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Edge: A Novel (edition 2010)

by Jeffery Deaver, Skipp Sudduth (Reader)

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Member:JasperBroer
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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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 |
Henry Loving is a ruthless "lifter" who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to acquire the information that his contract requires. In the past he has even tortured and killed federal agents who've got in the way.

Loving is an expert at infiltrating organisations like the FBI that should be secure, planting moles, so that you are never really sure that everyone is who they purport to be. He operates on the idea that everyone has a price.

Deaver tries to base this novel on game technology - rock, paper, stone - but frankly that left me a bit cold. Agent Corte tries to work out why Ryan Kessler is being targeted by Loving, what information he has, and on the face of it there seem to be plenty of reasons. But then it seems that Kessler will give Loving the "edge" over another family member. The other important part of what Corte needs to find out is who has employed Loving.

I got a little tired of this plot being recycled as we worked our way through one after another of the family working out who is the real target. Corte frequently takes his eye off the ball, gets himself into yet another tight situation, and makes yet another mistake.

All of this gives Deaver the opportunity, and the excuse, to explore a bit more detail, another scenario, to expand the book. I came away with the feeling that it could have done with quite ruthless editing.

Skip Sudduth does an excellent job with the narration, but even with that, I was dying for at least the last 2 CDs for this story to get to an end. Nearly 15 hours is a long time. ( )
  smik | Dec 25, 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 |
a well written mystery that has unexpected twists and turns as a man who works for a personal security firm of the US goverment attempts to keeps his charges safe and alive. kept me intrigued throughout. ( )
  maureen61 | May 17, 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 |
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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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