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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,615 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffery Deaver Narrator: Anthony Deaver Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781598877090
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When convicted murderer and paranoid schizophrenic Michael Hrubek escapes from the New England Hospital for the Criminally Insane, there is one person he especially wants to see: Lis Atcheson, forty-year-old high school English teacher, cultivator of roses—and the chief witness at his trial. As Michael pursues Lis, several others hunt Michael: Trenton Heck, a professional tracker in need of the reward money; Richard Kohler, Michael’s psychiatrist with secrets of his own to hide; Dr. Ronald Adler, head of the hospital, whose plush job is threatened by Michael’s escape; and Owen Atcheson, Lis’s husband, who is determined to reach Michael and kill him—before Michael reaches Lis.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 2/18/2014

    " This book was a bit of a surprise. I expected it to be well written, as usual with Deaver, but I was expecting a detective sort of story. This was more of a suspense crime-in-action sort of thing. Every time I thought I had things figured out the plot twisted slightly and the end result was both surprising and satisfying! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jkklarson | 2/7/2014

    " I really liked this book ... and unlike so many books, I did not see the end coming! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion Vinette | 2/4/2014

    " Another good read from Deaver. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dylan Crain | 1/27/2014

    " One of the most suspenseful endings I've ever experienced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Discovery College | 1/16/2014

    " For mature readers. This is a good holiday read with at big twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 1/14/2014

    " This was a tremendous story! Deaver's' story begins when Michael Hrubek escapes from a mental institution, and follows the separate tales of Hrubeck, the police, the hospital staff, and Hrubeck's intended target as the chase is on. Not only were all storylines interesting, but the ending was great too! Looking forward to one day hearing that this book will be made into a movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nic | 1/13/2014

    " Really good book. You never know who the killer is until the last few pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 1/4/2014

    " Although I didn't enjoy this as much as Devils Teardrop it was still a very good thriller with good characters and a twisty storyline, the only downside was that it was a bit slower in parts but it still pushed you to finish it so I can forgive Deaver for the odd breather "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 12/20/2013

    " Gripping suspense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meesh | 12/16/2013

    " So so hard to read. I hated it until midway and even at that point I think I liked it because it was almost over. I thought this was going to be an engaging quick read but no. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 11/26/2013

    " Suspense/thriller that is well up to his usual standard. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mariah Steinmetz | 11/22/2013

    " Not good, I didn't even finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Lou | 11/6/2013

    " Began okay, but the more I read the more I wanted to stop. Never finished it. Became uninteresting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 10/23/2013

    " Nice book, nice twist, overall just good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manda | 11/6/2012

    " Wow! I was not expecting the ending to this one at all! I liked this ending a lot more than what I thought was going to happen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbra | 10/2/2012

    " Tried to read this but just couldn't get into it. Maybe I have been spoilt by the Lincoln Rhyme books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liske | 8/3/2012

    " Though I like Jeffery Deaver's writing, I just couldn't get into this book. It wasn't gripping, and I really struggled to get through it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 6/3/2012

    " Not as enjoyable as Deaver's other books, but still worth the read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 3/26/2012

    " Interesting twist...Didn't see it coming until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B.j. Thompson | 1/8/2012

    " A psychotic killer on the loose, hunting down the woman who testified against him in court to put him behind bars. Another fairly decent story, good twists and turns along the way, but I think I have read too many of these kinds of books and am starting to get bored with all of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Jane | 10/14/2011

    " This was a typical Deaver book. It was a fast-paced suspense with a few surprises thrown in. It was a quick read for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/4/2011

    " Hey, I don't CARE if this is just cheap pulpy writing. I enjoyed it! The characters are wonderful and the story's fun too. a creepy delight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spellcheck | 8/17/2011

    " Gripping, tense... Had trouble reading this before bed. Perhaps too many twists to be believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms Sun | 6/8/2011

    " thought i had it figured in mid-book ... then, thought i had it figured by 3/4 ... wow! totally surprised! different storyline .... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise MacDonald | 5/3/2011

    " Lots of twists and turns, very surprising plots twists. It was a good story despite being a bit draggy at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms | 1/5/2011

    " thought i had it figured in mid-book ... then, thought i had it figured by 3/4 ... wow! totally surprised! different storyline .... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekkila | 8/1/2010

    " What could be more dangerous than an excaped mental patient?
    Your Husband "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Jane | 8/24/2009

    " This was a typical Deaver book. It was a fast-paced suspense with a few surprises thrown in. It was a quick read for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dyan | 7/2/2009

    " I really enjoyed reading the two points of view in this book. This is one of my favorite Jeffrey Deaver books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 3/27/2009

    " Not as enjoyable as Deaver's other books, but still worth the read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 3/4/2009

    " Although I didn't enjoy this as much as Devils Teardrop it was still a very good thriller with good characters and a twisty storyline, the only downside was that it was a bit slower in parts but it still pushed you to finish it so I can forgive Deaver for the odd breather "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/5/2009

    " Hey, I don't CARE if this is just cheap pulpy writing. I enjoyed it! The characters are wonderful and the story's fun too. a creepy delight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tami | 11/17/2008

    " This is one of my favorite Jeffery Deaver books. As always, he suspensfully weaves an incredible story, and then with one quick turn of the page, unravels everything you thought you had figured out and sends the story off in a new direction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 11/1/2008

    " I had a hard time getting through this book. There were a lot of slow parts, but then something would happen that would draw you back in. Towards the end it got really good and had a great closing. "

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About the Author
Author Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of mystery and crime novels. His novels have won the Nero Wolfe Award, three Ellery Queen Readers’ Awards, a British Thumping Good Read Award, and the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and Short Story Dagger awards from the British Crime Writers’ Association. His The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association. The Cold Moon was named the Book of the Year by the Mystery Writers Association of Japan, as well as by Kono Mystery Wa Sugoi magazine. The Japanese Adventure Fiction Association awarded The Cold Moon and Carte Blanche their annual Grand Prix award. His novels have hit bestsellers lists around the world, including the New York Times, London Times, Los Angeles Times, the Milan Corriere della Sera, and Sydney Morning Herald. He received his BA in journalism from the University of Missouri and has a law degree from Fordham University. Since becoming a full-time writer in 1990, he has written over thirty-five books. Some of his novels have been made into films, including The Bone Collector starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.