Dead Watch

Dead Watch

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by John Sandford
     
 

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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

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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, 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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101146811
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/16/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
21,442
File size:
495 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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.

 

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
February 23, 1944
Place of Birth:
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Education:
State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism
Website:
http://www.johnsandford.org

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Dead Watch 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous 3 days ago
Best in while, but no fishing Aa
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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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robroy More than 1 year ago
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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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.