Edge

Edge

A Novel

Book - 2013 | First Pocket Books trade paperback edition.
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Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations--the FBI and CIA among them--lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection.

Crafting a chilling mind puzzle packed with "nifty new tricks" ( Publishers Weekly ), Jeffery Deaver lifts the curtain of a clandestine intelligence agency, pitting two "ingenious" ( Library Journal ) opponents in a high-stakes volley of brilliant wits and calculated risks with deadly consequences.

Henry Loving is a lifter, hired to get information by any means--including torture. His expertise is in getting an "edge" by kidnapping or threatening someone close to his principal, exerting pressure until they cave. When Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes Loving's target, the job of keeping Kessler's family alive falls to a senior federal protection officer named Corte, who lost a friend to Loving's ruthless machinations six years earlier. As Corte and his team race to counter Loving, the lifter moves in on his prey--and Corte must choose between protecting his charges and exposing them to a killer in the name of long-awaited revenge.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Pocket Books, 2013.
Edition: First Pocket Books trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781476726427
1476726426
9781439156353
Branch Call Number: DEA
Characteristics: 397 pages

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cambridgedon
Jul 20, 2018

Leave it to Deaver to come up with an entertaining story even without his star characters and/or heavy reliance on forensics. It's also realistic that the good guys are not too far ahead of the bad guys and, sometimes tragically, even behind. It's well-crafted and moves along at a steady clip.

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canary35
Jun 04, 2012

I kept reading Jeffrey Deaver’s “Edge” hoping that there would be something more. There wasn’t. Not because Mr. Deaver can’t write. Not because it wasn’t inventive enough. Not because the twist at the end was expected. It was a report, not a story. Yes, I think that’s it.

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bette108
Nov 11, 2011

Not his best in my view, but a quick read. Some of the plot seemed unbelievable, and I found the ultimate "why" implausible - it didn't seem 'big enough' to warrant the terror.

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WMP
Jul 25, 2011

Did not like the style of writing. found that to much time was spent on terminology that made it boring even though the story was fairly good.

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ENFPWOMAN
Jul 03, 2011

An ok effort by Deaver. The overall theme of gaming might be interesting to someone who grew up playing video games, or an obsessed collector of whatever, but I found it too intensely focussed on this one theme. The plot felt contrived and rushed... confusing at times, boring at others. Poor character development and inclusion... ie the loose canon sister. Maybe Deaver needs a break to get his edge back...

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DL7173
Mar 14, 2011

Others liked it, so I tried - but it was too complicated for my old brain!

debwalker Jan 11, 2011

A tense nail-biter about the standoff between a psycopathic professional killer and a federal protection officer. Vintage Deaver.

gwsuperfan Jan 02, 2011

Good to see Deaver branching out again beyond Lincoln Rhyme and Catherine Dance. Deaver's storytelling talents being combined with a protagonist who lives his life by applied game theory makes for a good mix.

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pmoloney
Nov 23, 2010

Enjoyed this book. The idea of an shadow gov't organization that protects the "unprotectable" makes for an interesting premise. Add to that mixture, layers of who is really being protected and why, plus the determination of the "lifter" -- it's a book that I've read late into the night.

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