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Elevator Pitch: A Novel

Elevator Pitch: A Novel

by Linwood Barclay

Narrated by Johnathan McClain

Unabridged — 12 hours, 52 minutes

Linwood Barclay
Elevator Pitch: A Novel

Elevator Pitch: A Novel

by Linwood Barclay

Narrated by Johnathan McClain

Unabridged — 12 hours, 52 minutes

Linwood Barclay

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Overview

The New York Times best-selling author of A Noise Downstairs and No Time for Goodbye returns with an edge-of-your-seat thriller that does for elevators what Psycho did for showers and Jaws did for the beach — a heart-pounding tale in which a series of disasters paralyzes New York City with fear.

It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world — and the nation's capital of media, finance, and entertainment — is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it's working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men in women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.

Who is behind this? Why are they doing it? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers before the city's newest, and tallest, residential tower has its Friday night ribbon-cutting.

With each diabolical twist, Linwood Barclay ratchets up the suspense, building to a shattering finale. Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible...and will chill listeners to the bone.

Bonus: Stay tuned at the end to hear a crowdsourced interview with the author.



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From the Publisher

Read Elevator Pitch as soon as possible. It’s one hell of a suspense novel.” — Stephen King

“This novel moves as fast as a falling elevator and hits with just as much force. Linwood Barclay is a stone cold pro and Elevator Pitch is a shameless good time.” — Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman and Strange Weather

“Barclay [is] always good for a touch of cardiac arrest. . . . Chilling . . . wildly inventive and really scary.” — New York Times Book Review

“Mr. Barclay’s books are distinguished by wit and startling twists. In Elevator Pitch, he surpasses himself with a premise suited for the big screen, a plot filled with stunning surprises—and an ending that leaves the reader greatly satisfied.” — Wall Street Journal

“A vivid story with a compelling cast of characters mixed with a truly terrifying scenario. . . . Barclay has crafted a great thriller with a surprising ending and readers will sweat a little the next time they get on an elevator.” — Associated Press

“Barclay’s latest combines an engrossing, fast-moving, well-twisted modern-day plot with believable characters. Fans of psychological thrillers and the author’s previous books will love this.” — Library Journal (starred review)

Elevator Pitch is a white-knuckled ride of a book with twists on every level and an unforgettable cast of characters brought to life with Linwood Barclay’s signature flair and acuity. I gulped it down.” — Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew and The Nanny

“An all stops-out thriller that will keep readers’ pulses pounding, particularly those of the acrophobes among us.” — Booklist

“Gripping. . . . Readers who live on high floors will glance nervously toward the nearest stairs as they tear through this exciting thriller.” — Publishers Weekly

Gilly Macmillan

Elevator Pitch is a white-knuckled ride of a book with twists on every level and an unforgettable cast of characters brought to life with Linwood Barclay’s signature flair and acuity. I gulped it down.

Joe Hill

This novel moves as fast as a falling elevator and hits with just as much force. Linwood Barclay is a stone cold pro and Elevator Pitch is a shameless good time.

Stephen King

Read Elevator Pitch as soon as possible. It’s one hell of a suspense novel.

Associated Press

A vivid story with a compelling cast of characters mixed with a truly terrifying scenario. . . . Barclay has crafted a great thriller with a surprising ending and readers will sweat a little the next time they get on an elevator.

Wall Street Journal

Mr. Barclay’s books are distinguished by wit and startling twists. In Elevator Pitch, he surpasses himself with a premise suited for the big screen, a plot filled with stunning surprises—and an ending that leaves the reader greatly satisfied.

New York Times Book Review

Barclay [is] always good for a touch of cardiac arrest. . . . Chilling . . . wildly inventive and really scary.

Booklist

An all stops-out thriller that will keep readers’ pulses pounding, particularly those of the acrophobes among us.

Booklist

An all stops-out thriller that will keep readers’ pulses pounding, particularly those of the acrophobes among us.

Wall Street Journal

Mr. Barclay’s books are distinguished by wit and startling twists. In Elevator Pitch, he surpasses himself with a premise suited for the big screen, a plot filled with stunning surprises—and an ending that leaves the reader greatly satisfied.

Library Journal

★ 09/01/2019

On Monday, an elevator erases all the floor numbers selected by its passengers, rises rapidly to the top of a 40-story New York City building, and then plummets unimpeded to the basement, killing its four passengers, one of whom is a former intern to journalist Barbara Matheson, a critic of New York mayor Richard Headley. Later the same day, an elevator technician is found dead on the High Line, murdered the previous night. On Tuesday, another elevator "accident" decapitates a famous Russian scientist, and the tabloids and TV talking heads begin to scream. By this time, NYPD detectives Jerry Bournique and Lois Delgado have learned that these fatal events are connected, and the city is in a full-scale panic. Who is responsible? Terrorists? HAL-like computers that have taken control of the many banks of elevators? Attention first turns to the Flyovers, a radical group out for revenge on coastal cities, and then upon the mayor's son. Barclay's latest (A Noise Downstairs) combines an engrossing, fast-moving, well-twisted modern-day plot with believable characters. VERDICT Fans of psychological thrillers and the author's previous books will love this. Warning: it might leave some readers a bit uncomfortable next time they enter an elevator. [See Prepub Alert, 3/11/19.]—Vicki Gregory, Sch. of Information, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa

Product Details

BN ID: 2940170152582
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/11/2021
Edition description: Unabridged

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