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General Information

Name:  Jeffery Wilds Deaver  

Pen Name: Jeffery Deaver


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1950 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois

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Deaver was born outside of Chicago in 1950.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jeffery Deaver is a New York Times bestselling author. He wrote his first book ' which consisted of two entire chapters ' when he was eleven, and he's been writing ever since. An award-winning poet and journalist, he has also written and performed his own songs around the country. After receiving a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Deaver worked as a magazine writer, then, to gain the background needed to become a legal correspondent for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, he enrolled at Fordham Law School. After graduation he decided to practice law for a time and worked for several years as an attorney for a large Wall Street firm. It was during his long commute to and from the office that he began writing the type of fiction he enjoyed reading: suspense novels. In 1990 he started to write full time.His book, ''The Bone Collector'', was a feature release from Universal Pictures in 1999, starring Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington as Lincoln Rhyme. ''A Maiden's Grave'' was made into an HBO film in 1997 retitled ''Dead Silence'', starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin. His 1999 book, ''The Devil's Teardrop'', became a made-for-TV movie in 2010.Deaver was chosen to write an official new James Bond novel ''Carte Blanche'' in 2011. He is the second American author to write Bond novels, after Raymond Benson - another Illinois author.Jeff has also released two collections of his short stories, called ''Twisted'' and ''More Twisted''.

Published Works

  • The Lesson of Her Death, March 1994
  • The Bone Collector, Viking, 1997
  • The Coffin Dancer, Simon & Schuster, 1998
  • The Devil's Teardrop, April 2000
  • Manhattan Is My Beat, June 2000
  • Shallow Graves, September 2000
  • Death of a Blue Movie Star, October 2000
  • The Empty Chair, Simon & Schuster, 2000
  • Speaking in Tongues, Simon & Schuster, 2000
  • Bloody River Blues, December 2000
  • The Blue Nowhere, Simon & Schuster, 2001
  • A Maiden's Grave, September 2001
  • Hell's Kitchen, February 2001
  • Hard News, January 2001
  • Triangle, Simon & Schuster, 2002
  • The Stone Monkey, Simon & Schuster, 2002
  • The Vanished Man, Simon & Schuster, 2002
  • Mistress of Justice, April 2002
  • Twisted, The Collected Stories of Jeffery Deaver, Simon & Schuster, 2003
  • Garden of Beasts, Pocket Books, 2004
  • Praying for Sleep, May 2004
  • The Twelfth Card, Simon & Schuster, 2005
  • Transgressions: Volume 1, August 2006
  • The Cold Moon, Pocket Star, 2007
  • The Sleeping Doll, Pocket Books, 2007
  • The Broken Window, Pocket Books, 2008
  • The Bodies Left Behind, Pocket Star Books. 2008
  • Roadside Crosses, Simon & Schuster, 2009
  • Burning Wire, Simon & Schuster, 2010
  • Thriller 2: Stories You Just Can't Put Down, Simon & Schuster, 2010
  • Edge, Simon & Schuster, 2010
  • Carte Blanche, 2011
  • XO, 2012
  • The Kill Room, 2013
  • The October List, 2013
  • The Skin Collector, 2014
  • Solitude Creek, Grand Central Publishing, 2015
  • The Steel Kiss, Vision, 2016
  • The Burial Hour, Grand Central Publishing, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

The bone collector /
ISBN: 0451188454. OCLC Number:

Viking,. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :. 1997.

A paralyzed New York detective is talked out of committing suicide to hunt for a cab driver who tortures and kills. The detective, Lincoln Rhyme, can only move his head so he is paired with police beauty Amelia Sachs. Together they go after the killer who tantalizes police with clues to his next murder. By the author of A Maiden's Grave.

The coffin dancer /
ISBN: 0671024094. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York, NY :. ©1998.

A cat-and-mouse game between New York police and a killer, hired to eliminate a trio of witnesses in a trial. He has already killed one and detectives Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic, and Amelia Sachs have to catch him before he kills the other two. By the author of The Bone Collector.

The empty chair /
ISBN: 0671026011. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. ©2000.

Reowned criminalist Lincoln Rhyme is pitted against Amelia Sachs, his own brilliant protegee, as they disagree on the analysis of a crime they began working together.

Speaking in tongues /
ISBN: 0684871262. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. ©2000.

Tate Collier, his ex-wife Brett, and their estranged daughter Megan are targeted by psychopathic psychologist Aaron Matthews for his own brand of revenge.

The blue nowhere /
ISBN: 0684871270. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. ©2001.

A sadistic computer hacker, code-named Phate, sets his sights on Silicon Valley, infiltrating his victims' computers, invading their lives, and luring them to their deaths. An imprisoned hacker named Wyatt Gillette is freed to aid in the investigation, and teams up with old-school homicide cop Frank Bishop, forming an uneasy alliance in which they must utilize every ounce of their respective talents to stop Phate.

The stone monkey :
ISBN: 0743437802. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. 2003, ©2002.

When a smuggler known as the Ghost scuttles a ship filled with undocumented Chinese immigrants right outside New York harbor, detective Lincoln Rhyme and his partner must stop him before he murders the two families who made it to shore.

The vanished man :
ISBN: 0743437810. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. ©2003.

This thriller pits forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme and his partner Amelia Sachs against an unstoppable "invisible" killer. As the fatalities rise and the minutes tick down, they must move beyond the smoke and mirrors to prevent a terrifying act of vengeance that could become the greatest vanishing act of all.

Twisted :
ISBN: 0743491599. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. ©2003.

The title applies in several ways to this wicked collection of crime short stories, to many of the stories' characters and protagonists, who include murderers, adulterers, thieves; to the stories' arcs, which offer numerous bends and suprises.

The twelfth card :
ISBN: 0739455834. OCLC Number:

Wheeler Pub.,. [Waterville, Me.] :. 2005.

Trying to discover why a Harlem high school student is being targeted for murder, quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme and his protâegâee, Amelia Sachs, look for answers in the student's term paper about her civil rights activist ancestor.

The cold moon :
ISBN: 0743491572. OCLC Number:

Pocket Star,. New York :. ©2007.

On a frigid December night, an eerie pattern emerges from two equally brutal murder scenes, where a killer's calling card is a moon-faced clock that seemingly ticked away the victims' last moments. From his wheelchair, criminologist Lincoln Rhyme tracks the Watchmaker, a time-obsessed genius. With every passing second, the Watchmaker is moving with razor-sharp precision to his next act of perfectly orchestrated violence -- and Rhyme can't afford to have his trusted partner, Amelia Sachs, distracted by a daunting homicide case of her own. Up against a brilliant madman, Rhyme and Sachs are locked in a blood-chilling race with their deadliest enemy: time itself ...

The sleeping doll /
ISBN: 1439166412. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. ©2009, 2007.

Special agent Kathryn Dance and her partners at the California Bureau of Investigation hunt down escaped killer Daniel Pell, a self-styled Charles Manson. Pell is a master of control, who mesmerizes, seduces, and exploits people for his own murderous ends. Pell embarks on a mysterious and deadly quest once he's free.

The broken window :
ISBN: 1416549986. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. 2008.

The mysterious 522 commits vicious crimes and then plants ironclad evidence to implicate innocent men. This timely thriller reunites Lincoln Rhyme with his partner and paramour Amelia Sachs, as they face their toughest adversary yet.

The bodies left behind /
ISBN: 1416595627. OCLC Number:

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Investigating a late night emergency call that came from a Wisconsin vacation home, deputy Brynn McKenzie narrowly escapes an encounter with two professional criminals, and flees into the woods with Michelle, the city-girl who rented the house for the weekend, but if the women want to survive, they will have to learn to trust one another.

Roadside crosses /
ISBN: 1416549994. OCLC Number:

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The Monterey Peninsula is rocked when a killer begins to leave roadside crosses beside local highways. Kathryn Dance, the California Bureau of Investigation's foremost kinesics -- body language -- expert, and Deputy Michael O'Neil follow a lead to Travis Brigham, a troubled teenager whose role in a fatal car accident has inspired vicious attacks against him on a popular blog, The Chilton Report. But as the investigation progresses, Travis vanishes -- and Dance is forced to take desperate and risky measures in this searing cliff-hanger.

The burning wire :
ISBN: 1439156336. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. 2010.

Quadriplegic forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme leads his team--NYPD detective Amelia Sachs, officer Ron Pulaski, and FBI agent Fred Dellray--to find and stop a killer who uses electricity as modus operandi. Meanwhile, Rhyme is consulting on another high-profile investigation in Mexico with a most coveted quarry in his crosshairs: the hired killer known as the Watchmaker, one of the few criminals to have eluded Rhyme's net.

Edge :
ISBN: 1439156352. OCLC Number:

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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.

Carte blanche :
ISBN: 1451620691. OCLC Number:

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A James Bond thriller set in the present day finds the iconic British spy engaging a horrific modern villain in a cat-and-mouse chase that takes him from the Balkans and London to the African Continent.

XO /
ISBN: 1439156387. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. 2012.

Special Agent Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body language analysis to stop a celebrity stalker set in the world of country music.

The Kill room :
ISBN: 1455517089. OCLC Number:

Grand Central Publishing,. New York :. 2013.

Renowned investigator and forensics expert, Lincoln Rhyme, is drafted to investigate the sniper-killing of a U.S. citizen in the Bahamas. While his partner, Amelia Sachs, traces the victim's steps in Manhattan, Rhyme leaves the city to pursue the sniper himself.

The October list /
ISBN: 1455576646. OCLC Number:

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"New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver's next blockbuster thriller"--

The skin collector :
ISBN: 1455517135. OCLC Number:

Grand Central Publishing,. New York :. 2014.

Drafted in to investigate a series of killings by a butcher known as the Skin Collector, NYPD detective Lincoln Rhyme and his associate Amelia Sachs have little to go on but a series of cryptic messages left etched into the skin of the deceased.

Solitude creek :
ISBN: 1455517151. OCLC Number:

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"New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver's next blockbuster thriller"--

The steel kiss /
ISBN: 1455536342. OCLC Number:

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"New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver returns with his next blockbuster thriller featuring forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme. Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer. She's chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when an escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, with one man horribly mangled by the gears. Sachs is forced to let her quarry escape as she jumps in to try to help save the victim. She and famed forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme soon learn, however, that the incident may not be an accident at all, but the first in a series of intentional attacks. They find themselves up against one of their most formidable opponents ever: a brilliant killer who turns common products into murder weapons. As the body count threatens to grow, Sachs and Rhyme must race against the clock to unmask his identity--and discover his mission--before more people die."--

The burial hour :
ISBN: 1455536377. OCLC Number:

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"DANGEROUSLY GOOD. DISTINCTIVELY DEAVER. New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver returns to forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme in his most harrowing case yet. THE BURIAL HOUR A businessman snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight. A miniature hangman's noose left at the scene. A nine-year-old girl, the only witness to the crime. With a crime scene this puzzling, forensic expertise of the highest order is absolutely essential. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate. Soon the case takes a stranger turn: a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music. The video is marked as the work of The Composer ... Despite their best efforts, the suspect gets away. So when a similar kidnapping occurs on a dusty road outside Naples, Italy, Rhyme and Sachs don't hesitate to rejoin the hunt. But the search is now a complex case of international cooperation--and not all those involved may be who they seem. Sachs and Rhyme find themselves playing a dangerous game, with lives all across the globe hanging in the balance"--


Nominated for six Edgar Awards, Mystery Writers of America, including one for

Manhattan Is My Beat

New York Times 1995 notable book,

A Maiden's Grave

Three-time recipient of Ellery Queen Reader's Choice Award for Best Short Story W.H. Smith Thumping Good Read Award, 2001, for

The Empty Chair

Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, Crime Writers Association of Great Britain, 2004, for

Garden of Beasts

Short Stories Dagger Award, Crime Writers Association of Great Britain, 2004, for short story

The Weekender

Anthony Award Gumshoe Award His novels have appeared on a number of bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the London Times and the Los Angeles Times.

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