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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Pavone Narrator: Mozhan Marnò Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9780804165983
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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.

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  • “Mozhan Marno’s calm, analytical delivery works well with Pavone’s complex mystery. An anonymous manuscript that reveals powerful secrets falls into the lap of Isabel Reed, who is desperate to rekindle her career in the ever-more-crowded publishing industry. Marno keeps her characterizations clear but minimal throughout a large cast of individuals who span nearly three decades as the manuscript wreaks havoc across lives, careers, and continents. Marno does well differentiating the three parts of the story: the events of a dark night decades ago that lead to the concealment of the manuscript, the author’s attempt to hide out in Zurich, posing as an ordinary expat, and the text of the manuscript itself. The team of Marno and Pavone captivates in this mind-blowing mystery.”


  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Books of 2014
  • [Pavone is] a reliable new must-read in the world of thrillers. . . . You will want to finish The Accident at a nice, rapid clip to see how [the] pieces come together. . . . Unputdownable. The New York Times
  • A taut, bookish thriller. People
  • If you like real nail-biters, this is the best one so far this year. . . . Couldn’t put the damn thing down. Stephen King, on Twitter
  • Savvy. . . . [With] plenty of swift action and sudden twists. Wall Street Journal
  • Smart and stylish. . . . Thrill-a-minute. . . . The Accident never stumbles as it confidently and most entertainingly barrels forward toward shocking revelations and a bombshell of a finish. Chicago Tribune
  • A must-read…gripping. USA Today
  • Chris Pavone is the new best thing. The Accident proves the promise of The Expats. It is as intelligent and timely as it is relentless and gripping. Pavone is going to be around for a long time and now is the time to jump on the train. Michael Connelly
  • A fast-paced, airport-ready thriller. . . . Pavone writes well about the politics of modern publishing. Entertainment Weekly
  • The thriller-of-the-year. . . . Pavone’s characters seem genuine, with some flaws in the good guys and some virtues in the bad guys. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Maximum enjoyment at maximum speed. Dallas Morning News
  • A sly globetrotting spy thriller that gives new meaning to publish or perish. Family Circle
  • Tantalizing. . . . With terrific surprises and high-quality writing in this engaging thriller. Associated Press
  • Marvelous. . . . The deft plot globetrots and en route provides glamorous locales as well as twisty turns in suspense. New York Daily News
  • A propulsive A-train of a thrill ride and worthy successor to Pavone’s debut. Los Angeles Times
  • A fast-paced, dangerous ride. . . . That intricate plot [propels you] forward, twisting and turning right up to its final, ultimately satisfying conclusion. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • A clever, sophisticated mystery. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
  • [Pavone] has outdone himself with this amazing thriller. . . . Full of constant surprises [The Accident] is jam-packed with everything from media moguls to conspiracies. This is a truly great read! Suspense Magazine
  • Superb. . . . [Pavone] expertly draws readers along with well-timed clues and surprises. . . . An engineering marvel. Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Expertly and intricately plotted, with a story spiraling into disaster and a satisfyingly huge amount of double-crossing, The Expats certainly doesn’t feel like a first novel. This is an impressively assured entry to the thriller scene. The Guardian (London)
  • Refreshingly original. . . . Part Ludlum in the pacing, part Le Carré in the complexity of story and character, but mostly Chris Pavone. . . . A thriller so good that you wonder what other ideas [Pavone] has up his cloak, right alongside the obligatory dagger. The Star-Ledger
  • Amazing. . . . Impossible to put down. . . . Pavone invokes memories of the great writers of spy fiction of the past, and he has the chops to be mentioned with the best of them. Associated Press
  • A blast. . . . Pavone is spinning a fantastic tale with action that spans the globe. Dallas Morning News
  • Highly entertaining. Mystery Scene
  • Thoroughly enjoyable. Suspense Magazine
  • Hard to put down. San Francisco Bay Guardian
  • Stunningly assured. . . . An intricate, suspenseful plot that is only resolved in the final pages. Booklist (starred review)
  • Brilliant, insanely clever, and delectably readable. Library Journal (starred review)
  • Meticulously plotted, psychologically complex. . . . The sheer amount of bombshell plot twists are nothing short of extraordinary, but it’s Pavone’s portrayal of Kate and her quest to find meaning in her charade of an existence that makes this book such a powerful read. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Impressive. . . . With almost more double-crosses than a body can stand. Kirkus (starred review)
  • Bristling with suspense and elegantly crafted, The Expats introduces a compelling and powerful female protagonist you won't soon forget. Well done! Patricia Cornwell
  • I often thought I was again reading the early works of Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth, and Robert Ludlum. Smart, clever suspense, skillfully plotted, and a lot of fun to read. John Grisham
  • One of the best-written spy thrillers I've ever read. . . . A riveting story of great-game deceptions wrapped inside the smaller deceptions of marriage. At moments horrifying, hilarious, and very wise, The Expats has given Chris Pavone a permanent place on my short list of must-read authors. Olen Steinhauer
  • A gem. Clever, suspenseful with a jet fueled story that rockets from one corner of the globe to another, it is never less than a thrill a minute. . . . An absolute winner! Christopher Reich
  • Spy stories need to budge over to make space for Kate Moore—mother, wife, expat and far more than she appears. I loved her. Rosamund Lupton
  • Riveting. One of the most accomplished debuts of recent years: not just a worthy addition to the literature of espionage and betrayal, but a fine portrait of a marriage disintegrating under the pressure of secrets and lies. John Connolly
  • Chris Pavone's many fans will not be disappointed with The Accident, his fast-paced, twisting, smart follow-up to The Expats. Cleverly plotted, filled with surprises, a terrific read. William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob
  • 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 eleventh-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 bestselling author of The Paris Wife
  • Clever, sophisticated, and propulsive.  I am constantly awed by Chris Pavone's writing.  He's already one of the best in the thriller business. Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Paranoia and Suspicion
  • A high-wire thriller featuring a Wolfe-ian cast of characters. Vogue.com
  • [A] high-wire thriller. . . . The suspense is palpable. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • 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
  • Sly. . . . Pavone strengthens this book with a string of head-spinning revelations in its last pages. . . . The tireless scheming of all four principals truly exceeds all sane expectations. The New York Times
  • Bombshell-a-minute. . . . Pavone creates a fascinating, complicated hero. Entertainment Weekly
  • A gripping spy drama and an artful study of the sometimes cat-and-mouse game of marriage. Family Circle
  • Smartly executed. . . . Pavone is full of sharp insights into the parallels between political espionage and marital duplicity. . . . Thoroughly captivating. The New York Times Book Review
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, March 2014
  • Selected for the March 2014 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A March 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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About the Author
Author Chris PavoneChris Pavone grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Cornell. For nearly two decades he was a book editor, as well as the author of The Wine Log. Chris and his family spent some time living in Luxembourg, but recently returned to New York City. The Expats is his first novel.
About the Narrator

Mozhan Marnò is an Iranian American film and television actress, most notably appearing in Charlie Wilson’s War and Bones. Her audiobook narrations have won her four AudioFile Earphones Awards.