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Publisher's Summary

A Sunday Times Best Paperback of 2020.

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, nonstop, 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 terrorise the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men and women working in offices across the city refuse to 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 listeners to the bone.

©2019 Linwood Barclay (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

Praise for Elevator Pitch: "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, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman and Strange Weather)

 

Praise for Linwood Barclay: "A suspense master." (Stephen King)

"One of the world's finest thriller writers on the top of his game." (Peter James)

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Gripping read

Great fast paced story with believable characters. The over lapping stories within the main narrative were all entertaining and kept the story moving with energy and twists . The narration was beautifully crafted and contributed to my enjoyment of the book I will be reading more of Linwood Barclay

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Not bad

I liked the pace of the book and how it developed with an air of mystery leaving you wanting more information. The twist was good. The vocal performance was easy to listen to and interesting. I could see this book becoming a movie or series.

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Witty, clever and beautifully read

I enjoyed every minute of this. A warm, beautifully crafted, suspenseful story that the narrator understood perfectly.

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Terrific read

Loved this book and really well read. Twists and turns and an exciting ending. Not at all predictable.

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Action packed book with real characters

I enjoyed the pace and story line. The characters were distinctive and interesting. I didn’t particularly like the ending but thing that’s Barclay’s style. The reader was good and made it easy to know who was speaking during dialogs. Kept me entertained.

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A gripping, fast paced novel.

I had to get past the grating American accent of the narrator, but after a while I got used to it. His various voices for the characters was entertaining. The story has lots of different parts to it in the beginning, but the author pulls them all together and creates a story that I couldn't stop listening to. I wanted to know what happened! I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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A thrilling ride

This is one of the better mystery books I have read in my lifetime. The characters are well written and realistic. The story moves at a good pace and there is never down time. The mystery is intriguing and leaves you wanting to read just one more chapter.

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  • 31-01-2021

Excellent narration and great story

What a great story, from the narrator to the characters, exceptional listening. This was my first Barclay book, but definitely not the last

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absolutely fantastic book

the story line is perfect the narrator is perfect just listen to it now cause it's amazing will be checking out the rest of this authors books

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Loved this book

What a skilful and intriguing book, just when you expect something to happen and the tension is building you are let down, then wham!
Johnathan McClain is the perfect reader too.

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  • Caron
  • 14-09-2019

fabulous

I loved this book. it was exceptionally well written and the narration was brilliant..I wanted to hurry through it to find the conclusion but at the same time didn't want it to end.

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  • Simon
  • 08-09-2019

What Goes Up Doesn't Have to Come Down After All!

This is an entertaining read from Linwood Barclay, of course it's a little bit up and down but I thoroughly enjoyed it. While Barclay might not have quite delivered on his publisher's promise of something that is 'all too plausible' this starts well and produces a very compelling ending.

My first thought on reading the blurb was that it all sounded a bit gimmicky and contrived, after all why would anyone find such a convoluted way to conduct a reign of terror? Barclay won me over well before the end though and I will warn you that it like me you have a fear of heights and a sometimes too vivid imagination then this one likely will cause you some vertigo! And speaking of imagination Barclay's ability to conjure inventive ways of using an elevator to terrorise people was disturbingly impressive.

No audio book can be complete without a good narrator and McClain produces a very good performance. He's got great gravelly tones and an impressive wide range of voices to give the characters.

If you want a thriller that takes an innovative new approach to its terror and delivers characters you can really get into I think this is definitely one to put on your shortlist. It starts on the up and finishes there too.

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  • M
  • 13-09-2019

SO GOOD!

Suspense! I have read most of BARCLAY's books; this is one of two that I consider the best this year in the genre. This is movie material.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 02-10-2019

Whoa!

Elevator Pitch is such a clever book. The story is carefully constructed with a number of seemingly disparate threads that slowly come together into a rich and beautiful tapestry. Linwood Barclay has created something very unique here and that's really hard when one considers how many murder mysteries there are and how many detectives we meet in the wonderful world of fiction. I loved the detective duo and was thoroughly invested in their success. All the characters are so well drawn and credible, with realistic dialogue and relationships. Once I'd pressed play I couldn't press 'stop'. The story moves along briskly and is so utterly compelling I had to keep listening for the ultimate outcome. I would have said there were no new ideas in the modern detective murder mystery genre; I would have been wrong. A brilliantly written, fantastically narrated tale that will have me thinking twice before I get into my next elevator. I am highly recommending Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay, you can thank me later!

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  • Margaret Morton
  • 12-09-2019

Another great book

Have read all the books by this author and am never disappointed but this is one of his best. Absolutely loved it and the narration was excellent too.

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  • anne
  • 29-10-2019

Very enjoyable.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Linwood Barclay, excellently read by Johnathan Mc Clain. I don’t think it is his best book and I’ve read most of them, but it’s well worth a listen. I especially enjoyed the last chapter which is a talk from Linwood himself! Giving us a small insight into his writing. I have to agree with another reviewer that I didn’t particularly like many of the characters. The one I did like turned out to be the killer, so perhaps I’m not the best one to judge.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-2019

Brilliant Barclay novel!

Great new novel from Linwood Barclay. Loved the performance. Kept me gripped throughout. I recommend.

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  • J. M. Walker
  • 17-10-2019

Faced paced and gripping with a nice twist

I didn't want this story to end! This was my first Linwood Barclay book and it won't be the last.

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  • Ana
  • 04-10-2019

Great action thriller

Really well written and read. I’m very picky but this book was great and kept me interested throughout! Would definitely recommend:)

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  • Shirley
  • 19-09-2019

long winded

I had been looking forward to the release of Linwood Barclays latest.... the idea behind the story is good, but it's so slow.
too many characters, none of which are particularly likable, and a whole lot of book about not much....
I will be returning it...

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  • 11-09-2019

Enjoyed

Not my norm but enjoyed even if I did have it sussed out early on

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