The Bodies Left Behind, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


DEAVER. DANGEROUSLY GOOD.A spring night in a small town in Wisconsin.

A call to police emergency from a distant lake house is cut short.

Is it a phone glitch or something more sinister? Off-duty deputy Brynn McKenzie leaves her family's dinner table to find out...And stumbles onto the scene of a heinous murder. Before she can call for backup she finds herself the next potential victim.

Deprived of her phone, weapon and car, Brynn flees, along with the only survivor of the crime.These unlikely allies can survive only by escaping into the dense, deserted woods, on a desperate trek to safety. And ultimately to a life or death choice. Flight. Or fight?'Confirms his status as one of the finest crime writers in the world ...grabs the reader by the throat from the beginning.

Superb.' Independent on Sunday


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780340994030

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This book might as well be called ‘It Happened One Night’ since most of the action takes place in a 12 hour period during which the irritatingly know-it-all police deputy Brynn McKenzie attempts to escape from two professional hit men in a deserted Wisconsin forest. It’s a nice change from Deaver’s grumpy quadriplegic hero Lincoln Rhymes but The Bodies Left Behind reads like a short story that has been fleshed out and added to with twist upon twist followed by yet more twists, turning a decent action adventure into an unrealistic, contorted, overlong and overtly convoluted story with all the depth of a James Patterson special.

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