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Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide!

In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters—such as Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme—in an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW). All of the contributors to FaceOff are ITW members, and the stories feature these dynamic duos:

  • Harry Boschvs.Patrick Kenzie in “Red Eye,” by Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly
  • John Rebus vs. Roy Grace in “In the Nick of Time,” by Ian Rankin and Peter James
  • Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergastin “Gaslighted,” by R. L. Stine, Douglas Preston, and Lincoln Child
  • Malachai Samuels vs. D. D. Warren in “The Laughing Buddha,” by M. J. Rose and Lisa Gardner
  • Paul Madriani vs. Alexandra Cooper in “Surfing the Panther,” by Steve Martini and Linda Fairstein
  • Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport in “Rhymes with Prey,” by Jeffery Deaver and John Sandford
  • Michael Quinn vs. Repairman Jack in “Infernal Night,” by Heather Graham and F. Paul Wilson
  • Sean Reilly vs. Glen Garber in “Pit Stop,” by Raymond Khoury and Linwood Barclay
  • Wyatt Hunt vs. Joe Trona in “Silent Hunt,” by John Lescroart and T. Jefferson Parker
  • Cotton Malone vs. Gray Pierce in “The Devil’s Bones,” by Steve Berry and James Rollins
  • Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller in “Good and Valuable Consideration,” by Lee Child and Joseph Finder

So sit back and prepare for a rollicking ride as your favorite characters go head-to-head with some worthy opponents in FaceOff—it’s a thrill-a-minute read.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Take twenty-three of the world’s most famous thriller writers and pair off their renowned characters in eleven short stories, and the end result is a marvelous anthology. This innovative concept entertains as each author works in concert with another to deliver a story worth every word on the page. Most pairings are unlikely, which makes them all the more enjoyable.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)

  • “This one-of-a-kind collection consists of eleven stories featuring twenty-two authors…who pair off to present their iconic characters together in the same tale, whether a mystery, a courtroom drama, or an edge-of-your-seat, fast-paced thriller, with rip-roaring success…This concept for an anthology is unique, and readers familiar with the characters will jump right into these stories. For new readers, Baldacci includes an introduction to each story that quickly defines the main players. Highly recommended for all!”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A clever concept distinguishes this anthology sponsored by the International Thriller Writers. Each of the eleven stories pairs well-known series characters created by different authors, sometimes in adversarial but more often in collegial ways…This idea is so good it demands a sequel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This latest anthology from the International Thriller Writers is a feast for both fans of the genre and audiobooks in general…The impressive cast of accomplished narrators will be familiar to audio buffs, and the broad range of accents and vocal quality they bring to the performances lets each of their distinctive personalities shine. David Baldacci’s introductions add helpful insight and background on the authors and their alter egos…This satisfying collection should not be missed.”

    AudioFile

  • “Baldacci and the International Thriller Writers have cobbled together what can only be called a thriller reader’s ultimate fantasy. How cool would it be if a pair of celebrated crime-fiction protagonists, the creations of different authors, teamed up together on a case, in a story jointly penned by the two writers? Even if it was just one pair, it would be pretty darn cool, but eleven pairs? Way cool…Great fun for thriller fans.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An iTunes Top Seller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
  • Nominated for the 2015 Audie Award for Short Stories/Collections
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About the Narrators

Daniel Gerroll is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and award-winning British actor who has many Broadway productions to his credit. He studied law and philosophy at Nottingham University and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and has won an Obie Award for sustained excellence in theater.

Jeremy Bobb is an accomplished actor whose film credits include You Don’s Know Jack, Boy Wonder, and The Wolf of Wall Street. He has performed in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Is He Dead? and Cactus Flower.

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W.Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.

Dylan Baker is an American stage, screen, and television actor. He attended Georgetown Prep and William and Mary College before earning his BFA at Southern Methodist University, where his passion for acting was ignited with numerous stage roles. Later refining his talents at Yale’s School of Drama, Baker turned professional with big screen roles in movies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Delirious, and Love Potion No. 9.

January LaVoy is an American actress best known for her character Noelle Ortiz on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. In addition to working extensively in television, including roles on Law & Order and All My Children, LaVoy has worked on and off Broadway as well as in regional theater. She currently works and resides in New York.

David Baldacci is one of the most popular novelists in the world, with more than 110 million copies of his books in print. He and his wife are the founders of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He lives with his family in Virginia.