Dead Watch

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Lucas Davenport novels delivers “a page-turner with a new hero, [and a] breakneck pace" (Minneapolis Star Tribune).

“Former Sen. Lincoln Bowe, a Republican, has been missing for several days, setting off alarms on both sides of the political aisle. Finally, he is discovered in the remote Virginia woods, barb-wired to a tree, burned almost beyond recognition and missing his head. Democratic ‘research assistant’ (read: fixer) Jacob Winter, ex-Army Intelligence, ...

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Overview

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Lucas Davenport novels delivers “a page-turner with a new hero, [and a] breakneck pace" (Minneapolis Star Tribune).

“Former Sen. Lincoln Bowe, a Republican, has been missing for several days, setting off alarms on both sides of the political aisle. Finally, he is discovered in the remote Virginia woods, barb-wired to a tree, burned almost beyond recognition and missing his head. Democratic ‘research assistant’ (read: fixer) Jacob Winter, ex-Army Intelligence, wounded in Afghanistan, is called in by the Democratic president to unravel an extremely messy situation and shield his office from any hint of scandal. As this runaway train picks up speed, innocents are murdered, and the guilty come to Jesus…
 
"…Sandford is a master at creating believable, indelible characters like Winter…[He] is peerless when it comes to economical, taut plotting, most notably at building tension. Dead Watch is anything but politics as usual.”—San Antonio Express-News

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When Lincoln Bowe, a controversial Republican ex-senator, disappears at the start of this fast-paced thriller from bestseller Sandford (Broken Prey), the White House puts Jacob Winter, a veteran political operative with "an uncanny ability to navigate the world of bureaucracy," on the case. Bowe vanished shortly after making a fiery speech denouncing a rival, Arlo Goodman, the governor of Virginia and a demagogue who heads a volunteer militia group known as the Watchmen. When Bowe's burnt and headless corpse turns up, Winter is under even more pressure to discover those behind his murder. Aided by the dead man's attractive and possibly duplicitous widow, Madison, the fixer follows a trail of corpses and deception that suggests the killing may have been a staged piece of theater intended to derail Goodman's ascent to the presidency. Readers interested in a quick diverting romp without much gravitas will enjoy this, but serious Beltway fiction junkies might prefer their political thrillers to be a little more plausible. 500,000 announced first printing. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Chief investigator at the White House, Jacob Winter knows things are bad when a senator's disappearance sends his wife on the run as well. With a ten-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The disappearance of a high-profile politician lights the fuse in Sandford's latest high-octane, low-logic thriller. Even after losing the Virginia governor's race to Arlo Goodman and then losing his Senate seat to an undistinguished Goodman protege, Lincoln Bowe has kept right on speaking out against Goodman and all his works-especially the Watchmen, a network of Goodman's citizen-activists Bowe likens to neo-Nazis. Now Bowe has vanished after a typically fiery speech, gone missing in the company of some suits who spirited him away. Madison Bowe, his wife, is convinced that Watchmen were inside those suits. Bill Danzig, the president's chief of staff, isn't so sure. But he is convinced that whatever happened to Bowe, the story is explosive. Attempting to stay ahead of its developments, Danzig calls in Jacob Winter, a go-to guy with a Special Forces pedigree who bills himself as a forensic bureaucrat, and tells him to find Bowe. Jake is too late to help Bowe, who's already dead. But he may not be too late to contain an improbable cascade of scandals that hover around Bowe and threaten to bring down the president. In order to do his job, though, Jake will need to stay out of the lethal crossfire between the armed and dangerous Watchmen and Bowe's own friends, allies and ex-lovers, who turn out to be every bit as shady, determined and ruthless. In the expert hands of Sandford (Broken Prey, 2005, etc.), the story flies along, keeping the action at such a furious pace, even without a high body count, that few readers will notice the glaring coincidences, the leaps of logic and the monumental good luck Jake needs to succeed as detective, lover (you'll never guess who he falls for) andsurvivor. Not as tightly woven as Sandford's best, but reliable thrills with some unexpected political overtones from a pro's pro.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425215692
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/24/2007
  • Series: Night Watch Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 284,575
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

John Sandford is the pseudonym of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of the Prey novels, the Kidd novels, the Virgil Flowers novels, The Night Crew, and Dead Watch. He lives in Minnesota.

Biography

John Camp (better known to readers as thrillmeister John Sandford) began his career as a journalist -- first as a crime reporter for The Miami Herald, then as a general reporter, columnist, and features writer for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press & Dispatch. In 1986, he won the Pulitzer Prize for "Life on the Land: An American Farm Family," a five-part series examining the farm crisis in southwest Minnesota.

Camp's interests turned to fiction in the mid-1980s, and he took time off to write two novels which were ultimately accepted for publication: The Fool's Run, a techno-thriller featuring a complex con man known as Kidd, and Rules of Prey, a police procedural starring maverick Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport. When both books were scheduled (by different publishers) to be released three months apart in 1989, Camp was persuaded to adopt a pseudonym for one. He chose his paternal grandmother's maiden name, "Sandford" for Rules of Prey, and the nom de plume has remained attached to all the books in the series.

Less Dick Tracy than Dirty Harry, hard-boiled, iconoclastic Lucas Davenport is a composite of the cops Camp met while working the crime beat as a reporter. Intelligent and street smart, Davenport is also manipulative and not above bending the rules to get results. And although he has mellowed over time (something of a skirt chaser in his youth, he is now married with children), he remains one of the edgiest and most popular protagonists in detective fiction. Fans keep returning to the Prey books for their intelligently hatched plots, high-octane pacing, and deft, fully human characterizations.

From time to time, Camp strays from his bestselling series for standalone thrillers (The Night Crew, Dead Watch), and in 2007 he introduced a new series hero, Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, who debuted in Dark of the Moon. Although he is no longer a full-time journalist, Camp contributes occasional articles and book reviews to various publications. He is also a passionate archaeologist and has worked at a number of digs, mainly in Israel.

Good To Know

Don't confuse John Sandford with John Sanford -- it's one of Sandford's pet peeves. Sanford (without the "d") is a Christian philosophy writer.

The Sandford pseudonym has caused a few problems for Camp in the past. At an airport once, his ticket was reserved under Sandford, while all of his identification, of course, had the name Camp. Luckily, he had one of his novels with him, and thanks to the book jacket photo, he was able to convince airport security to let him on the plane.

The books in Camp's less successful Kidd series (The Fool's Run, The Empress File, The Devil's Code, and The Hanged Man's Song) have been re-released under the Sandford pseudonym.

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Roswell Camp
    2. Hometown:
      St. Paul, Minnesota
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 23, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    1. Education:
      State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2008

    Camp Scores again

    I have gained new respect for Johgn Camp as writer. I didn't didn't know what more he could do with the Davenport series with its interesting twists and intrigues without becoming too predictable. He has come up with a new character and plot theme which I found to be outstanding. Like his Prey series, this is a book I couldn't put down. I'll be in line for the next one of this genre.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    Wish I'd read the reviews...

    Stumbling through this book trying to make it come together. Half way through I pulled up the reviews.... Have every Sanford...loved them....gonna toss this one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2007

    A reviewer

    I disagree with the negative comments. While I agree this it is not his best book, it certainly is solid and enjoyable. I think that those with a negative review were expecting a Prey novel and are disappointed at a different lead character.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2006

    Nice Deep Read

    In the expert hands of Sandford (Broken Prey, 2005, etc.), the story flies along, keeping the action at such a furious pace, even without a high body count, that few readers will notice the glaring coincidences, the leaps of logic and the smashing good luck Jake needs to succeed as detective, lover (you'll never guess who he falls for) and survivor. Not as tightly woven as Sandford's previous, but reliable thrills with some unexpected political diatribes from a pro.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Brilliant thriller

    When last seen several days ago former senator from Virginia Lincoln Bowe was getting into a car smiling, but has been missing ever since. His wife Madison thinks foul play is involved. She believes the Watchmen, a group of veterans that Governor Goodman organized to keep watch over the streets, abducted Lincoln. She knows that her spouse lost his Senate seat due to the manipulations of the president and the governor.----- As days pass, the Secretary of State asks independent contractor Jake Winter to find the former senator. Jake has the uncanny ability to cut through the miasma of bull that permeates the political bureaucracy to fill his client¿s requirements. He accomplices the mission but Bowe is dead and a package of information he had that could bring down the administration is missing. Now the job is to find the package before the president¿s enemies obtain it. Two groups compete with Jake for possession, but which one would kill to gain the information does not matter to the sleuth as he treats everyone client as an adversary.---- Readers of the Prey novels will agree that John Sandford displays his depth of talent as he effortlessly switches from police procedural to a political thriller that is definitely heading to the bestseller lists. The protagonist is a unique character who has a talent that enables him to achieve his goal when it seems impossible to do so. Fast-paced action, a little romance and a great support cast turn DEAD WATCH into a spectacular reading experience.---- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    I loved the opening - it really caught my interest. The first f

    I loved the opening - it really caught my interest. The first few chapters kept my interest, but after that I realized I didn't like a single character in the book. They all lie, cheat, cover up the truth, etc. and I can't distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys. The series of events doesn't flow well and seems way overdone. The demise of some of the characters doesn't fit the story.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    Top grade stand-alone thriller

    Jake Winter, "forensic bureaucrat", the Iraq War veteren-hero of John Sandford's "Dead Watch" works for the office of the President. When people have screwed up, he finds out who and what needs to be done to correct the situation. Now, it appears that a former Senator has been abducted, possibly killed, by a group called the Watchmen. But the more Jake looks into the matter, the more he is attracted to the estranged wife of the Senator, the more it appears that something brutal, and deeply political, is going on. Twisty, very twisty....and fascinating. A different milieu for John Sandford, but with one of his manly, brainy protagonists. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2009

    Great Book

    Have read a majority of Lucas Davenport series & enjoyed all of them. Because of similarity of titles, also forget what most of them were about shortly after I read them.
    Dead Watch is a departure from the norm for Sandford. Thought characters were great & well-described. Plot had some interesting twists & turns.
    Read it through in a few days - great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    It's worth reading

    I disagree with a lot of the negative comments about this book. I too at first thought it was going to be too political for me and you do need to keep up with the characters, but I thought he kept the story line interesting and I really like Jake, the main character in this novel. It is not a 'Prey' book but you can't compare these two types of books. I read a lot and my sister gave me this one and I will pass on as a good read to others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    OK - I just don't get it.

    I got the feeling that this book assumed more political knowledge than I possess and I don't read fiction to gain political knowledge - good fiction is escapism. I don't like too many characters as it gets confusing. I look forward to the next in the Prey series and I won't buy another of his 'political' thrillers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    Although I don't think this is Sandford's best effort, I thought he introduced an interesting new character that I would expect to see more of. I have enjoyed the Prey series as much as anybody but I have also enjoyed the efforts featuring Kit the artist/computer wiz/thief. There are several good, prolific writers out there with multiple series' that I enjoy like Parker and Woods. Sandford has joined their ranks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    I am a Sandford fan and this was a disappointment. Boring and at times going nowhere. Really awful! A waste of time to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2007

    The worst book I have ever read.

    This is without a doubt the worst book I have EVER read. I read 4-5 books a month. Patterson,Balducci,White,Coben etc.... This book was so bad it hurt. I have read all of Sanfords PREY books and enjoyed all of them, but this book is awful. I even tried to pretend it was a comedy or a spoof in like 'Naked Gun' or 'Airplane' and I still could not get through it. I would love to get my money back. JH

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2007

    Too Much!

    Too many characters - too much left wing drivel- too boring for words -too political. This is claptrap unworthy of a respected author. Sanford has too much competition in the genre' to get away with this 'dreck'. I'm on to other authors who offer truly entertaining material. So long, John.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2007

    fantastic

    I absolutely loved this book. can hardly wait for another.Jack Reacher-LOOK OUT- I enjoyed all the prey books, but this is as good or better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2007

    Yawn!!!!!!

    This is not a good book in my opinion. It is hard to follow and just plain boring. After 100 pages it just doesn't start happening. I really love John Sandford's books but this one falls way short.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2007

    LUCAS THIS ONE DIED

    Major disappointment with this book. I've been a fan since the beginning and I made a number of attempts to get through this one but it was just awful. What's worse than putting down a book, unfinished, that you anticipated? I'll have to wait for the next 'Prey' title I suppose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2006

    JS is really slipping

    This was his worst book ever. Usually cannot wait for his books to come out, but this was a waste of time reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2006

    He mailed it in

    I'm disappointed in comparing this effort with what John had developed with the Lucas Davenport series...Characters were thin and I didn't care what happened to them...I just toughed it out and finished the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2006

    Written just for the money

    I've read all of the Sandford books. This one was a real disappointment. It was unbelievable, convoluted and worst of all uninteresting. Don't bother buying it if you've liked all other Sandford books. It will disappoint.

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