Wednesday, 22 January 2020

ELEVATOR PITCH








My review 
Events in this novel begin on a Monday when an elevator in a high rise office building breaks through it's safety features and plunges down killing all four passengers riding in it. Popular conjecture is that it is a fluke in as much as elevator accidents are fortunately very few and far between. But another accident occurs in a different building on Tuesday indicating quite clearly that these are not accidents. Than again a third accident takes place on Wednesday.

The public in New York city, the scene of the accidents panics and the city is thrown into chaos with doubt in everyone's mind about the safety of riding elevators up and down going and coming from work. A body is than discovered that has had it's fingers cut off, and is tied to the elevator tragedy. The novel than follows the work of two New York city detectives and an active journalist in looking at the facts discovered, the possibilities that exist and key persons to solve the mystery.

Mr Barclay, as is his custom and his talent grabs hold of his readers and holds them until the very logical ending. Personal facts brought out about each of the individuals working the case make for a better read in the sense that each becomes more of a real person. The use of elevators as murder weapons and the reasons for doing so are clearly explained and help the novel become another typical interesting Linwood Barclay read.


Release date 

September 5, 2019



Book description 

'A suspense master' STEPHEN KING

‘This novel moves as fast as a falling elevator and hits with just as much force. Linwood Barclay is a stone cold pro and ELEVATOR PITCH is a shameless good time’ JOE HILL, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman and Strange Weather

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.

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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? 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 . . .
Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.


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