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 day, these lives will 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 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, author of The Paris Wife
“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, author of Defending Jacob
“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, author of Paranoia and Suspicion
“[A] hire-wire thriller . . . the suspense is palpable.”
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY starred review
“Many readers will read this one through the night.”
—BOOKLIST, starred review
“Pavone knows the formula for a best-seller and keeps the reader turning the pages.”
“This New York Times bestselling author has certainly outdone himself with this amazing thriller that is truly impossible for the reader to put down . . . Full of constant surprises . . . A truly great read.”
Chris Pavone’s first novel, THE EXPATS, was a New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and international bestseller, as well as winner of Edgar and Anthony awards for best first novel. Chris grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Cornell, and was a book editor for nearly two decades, as well as an expat in Luxembourg briefly, but now lives again in New York City with his wife and children.