Watchlist: Two Serial Thrillers in One Killer Book [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview


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?

 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593156190
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 91,165
  • File size: 500 KB

Meet the Author

Jeffery  Deaver

International Thriller Writers, Inc. (ITW) was founded in 2004 and is the largest group of thriller writers in the world, representing over two billion books in print, with over one hundred New York Times bestselling authors on its roster. ITW is an innovator in creating unusual marketing opportunities to promote its author’s books and expand the reach of the genre. Founded by Gayle Lynds and David Morrell, the board of directors has included such luminaries as Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, James Rollins, Jon Land, Carla Neggers, MJ Rose, Douglas Preston, and David Dun. ITW’s first anthology, the bestselling Thriller, edited by James Patterson, has sold over 150,000 copies.

Contributors Include:

Jeffery Deaver Linda Barnes Brett Battles Lee Child David Corbett Joseph Finder Jim Fusilli John Gilstrap James Grady David Hewson David Liss Gayle Lynds John Ramsey Miller P.J. Parrish Ralph Pezzullo MJ Rose S.J. Rozan Lisa Scottoline Jenny Siler Erica Spindler Peter Spiegelman

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:

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

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

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    Watchlist: Two Serial Thrillers in One Killer Book by Jeffery Deaver

    This book isn't your typical thriller. Based on an idea by New York Times bestselling author, Jeffery Deaver, 22 writers from the International Thriller Writers group came together to produce this, two-part serial thriller. Each author, famous in their genre takes a chapter to develop of the story of Harold Middleton, former military intelligence officer, who has returned to his first love of music by cataloging and authenticating musical manuscripts.

    In the first part of this serial thriller called "The Chopin Manuscript", Middleton must stop a terrorist plot involving a Chopin composition that has never been seen by the public. The villain, known as "Faust" is someone Middleton has dealt with in the past. This story brings Middleton's old crew all back together again when the manuscript causes murder and betrayal. In the second part of the thriller, "The Copper Bracelet", Middleton's team must stop an assassination attempt, on the Secretary of State while preventing an all out war between India and Pakistan. If you like 24 you'll love this book!

    My Thoughts:

    I was really interested to see how this one was going to pan out. I had never read a serial thriller before, where more than one author was writing the book. I enjoyed the fact that Jeffery Deaver both opened and closed each section of the thriller. This gave it more continuity and showed Deaver's vision for this thriller.

    It was really interesting to see if you could pick out the different styles of authors like Lisa Scottoline and Lee Childs. It didn't seem like 14 different stories it was very cohesive and flowed well. There were obvious differences with each writer but knowing in the beginning it was a new author writing each chapter just made it that much more interesting.

    The story itself was reminiscent of the wildly popular television series, 24. Harold Middleton was a wonderful character with a lot of depth. When I was reading the book I was imagining someone like Harrison Ford playing the role of Middleton. Middleton as a character, was loyal and patriotic and believed in ridding the world of men who seek to destroy it for their own purposes. The book delved into a lot of terroristic activity and showed the mentality behind the people who get involved in these sorts of crimes. Inevitably, it all boiled down to power and money and how they could benefit from ruining the world as we know it.

    Supporting characters in the book like Middleton's daughter, Charley and his team of crack intelligence officers helped to create an atmosphere of strong ties and loyalty within a group who work together and in some cases die together. Middleton uses his ties from ex- military days to bring about the conclusion of the story and leaves readers wondering what is going to happen to him next.

    I enjoyed the fast pace and the suspense of the novel and would definitely recommend it to my readers.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Incredible writing and plot twist from each author

    This two-in-one book features a new character set created just for this. That's what makes this book so refreshing because the storyline is completely new, nothing is borrowed from the characters featured in the best-sellers by those authors. There is very fast paced action from the first chapter to the last. In the middle though, these authors did 'play game' with each other. A character created by one preceding author was promptly removed by the next (author). It brings up the literal meaning of character assassination. Or one character introduced as the good guy would be turned and become a sinister one. So for a while, it really gets me guessing and wondering if the book(s) can have a logically plausible ending. Thankfully to my amazement, Deaver was able to sum up everything and put every character in order in the final chapters with his customary plot twist and panache. The book(s) is so enjoyable to read that I could not put it down once I grasp the flow of the story after the beginning introduction of the various characters. (So be warned, don't start the book if you don't have the time to indulge). Personally I like the new theme about international war criminals and terrorists here. I hope that this book can become a whole new series under Deaver, or from any of the other authors.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    MIXED BAG

    Unlike some composite books where every chapter is written by a different author, this book suffers from a lack of a plot outline. The first book suffers from an especially egregious mish-mash of writing styles that is really irritating to read. If you really like a tight and well-disciplined plot, this book is not recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

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    Recommdended

    It takes a little bit to get into the writing styles of each contributor. The effort is worth it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2010

    Good in Theory

    This idea was good in theory, but did not meet the mark for me. I found the plot confusing at best, the characters taking too many turns and the styles often not to my liking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2010

    New idea for a book

    This book is written by many authors each writing a chapter to make up a story line. It is well written. I thought it was a little hard to get into at first, but then it starts to take twists and turns with every chapter as each author writes. I think you will enjoy reading this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    The premise is interesting but it was difficult to find the rhyt

    The premise is interesting but it was difficult to find the rhythm with so many different styles of writing.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    Not recommended

    I prefer to read Jeffery Deaver books, this one is nothing like any I have read. I could not finish it. If this is first time reading Jeffery Deaver I suggest reading The Bodies Left Behind.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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