The Accident - Chris Pavone

The Accident

By Chris Pavone

  • Publication Date: 2014-03-11
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 148 Ratings)

Book Overview

From the author of the New York Times-bestselling and Edgar Award-winning The Expats
As dawn approaches in New York, literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript, racing through the explosive revelations about powerful people, as well as long-hidden secrets about her own past. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of an unexpected gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life, trying to atone for a lifetime’s worth of lies and betrayals with publication of The Accident, while always looking over his shoulder.

Over the course of one long, desperate, increasingly perilous day, these lives collide as the book begins its dangerous march toward publication, toward saving or ruining careers and companies, placing everything at risk—and everyone in mortal peril.  The rich cast of characters—in publishing and film, politics and espionage—are all forced to confront the consequences of their ambitions, the schisms between their ideal selves and the people they actually became.

The action rockets around Europe and across America, with an intricate web of duplicities stretching back a quarter-century to a dark winding road in upstate New York, where the shocking truth about the accident itself is buried.

Gripping, sophisticated, layered, and impossible to put down, The Accident proves once again that Chris Pavone is a true master of suspense.

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Users Reviews

  • Excellent

    By Ddsssaop
    First rate. Pavone is a gifted writer.
  • The Accident

    By Suzy-in-CA
    This book is slow and promises more than it delivers. Where it aims at being complex and intriguing, it is just complicated. This expensive audiobook was a waste of money. I didn't even finish listening to it. Stopped midway out of boredom.
  • Great book, well-plotted

    By Charcoaldabs
    Chris Pavone follows his excellent The Expats with The Accident. His books are well-plotted, and full of interesting insights into the publishing milieu. This was a real page turner.
  • Meh

    By Belliemay
    Skipped through a lot of pages, didn't miss much. Bulky prose.
  • Publishing Can Be Murder

    By Oregongrown68
    Chris Pavone's Second Audiobook "The Accident" narrated by Mozhan Marrno Published by Crown and Random House Audio is a thriller that takes place in the cut throat publishing world. Isabel Reed is a literary agent who is reading through a manuscript titled "The Accident" that shows up via a messenger service written by Anonymous. Isabel knows by reading the first page if the book is worth spending any more time with. Most books never make it past page one. This book keeps Isabel's attention as she flips page after page until she reaches the end. This book is a masterpiece. A book that will take her to the top of her profession. If only she can stay alive long enough to have it published. Anonymous may or may not have written this manuscript alone, but it's main character is a real person who will stop at nothing to keep "The Accident" from ever being published. With only one paper copy of this manuscript it should be easy to track down and recover. Little do they know the the literary world is full of copy machines and theives. As the number of copies grows exponentially the thrill of this story begins. This story travels from coast to coast as the race to publish competes with the will of this autobiographical manuscript's lead who will do what ever it takes, even kill, to recover "The Accident" and keep it out of the eye of the public and law enforcement. The Accident is a thriller like no other, within a world few book lovers will ever see. The audio production and expression of Mozhan Marrno takes you inside the mind and world of the publishing world and all of her characters. A must listen on This book was purchased by me for review.
  • Not just for insiders

    By Hmsbook
    As a publishing professional for almost 50 years, I could not resist buying this book by another insider. But if you like thrillers and mysteries at all, I promise you an entertaining romp, whether you know anything about the wild and wacky world of book publishing or not.
  • Compelling read

    By Aloha ahiahi
    This is a well-written thriller! I couldn't put the book down easily. It's a wild ride.
  • Pass on this one

    By Jazzhead NYC
    Purple prose, uninspired plot, forgettable and distasteful characters.