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Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless “lifter” hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary. While ...

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Overview

Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations— the FBI and CIA among them—lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection.

Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless “lifter” hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary. While Loving is deft at torture, his expertise lies in getting an “edge” on his victim—leverage—usually by kidnapping or threatening family until the “primary” caves under pressure.

The job of keeping the Kessler family alive falls to a man named Corte, a senior federal protection officer known as a “shepherd.” Uncompromising, relentlessly devoted to protecting those in his care and a passionate board game aficionado, he applies brilliant gaming strategy to his work. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving—the man who, six years earlier, had tortured and killed someone close to him—is also an opportunity to avenge his friend’s death. The assignment soon escalates into a fast-paced duel between Corte and Loving, a dangerous volley of wits and calculated risks.

As he shepherds the Kesslers to a concealed safe house, Corte must anticipate Loving’s every step as the lifter moves in on his prey, and with the help of razor-sharp investigator Claire DuBois and his longtime ally, FBI agent Paul Fredericks, pinpoint which of Kessler’s seemingly insignificant cases has triggered Loving’s return. As the team digs deeper, each of the Kesslers comes under close scrutiny, and in captivity their family bonds are stretched to the breaking point—as the lifter draws near, Corte must ultimately choose between protecting his charges and exposing them to a killer in the name of long-awaited revenge.

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At first and second glance, it doesn't make sense: Why would a potential killer who wants inside information target a cop who is relegated to mundane assignments? To ferret out the answer, the FBI assigns personal security expert Corte to the case. What follows is a life-and-death struggle between two devious, persistent men intent on extracting exactly what they need to know. Twists, turns, and an astonishing conclusion.

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Deaver's (www.jefferydeaver.com) latest stand-alone work introduces Corte, the senior official of a highly secretive Witness Protection Program-like government agency. While "shepherding" people whose lives are in danger, Corte and his team come up against Henry Loving, a brilliant psychopath who has a personal history with Corte. The narrative, which occurs over the course of a weekend, takes some wild turns that will keep listeners guessing until the very end. Actor/musician Skipp Sudduth skillfully keeps the pace moving along, slowing down where necessary, as when Corte engages in some retrospection on his past association with Loving. Deaver fans and anyone liking a good thriller will be clamoring for this one; highly recommended. [The New York Times best-selling S. & S. hc also received a starred review, LJ 10/15/10; the Pocket Star pb will publish in September 2011.—Ed.]—Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg Air Force Base Lib., Lompoc, CA
Art Taylor
…if the timing of the plot shifts grows predictable, the surprises themselves don't. Swiftness and ruthlessness carry the book's momentum, keeping readers on the…well, check the title again.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Thriller Award–winner Deaver (The Bodies Left Behind) unveils some nifty new tricks in this edge-of-your-seat thriller that pits two worthy antagonists against each other. Henry Loving, "a lifter," specializes in extracting information from human targets by any means necessary (i.e., torture). Corte, "a shepherd," is an agent in the Strategic Protection Department of a secret government agency normally assigned to protect high-profile targets. An intercepted communication identifies Loving as the lifter ordered to target Ryan Kessler, a Washington, D.C., metro detective. While Corte attempts to protect Kessler's family and identify the "primary," Loving's employer, Loving seeks the edge to get the information he needs to extract. Corte, a board game aficionado and game theory student, and Loving are well matched, sharing a history that ups the stakes and makes the contest personal. Deaver's first first-person narrator, Corte, is an exciting new weapon in the author's arsenal of memorable characters. (Nov.)
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“[A] brain teaser of a thriller . . . Following the moves of Deaver’s ingenious plot is hard enough. The real trick is keeping up with his brilliant mind.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Along with a complex investigation and a dangerous cat-and-mouse game, Edge also boasts some high-stakes political drama . . . Swiftness and ruthlessness carry the book's momentum, keeping readers on the . . . well, check the title again. . . . Rumors are that Edge might kick off a new series for Deaver [and] Corte's combination of professionalism and duplicity offer the chance for conflicts, both internal and external, to deepen. In the meantime, Deaver has been commissioned to write the next James Bond novel—a golden opportunity he's clearly earned.”—The Washington Post

“[A] twist-filled thriller . . . In Mr. Deaver's kaleidoscope world, the odds seem to change with each turn of the page.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Jeffery Deaver is one of the most reliable and prolific writers of mysteries and thrillers. . . . And some of his books are among the best thrillers written. The Bone Collector and The Coffin Dancer are brilliant, involving and creepy to the max. The Vanished Man is brilliant although less creepy, kind of a tribute to thriller-writing, in a way. Those three are all Lincoln Rhyme mysteries—his quadriplegic forensics investigator is one of the most popular characters in mystery fiction ever created, and certainly one of the best among living writers. Deaver's latest, Edge, is not a Rhyme mystery, but it's still one of Deaver's best, a book that grabs readers on its first page and doesn't let go.”—San Jose Mercury News

“The action is a cat-and-mouse weave of clues and counter-clues. . . . This is vintage Deaver at his best.”—Toronto Globe and Mail

“Another Deaver winner.”—The Toronto Sun

“Completely and utterly thrilling. . . . Deaver has created a story where nothing is as it seems. The only thing you can be sure of is that it will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.”—Sunday Times (South Africa)

"Anyone who doubts the Ian Fleming estate's choice of perennial chart-topper Jeffery Deaver to pen the next James Bond novel need only savour his latest standalone barnburner, Edge. . . . A master of brilliantly paced misdirection, Deaver could teach a post-grad course in thriller writing."—The Winnipeg Free Press

“Deaver unveils some nifty new tricks in this edge-of-your-seat thriller . . . Deaver’s first first-person narrator, Corte, is an exciting new weapon in the author’s arsenal of memorable characters.”—Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Deaver’s fiendishly clever suspensers (The Burning Wire, 2010, etc.) won’t be surprised by the nonstop deceptions, reversals, shocks and surprises, but this time they’re even more varied than usual, and, given the characters’ backgrounds, a lot more plausible. The result is his most successful thriller in years.”—Kirkus reviews (starred review)

Kirkus Reviews

Deaver's latest nail-biter features a blank-faced hero from a shadowy federal agency whose job is to protect menaced innocents from kidnappers and killers who don't want them to be protected.

The bad news is that Henry Loving, the ruthless freelance "lifter" who specializes in using physical torture to extract information from targets who know too much, wasn't killed in Rhode Island two years ago; he's very much alive and headed for the home of D.C. Metro police detective Ryan Kessler. The good news is that Corte, the Strategic Protection Department officer assigned to protect Kessler and his family, now has a shot at revenge against Loving, who tortured and murdered his mentor Abe Fallow six years ago. Corte's first attempt to protect his charges—Ryan Kessler, his daughter Amanda, his second wife Joanne and her flaky sister Maree—by moving them to a safe house is undermined by strong opinions from the Kesslers and the first of many attacks by Loving. Taking advantage of what he's learned about the lifter from the attack, Corte, an obsessive game-player, shifts his strategy, trying to identify Loving's client by figuring out what Kessler could know that would make him so dangerous. But Kessler insists that his current cases are routine, and all the while that Corte's struggling to put the pieces together, Loving is learning more about his strategies and reactions. As each combatant seeks an edge over the other, the game between them becomes more and more wildly twisted, with so many embedded subplots, threats and distractions that you'll welcome Corte's canned profundity ("People will do anything to anybody—if the edge is right") if only because it provides moments of relief from the otherwise breakneck action.

Fans of Deaver's fiendishly clever suspensers (The Burning Wire, 2010, etc.) won't be surprised by the nonstop deceptions, reversals, shocks and surprises, but this time they're even more varied than usual, and, given the characters' backgrounds, a lot more plausible. The result is his most successful thriller in years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449818746
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/5/2010
  • Format: CD

Meet the Author

Jeffery  Deaver

Jeffery Deaver is the author of two collections of short stories and twenty-eight suspense novels. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His many awards include the Novel of the Year at the International Thriller Writers’ Awards in 2009 for his standalone novel The Bodies Left Behind. The latest entries in the Lincoln Rhyme series are The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, and The Burning Wire.

Deaver has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony Award and a Gumshoe Award. He was recently short-listed for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in North Carolina.

Biography

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."

Good To Know

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."

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Jefferies, Jeffery Wilds Deaver
    2. Hometown:
      Washington, D.C.
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 6, 1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law
    2. Website:

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Chapter 1

“WE’VE GOT A bad one, Corte.”

“Go ahead,” I said into the stalk microphone. I was at my desk, on a hands-free. I set down the old handwritten note I’d been reading.

“The principal and his family’re in Fairfax. There’s a go-ahead order for a lifter and seems like he’s under some time pressure.”

“How much?”

“A couple of days.”

“You know who hired him?”

“That’s a negative, son.”

It was Saturday, early. In this business, we drew odd hours and workweeks of varying lengths. Mine had just begun a couple of days ago and I’d finished a small job late yesterday afternoon. I was to have spent the day tidying up paperwork, something I enjoy, but in my organization we’re on call constantly.

“Keep going, Freddy.” There’d been something about his tone. Ten years of working with somebody, even sporadically, in this line of work gives you clues.

The FBI agent, never known for hesitating, now hesitated. Finally: “Okay, Corte, the thing is ?? ?”

“What?”

“The lifter’s Henry Loving?? . I know, I know. But it’s confirmed.”

After a moment, in which the only sounds I could hear were my heart and a whisper of blood through my ears, I responded automatically, though pointlessly, “He’s dead. Rhode Island.”

Was dead. Was reported dead.”

I glanced at trees outside my window, stirring in the faint September breeze, then looked over my desk. It was neat but small and cheaply made. On it were several pieces of paper, each demanding more or less of my attention, as well as a small carton that FedEx had delivered to the town house, only a few blocks from my office, that morning. It was an eBay purchase I’d been looking forward to receiving. I’d planned to examine the contents of the box on my lunch hour today. I now slid it aside.

“Go on.”

“In Providence? Somebody else was in the building.” Freddy filled in this missing puzzle piece, though I’d almost instantly deduced—correctly, from the agent’s account—exactly what had happened. Two years ago the warehouse Henry Loving had been hiding in, after fleeing a trap I’d set for him, had burned to the ground. The forensic people had a clear DNA match on the body inside. Even badly burned, a corpse will leave about ten million samples of that pesky deoxyribonucleic acid. Which you can’t hide or destroy so it doesn’t make sense to try.

But what you can do is, afterward, get to the DNA lab technicians and force them to lie—to certify that the body was yours.

Loving was the sort who would have anticipated my trap. Before he went after my principals, he’d have a backup plan devised: kidnapping a homeless man or a runaway and stashing him in the warehouse, just in case he needed to escape. This was a clever idea, threatening a lab tech, and not so far-fetched when you considered that Henry Loving’s unique art was manipulating people to do things they didn’t want to do.

So, suddenly, a man a lot of other people had been content—I’d go so far as to use the word “happy”—to see die in a fire was now very much alive.

A shadow in my doorway. It was Aaron Ellis, the head of our organization, the man I reported to directly. Blond and fiercely broad of shoulder. His thin lips parted. He didn’t know I was on the phone. “You hear? Rhode Island—it wasn’t Loving after all.”

“I’m on with Freddy now.” Gesturing toward the hands-free.

“My office in ten?”

“Sure.”

He vanished on deft feet encased in brown tasseled loafers, which clashed with his light blue slacks.

I said to the FBI agent, in his office about ten miles from mine, “That was Aaron.”

“I know,” Freddy replied. “My boss briefed your boss. I’m briefing you. We’ll be working it together, son. Call me when you can.”

“Wait,” I said. “The principals, in Fairfax? You send any agents to babysit?”

“Not yet. This just happened.”

“Get somebody there now.”

“Apparently Loving’s nowhere near yet.”

“Do it anyway.”

“Well—”

“Do it anyway.”

“Your wish, et cetera, et cetera.”

Freddy disconnected before I could say anything more.

Henry Loving

I sat for a moment and again looked out the window of my organization’s unmarked headquarters in Old Town Alexandria, the building aggressively ugly, 1970s ugly. I stared at a wedge of grass, an antique store, a Starbucks and a few bushes in a parking strip. The bushes lined up in a staggered fashion toward the Masonic Temple, like they’d been planted by a Dan Brown character sending a message via landscaping rather than an email.

My eyes returned to the FedEx box and the documents on my desk.

One stapled stack of papers was a lease for a safe house near Silver Spring, Maryland. I’d have to negotiate the rent down, assuming a cover identity to do so.

One document was a release order for the principal I’d successfully delivered yesterday to two solemn men, in equally solemn suits, whose offices were in Langley, Virginia. I signed the order and put it into my OUT box.

The last slip of paper, which I’d been reading when Freddy called, I’d brought with me without intending to. In the town house last night I’d located a board game whose instructions I’d wanted to reread and had opened the box to find this sheet—an old to-do list for a holiday party, with names of guests to call, groceries and decorations to buy. I’d absently tucked the yellowing document into my pocket and discovered it this morning. The party had been years ago. It was the last thing I wanted to be reminded of at the moment.

I looked at the handwriting on the faded rectangle and fed it into my burn box, which turned it into confetti.

I placed the FedEx box into the safe behind my desk—nothing fancy, no eye scans, just a clicking combination lock—and rose. I tugged on a dark suit jacket over my white shirt, which was what I usually wore in the office, even when working weekends. I stepped out of my office, turning left toward my boss’s, and walked along the lengthy corridor’s gray carpet, striped with sunlight, falling pale through the mirrored, bullet-resistant windows. My mind was no longer on real estate values in Maryland or delivery service packages or unwanted reminders from the past, but focused exclusively on the reappearance of Henry Loving—the man who, six years earlier, had tortured and murdered my mentor and close friend, Abe Fallow, in a gulley beside a North Carolina cotton field, as I’d listened to his cries through his still-connected phone.

Seven minutes of screams until the merciful gunshot, delivered not mercifully at all, but as a simple matter of professional efficiency.

© 2010 Jeffery Deaver

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  • Posted September 25, 2010

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    superb cat and mouse thriller

    Henry Loving is perhaps the best "lifter" there is as he can get anyone to provide him the information he requires. He is especially adept at torturing his targets, but what makes him the absolute top gun is his uncanny ability to find the lever that gives him the Edge, which makes everyone he aims at dance to his tune. No one pushes people buttons like he does.

    Federal government Strategic Protection Department "shepherd" Agent Corte protects targets from lifters. An intercepted message names Loving as the lifter directed to extract information from DC metro detective Ryan Kessler. Corte is assigned to keep Ryan from harm and his family safe so they cannot be used as pawns. He is also trying to identify who hired Loving. Meanwhile the lifter works on finding the means to get what he needs from the cop.

    Though over the top, readers will not care as the Corte-Loving grandmaster chess match is a superb cat and mouse thriller in which readers will keep changing their mind as to who the feline is and who the rodent is in this deadly cerebral contest. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with action as each keeps placing the other in check, but checkmate seems just out of reach. Jeffery Deaver is at his entertaining best with this High Noon confrontation between the two best gunslingers in the world.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2011

    Just enough twists to be fun, but not too fantastic.

    Overall a fun, intetesting, and original book. It's a good way to spend time; sufficiently engaging and unique that it draws you in. Some well-drawn characters, though it seems as if some development was held back in anticipation of a series. Exciting without losing credibility; feels more organic than formulaic.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    Horrible Example of a Writer Meeting a Deadline

    A huge disappointment. I normally at least like Deaver novels, but this one was not only unbelievable in its plots and characters, it became more and more unbelievable until its ridiculous conclusion. I found myself saying aloud (and with disgust) at each plot twist, "oh, PLEASE!" The characters could be said to be one dimensional if they had a dimension, but they don't. The characters do not draw our emotions, unless boredom is an emotion. Too bad the publishers don't can bad books by good authors.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Love Deaver!

    Every Deaver book is a winner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

    Not worth reading

    I agree with the others who were disappointed in this book. I have read every book by Jeffery Deaver and looked forward to this one but it was a hard one to get through. I had to force myself to finish this book. Very disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Excellent

    Just finished this book. Excellent mind games between the good guy and the bad. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    A Great Read !

    I absolutely loved this book. One of the best I've read in a long time - and I read a lot of books. First book by this author that I've read - I'll definitely be reading more of his work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Intense and gripping.

    Very insightful into human behavior and motivation, as well as undercover techniques. More twists and turns than a roller coaster, keeping you guessing till the last page. In other words, classic Deaver!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Page Turner

    I love trying to figure out Deaver's novels. This one is very good; only written from the point of view of the protagonist, Corte (except for the first chapter). Unique from his Lincoln Rhyme novels in that he never writes from the point of view of the antagonist. Very interesting subject matter - protection detail, but he also incorporates game theory, which is very interesting also. I would recommend this as an interesting and quick read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Just love this author

    Great read

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    Boring

    I received this book as a gift and found it to be very boring. I gave up about half way through and just flipped to the end to see if there was a reason to keep reading. There wasn't. The premise was stupid and the ending was stupid. I have the sample of The Bone Collector on my Nook and now I don't know if I should give the author another chance or just delete it. Unfortunately the sample isn't long enough to help me decide.

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  • Posted November 12, 2011

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    A Brain-Teaser

    This action packed, fast paced, heart-pounding brain-teaser pits two ruthless professionals against each other in a cat and mouse game. The suspense generated plays nifty tricks on your mind and every time someone new wanders across the page the atmosphere builds. The storyline is narrated in the first person and has great plotting and a wonderful cast of characters. One of the main characters is a ¿shepherd¿ named Corte who is charged with protecting a principal named Ryan Kessler from a ¿lifter¿ named Henry Loving. (A shepherd is the person in charge of protecting another person (the principal) and the lifter is the person employed to interrogate and extract information from the principal by deadly force or using a family member or friends as leverage. It is challenging at first, there are a lot of acronyms and terms for us to get our heads around but once we get into the swing of things, we are adeptly provided with all the twists and counter-twists to keep us constantly on our toes, we never know what is coming next. The task our hero, Corte, faces is not easy. We learn the Kessler family is a family with many problems and Ryan is no exception, he is cop with a drinking problem and a complex. Corte is faced by an ever-increasing number of distractions, complications in a deadly game as he and his opponent Henry Loving jostle for position from chapter to chapter. This intellectual and psychological thriller gripped my attention from the very beginning and never let go. Corte, a board game aficionado and Loving a very capable nemesis each trying to outwit the other in a real-life game of chess using people as pawns proved to be intriguing, captivating and quite fulfilling from start to finish. It was my first experience reading this author and it will not be the last.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

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    I Had The Edge

    Almost discouraged by some of the negative posts here, I still picked up Edge. I really liked it, which gave me the edge over those who didn't. I got to enjoy a nicely crafted story that held my interest, well, for almost the whole book. The ending needs lots of editing. That'll probably happen in the paperback, which might be a few pages shorter!

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    readable but not up to par

    deaver was the reason i started reading books more, beginning with "bone collector". the edge i would say is not his best work but worth reading. i have said it before and i'll say it again, deaver needs to stop putting out multiple books each year and go back to a book a year or two. books like this one felt rushed and did not have the in depth twists and turns that leave you thinking "how did he get to this conclusion?" "oh, ok". whenever a rhyme or dance series book comes out its a better read and worth purchasing, i would find the edge at the library.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

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    Not his best

    I was disappointed after reading this book. It was hard for me to finish it. Hopefully the next one will be better. Jeffery Deaver has written great books before. I like the Lincoln Rhymes series better.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    Classic Deaver

    Very suspensful book with lots of twists and turns. I was on edge as I neared the end and could not figure out who had hired Henry Loving. Great characters and the ending was shocking! I would also recommend: The Blue Nowhere and Garden of Beasts by the same author; the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child; The Shape of Snakes and the Devil's Feather by Minette Walters; anything by Tess Gerritsen, Ruth Rendell and Barbara Vine.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

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    Must Read

    Great story, with an awesome twist at the end, Corte comes off older and established but fights hard for his principals and job....Hope to get more from him

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    A good read!

    I admit that I purchased this book because it was written by Deaver. I didn't even read to see what it was about. Deaver is one of those authors that if he writes it, then I'll typically buy it.

    That being said, it was a bit of a turn from his typical book, but it was still a good read. It had lots of twists and turns, and it was hard to put down.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    Not his best writing.

    The story line was good, but didn't care for the main character's narrative speaking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2011

    Excellent Book

    One of his best with an usual premise, multiple interacting characters, and a surprise ending. One has to finish the book to find out what he is hinting about throughout the story.

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