A heart-pounding new Stevens and Windermere thriller from the award-winning author of The Stolen Ones and The Professionals.
Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint BCA-FBI violent crime task force have handled shocking cases before, but this one is different. Stevens’s daughter, Andrea, is distraught over a classmate’s suicide, but what the two investigators find is even more disturbing—an online suicide club of unhappy teenagers, presided over by an anonymous presence who seems to be spurring them on. Soon, it becomes apparent that the classmate wasn’t the first victim—and won’t be the last, either, unless they can hunt down this psychopath once and for all.
About the Author
Owen Laukkanen was born in Vancouver. After graduating from university in 2006, he answered an ad on Craigslist for a summer job at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas as a “poker tournament reporter” for a poker website. At the end of the summer, they offered him a full-time job. You wouldn’t think you could make a living at this, but you would be wrong. For the next three years he traveled around the world, reporting from the most luxurious casinos of Monaco and Macau and Australia to the sketchiest card rooms of California and Atlantic City. In 2009, having seen his fill, Laukkanen quit to concentrate on fiction. He also spends summers as a deckhand on the boats of his father and his uncle, both commercial fishermen. He is at work on more novels.
His previous Stevens and Windermere novels are The Professionals, Criminal Enterprise, Kill Fee, and The Stolen Ones. The Professionals was nominated for the Barry Award and International Thriller Writers Award for best first novel, as well as the Spinetingler Award for Best Novel: New Voice. Criminal Enterprise was nominated for the ITW Award for best novel. Both books, as well as Kill Fee, appeared on several best-of-the-year lists.
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It was time.
Excerpted from "The Watcher in the Wall"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The worst book in this series, sad to say ; struggled to slog through it
I woke up this morning thinking I would start on this book. I have missed this author. He's put out two books that somehow or another I missed. I was so happy when I got approved! My plan was to read a little and then get some things done around the house. Well, that didn't happen. The whole day passed by me while I was totally immersed in this book. I couldn't put it down and I couldn't read it fast enough. This was one creepy guy hell bent on a mission and nothing or no one was going to stop him. I am still trying to take deep breaths and calm my body down. My heart has been at least double beating for hours now, maybe even triple beating. This one is definitely going on my best of 2016 list! I can't say enough good things about this book. The action started at the beginning and did not let up. This is one thriller you should not miss. On a personal note, I worked for eight years across the street from the Louisville Galleria Mall that is mentioned in this book. I ate lunch there almost every day. That's way creepy. Also, on another personal note, tears came to my eyes when I read the author's acknowledgments. The underlying subject is a very sad one. I recently attended a funeral of a teenager I knew who committed suicide. It is very real and very, very sad. Bullying needs to stop and stop now. And yes, if your a teenager or adult considering suicide, talk to someone, get help. Huge thanks to Penguin Books Putnam for approving my request so quickly and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.