Synopses & Reviews
From the author of the New York Times
-bestselling and Edgar Award-winning The Expats
As dawn approaches, literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript, racing through the explosive revelations about powerful people, as well as long-hidden secrets about her own past. Soon the book, The Accident, will begin its dangerous march toward publication, toward saving or ruining careers and companies, threatening empires and lives.
Over the course of one long, desperate day, the manuscript will be pursued by Isabel’s eager assistant waiting for her big break, and an ambitious rights director searching for her golden parachute; by a larger-than-life film producer in L.A., and a struggling, conflicted publisher in New York; by a veteran editor, Isabel’s oldest friend, whose long-simmering affections for her might save her life; and by a wily CIA operative in Copenhagen, determined that this sweeping story be buried — right alongside the redemption-seeking author himself, hidden in a shadowy expat life in Zurich, protecting an intricate web of new truths and old lies, and the shocking reality of the accident itself.
Once again, Chris Pavone has crafted a masterful thriller: gripping, sophisticated, layered, and impossible to put down.
"The contents of The Accident, a manuscript submission by an anonymous author, shock New York literary agent Isabel Reed, the heroine of Pavone's high-wire thriller his second novel after 2012's well-received The Expats. Isabel worries that the revelations of this nonfiction work about Charlie Wolfe, a global media baron (think Rupert Murdoch crossed with Charles Foster Kane), pose a real danger. Her fears prove well founded as ruthless, powerful forces do whatever it takes to prevent the book's publication. The cold-blooded murder of someone close to Isabel is but the first of many. The cast of distinctive characters includes Hayden Gray, a Berlin-based 'cultural attaché' (i.e., spy), who orchestrates the effort to reclaim the manuscript; Camilla Glyndon-Browning, a subsidiary-rights director who tries to shop it to Hollywood; and, of course, the anonymous author himself. Despite the far-fetched conceit, Pavone makes the story credible, and the suspense is palpable. Agent: David Gernert, Gernert Company. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Pavone’s plot twists tirelessly, shifting focus among a large cast of well-drawn characters....Many readers will read this one through the night.” Booklist (starred review)
“[An] engaging thriller, driven by compelling portraits of desperate characters.” Library Journal
“Pavone knows the formula for a best-seller and keeps the reader turning the pages.” Kirkus
About the Author
Chris Pavone's novel The Expats was a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestseller, and winner of Edgar and Anthony awards for best first novel. Chris grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Cornell, and was a book editor for nearly two decades, as well as an expat in Luxembourg, but now lives again in New York City with his wife and children. The Accident is his second novel.