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The Accident | [Chris Pavone]

The Accident

As dawn approaches in New York, 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. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of an unexpected gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life, trying to atone for a lifetime’s worth of lies and betrayals with publication of The Accident, while always looking over his shoulder.
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-winning The Expats

As dawn approaches in New York, 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. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of an unexpected gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life, trying to atone for a lifetime’s worth of lies and betrayals with publication of The Accident, while always looking over his shoulder.

Over the course of one long, desperate, increasingly perilous day, these lives collide as the book begins its dangerous march toward publication, toward saving or ruining careers and companies, placing everything at risk - and everyone in mortal peril. The rich cast of characters - in publishing and film, politics and espionage - are all forced to confront the consequences of their ambitions, the schisms between their ideal selves and the people they actually became.

The action rockets around Europe and across America, with an intricate web of duplicities stretching back a quarter-century to a dark winding road in upstate New York, where the shocking truth about the accident itself is buried.

Gripping, sophisticated, layered, and impossible to put down, The Accident proves once again that Chris Pavone is a true master of suspense.

©2014 Chris Pavone (P)2014 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"[A] high-wire thriller.... The suspense is palpable." (Publishers Weekly)

"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)

"The world of book publishing has never been more perilous or mesmerizing than in Chris Pavone’s dizzyingly good follow-up to The Expats. The dark eruption of long-buried secrets, complex betrayals further snagged by sex and greed, and 11th-hour desperate gambits for reinvention all propel a whirlwind story that will keep you up way past your bedtime. Crafty, stylish, satisfying." (Paula McLain, New York Times best-selling author of The Paris Wife)

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    Dorothy 03-16-14
    Dorothy 03-16-14
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    Any additional comments?

    I would like to begin by saying, I finished listening. This book is fine enough entertainment. However, there was something slightly annoying about the book and I have been thinking about it in order to write this review, trying to distill what irritated me about "The Accident" and this is what I have landed upon:

    The author's writing style has what I would liken to a verbal tick or twitch - he has a tendency to write in laundry lists. I don't have a specific quote but he tends to go off on list like tangents (this is my own example) "she drove down the street, by the lawns where the kids played, with the lemonade stands and the the sprinklers and the yard men raking grass clippings and the ….. " these lists go on and on. And it happens over and over throughout the book. I think this is lazy writing. Also, these lists all seem have a judgmental tone to them, in fact the whole book seems to be judgmental of having an affluent life style in general. New York is portrayed as soulless, the publishing industry is hopeless, everything is grim and the people greedy, card board cutouts.

    As for the characters - I did not like anyone in this book. They were either two dimensional or just irritating stereotypes. The book feels like a grown up Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys with an edge. Part of this may be due to the narrator. While she has a nice voice to listen to, I can't quite decide if it is the writing style that made her voice sound pretentious, or her reading style that made the writing sound pretentious. There is a whine in there somewhere.

    I figured out what was what plot wise very early on. Yet, in spite of all this, I finished. Writing this review a day later, it does feel a little like having eaten a meal of Chinese food, it leaves you kind of empty afterwards. So, if you want a kind of quick, fun-ish, implausible corporate spy sort of story to listen to on your trip to and from your beach house, this might be a good choice. However, I don't think I will choose another book by this author.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 03-25-14
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Twists and turns and twists"

    While not quite as fun as "The Expats," I have to say that I can't wait until Chris Pavone's next novel. When "The Accident" starts, you think you know it all -- an anonymous book has been written telling a Big Fat Secret from a media mogul's past life; people will do anything to make sure the book never gets published. OK, you say, how can this story go on for X-number of hours?...Then the plot twists and turns. Connections are made and broken. While I agree with the reviewer who said that the characters were mostly unlikable (and some way too superficial), "The Accident" kept me entertained from beginning to end. The anonymous book in the novel, "The Accident," is supposed to be a book the reader can't put down...and Chris Pavone's "The Accident" comes close to being that as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James columbus, OH, United States 04-08-14
    James columbus, OH, United States 04-08-14 Member Since 2006

    sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.

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    "Too difficult to get into"

    This book was very hard to get into. It did not grab me or keep my attention. Not for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 03-21-14
    Anne 03-21-14
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    "Devilishly clever"

    Intricately plotted, a near perfect mystery/thriller and pretty well written within that genre, it is painful to have to interrupt listening. You will NEVER guess the ending. Narration is very good as well.

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    Perry albany, OR, United States 08-18-14
    Perry albany, OR, United States 08-18-14 Member Since 2010

    Perry Martin is an American Audio Book Reviewer. I listen to 3-4 books a week as a long haul truck driver. I review so you don't have to.

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    "Publishing Can be Murder"

    Chris Pavone's Second Audiobook "The Accident" narrated by Mozhan Marrno Published by Crown and Random House Audio is a thriller that takes place in the cut throat publishing world.

    Isabel Reed is a literary agent who is reading through a manuscript titled "The Accident" that shows up via a messenger service written by Anonymous. Isabel knows by reading the first page if the book is worth spending any more time with. Most books never make it past page one.

    This book keeps Isabel's attention as she flips page after page until she reaches the end. This book is a masterpiece. A book that will take her to the top of her profession. If only she can stay alive long enough to have it published.

    Anonymous may or may not have written this manuscript alone, but it's main character is a real person who will stop at nothing to keep "The Accident" from ever being published.

    With only one paper copy of this manuscript it should be easy to track down and recover. Little do they know the the literary world is full of copy machines and theives. As the number of copies grows exponentially the thrill of this story begins. This story travels from coast to coast as the race to publish competes with the will of this autobiographical manuscript's lead who will do what ever it takes, even kill, to recover "The Accident" and keep it out of the eye of the public and law enforcement.

    The Accident is a thriller like no other, within a world few book lovers will ever see. The audio production and expression of Mozhan Marrno takes you inside the mind and world of the publishing world and all of her characters. A must listen on Audible.com

    This book was purchased by me for review from Audible.com

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie United States 04-13-14
    Debbie United States 04-13-14 Member Since 2013

    Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..

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    Would you listen to The Accident again? Why?

    No. It was long. Not a book I would read again.


    If you’ve listened to books by Chris Pavone before, how does this one compare?

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    Which scene was your favorite?

    None memorable


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Cut cut cut! Refine plot. Speed it up!


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent writing which kept me going. Too many characters that were too poorly differentiated for me. Pace too slow. Plot ultimately average. The ending? It was either one of those: "Reader decide what it meant" or over my head. Throughout I wanted to beg, scream... For a talented editor! Could have been a great book. Prologue? If had not existed, I would have ceased reading in chapter one or two.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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