Dead Watch

Dead Watch

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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425215692
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/24/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 274,610
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.



St. Paul, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

February 23, 1944

Place of Birth:

Cedar Rapids, Iowa


State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism

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Dead Watch 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 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
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book's fatal flaw is that while written and set in 2006, it gives us a Democrat president and anxious Republicans trying to wrest back power - and that just isn't the case and in a political thriller makes no sense (not even in a West Wing kind of way) I looked at the copywrite three times hoping it had been published in 1996 but no, it had not.John Sandford is a highly competent author, so the book writes smoothly, but the premise is just crazy, too convoluted and clever by half. It starts with the suspicious disappearence and subsequent death of Republic ex-senator Lincoln Bowe and spirals out from there. Fine for an airplane, this feels like a throw away book, read once, enjoy, but no need to visit again...
carolynmae42 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the "Prey" books by Sandford.
bohemiangirl35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This stand-alone novel by John Sandford takes a break from the Lucas Davenport series and introduces Jacob Winter, a former military intelligence officer who now works in D.C. in what he calls forensic bureaucracy. The book starts off strong, with Winter being called to the White House to look into the disappearance of Senator Lincoln Bowe, and foreshadowing that his wife and best friend may have had something to do with it. The story quickly gets complicated, convoluted and unbelievable, but it's fun. I don't know if I was tired towards the end of the book, but I lost interest during the last couple of CDs. I may have just been really into what I was working on. I had to rewind a few times to catch what I missed and I was kind of disappointed.Eric Conger's narration was very good.
tsisler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a well-done and engaging audio book. I enjoyed the political-thriller aspects, even if some of the relationship aspects were predictable. Eric Conger did a consistently good job with his performance.
brucegordonfarrar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OK. A little too nasty for most church members but not X rated.
readafew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a stand alone political crime/mystery novel. The story moved right along and had a good pace. Some things didn't necessarily flow from evidence to conclusion and there where a couple coincidences that were a little far out but overall it was a very entertaining book and I will continue reading his works.The book starts out with a missing ex-senator and his wife railing to the media about how a rival politician has kidnapped him to shut him up. The stink from the whole deal is starting to stick to the current president and he wants something done about it. In comes Jake Winter the fix-it guy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish he’d write another with these characters.
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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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