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Edge: A Novel by Jeffery Deaver

Edge: A Novel (edition 2010)

by Jeffery Deaver, Skipp Sudduth (Reader)

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Title:Edge: A Novel
Authors:Jeffery Deaver
Other authors:Skipp Sudduth (Reader)
Info:Simon & Schuster Audio (2010), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
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Edge by Jeffery Deaver

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SUMMARY: 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.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
This action packed, fast paced, heart-pounding brain-teaser pits two ruthless professionals against each other in a cat and mouse game. The suspense generated plays nifty tricks on your mind and every time someone new wanders across the page the atmosphere builds.

The storyline is narrated in the first person and has great plotting and a wonderful cast of characters. One of the main characters is a “shepherd” named Corte who is charged with protecting a principal named Ryan Kessler from a “lifter” named Henry Loving. (A shepherd is the person in charge of protecting another person (the principal) and the lifter is the person employed to interrogate and extract information from the principal by deadly force or using a family member or friends as leverage. It is challenging at first, there are a lot of acronyms and terms for us to get our heads around but once we get into the swing of things, we are adeptly provided with all the twists and counter-twists to keep us constantly on our toes, we never know what is coming next.

The task our hero, Corte, faces is not easy. We learn the Kessler family is a family with many problems and Ryan is no exception, he is cop with a drinking problem and a complex. Corte is faced by an ever-increasing number of distractions, complications in a deadly game as he and his opponent Henry Loving jostle for position from chapter to chapter.

This intellectual and psychological thriller gripped my attention from the very beginning and never let go. Corte, a board game aficionado and Loving a very capable nemesis each trying to outwit the other in a real-life game of chess using people as pawns proved to be intriguing, captivating and quite fulfilling from start to finish. It was my first experience reading this author and it will not be the last. ( )
  Tigerpaw70 | Nov 12, 2011 |
'Edge' is a stand-alone thriller about an American Protection Officer whose job is to keep safe anyone under threat. In his present assignment he is given the job of protecting a Washington police detective and his family from a killer and torturer whose name,strangely,is Loving. Our hero,Corte,is a complex man who does not quite ring true and the fact that he is a collector of board games struck me as being rather geeky considering his macho-man image. Yes I know it's all about games playing,but come on,board games.
There are several extremely exciting set-pieces as the story progresses but on the whole this is not one of Mr Deaver's better efforts. Come back Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance for goodness sake. ( )
  devenish | Jul 5, 2011 |
Once again Jeffery Deaver has crafted the perfect thriller.

As we follow a protection officer, also referred to as a "shepherd", named Corte on his assignment to protect a police officer and his family, we, like Corte, attempt to pull together all of the clues to determine the identity of the threat.

As Corte engages in a strategic battle against Loving, the "lifter" hired to extract information from one of the family members on behalf of his mystery client, we methodically try to determine the family member at risk and stop Loving before it's too late.

Nothing is obvious, and just when you think you have it figured out...you realize you don't.

Great pace and interesting characters.

Recommended read! ( )
  cmeilink | Feb 10, 2011 |
Jeffrey Deaver is best known for his insufferable creation Lincoln Rhymes, the quadriplegic criminologist and polymath whose brilliance is matched only by his bitching and bolshiness.

If forensics and the minutiae of life as a quadriplegic crime buster bore you, you might be tempted to avoid Deaver’s books – but this would be a massive mistake, as I discovered when I eventually got around to reading edge.

‘Thriller’ is one of the most overused, not to mention misused descriptions of all time: for example, the Lincoln Rhyme books are described as ‘ticking-clock psychological thrillers. I think not! Take it from me however, Edge really is completely and utterly thrilling.

Unusually for a Deaver hero, protection officer Corte has full use of all his limbs and is both an intellectual and a man of action – as opposed to those who hang over microscopes hunting down forensic clues in a laboratory.

Henry Loving, who is notorious for his ability to extract any information from anyone by any means possible, is after police detective Ryan Kessler, and Corte has been assigned to protect him and his family, escorting him to a ‘safe house’ and keeping them secure while trying to apprehend Loving and discover who hired him, and why…

Corte manages to keep the Kessler’s safe, but only just because whatever move he makes, Loving is either right behind him or several steps ahead.

Clichéd although this sounds, Deaver ha created a story where nothing is as it seems, where ruthlessness meets relentlessness, and where the only thing you can be sure of is that this book will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. ( )
  adpaton | Feb 7, 2011 |
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When Washington D.C. police detective Ryan Kessler is targeted by "lifter" Henry Loving, he and his family are immediately put under government protection. Assigned to the Kesslers is protection officer Corte: uncompromising, relentlessly devoted to protecting those in his care and a brilliant game strategist. As the "lifter" closes in on his prey, Corte must decide whether to protect his charges, or expose them to a killer in the name of personal revenge.… (more)

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