Back in April, New York Times bestselling novelist Jeffery Deaver left his long-time publisher, Grand Central Publishing (a division of Hachette) and signed a three-book deal with Putnam. Now, his first book with the Penguin imprint has been announced, and rather than continue his popular Lincoln Rhymes series, Deaver will instead introduce readers to an all-new character named Colter Shaw.
Shaw, who has a knack for locating missing persons, especially where there’s a big reward on the line, will investigate a kidnapping turned murder in The Never Game. See the cover art and plot details below!
Colter Shaw is an itinerate “reward-seeker,” traveling the country to help police solve crimes and private citizens locate missing persons.
When he learns of a reward for a missing college student in Silicon Valley, he takes the job. The investigation quickly thrusts him into the dark heart of Silicon Valley and the cutthroat billion-dollar video gaming industry–and then a second kidnapping happens…and this victim turns up dead. The clues soon point to one video game, The Never Game, in which the player has to survive after being left abandoned. Is a madman bringing that game to life? If so, Shaw has to stop him before he strikes again…and before he figures out that Shaw is on his trail.
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.
While Colter Shaw sounds interesting, fans on the fence or feeling bummed out about not getting a new Rhyme book in 2019 can rest assured that Lincoln will return in 2020 and beyond, as Deaver’s current deal calls for at least two more novels in that series, and a short-story collection, over the next few years.
Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.