I found "The Accident" to be the weakest of Pavone's three novels. I enjoyed the descriptions of the culture of publishing and its styles and mores interesting, and the characters were well defined, when thinking of some of the major characters. But the story itself was flimsy at best, in my view. There was a lot of racing around and technology for a high stakes chase, but there were other characters left hanging and the goals were somehow less compelling. I would have enjoyed learning more about the author's relationship with the agent; the ending was not very satisfying in terms of their futures. It was as if the storyline was taken hostage by the whiz bang gizmos of bringing the story to a rather flat conclusion. The book would have been stronger, in my view, if the political element had been played up, for example, if the publisher had known of and was determined to thwart the political career of the subject of the book. Maybe the common goal of the characters, greed, wasn't enough to sustain the story.
Chris Pavone knows how to keep readers turning the page...or swiping their tablets until the wee hours of the morning. However you read these days, it is well worth your time and dollars to purchase The Accident and Pavone's other spy thrillers. He is at the top of the genre at the moment. Not only is there action from page one, he also has crafted really well thoughtout sentences that you will want to reread for their spot-on observations of some of the little things in life. The Accident is not only action-packed, but it also develops relationships between the characters, sometimes in surprising twists, in a way that has you routing for them to survive--even the bad guys...or who you think might be the bad guy.
I have really loved all Pavone's books and enjoy the fact that some of my favorite characters cross over from one story to the next.
I can't wait until his next one is released. He has created a new fan of spy novels in me.
Victoria Allman Author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain
Author Chris Pavone describes a main character in “The Accident” as being more like a fast-food hamburger than a four-star meal.
Seems to me that’s a pretty good way to talk about Pavone’s latest thriller, a somewhat tasty morsel, but without a whole lot of substance, nuance or lasting flavor. Not something you’re going to savor long in your memory.
Day breaks and over the course of what to me is one stupendously contrived 24-hour period, an author-in-hiding in Zurich frets over the manuscript of his tell-all book. His is a book that – if truth wins out – represents a grave threat to world order as well as to some powerful individuals, corporations and governments.
The author-in-hiding was both an insider and participant in a mess of serious double-dealing that he has now chronicled in his manuscript, “The Accident.” But now he’s the apologist, motivated by remorse, but more so by the soul-cleansing redemption that coming clean promises.
In Copenhagen, New York, and other global locales, CIA spooks along with power-brokers working in the media, literary and publishing world are also thinking – obsessing – over the manuscript. These government and publishing predators either hope to cash in on the book’s publication, or are threatened with ruin if “The Accident” makes it to print.
Two camps exist: those who hope to gain if the book is published and those who will kill to prevent its publication. For me, each camp is populated with characters as one-dimensional as cardboard cutouts. All of them are wily, witty and wise but all in the same manner, acting and speaking as if cut from the same cloth; as a result it’s difficult to keep straight who’s talking. There’s a long list of characters. Nearly all the characters are expendable and too often for my taste someone seems to be introduced so he or she can be summarily erased, violently. I lost tab but there’s an extremely high body count. (A fun exercise might be to tally the actual number of corpses. My guess is you’ll be surprised at how many there are.)
The one person we are led to care for most is Isabel Reed, a literary agent who is reading the final pages of “The Accident” as the book begins. You’ll need to stick with the book until the final pages to learn if Isabel is among the survivors and if the manuscript that has already buried so many makes its way into print.
Pavone sets out to take you on a thrill ride. And, okay, the pages did seem to flip rather quickly. But, depending on your tolerance for the implausible, he delivers a book that’s hard to put down or one you’ll be tempted to throw across the room. In a word: Far-fetched
Great plot tho a bit confusing. I found myself having to reread to be sure of the time each section was written in. The descriptions in the book are amazing. Long strung together lists of everything in the area or everything being thought. You have to read it to know what I mean. Also very apt though surprising choice of words. Nothing trite or common. Also there isn't really a main character. The point of view jumps around from person to person. This can cause some confusion. Who is this talking now? Overall I enjoyed the book