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Elevator Pitch
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Elevator Pitch
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The New York Times bestselling 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 listenersto the bone.

The New York Times bestselling 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 listenersto the bone.

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  • Linwood Barclay is the author of eighteen previous novels, and two thrillers for children. A New York Times bestselling author, his books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He wrote the screenplay adaptation for his novel Never Saw it Coming and his book The Accident has been made into a TV series in France. His novel No Time for Goodbye was a global bestseller. Born and raised in Connecticut, he now lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 15, 2019
    At the start of this gripping standalone from bestseller Barclay (A Noise Downstairs), an elevator in a Manhattan office building falls from the top floor to the bottom of the shaft, killing all four occupants. The next day, a similar fatal elevator incident occurs in a residential high-rise in another part of Manhattan. The day after that, a third falling elevator throws the city’s populace into a panic and normal activity all but ceases. Mayor Richard Headley, who’s running for reelection, must put campaigning aside to find out who’s behind the elevator sabotage and why. Meanwhile, NYPD Det. Jerry Bourque investigates the murder of a jogger, whose mutilated body was found on the High Line, the old elevated railroad that’s now a walkway. Barclay does a good job dramatizing the family dynamics of multiple characters, including the emotionally damaged Bourque, while building suspense as he slowly reveals how the jogger’s murder ties in with the elevator deaths. Readers who live on high floors will glance nervously toward the nearest stairs as they tear through this exciting thriller. Author tour. Agent: Helen Heller, Helen Heller Agency (Canada).

  • Library Journal

    April 1, 2019

    From New York Times best-selling author Barclay, here's the story of elevators that keep crashing from top to bottom floor in New York City office buildings, terrifying workers into staying home and bringing commerce to a standstill. Two detectives and a gung-ho journalist must discover who's behind it all before the city opens its tallest residential building ever. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

    Copyright 2019 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    July 15, 2019
    People in Manhattan are falling to their deaths in maliciously rigged elevators. Is it terrorism at work? And if so, are the terrorists foreign or domestic? If anyone is going to get to the bottom of things, it's hard-charging newspaper columnist Barbara Matheson. Overwhelmed New York Mayor Richard Headley, her favorite target, still has no idea what's going on after the third elevator crash or what measures to take: Dare he shut down all 70,000 elevators in the Big Apple, especially on the eve of the spectacular opening of Top of the Park, the city's second-tallest building? When a murder victim found on the popular High Line walkway with his fingertips cut off is belatedly identified as an elevator technician, the police have a possible link to the gruesome elevator deaths. But what does the subsequent bombing of a cab have to do with them? Barclay (A Noise Downstairs, 2018, etc.) is an old hand at twisty, tantalizing plots. But as promising as the premise is, it never really goes anywhere. A combination of so-so surprises, contrived turns, and gratuitous elements take the air out of the story, which also involves Barbara's contentious daughter, Arla, and the mayor's belittled son and adviser, Glover. A recurring motif is characters with restrictive physical conditions being forced to climb many flights of stairs. They include police detective Jerry Bourque, whose shrink's diagnosis that his wheezing condition is psychosomatic gets put to the test. While there's much to enjoy in Barclay's latest, the book too often sells itself and the reader short.

    COPYRIGHT(2019) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • AudioFile Magazine This suspense, narrated superbly by Johnathan McClain, shows how the best audiobooks grab the listener at the outset and maintain their attention to the end. Linwood Barclay's story begins when four people board a New York office building elevator, which ascends to the top floor and then suddenly plummets. What seems to be a random accident repeats the next day and the next, creating a frenzy of fear that paralyzes the city, and intensifies with subsequent events. Detectives, assisted by a seasoned journalist, must work frenetically to find the mastermind. As the suspense builds, so do the plot twists. McClain's narration captures every moment with a deft change of pace, tone, or intensity. D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine
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