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False Positive: Detective Cooper Devereaux Series, Book 1
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For fans of Craig Johnson and James Lee Burke—False Positive follows up the powerful punch of Andrew Grant’s novel RUN with a staggering second dose of thrills and suspense that is just as smart, atmospheric, and soul-searing.
 
Alabama detective Cooper Devereaux makes no apologies for his luxe lifestyle or the way he does his job. Most cops haven’t lived the kind of life he has—starting out as an orphan, raised by a grizzled cop savior—and most don’t use his kind of high-risk tactics. But he may have met his match in fellow detective Jan Loflin, who’s fresh off a long undercover stint in Vice when they’re partnered on a case that will test them both beyond their direst nightmares.
 
A seven-year-old boy has disappeared from his home in the Birmingham suburbs. But the more Devereaux digs into the missing child’s background, the more he discovers about his own, eventually shaking loose a series of harrowing truths—about bloodlines, mass murder, obsession, and what two damaged detectives have in common with the innocent victim they’re so desperate to save. This twisty page-turner—the debut of the Detective Cooper Devereaux series—hurtles at a mile a minute through an action-packed search for a missing child, culminating in an ending that no reader will see coming.

Praise for False Positive
 
“A fast-moving thriller . . . Readers who like defects in their heroes will love this guy, who knows he’s not as good as he’d like to be. The final twist comes just as all finally seems well with the world. A dark, enjoyable novel. One of Grant’s better works.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Smashing.”Booklist
 
“Engrossing . . . Action-driven, the book’s pace never stops until the startling conclusion, which will chill to the core.”RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)
 
Praise for Andrew Grant’s RUN
 
“An adrenaline-fueled thrill ride that will have your head spinning and your heart pounding.”—Joseph Finder
 
“High stakes, high tension, and nonstop action . . . Hang on and enjoy this smart, original, and fast-paced adventure.”—Hank Phillippi Ryan
 
“Relentless, twisty, and blistering fast, it’s a book you don’t dare start at bedtime.”—Sean Chercover
 
“A whizbang of a novel with just the right dose of smart-ass.”—Chelsea Cain
 
“Breathtakingly fast-paced.”—Harlan Coben
 
“A perfect thriller—smart, fast, and blazing with nonstop surprises.”—Robert Crais
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For fans of Craig Johnson and James Lee Burke—False Positive follows up the powerful punch of Andrew Grant’s novel RUN with a staggering second dose of thrills and suspense that is just as smart, atmospheric, and soul-searing.
 
Alabama detective Cooper Devereaux makes no apologies for his luxe lifestyle or the way he does his job. Most cops haven’t lived the kind of life he has—starting out as an orphan, raised by a grizzled cop savior—and most don’t use his kind of high-risk tactics. But he may have met his match in fellow detective Jan Loflin, who’s fresh off a long undercover stint in Vice when they’re partnered on a case that will test them both beyond their direst nightmares.
 
A seven-year-old boy has disappeared from his home in the Birmingham suburbs. But the more Devereaux digs into the missing child’s background, the more he discovers about his own, eventually shaking loose a series of harrowing truths—about bloodlines, mass murder, obsession, and what two damaged detectives have in common with the innocent victim they’re so desperate to save. This twisty page-turner—the debut of the Detective Cooper Devereaux series—hurtles at a mile a minute through an action-packed search for a missing child, culminating in an ending that no reader will see coming.

Praise for False Positive
 
“A fast-moving thriller . . . Readers who like defects in their heroes will love this guy, who knows he’s not as good as he’d like to be. The final twist comes just as all finally seems well with the world. A dark, enjoyable novel. One of Grant’s better works.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Smashing.”Booklist
 
“Engrossing . . . Action-driven, the book’s pace never stops until the startling conclusion, which will chill to the core.”RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)
 
Praise for Andrew Grant’s RUN
 
“An adrenaline-fueled thrill ride that will have your head spinning and your heart pounding.”—Joseph Finder
 
“High stakes, high tension, and nonstop action . . . Hang on and enjoy this smart, original, and fast-paced adventure.”—Hank Phillippi Ryan
 
“Relentless, twisty, and blistering fast, it’s a book you don’t dare start at bedtime.”—Sean Chercover
 
“A whizbang of a novel with just the right dose of smart-ass.”—Chelsea Cain
 
“Breathtakingly fast-paced.”—Harlan Coben
 
“A perfect thriller—smart, fast, and blazing with nonstop surprises.”—Robert Crais
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        November 2, 2015
        Grant (Run) starts strong in the first of a new series featuring volatile Birmingham, Ala., police detective Cooper Devereaux, who seems to spend as much time suspended from the force as he does on the job. Cooper and his new partner, detective Jan Loflin, investigate the kidnapping of seven-year-old foster child Ethan Crane. Cooper and Jan are oddly suited to work together—she’s emotionally damaged from her long stint of deep undercover for the vice squad, and he had a disturbing childhood and became a teenage criminal before going straight. Their pasts aren’t window dressing but play an important part in the story. Cooper uncovers a link between Ethan’s disappearance and those of other foster children through the years. Scenes smoothly alternate between the investigation and the female kidnapper, who watches Cooper as intently as she does her next target. The plot stalls midway, but revs up toward the denouement, with a sly twist at the end. Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary Management.

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        September 15, 2015
        A fast-moving thriller about a flawed cop searching for an abducted child.Detective Cooper Devereaux returns to duty in Birmingham, Alabama, after an unjust suspension. He's partnering with Detective Jan Loflin to search for Ethan Crane, one in a series of missing children, a 7-year-old foster child who is "not the little angel everyone's making him out to be." Devereaux is no saint either, having led an early life of crime and earned a spotty disciplinary record as a cop. He'd once justifiably shot a kid, and he'd only hurt "people who deserved to be hurt," but his captain calls him a disgrace and an embarrassment. Devereaux still dreams about his own disturbing childhood, which turns out to be more relevant than idle navel-gazing. The story's heavy focus on his background fits in neatly with the plot. Brief chapters (many are too brief) show that a mysterious woman is watching the detective even as she holds Ethan and plans to give the boy a "treat." She has done the same for other children, whose backgrounds all follow a common thread. As to her identity, suspicion even falls on Loflin. Meanwhile, bodies turn up. For example, Devereaux finds the corpse of Hayden Tomcik, a retired cop he knew as a child. Devereaux is filled with self-doubt-perhaps any good feeling he harbors about himself is a "false positive" and his true character is "written in his genes." Readers who like defects in their heroes will love this guy, who knows he's not as good as he'd like to be. The final twist comes just as all finally seems well with the world. A dark, enjoyable novel. One of Grant's (RUN, 2014, etc.) better works.

        COPYRIGHT(2015) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        December 1, 2015
        A seven-year-old boy is missing, taken right from his bed in his nice home in suburban Birmingham, Alabama. Two cops are assigned to investigate, and it's a joy to watch them work. Interviewing the anxious parents, they notice which question has Mom jiggling her foot. They follow up and learn this is not a sitcom family after all. Questioning the neighbors, they read hints that the missing little angel is far from it. A nice creepy note sounds when one cop is confronted by a frail old man, who cries, She knows! and collapses. After cheering this wonderful opening, readers may wonder what went wrong. Suddenly, we're in a confusingand not very interestingstory that involves gangsters and sex traffickers, rapists, murderers, drug dealers, and other creeps who are here, sadly, a dull lot. Things improve a bit when we get to the story behind the story, which involves genetic evil, and the final page is smashing. But there are some bumps in the getting there.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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Alabama detective Cooper Devereaux makes no apologies for his luxe lifestyle or the way he does his job. Most cops haven’t lived the kind of life he has—starting out as an orphan, raised by a grizzled cop savior—and most don’t use his kind of high-risk tactics. But he may have met his match in fellow detective Jan Loflin, who’s fresh off a long undercover stint in Vice when they’re partnered on a case that will test them both beyond their direst nightmares.
 
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