Gideon

Gideon

by Russell Andrews

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Overview

Gideon. An identity shrouded in mystery - the anonymous source who holds the key to an explosive secret. In a clandestine meeting, writer Carl Granville is hired to take the pages of an old diary, articles, letters, documents in which all proper names and locations have been blacked out - and turn them into compelling fiction. He will be paid a quarter of a million dollars. But he can never tell a soul.

As he is fed information and his work progresses, Granville begins to realize that Gideon's book is more than just a potential bestseller. It is a revelation of chilling evil and a decades-long cover-up by someone with far-reaching power. He starts to have second thoughts. How will his book be used? Whose lives will be shattered? What is the truth behind the story - and who is the true storyteller?

Then someone close to Granville is bludgeoned to death. Another is savagely murdered. His apartment is ransacked, his computer destroyed, all his records stolen. Suspicion falls on Granville. He tries to explain the shadowy assignment. No one believes him. He has no proof, no alibis...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345434784
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/06/2000
Edition description: 1 MASS MKT
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Russell Andrews is a pseudonym for the team of
Peter Gethers and David Handler.

Peter Gethers has written two previous novels, The Dandy and Getting Blue, and two bestselling nonfiction books, The Cat Who Went to Paris and A Cat Abroad. In addition, he is an editor and publisher and, with David Handler, has written numerous film scripts and television shows. Mr. Gethers lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York. This is the first collaboration with Mr. Handler under the name "Russell Andrews."

David Handler began his career as a journalist and critic. He won widespread critical acclaim for his autobiographical first novel, Kiddo, and has an Edgar and an American Mystery Award for his series of eight novels featuring amateur sleuth Stewart Hoag - a hero who, in the words of the Detroit Free Press, combines "the panache of James Bond, the in-your-face attitude of Sean Penn, and the lethal wit of Gore Vidal." Mr. Handler has written many television and film scripts with his longtime partner, Peter Gethers. He makes his home in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Read an Excerpt

Washington, D.C.

Once again he woke up screaming.

It was the dream, of course. The same dream. The same overwhelming, inescapable dream.

But there was something different this time. There was no distance to it, no feeling of safety. It had crossed over and crystallized and become stiflingly, palpably, claustrophobically real. The colors were bright and the sound was crisp. He could see the faces, hear the voices. Feel the pain.

And he had to listen to the crying.

When he realized he was awake, that the sound he heard was real, was actually coming from inside him, he bit the scream off and the physical effort hurt his throat, as if the noise were being ripped out of him. He had to force himself to think about where he was, who he was, to stop himself from screaming again. And then he had to bite down on his lip so hard he drew blood. Otherwise he knew he could have howled and wept for minutes, for hours. Forever.

He was drenched in sweat, the sheets so damp beneath him he thought he'd wet the bed. But none of that was new. He was used to that. No, it was the end of the dream that left him weak and trembling. That's what was different.

This time he dreamed that he talked.

And because he believed in the veracity of dreams, he woke up terrified.

The reasons for his terror had dominated his thoughts ever since the moment she had come to him, the woman he loved so absolutely, shaken and subdued, ever since she had told him she had to talk to him in private. It had been sunny that afternoon, and he remembered the warm glow he'd felt, basking in the realization that everything was going perfectly, all their plans were coming together so smoothly. When she leaned over and whispered to him, he had never seen her look like that. So frightened. Pale and trembling. He couldn't imagine what had done this to her. Then she told him about the package that had arrived. What was in it. And what the instructions were that came with it.

They had sat together, holding each other, for a long time after that. Saying nothing because there was nothing to say. Because everything he had worked for, they had worked for, was crumbling now. No, not crumbling. Exploding.

He had canceled all meetings, shut off all phone calls. They had locked themselves behind closed doors. Then she spoke, examining their options, going over every choice rationally and calmly. Analyzing. Probing. Until finally she had put her hand over his, her skin cool and soft. Her softness was all that kept him from bursting into tears.

"There's only one thing you can do," she said.

"That's the one thing I can't do," he said sadly.

"There's no other choice. Anything else is too risky, too terrible for you." She touched his cheek. "What if they find out? Think what would happen."

He didn't have to ask who "they" were. And he didn't have to think. He knew what would happen. He knew exactly what would happen.

He also knew that he could never accept the way out she was urging him to take. She could propose it only because she didn't truly understand his power, didn't know what she was really asking him to give up.

After all her rational explanations, after eliminating choice after choice, ultimately it was still impossible, what she was asking him to do.

So he'd thought of another solution. A far better one.

The latest dream showed him that it was right. And just. He knew better than anyone that it was just.

He sat up suddenly in the bed, as if the quickness of his movement could shed the fear like an unwanted layer of skin. He blinked furiously, willing the nightmare--and the night's solitude--to disappear.

It was just getting light outside, the sun's first rays filter-
ing down so passively they didn't seem to have the strength to make it all the way through the windows of the bedroom. But neither the shadows of the dawn outside nor the icy air-conditioning inside--the best system money could buy--were able to disguise the brutal humidity of this Washington summer. His rapid breathing slowed somewhat, and he uncurled the clenched fingers of both hands. He tried to force himself to be still, to relax. To come back to life. But he could not.

He glanced to his left, where his wife slept soundly. He wondered how she could possibly sleep, and yet he was glad she did. For the first time since he'd known her, he didn't think he could face her, couldn't talk to her, tell her what he was thinking. Yet despite everything it pleased him to hear her gentle, rhythmic breathing, so comfortably familiar to him, soft and delicate. And there was another marvel: In twenty-seven years of marriage she had never been anything but a comfort to him. Never anything but a tower of strength.

He swung his legs out of bed. They were not yet steady. Still sitting, his bare feet planted in the pastel Aubusson carpet, he ran his left hand over the smooth, hollowed-out top of the bedpost. He loved their four-poster bed. Built in 1782, dated and signed by Nathaniel Dolgers, the greatest of colonial carpenters. It was too short for them, really, and not all that comfortable. But he insisted they sleep in it. He looked at his wife, curled up in the sheets, and smiled. She thought his affection for the bed was because he'd always loved working with his hands, had always, above all, worshiped craftsmanship. But that wasn't it at all. The real reason was that the bed had cost $175,000. A bed! And every single night before he slept--if he slept--he thought about what his mother had done when he'd told her he was sleeping in a $175,000 bed.

She'd laughed. She'd thrown her head back and laughed and laughed until tears of wonderment flowed down her leather-tough cheeks.

His legs were steadier now, his heart no longer pounding. He stood slowly, padded over to the window. Directly before him he could see the square, deserted and still. To the right, below him, at the eastern side of the house, he could make out the garden, the silhouettes of her flowers. He glanced back at the sleeping woman and had to shake his head. They always referred to them as "her" flowers. And when she talked about them, she might have been talking about the children they'd never had. Put her before a Grant Thomas rose or a Campanula lactiflora and her face would soften, her eyes would glisten, her voice would coo in that tender, musical tone of hers. And when she touched those petals--what caresses, what love. Whenever he passed one of the arrangements she'd cut for the house, he couldn't help but reach out and stroke the petals himself. He always felt as if he were touching her. And she were touching him.

What People are Saying About This

Lorenzo Carcaterra

Russell Andrews breaks all the tackles as he rampages his way into the front of the thriller class, writing with clarity, wit, and a chilling sense of danger in one of the sharpest debut novels in years. Count on it —Gideon will be hotter than the sun this summer.

Michael Douglas

A fast-paced political thriller in the vein of The Pelican Brief.

Clive Cussler

The intrigue of Gideon is spun with such incredible ease the reader is swept breathlessly from beginning to end. Pure reading entertainment as good as you'll ever find.

Phillip Margolin

Gideon is a terrific thriller with plenty of surprises, an engaging hero, and really nasty villains. A compelling page-turner.

Susan Isaacs

James Bond is too predictable. I like my heroes to be regular guys — like Carl Granville in Gideon. What an exciting story! This is a thriller that really thrills.

Interviews

On Thursday, July 8th, barnesandnoble.com welcomed Peter Gethers to discuss GIDEON.


Moderator: Welcome, Peter Gethers! We are so pleased that you could join us tonight to discuss your new thriller, GIDEON. How are you doing tonight?

Peter Gethers: Hello. I'm doing absolutely wonderfully tonight. I guess it's seven o'clock -- so I'll start answering questions now.


Gayle from Fairview, KS: Mr. Gethers, I would like to express my condolences on the passing of Norton. I enjoyed reading about his antics. Is it too early to ask if there is another (different yet special) cat on the horizon? You were wonderful as his Human. Best wishes, Gayle.

Peter Gethers: Thank you, Gayle. I appreciate it. There is no new cat on the horizon. It seems impossible to me to get another cat as wonderful as Norton. But everyone tells me I'll change my mind eventually. So I trust that one of these days I will. In the meantime, in addition to another Russell Andrews thriller, I'm writing the third and final installment in the life of Norton. It's called THE CAT WHO'LL LIVE FOREVER and I should be finished with it sometime after the 1st of the year.


Jainee from Brooklyn, NY: How would you describe the plot of GIDEON?

Peter Gethers: It's a big-time thriller. It's hard to take a 450-page book and condense it into a brief description but I'll try: A young and talented writer is hired to ghostwrite a memoir. He's told that the real person he's ghosting must remain anonymous. He will only know him as "Gideon." He'll be fed information and he must write the book quickly -- it must be published in six weeks. As he receives material and starts writing, he realizes he's doing something bad -- he's writing about a crime that was committed 50 years ago that could ruin someone's life now. He goes to the editor to tell her he won't do it -- and she's dead. He goes to the publisher -- who's never heard of the writer or of the book or of GIDEON. When he goes home, his apartment's been ransacked and his computer's been destroyed -- along with all traces of the manuscript. He calls the police -- and they try to shoot him down. He runs to his girlfriend's apartment -- and she's been murdered, too. So now he's on his own, with no one to turn to (except an ex-girlfriend who lives in D.C.). His only hope is to reconstruct what he learned from the notes and to try to find the real-life Gideon -- before he's murdered himself.


Ellen from Portland: What type of research, if any, did you do for this book?

Peter Gethers: I did a lot of research! I had to learn about communications satellites, for one thing. I also had to learn about the business of media -- one of the villains in the book is a Murdoch-type media mogul. So I had to learn about the finances of that kind of business. There was also a lot of geographical research, mostly down south. Last but not least, since I'm in publishing -- an editor at Random House, Inc. and a longtime publisher myself, I already knew a lot of the publishing background. But even that required a bit of research. Plus, there was some political research -- to find out what would happen at political conventions if certain things in our plot actually occurred.


Elise from San Francisco: Any particular inspiration for the plot of GIDEON? Just wanted to tell you I love your books!!

Peter Gethers: Thanks, Elise. I think I love you! And the inspiration came from observations on what's going on in today's world. I was very concerned about the way the media can manipulate our thoughts. Huge media conglomerates -- who run TV stations and publish many newspapers and magazines -- can actually make us think what they want to think. For instance, if they say that someone is guilty of a crime, and repeat that statement often enough, it's almost impossible to convince people that that person's not guilty. That was the basic inspiration. It was a scary thought which turned into a scary, I hope, thriller.


Robert from Hampton Bays: Hello, Peter Gethers. I heard some anecdote about Anthony Hopkins being a huge fan of your Norton books. How did that happen and did he ever plan on making a movie about A CAT ABROAD?

Peter Gethers: Tony Hopkins is a fan of Norton's and those books. His wife is the real fan -- she's a cat nut. This is the opening anecdote of the new Norton book that I'm writing -- called THE CAT WHO'LL LIVE FOREVER -- so I hate to give it all away. But basically, Tony and his wife, Jenny, were in Sag Harbor, where I live some of the time. They were here for a premiere of one of his movies. I'd been invited and couldn't figure out why. People just kept saying that "Tony really wants you to come." I didn't have a clue who "Tony" was. Then, when we were introduced, he asked if I'd brought Norton. I realized that when he knew he was coming to Sag Harbor, he realized that was where Norton lived -- so he was the one who'd invited me to the premiere. I had to tell him I didn't usually bring my cat to the movies (note, I said "usually"). So I wound up bring Norton -- at the Hopkinses' request -- to the postpremiere party. Norton, needless to say, was the hit of the ball. And no -- Hopkins never thought about making a movie about me and Norton. I think he realized I was much better-looking than he was and couldn't possibly hope to live up to that.


Kate from Hanover, NH: I understand that you are an editor at a major publishing firm. How did the insider's perspective affect the writing of GIDEON?

Peter Gethers: It had a lot to do with the writing of GIDEON. For one thing, it's an area I know a lot about -- and I think what you read is pretty realistic. I liked the idea of using publishing as a base for a thriller. Part of the appeal of this book, I think, is that it's like a Hitchcock movie -- a normal, nonsuperhero-type innocent guy is caught up in something much bigger than he realizes. And publishing seemed like a good area from which to take a normal guy.


Leon from Chicago, IL: As a publishing-world insider, what are your thoughts on the consolidation of the major publishing houses? Do you think this will affect the types of books that will be published and fewer first-time authors will break out?

Peter Gethers: I'm not thrilled about all the consolidation. No writer is, I'm sure. What I really think is that all truly good books will still get published. But the merger of so many houses really limits choice. Writers have fewer places to go and there are fewer editorial visions and fewer editorial overviews choosing the books to be published. That ain't good! What I think will happen eventually is that some clever people will start new and smaller publishing houses to increase the choices.


Ron Richard from Lighthouse Point, FL: How do you feel about the deep discounting that is currently going on in the publishing business?

Peter Gethers: I'm in favor of anything that sells more books and gets more people to read.


Cecil Widdifield from Santa Monica, CA: GIDEON would make a great movie! Have you given any thought about how you would cast the leads?

Peter Gethers: Cecil -- I think that Tom Cruise would make a perfect lead. Although I have a friend, Paul Eagle, who's a wonderful actor. If it gets made and we go with an unknown, I'll make a push for him.


Colleen from Seattle, WA: What inspired you to make Gideon's tale the illegible scribbling of a young woman in the Deep South in the mid-1950s?

Peter Gethers: Colleen -- it's just one of those things that happened in the mysterious creative period that happens when writing a book. I really and truly can't tell you exactly how it happened. I think, while writing, the South seemed interesting. The lead character had to search somewhere and that seemed like an interesting place. It almost, at one point, was going to be New England, but the South seemed more evocative and real, I guess.


Sarah from New York: I understand that you and Mr. Handler have collaborated on different types of projects -- screenwriting, editing, and now a novel. How were these collaborative relationships different from one another? Is it more or less difficult to write TV or film scripts together than prose?

Peter Gethers: In some ways, writing a book together is a lot more difficult, in some ways it's easier. With a TV or film script, David and I tend to have to be in a room together -- so much of that writing is dialogue, we need to say things out loud and toss ideas out and around in person. But with this book, we really did a lot of writing via the Internet. We'd each tackle chunks of the book -- 20 or 30 pages at a time, then we'd swap. He'd criticize my work, I'd do the same with his. Then we'd rewrite. The whole time, sending ideas and suggestions via the Net. Every 100 pages or so, we'd get together and then plot out the next 100 pages or so or go back over the last 100 to see what we'd left out or what didn't work within the book as a whole. It was extremely fun. Much more fun than writing a book by yourself -- which is very solitary and lonely work. Torture, in fact!


Eric from Arlington, TX: Peter, I really loved GIDEON! Are you planning on writing another book with David Handler? Can you tell us anything about your next book?

Peter Gethers: "Russell Andrews" is already 100 pages into the next thriller. It's called SLASH. It should be finished by spring 2000, out in fall 2000 or early in the year 2001!


Ned from Pittsburgh, PA: When do you find the time to write your books holding down a full-time job? What type of writing schedule do you keep?

Peter Gethers: I guess I'm a workaholic. I tend to work all the time. Luckily for me, I don't have to go into an office -- I work at home, so my time's my own. Random House, Inc. can keep me really busy -- but there are also stretches when I have almost nothing to do for them. I am fairly disciplined, which you have to be to write. From now until October, I'll basically spend four to six hours a day writing -- I'm working on two books, believe it or not -- and then spend a couple of hours a day editing or reading for Random House.


Sigi from Berkeley, CA: Who was the character of Amanda based on?

Peter Gethers: It is a combination of my lovely girlfriend and David Handler's lovely girlfriend.


Manny from Georgetown: What does GIDEON mean? How did you pick that name?

Peter Gethers: Believe it or not, the original title was "Titus." Just as the book was about to be printed, we found out that a movie was coming out with the same title and we needed to come up with another title. GIDEON sounded vaguely important and had the same ring as Titus and that's why we chose it.


Peter from Williamstown, MA: Are PB&J sandwiches and a cold glass of milk your favorite meal, too? Loved GIDEON!

Peter Gethers: Yes, definitely my favorite meal, followed by a banana split.


Clark from Richmond, VA: Have the movie rights been bought for GIDEON? It would make a great flick! Would you want to write the screenplay?

Peter Gethers: I am desperate to write the screenplay of GIDEON. It is going out to the studios sometime in the next couple weeks.


Andrew from Los Angeles, CA: What are some TV or film projects that you have been involved with? Which are you most proud of?

Peter Gethers: David and I were on the staff for the first year of a hit sitcom called "Kate and Ally," and on my own I was the script doctor of a Harrison Ford movie directed by Roman Polanski called "Frantic." I liked that movie a lot.


Ollie from New York: What are some sure-fire techniques that you use to keep up a fast-paced plot like GIDEON has?

Peter Gethers: Good question. Basically we just racked our brains to keep things as fast paced as possible. Usually I just called my friend Paul Eagle and conned him into giving me good plot suggestions.


Ted Schwartz from Clarksdale, MS: Did you or your writing partner ever live in Mississippi? The level of detail you described can only come from a native!

Peter Gethers: I never lived in Mississippi. Neither did my partner. However, I've traveled there quite often, and love it. I have a good friend named Eric Gunthers who lives down there, and I visit him whenever possible.


Ron from Florida: Is it really possible for an unknown writer to have his/her first novel published? Or is the dreaded slush pile still in existence?

Peter Gethers: The dreaded slush pile is still in existence. But every so often, something good comes out of it. And yes -- it's definitely possible to publish a book for a first-time writer. Everybody's a first-timer at some point. The key is, to tell you the truth, to get a good agent before you do anything else!


Moderator: I understand that you launched the Library of Contemporary Thought series for Ballantine Publishers. What can you tell us about this series? What great writers are lined up this fall?

Peter Gethers: Thanks for asking. I love the Library of Contemporary Thought (or LOCT as I think of it). The series has been quite successful so far -- the most popular book in the series was by Jimmy Carter, called THE VIRTUES OF AGING. This past month I published a superb book by Jonathan Kellerman (a terrific thriller writer as I'm sure everyone knows), called SAVAGE SPAWN: REFLECTIONS ON VIOLENT CHILDREN. It's a very smart and controversial look at the horrible violence in places like the Colorado high school -- and what can be done with these sociopathic young killers. In the fall, my single favorite book in the series is coming out (in October). It's called A JERK ON ONE END: REFLECTIONS OF A MEDIOCRE FISHERMAN. It's by Robert Hughes, who's a genius, and even if you don't like fishing (which I don't!), it's an incredible book.


Jim from Dallas: Can you think of any thrillers that have translated well onto the big screen? What book would you most like to be made into a movie?

Peter Gethers: I thought THE FIRM was a not-great book that was made into a terrific movie. One of the best adaptations ever was "The Manchurian Candidate" -- great thriller as a book and a great movie. The book I'd most like to see made into a movie isn't a thriller at all. It's one of my favorite novels of all time, THE MASTER AND MARGARITA. I once got hired to write a screenplay for it, but so far it hasn't gotten made.


Gero from New York: What was the worst job that you ever held and why? Can you imagine doing anything other than writing?

Peter Gethers: Worst job ever? Stock boy at Alexander's Department Store. I can't imagine doing anything but writing, and I hope I never have to imagine such a thing!


Megan from bn.com: What three books would you recommend to your fans as great summer reads?

Peter Gethers: I'd like to recommend about 100 books! But three, off the top of my head, are: 1) The ELMORE LEONARD WESTERN ROUNDUP #1: It's a collection of Leonard's little-known westerns (three of them), and they're fantastic. One, 40 LASHES LESS ONE, is absolutely brilliant. 2) I just read the new Lawrence Block, THE BURGLAR IN THE RYE, and I like him a lot. Bernie Rhodenbarr is a terrific character. 3)Peter Bart wrote a terrific nonfiction book about the movie business. It's called THE GROSS, and for anyone interested in movies, it's a must!


Moderator: Thanks for leading such a lively discussion, Peter. Do you have any closing comments for your online audience tonight?

Peter Gethers: Thanks. I'd just like to thank everyone else, too. Especially Ricky Wedgel from California. Everyone really asked great questions and I enjoyed it. Oh, and of course I'd like to urge everyone to tell friends about GIDEON so it hits the bestseller list! So long.


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Gideon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
BinnieBee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very good book that kept me spellbound.
mykalg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book - very political murder mystery. Read all his other ones, but this is still the best.
whiteknight50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A murder mystery, in which a lot of people die..:0) The complex situations that led to the murders made a great story. A coverup that comes unraveled is the basis of the story. Recommended to anyone who loves a grear murder mystery.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
Gideon by Russell Andrews - the pseudonym for the team of Peter Gethers and David Handler Carl Granville (Granny) is a struggling writer in New York City. His agent, Betty Slater has died and at her funeral he gets an offer to be the ghost writer of a blockbuster. Trouble is, Carl is not supposed to tell anyone about it and will never be able to talk about it. For his troubles, he'll get $250,000 dollars. Carl is fed information by a source - Gideon. As his works progresses, Carl realizes that the book is more than just a potential bestseller. It's a revelation of a chilling evil and cover-up by someone with far reaching power. Soon, Maggie Peterson, the person who hired Carl, is found dead. Carl's apartment is ransacked, his computer alongside all the work related to his novel are eradicated. His upstairs neighbor is killed. Carl goes on to Maggie's boss, Nathan Bartholomew - Apex Communication's publisher. However, there are no records of a contract between Carl and Maggie - no records of money been transferred to him. As Carl tries in vain to get to the bottom of his situation, he becomes the prime suspect. Framed for murders he did not commit, Carl is a man on the run. He turns to the one person he can trust: his ex-girlfriend, journalist Amanda Mays. Their only hope is to unearth the real identity of Gideon. This is a wonderful thriller with is told from the third person point of view from the different main characters. Relentlessly paced, it is an original read packed with startling double crosses, tense pursuits, whiplash plot twists, and revelations about the nature of power and those who seek it. It reads in a few days. I strongly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good thriller.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the challenges inherent in writing a suspense novel is maintaining the thrill of the ride. For the most part, Gideon's author duo manages to keep the rollercoaster rocking but there are spots where the speed lags and our attention flags. They also need to do some research on firearms for their next effort. Technical Hint: The late cop/author Hugh Holton(Time of the Assassins, Windy City)would have put it this way: YOU CAN'T USE A SILENCER ON A REVOLVER! Automatics, yes. Does no good to use one on a revolver 'cause it won't supress the sound. And there is no such thing as a .22 caliber Mossberg shotgun. Otherwise, the plot is reasonable, the characters flawed, and thus likeable in their real-ness, and the main characters' sense of fear is well maintained. In all, an excellent first-effort. I 'read' the unabridged audio and kudos go to the narrator as well!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was hooked on GIDEON from the beginning. I loved the variety of the different characters' perspectives, and I found the plot very intriguing. This would be a 5 star book, had it not been for the slightly anti-climatic ending. It seemed as if the authors had just got tired of writing and opted for the least imaginative means of revealing the mystery that the previous couple of hundred of pages had woven. Additionally, I thought there were several themes that the end of the book never addressed...details that should have been explained, but weren't. The book ends, and the reader is left it just assume that certain issues were worked out. (I won't say what these issues/details were, as doing such might spoil the plot for future readers.) Suffice to say, the book does have it's flaws, but, generally speaking, I enjoyed reading this and would recommend it to anyone else who enjoys a good mystery/suspense novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carl Granville is a struggling New York City-based writer who has just received a most precarious offer. He is contracted by top editor Maggie Peterson to turn the contents of a top-secret diary into an instant work of fiction. She mentions that this is a rush job of the highest order (¿the kind of thing we usually save for terrorist attacks, wars, or dead royalty¿), and once the secret manuscript is finished, it could literally change the course of history. Carl is not told who the diary belongs to, just that the real owner wishes to remain anonymous and will be known simply as ¿Gideon¿. He is instructed to speak to no one about the project (including Maggie who says officially he does not exist) and is not permitted to ask any questions about the confidential information that will be fed to him. In return for his silence, Carl will be paid six-figures and have one million copies of his ghost-written book printed. Soon after Carl decides to take on the project, Maggie Peterson is murdered, and when he decides to come clean about the Gideon project (in an effort to cooperate with the authorities) he is told that there is no record of him or his project ever existing. That¿s when more people start dying and Carl becomes the prime suspect in all the murders. The only person he can trust is his ex-girlfriend, journalist Amanda Mays, who has her own doubts about becoming personally involved with Carl again after a rather stormy relationship. Soon they are both thrown into a world of murder, greed and politics as they go underground to catch the real killers before Carl is caught himself. Interestingly, Russell Andrews is a pseudonym for the writing duo of Peter Gethers and David Handler. Gideon is their first team effort and it is an exciting one. The book serves up an endless series of twists and turns that unravel over an exhausting 8 days. Just when you think you have things figured out, the author(s) throw another curve ball your way. This is a sharp novel will keep you awake and guessing until the very end. I also enjoyed pondering the present day implications of this plot. The truth behind the world shattering secret is all too possible in today¿s high tech information hungry society. Four stars because it missed the truly gifted mark ever so slightly...the ending was a bit bland when compared to the roller coaster ride Andrews provides between the covers, and the identity of the 'Closer' was not very imaginative. These minor details notwithstanding, this is definitely worth a buy. Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book about a guy writing a book...Very interesting concept. This is the first mystery book I've ever read--I bought it because the cover looked cool! The book kept me on edge from start to finish--I'd definitely read it again. Normally, writing teams don't produce worthwhile fiction, in my opinion, but this one is worth reading more than once!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great mystery novel, one that I would highly recommend to people who like mysteries that keep you guessing to the end. The authors also do a great job describing all the characters of the book, providing a nice pyschological profile of the people involved, which of course, makes the plot more intriguing. However, in a few occasions, I think the authors may have overdid the details, making me feel a little lost along the way. Yet, the story unfolds nicely, so that makes up for these minor points.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ENJOYABLE STORY THAT LAGGED A BIT. IT LEFT YOU WANTING TO KNOW 'WHO' BUT HOPING IT WOULD READ FASTER TO GET TO THE END. I WAS NOT SORRY WHEN I TURNED THE LAST PAGE. I WAS READY FOR IT TO END SO THAT I COULD START ANOTHER BOOK.I THINK IT HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE HOLLYWOOD HAPPY, IT WAS JUST NOT QUITE UP TO MY EXPECTATIONS FOR GREAT WRITING.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the book based on the other reviews and was extremely disappointed. The premise was ridiculous and the characters were weak and inconsistent. I don't fall for the all knowing and powerful evil empire which has every base covered. Then, in the end, the perpetrators practically announce themselves. There was one good suprise, but I can't say what it is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is simply fantastic. I have never read anything quite so grabbing. I personally am scanning all over the internet in hopes of discovering more fantastic works by Russell Andrews. It is just a must read book.... buy and you'll love it... gauranteed.