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A New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller! 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:
  • Patrick Kenzie vs. Harry Bosch 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 Pendergast in "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.
  • A New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller! 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:
  • Patrick Kenzie vs. Harry Bosch 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 Pendergast in "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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    About the Author-
    • David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling novelist. With his books published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, and with over 110 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favorite storytellers. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www.DavidBaldacci.com, and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.
    Reviews-
    • Publisher's Weekly

      April 7, 2014
      A clever concept distinguishes this anthology sponsored by the International Thriller Writers. Each of the 11 stories pairs well-known series characters created by different authors, sometimes in adversarial but more often in collegial ways, and almost always effectively. Complementary heroes include John Lescroart’s Wyatt Hunt and T. Jefferson Parker’s Joe Trona, who share adventure in “Silent Hunt.” Others are far-from-obvious matches, like Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme and John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport, who join forces in the longest entry, “Rhymes with Prey.” Steve Martini’s prosecutor Paul Madriani and Linda Fairstein’s defense attorney cross swords in “Surfing the Panther,” but end up wielding their weapons for the same cause. The strangest pairing is in “Gaslighted,” featuring R.L. Stine’s ventriloquist dummy, Slappy, and Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s FBI agent, Aloysius Pendergast. Other notable duos include Lee Child’s Jack Reacher with Joseph Finder’s Nick Heller in “Good and Valuable Consideration”; M.J. Rose’s Malachai Samuels and Lisa Gardner’s D.D. Warren in “The Laughing Buddha”; and Ian Rankin’s John Rebus with Peter James’s Roy Grace in “In the Nick of Time.” This idea is so good it demands a sequel, perhaps one that reaches beyond the U.S., the U.K., and Canada for contributors. Agent: Dan Conaway, Writers House.

    • Publisher's Weekly

      July 28, 2014
      This anthology, in which members of the International Thriller Writers society double up on 11 short mysteries featuring their famous protagonists in tandem, is both gimmicky and intriguing—and surprisingly testosterone-soaked. All but two of the tales feature male bonding. Dennis Boutsikaris’s tough, verging-on-cynical voice stands in for the lion’s share of the protagonists, including Jeffrey Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme and John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport, in the longest, and most entertaining, entry, “Rhymes with Prey.” Narrator Dylan Baker scores with two fantasy-mystery duets, adding Southern-tinged sarcasm to “Infernal Night,” in which F. Paul Wilson’s Repairman Jack and Heather Graham’s Michael Quinn meet in a New Orleans cemetery, then using a suspenseful whisper for “Gaslighted,” a nightmarish thriller with Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s Aloysius Pendergast and Slappy, R.L. Stine’s ventriloquist’s dummy—by far the anthology’s oddest coupling. Narrator January LaVoy easily handles the women protagonists; she adds a thick Boston accent to Det. D.D. Warren and a brittle, energetic pacing for a N.Y.C. prosecutor. A Simon & Schuster hardcover.

    • Library Journal

      May 15, 2014

      Since 2006, the International Thriller Writers (ITW) organization has published multiple anthologies (Thriller, edited by James Patterson; Love Is Murder, edited by Sandra Brown) and audiobooks to become self-supporting. This one-of-a-kind collection consists of 11 stories featuring 22 authors--all ITW members--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. Lee Child's Jack Reacher and Joseph Finder's Nick Heller tag-team an interception with disaster while watching baseball on TV in a bar. Dennis Lehane's Patrick Kenzie joins Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch on a cold case in Boston. In the story written by R.L. Stine, with Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Slappy the ventriloquist dummy is pitted against Aloysius Pendergast in a disturbing psychological thriller. Steve Martini writes with Linda Fairstein to unite Paul Madriani and Alexandra Cooper in a drama about a stolen statue. VERDICT 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!--Susan Carr, Edwardsville P.L., IL

      Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

    • Kirkus

      July 1, 2014
      Dennis Lehane's Patrick Kenzie, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, Ian Rankin's John Rebus and Lee Child's Jack Reacher are among the popular sleuths who mix it up in this story anthology from the International Thriller Writers trade group.Editor Baldacci stages 11 collaborations between leading mystery writers. Some of the character pairings are logical: It's easy enough for Rebus to travel from Edinburgh to London to collaborate with Peter James' Roy Grace on an odd cold case-an ailing survivor of the 1960s gang wars between the Mods and Rockers wants to be tried for a murder he says he committed back then. But a humorous meeting between the eternally wandering Reacher and Joseph Finder's Boston investigator Nick Heller is sheer happenstance. They end up in a Beantown bar seated on opposite sides of a nervous Joe whose life has been threatened by Albanian mobsters. Being that many of these authors have rather similar styles, blending them is less of a challenge than one might think. Ultimately, the appeal of the stories depends on the liveliness of the writing. Among the winners is a pairing of Jeffery Deaver's forensic specialist Lincoln Rhyme (and partner Amelia Sachs) and John Sandford's profiler Lucas Davenport (and Lily Rothenburg) on a case involving a sadistic sex criminal. Another standout brings together lesser-known figures: Raymond Khoury's FBI man Sean Reilly and Linwood Barclay's building contractor Glen Garber (used only once before). The other duos are R.L. Stine (bringing a fictional wild card to the party with Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy) and Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child; M.J. Rose and Lisa Gardner; Steve Martini and Linda Fairstein; Heather Graham and F. Paul Wilson; John Lescroart and T. Jefferson Parker; and Steve Berry and James Rollins.Promoting "face-offs" pitting one author against another makes no sense since the goal here is cohesion. That said, this anthology handles its concept well.

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    • Booklist

      May 1, 2014
      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 1 pair, it would be pretty darn cool, but 11 pairs? Way cool. Start with the dream duo of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch and Dennis Lehane's Patrick Kenzie. Bosch is in Boston working a 15-year-old murder case when he spots another guy staking out the suspect's address; naturally, the other guy is Kenzie. Another stellar pairing finds John Sandford's Lucas Davenport, a world-class wiseass, joining forces with Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme, who doesn't suffer fools, gladly or otherwise. Other notable pairings include Lee Child's Jack Reacher teamed with Joseph Finder's Nick Heller, and Ian Rankin's John Rebus alongside Peter James' Roy Grace. Baldacci includes backstory for each entry and biographies of all the contributors. Great fun for thriller fans.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

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