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The Accident by Chris Pavone

From the author of the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–winning The Expats comes an elegant and riveting suspense story about secrets, spies, and the devastating power of the truth

The Accident by Chris Pavone

The Accident

Chris Pavone
  • Imprint: Broadway Books
  • On sale: January 6, 2015
  • Price: $15.00
  • Pages: 416
  • ISBN: 9780385348478
Contact: Sarah Breivogel
212-572-2722
sbreivogel@penguinrandomhouse.com

The editor needs it. The assistant lied about it. The Hollywood producer is desperate for it.
The media mogul would kill for it. The CIA will eliminate anyone who touches it.
The author will die for it. The agent is the one who controls it . . . but only until they find her.

When Chris Pavone’s first novel, The Expats, was published in 2012, it quickly became one of the most talked about debuts of the year. The incredibly intricate and sophisticated narrative received high praise from John Grisham, Olen Steinhauer, and Patricia Cornwell and reviews that drew comparisons to John le Carré and Graham Greene; was optioned for film; sold in 20 countries; debuted on the New York Times bestseller list; won both the Edgar and Anthony Awards for Best First Novel; and was gushed about by Malcolm Gladwell in his closing remarks at the Association of American Publishers annual meeting in 2012.

Now, in The Accident (Broadway Books; January 6, 2015), Pavone has done it again. From New York City and Los Angeles to Copenhagen and Zurich, he has penned a masterful thriller that has all the hallmarks that excited booksellers, bloggers, reviewers, and readers with his first novel: the methodical ratcheting up of suspense and high-end elegance that hooked thriller fans and literary readers alike; the wonderfully drawn characters with rich inner lives; the exoticism of Europe; and layers of secrets that plague all involved—not to mention a remarkably twisty ending.  

In New York, in the early dawn hours, literary agent Isabel Reed is reading frantically, turning the pages breathlessly. The manuscript—printed out, hand-delivered, and totally anonymous—is full of shocking revelations that could bring down one of the most powerful men in the world and initiate a tremendous scandal implicating multiple American presidents and CIA directors. This is what Isabel has been waiting for: a book that will help her move on from a painful past, a book that could reinvigorate her career . . . a book that will change the world.

In Copenhagen, career CIA operative Hayden Gray thinks he has finally located the elusive author and can eradicate the dangerous manuscript, but he finds himself increasingly drawn into an elite circle where politics, media, and business collide. On one hand, a powerful media mogul who has unlimited resources to get what he wants. On the other, a group of book professionals—an eager assistant, a flailing editor, an ambitious rights director, and a desperate publisher—who all see their personal salvations in this project. And in between, the author himself, hiding in shadowy anonymity in what he hopes is safe, quiet Zurich.

In this tangled web, no one knows who holds all the cards, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. An empire could crumble, careers could be launched or ruined, secrets could be unearthed, and innocent people could—and do—die.

Pavone, who has spent more than two decades in the book-publishing world as an acquisitions editor, copy editor, managing editor, and even as a ghostwriter before turning his attention to fiction, returns with a propulsive thriller that is just as captivating and riveting as his award-winning debut. Layered with tension and populated by exciting new characters, The Accident is gripping, sophisticated, and impossible to put down.


About the Author:

Chris Pavone’s debut novel, The Expats, was a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestseller, and winner of Edgar and Anthony Awards for Best First Novel. Pavone grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Cornell, was a book editor for nearly two decades, and has spent time as an expat in Luxembourg. He now lives in New York City with his wife and children.


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