A Maiden's Grave

A Maiden's Grave

by Jeffery Deaver

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Overview

A Maiden's Grave by Jeffery Deaver

A bus full of children is taken hostage in this “screaming hit” (The New York Times Book Review) from the author of The Bone Collector.

Along a windswept Kansas road, eight vulnerable girls and their helpless teachers are forced off a school bus and held hostage in an abandoned slaughterhouse. The madman who has them at gunpoint has a simple plan: One hostage an hour will die unless the demands are met.
 
Called to the scene is Arthur Potter, the FBI’s best hostage negotiator. He has a plan. But so does one of the hostages—a beautiful teacher who’s willing to do anything to save the lives of her students. Now the clock is ticking as a chilling game of cat and mouse begins.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451466297
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 646,749
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University.

Hometown:

Washington, D.C.

Date of Birth:

May 6, 1950

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Education:

B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“A screaming hit.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Compelling suspense…a chilling web of madness and violence…an all-night page-turner.’”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Starts with a bang, and the tension never lets up. A top-notch thriller with an unexpected kicker at the end.”—Library Journal

“Heartbreakingly real characters…multiple-whammy twists…[a] spectacular finish. Deaver brilliantly conveys the tensions and deceit of hostage negotiations.”—Publishers Weekly

Steve Martini

"Wonderful, riverting, vivid...rings with an atmosphere of haunting realism."

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Maiden's Grave 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gripped my attention from the start, and kept me interested to the last page. I'm a huge Deaver fan, and have read all of his books. This is my favorite Deaver book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read every one of Deaver's books, and this is my favorite. His best work as far as I'm concerned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great suspenseful read! An ending that will surprise you Characters you will love and ones so cruel you will realize there are people like them really out there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book grips you on every page with a sustained suspense, tension, interest, and humanity. Totally engrossing (and I'm fussy about that!). Never lets up, and contains some great surprises and reversals. Takes its place with Deaver's other top gripper, Blue Nowhere. I am saving both books to read again in a few years!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this one by JD twice & I know I will read it again! He is by far one of the best writers of this genre. To me there is no such thing as a boring JD book!! Please never stop writing.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
The man is good. That was my first thought after finishing A MAIDEN’S GRAVE. If you want to learn how to plot a novel, then you’d be hard pressed to find a better author to learn from than the master himself. And he knows how to tackle damaged characters, not just emotionally damaged, but physically damaged, scarred to the point that you’re only left with pieces, and the pieces don’t seem to fit together the way that they should. This novel is filled with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, taking what could have been just a classic negotiation story and flipping it on its head. It takes a frightful, horrific situation and turns it up a notch by having a group of deaf hostages, and the three hostage takers that are unwilling to communicate with them. And then it adds local politics and multiple task forces for good measure, with each group having its own agenda. The characters sometimes take a backseat to the story, but I still felt emotionally invested in what would happen next. This proved to be a good read, along with having a certain amount of unpredictability to keep things interesting. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series and eagerly picked up A Maiden's Grave. Unfortunately, this novel simply isn't the same calibre of the Rhyme books. The plot involves the kidnapping of several young deaf girls who are held hostage at an old slaughterhouse in Kansas. The main character in the book is Arthur Potter, an FBI hostage negotiator; he's accompanied by the standard techno-geek, the mousey assistant who faithfully logs info on the bad guys, and the stunningly gorgeous ex-model assistant Angie. For fans of the Rhyme series, you'll recognize this Amelia Sachs-clone immediately...the only change is the hair color. The villains are interesting, but not enough is shared about them to keep this reader interested. Most of the book is spent slogging through countless scenes of tech-talk, political in-fighting, and the developing 'relationship' between one of the deaf women and the hostage negotiator. This plotline alone strains the credibility of the book. All in all, it appears that Deaver has done his research, but the plot is hackneyed and too drawn out -- I've even lost count of the number of times the hostage negotiation team 'bursts into applause' at the slightest 'accomplishment' of the hero, Potter. If you like police procedurals, read A Maiden's Grave. If you want an engaging novel, you'd be better off reading the Lincoln Rhyme series. And for the ultimate hostage negotiation novel, check out Robert Crais' 'Hostage' -- that was a phenomenal read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was impressed. I liked the way that Deaver made the hero seem human and the way the relationship developed between hero and villian. I would recommend the book and I'll definitely read other Deaver novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was grievously disappointed with A MAIDEN'S GRAVE, especially after reading THE BONE COLLECTOR. Certain weak premises are unforgiveable - such as frequent the use of the word 'stoat' by numerous characters, including the deaf ones and their interpreters, when a sign-language interpretation of that word would be automatically translated to 'weasel'. This is Kansas, not England! All the characters are poorly-defined and broadly unsympathetic, except the smallest children who are barely more than props shaken at the reader like helpless puppies. The 'suspense' in this book left me feeling dirty and voyeuristic. ***
MrsHillReads on LibraryThing 2 days ago
It doesn't have Lincoln Rhymes; but Jeffrey Deaver is the master of suspenseful page turners, and this book delivers. Great read, kept me up way too late at night!
MsNikki on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This could be a movie, and it would be fantastic. I couldn't put it down, I had to see how it ended. Jeffery Deaver needs theraphy, and I probably won't read his others books, but I had fun with this one.
booklover3258 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
What a great story! wonderful page turner and was happy with the surprises towards the end.
Anonymous 8 months ago
A typical Deaver novel. Just when you think the ending is coming, he goes in another direction. Great characters in all his novels. This is one of his best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best I have read of this genre in a long time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deaver always writes pages turners and this one is above his excellent average--even without familiar characters. Potter is closer to the "flawed" protagonist that has become the norm in contemporary crime fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perhapd Deaver's best book! aj west
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