertising copywriter father and stay-at-home mom, Jeffery Deaver was a writer from the start, penning his first book (a brief tome just two chapters in length) at age 11. He went on to edit his high school literary magazine and serve on the staff of the school newspaper, chasing the dream of becoming a crack reporter.
Upon earning his B.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri, Deaver realized that he lacked the necessary background to become a legal correspondent for the high-profile publications he aspired to, such as The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, so he enrolled at Fordham Law School. Being a legal eagle soon grew on Deaver, and rather than continue on as a reporter, he took a job as a corporate lawyer at a top Wall Street firm. Deaver's detour from the writing life wasn't to last, however; ironically, it was his substantial commute to the law office that touched off his third -- and current -- career. He'd fill the long hours on the train scribbling his own renditions of the kind of fiction he enjoyed reading most: suspense.
Voodoo, a supernatural thriller, and Always a Thief, an art-theft caper, were Deaver's first published novels. Produced by the now-defunct Paperjacks paperback original house, the books are no longer in print, but they remain hot items on the collector circuit. His first major outing was the Rune series, which followed the adventures of an aspiring female filmmaker in the power trilogy Manhattan Is My Beat (1988), Death of a Blue Movie Star (1990), and Hard News (1991).
Deaver's next series, this one featuring the adventures of ace movie location scout John Pellam, featured the thrillers Shallow Graves (1992), Bloody River Blues (1993), and Hell's Kitchen (2001). Written under the pen name William Jefferies, the series stands out in Deaver's body of work, primarily because it touched off his talent for focusing more on his vivid characters than on their perilous situations.
In fact, it is his series featuring the intrepid and beloved team of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs that showcases Deaver at the top of his game. Confronting enormous odds (and always under somewhat gruesome circumstances), the embittered detective and his feisty partner and love interest made their debut in 1991's grisly caper The Bone Collector, and hooked fans for four more books: The Coffin Dancer (1998), The Empty Chair (2000), The Stone Monkey (2002), and The Vanishing Man(2003). Of the series, Kirkus Reviews observed, "Deaver marries forensic work that would do Patricia Cornwell proud to turbocharged plots that put Benzedrine to shame."
On the creation of Rhyme, who happens to be a paraplegic, Deaver explained to Shots magazine, "I wanted to create a Sherlock Holmes-ian kind of character that uses his mind rather than his body. He solves crimes by thinking about the crimes, rather than someone who can shoot straight, run faster, or walk into the bar and trick people into giving away the clues."
As for his reputation for conjuring up some of the most unsavory scenes in pop crime fiction, Deaver admits on his web site, "In general, I think, less is more, and that if a reader stops reading because a book is too icky then I've failed in my obligation to the readers."
Deaver revises his manuscripts "at least 20 or 30 times" before his publishers get to even see a version.
Two of his books have been made into major feature films. The first was A Maiden's Grave (the film adaptation was called Dead Silence), which starred James Garner and Marlee Matlin. The Bone Collector came next, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.
In addition to being a bestselling novelist, Deaver has also been a folksinger, songwriter, music researcher, and professional poet.
Deaver's younger sister, Julie Reece Deaver, is a fellow author who writes novels for young adults.
In our interview with Deaver, he reveals, "My inspiration for writing is the reader. I want to give readers whatever will excite and please them. It's absolutely vital in this business for authors to know their audience and to write with them in mind."
What was the book that most influenced your life -- and why?
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, because it was a complex, yet highly readable story, incorporating action, emotion, and philosophy, which seamlessly tied together a number of subplots, all of which were ultimately related.
What are your favorite books -- and why?
If you had a book club, what would it be reading -- and why?
Popular fiction -- because I think some of our most important writing is done in this field nowadays.
What are your favorite books to give -- and get -- as gifts?
I tend to give nonfiction, since fiction tends to be very subjective, yet I know pretty well which friends will enjoy which books, such as cookbooks, biographies, travel books, etc. I, too, prefer to receive nonfiction.
Who are your favorite writers, and what makes their writing special?
John LeCarre, Thomas Harris, James Patterson, Ian Rankin, P. D. James, John Gilstrap, Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell), and literary writers like Saul Bellow, John Updike, John Cheever, Jane Smiley, and poets Robert Frost and Richard Wilbur. Oh, yeah, that guy from England, too -- Bill Shakespeare -- he's okay, too.
Why them? Because they all tell stories (even the poets) rather than simply trying to dazzle with style and form alone.
What else do you want your readers to know?
It's a solitary life being a writer, so I enjoy activities that bring me into contact with others -- I love to entertain, cook and collect (and drink!) wine. Last year I had a Roman banquet for 50 people, in which I made authentic roman recipes. I've done a medieval banquet too. Usually I stick to more normal cooking -- French, Irish, Italian, Asian and Indian are my favorites, though I also make up recipes of my own.
I've been a non-athlete all my life, but in my advancing years I've taking up skiing and scuba diving. This year I skied the back bowls at Vail and loved it. But I'm never without my laptop. I don't think a day has gone by in the last ten years when I haven't done some work on a book or short story.
In the summer of 2004, we asked authors featured in Meet the Writers to give us a list of their all-time favorite summer reads, and tell us what makes them just right for the season. Here's what Jeffery Deaver had to say:
I was always a bookish kid, with no passion for sports (except passionately hoping the soft ball didn't get hit my way). So when summer came around, I was delighted, but not because of going away to camp or the athletic fields. No, I was ecstatic because I could look forward to three months of reading whenever -- and whatever -- I wanted to, and taking in a matinee at the movie house now and then.
My most memorable summer reads were -- and still are -- always good, basic stories. Plots, beginning, middle and end. I think of the following fondly:
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