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“SMART AND RELENTLESS…never, never lets up…”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer

Mike Wingate had a rough childhood—-he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted—-he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a wonderful young ...

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Overview

“SMART AND RELENTLESS…never, never lets up…”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer

Mike Wingate had a rough childhood—-he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted—-he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a wonderful young daughter; and his successful construction company guarantees a solid future for them all. Until Mike’s past comes back to haunt him.

“THIS THRILLER HAS EVERYTHING…HEIGHTENED ACTION, FAST-PACED PLOT, WELL-ROUNDED CHARACTERS.”—mILWAUKEE jOURNAL-sENTINEL

Menacing characters are starting to surface in Mike’s life…and when he reports them, the police seem more interested in Mike’s murky origins than in protecting the family he has now. With no one left to turn to, Mike calls on Shep, a truly dangerous man—and Mike’s only true friend—-from their childhood days together in foster care. Together, the two of them will do whatever it takes to protect Mike and his loved ones against a hidden enemy who comes with a deadly warning: You’re Next

 

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YOU’RE NEXT

3 ½ (out of 4) stars!—People

“A tour de force in all respects…You’re Next has the sense of a writer scraping ambitiously for more, something great, and finding his way there in almost magical fashion. All great thrillers make you think, but this one makes you feel as well.” Providence Journal

“An emotionally evocative, page-turning exploration of human corruption at its very worst. Chilling and riveting!” Jonathan Kellerman

“A first-rate thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Gregg Hurwitz sets up a compelling puzzle…Readers will be satisfied with and surprised by the conspirators.” —USA Today

“Hurwitz starts the pressure early and never, never lets up.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Masterful.” —Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Hurwitz (They're Watching) masterfully provokes feelings of extreme dread in this thriller centered on Mike Wingate, who's worked his way up from the bottom to become a successful home contractor in Lost Hills, "a Valley community thirty miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles." Without warning, two thugs, William and Dodge, show up and begin threatening Mike; his beautiful wife, Annabel; and their environmentally aware eight-year-old daughter, Kat, in really creepy ways. William and Dodge sneak into the house and steal Kat's toys, harass Mike at a ceremony honoring him, go to Kat's school, and attack Annabel. Mike, who was raised in a foster home, summons his only friend from those days, the formidable Shep, who has grown up to be a career criminal of considerable skill. The thugs work for the mysterious Boss Man, whose intentions remain unknown until Shep and Mike fight and sleuth their way through intensifying mayhem until they find the unexpected answer to the Boss Man's motive. (July)
Library Journal
Someone recognizes Mike Wingate's picture in the newspaper and begins to destroy Mike's life. But why? Tagged a terrorist, Mike winds up on the run from the cops and a nasty crew. He and a friend from his foster home days follow a faint trail back to the surprising source of the plot. The bad guys are suitably evil and the mystery satisfying, but Hurwitz's (They're Watching) real success is depicting Mike's hard-won life as a husband, father, and successful businessman. A first-rate thriller. [Library marketing; see Prepub Alert, 1/24/11.]
Kirkus Reviews

In Hurwitz's (They're Watching, 2010, etc.) latest thriller, Mike Wingate learns it's no fun to confront a bad guy who watches C-SPAN to discover the technique of water-boarding.

Labeled Michael Doe by a jaded social-services worker after being abandoned by his father, who many suspect of having murdered his mother, Michael spends 14 years under the neglectfully benign foster care of Couch Mother. He meets stoic Shepherd White, another youngster tossed into the nobody-wants-these-kids jungle, who teaches Mike what matters in life are "loyalty and stamina." Mike earns Shep's undying loyalty by taking a rap for him just as Mike was ready to leave the system, saving Shep from a third strike. But that kept Mike from college. Shep became a safecracker extraordinaire. Mike became a laborer, then a foreman, then the developer of green housing. Mike also married Annabel, daughter of a lawyer who never learned to respect Mike. But life is good, complete with a beautiful little girl, Kat, who shares Mike's trait of one brown eye, one amber. Mike is photographed shaking hands with the governor while celebrating Mike's green development. Mike doesn't realize it, but the distinctive eyes, identical to his mother's, mean he has rights of inheritance to a multibillion-dollar industry. The "Boss Man" sees the photo and sends his killers. The action begins. Stolen cars. Knifings. Shootings. Mike slowly begins to realize why he is a target, and worse, why his daughter Kat is also in jeopardy. Enter Shep, with his underworld skills. What follows is a danger-filled trek around the Golden State. Along the way, Mike and Shep encounter a mystery surrounding an extinct Indian tribe; learn why Mike's mother died and father disappeared; and battle William and Dodge, assassins for hire, to a bloody but sentimental conclusion.

A thriller that grabs readers by the seat of the pants and gives them a Wow, what next! action thrill ride.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250005892
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 236,596
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregg Hurwitz
GREGG HURWITZ is the critically acclaimed, internationally best-selling author of eleven novels, most recently, They’re Watching and Trust No One. In addition, he is a screenwriter, consulting producer, and writer for the network television series V, and writes for Marvel Comics. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Chapter 1
 

Mike lay in the darkness, his gaze fixed on the baby monitor on the nightstand. He had to be up in three hours, but sleep wasn’t coming any easier than it usually did. A blowfly had been circling the bedroom at irregular intervals as if to ensure his continued alertness. His mother used to say that a blowfly in the house meant that evil was stalking the family—one of the only things he remembered about her.
He took a moment to catalog some less morbid memories from his early years. The few imprints he’d retained were little more than sensory flashes. The scent of sage incense in a yellow-tiled kitchen. His mother bathing him. How her skin always seemed tan. Her smell, like cinnamon.
The red light bars fanned up on the monitor. A crackle of static. Or was that Kat coughing?
He nudged the volume down so as not to wake Annabel, but she shifted around beneath the sheets, then said hoarsely, “Honey, there’s a reason they call it a babymonitor.”
“I know. I’m sorry. I thought I heard something.”
“She’s eight years old. And more mature than either of us. If she needs something, she’ll march in here and announce it.”
It was an old argument, and Annabel was right, so he muted the volume and lay morosely staring at the damn thing, unable to click it off altogether. A little plastic unit that held a parent’s worst fears. Choking. Illness. Intruders.
Usually the sounds were just interference or crossover noise from other frequencies—a charge in the air or the neighbor’s toddler snuffling from a cold. Sometimes Mike even heard voices in the rush of white noise. He swore there were ghosts in the thing. Murmurs from the past. It was a portal to your half-conscious mind, and you could read into its phantom whisper whatever you wanted.
But what if he turned it off and this proved to be the night Kat did need them? What if she awakened terrified and disoriented from a nightmare, sudden paralysis, the blowfly’s evil spell, and lay stricken for hours, trapped alone with her fear? How do you choose the first night to take that risk?
In the early hours, logic and reason seemed to fall asleep before he did. Everything seemed possible in the worst kind of way.
He finally started to drift off, but then the blowfly took another loop around the night-light, and a moment later the red bars flared again on the muted unit. Kat crying out?
He sat up and rubbed his face.
“She’s fine,” Annabel groaned.
“I know, I know.” But he got up and padded down the hall.
Kat was out cold, one slender arm flung across a stuffed polar bear, her mouth ajar. Chestnut hair framed her serious face. She had her mother’s wide-set eyes, pert nose, and generous lower lip; given her looks and whip-smart demeanor, it was sometimes hard to tell whether Kat was an eight-year-old version of Annabel or Annabel a thirty-six-year-old version of Kat. The one trait that Kat had received from Mike was at least an obvious one—one brown eye, one amber. Heterochromia, they called it. As for her curls, who knew where she got those?
Mike leaned over her, listened for the whistle of breath. Then he sat in the glider chair in the corner and watched his daughter. He felt a stab of pride about the childhood he and Annabel had given her, the sense of security that let her sleep so soundly.
“Babe.” Annabel stood in the doorway, shoving her lank hair off her forehead. She wore a Gap tank top and his boxers and looked as good in them as she had a decade before on their honeymoon. “Come to bed. Tomorrow’s a huge day for you.”
“Be there in a moment.”
She crossed, and they kissed quietly, and then she trudged off to bed again.
The movement of the glider was hypnotic, but his thoughts kept circling back to the unresolved business of the coming day. After a time he realized he wasn’t going to be able to sleep, so he went into the kitchen and made a pot of coffee. Back in the chair, sipping contentedly from his mug, he soaked in the pale yellow walls, the raft of dolls on the floating shelf, his daughter in angelic repose. The only interruption was the occasional buzz from the blowfly, which had stalked him down the hall.

 
Copyright © 2011 by Gregg Hurwitz

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

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    What's Next?

    Having recently read Trust No One and They're Watching, two of the author's previous works, my advice to him is to slow down. Perhaps writing so many books thins the herd. I loved Trust No One, and really liked They're Watching. But, You're Next pales in comparison to the first. It was hard to care much for the characters, although I did like the bond between Mike and Shep. But the story was pretty hokey, as if the author was out of good ideas. So, take a rest. We can wait for What's Next.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Outstanding, so intense it is hard to read straight thru

    Gregg Hurwitz is an extremely good story teller. This one is about a man and his family who are subjected to almost unbearable pressure, with the pressure starting when the man is 4 years old! The suspense is almost too much to bear at times, and the feeling of being utterly lost is intense. It ends up as a story of a man and his 8 year old daughter, and his foster brother, and their relationship. It is a must read for anyone who can withstand extremely emotional situations.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    excellent

    My first time reading Hurwitz! Fast pace, twist and turns! An excellent read! My new best mystery writer! You will not be disappointed!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Good read

    This book is definitely a page turner. Twists and good character development.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    highly recommended

    Fast paced, and interesting read. Likable characters.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Recommend!

    This book kept me reading until the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Absolutely one of the best books!!!

    This story will keep you on an emotional rollercoaster with tears running down your face!!! A MUST read!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2011

    Highly recommended

    Good suspense and well written. Much better than expected.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2011

    Couldn't put it down!

    This is a fantastic, very suspenseful book! I could not put it down! Definitely a must-read if you are looking for a suspense/mystery novel that is action-packed and will keep you on the edge of your seat

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

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    A super thriller

    After being abandoned as a pre-school aged child and growing up in foster care, Mike Wingate has worked his way up from the ooze below the ladder of success to the top. He lives with his wife Annabel and their eight years old daughter Kat in Lost Hills near Los Angeles and runs a profitable contracting business.

    The Boss Man sends two of his thugs William and Dodge to Lost Hills and threatens the Wingate family. They steal Kat's toys go the child's school to cause mischief, harass Mike and assault Annabel. The police ignore the two punks instead blaming Mike for something he must have done in his past. Mike turns to his only friend from foster care Shep the dangerous criminal. They take the fight to the two predators and their boss.

    Although at first the assaults seem over the top of the Sierras (even to Mike), once he and Shep learn why the Boss Man sent his thugs, readers and Mike will know this super thriller is grounded. Fast-paved from the first attack to the final confrontation as Mike learns what lies and avarice can do to am unsuspecting person and his loved ones.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Good read!

    I've never read any of this authors books before but this was pretty good! I'm a James Patterson fan and he's really hard to beat!

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    Posted August 9, 2013

    Aphrodite

    Petted the dog then took lizxys hand and brought her to naplo

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    Posted August 10, 2013

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