"One hell of a suspense novel." —Stephen King
The New York Times bestselling author of A Noise Downstairs and No Time for Goodbye returns with an edge-of-your-seat thriller that does for elevators what Psycho did for showers and Jaws did for the beach—a heart-pounding tale in which a series of disasters paralyzes New York City with fear.
It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.
Right to the bottom of the shaft.
It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world—and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment—is plunged into chaos.
Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men in women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.
Who is behind this? Why are they doing it? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers before the city’s newest, and tallest, residential tower has its ribbon-cutting on Thursday.
With each diabolical twist, Linwood Barclay ratchets up the suspense, building to a shattering finale. Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.
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Recipe for an Intriguing Crime Thriller
1 New York City
1 (or 2 or 3) elevator accident(s), fatalities included
1 image-conscious NYC Mayor, focussed on re-election
1 hard-boiled female journalist, intent on keeping said mayor accountable
1 Russian-born elevator serviceman, murdered, face mutilated, fingers removed
1 PTSD-affected NYPD detective
1 Russian scientist considering defection
1 domestic extremist organisation, right-wing flavoured
4 or 5 red herrings, as needed
1 or 2 clever twists
1 nail-biting climax
Mix lightly the first eight ingredients, then allow to stand and ferment for 48-72 hours. Gradually add the remaining ingredients. If liked, stir in vigorously: 1 mayor’s son, craving paternal approval; 1 right-wing leader’s acolyte, desperate to please; 1 mayoral aide, apparently discovering an actual conscience; 1 journalist’s daughter with a grudge; the Department of Homeland Security; the FBI; a few indignant mayoral election campaign contributors; and a nervous public. Note that, if sufficiently agitated, this mix may boil over or explode.
Preparation time: 5 days. Serves: any number of crime thriller fans.
Elevator Pitch is the eleventh stand-alone novel by best-selling Canadian author, Linwood Barclay. The author gives his readers a clever plot with, plenty of page-turning action. His characters may start out looking a little stereotypical, but they soon develop into multi-faceted, believable individuals with very human flaws and quirks and strengths. Brilliant crime fiction with one drawback: you might be reluctant to get into an elevator after reading it.
This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Harlequin Australia.