Other Books in Series
This is book number 1 in the A Colter Shaw Novel series.
Colter Shaw, a "reward seeker", is on the case looking for a suspected kidnapped young woman. For a expert tracker this simple case soon turns into a deadly real-life hunt in Silicon Valley. The cut-throat world of gaming, gamers and the high cost of living in California feature prominently in the puzzle Shaw must figure out. Learning the fate of the former Moffett Field Naval Base was one of my favorite parts because I was stationed there for aircraft maintenance school at one time. Although I love Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series, I enjoyed this new character and his slightly unorthodox way of life. Being the first in the series we get to see glimpses of the man behind the curtain with the anticipation of the multilayers of Shaw to be revealed in future books. I look forward to the next installment in the Colter Shaw series!— Lisa
A New York Times Book Review Top 10 Crime Novel of the Year
From the bestselling and award-winning master of suspense, the first novel in a thrilling new series, introducing Colter Shaw.
"You have been abandoned."
A young woman has gone missing in Silicon Valley and her father has hired Colter Shaw to find her. The son of a survivalist family, Shaw is an expert tracker. Now he makes a living as a "reward seeker," traveling the country to help police solve crimes and private citizens locate missing persons. But what seems a simple investigation quickly thrusts him into the dark heart of America's tech hub and the cutthroat billion-dollar video-gaming industry.
"Escape if you can."
When another victim is kidnapped, the clues point to one video game with a troubled past--The Whispering Man. In that game, the player has to survive after being abandoned in an inhospitable setting with five random objects. Is a madman bringing the game to life?
"Or die with dignity."
Shaw finds himself caught in a cat-and-mouse game, risking his own life to save the victims even as he pursues the kidnapper across both Silicon Valley and the dark 'net. Encountering eccentric game designers, trigger-happy gamers and ruthless tech titans, he soon learns that he isn't the only one on the hunt: someone is on his trail and closing fast.
The Never Game proves once more why "Deaver is a genius when it comes to manipulation and deception" (Associated Press).
About the Author
Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty-five novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world, including Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers and the Steel Dagger from the Crime Writers' Association in the United Kingdom. In 2014, he was the recipient of three lifetime achievement awards. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University.