A Novel

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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.

Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless "lifter" hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary. While Loving is deft at torture, his expertise lies in getting an "edge" on his victim--leverage--usually by kidnapping or threatening family until the "primary" caves under pressure.

The job of keeping the Kessler family alive falls to a man named Corte, a senior federal protection officer known as a "shepherd." Uncompromising, relentlessly devoted to protecting those in his care and a passionate board game aficionado, he applies brilliant gaming strategy to his work. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving--the man who, six years earlier, had tortured and killed someone close to him--is also an opportunity to avenge his friend's death. The assignment soon escalates into a fast-paced duel between Corte and Loving, a dangerous volley of wits and calculated risks.

As he shepherds the Kesslers to a concealed safe house, Corte must anticipate Loving's every step as the lifter moves in on his prey, and with the help of razor-sharp investigator Claire DuBois and his longtime ally, FBI agent Paul Fredericks, pinpoint which of Kessler's seemingly insignificant cases has triggered Loving's return. As the team digs deeper, each of the Kesslers comes under close scrutiny, and in captivity their family bonds are stretched to the breaking point--as the lifter draws near, Corte must ultimately choose between protecting his charges and exposing them to a killer in the name of long-awaited revenge.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010
Edition: 1st S&S hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439156353
Branch Call Number: FIC Deav
Characteristics: 397 p


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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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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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