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"[A] smartly entertaining reimagining of Agatha Christie's classic And Then There Were None... Swanson cunningly plays with readers' heads as we hope so-and-so gets it next."Washington Post

If you're on the list, someone wants you dead.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Eight Perfect Murders comes the heart-pounding story of nine strangers who receive a cryptic list with their names on it—and then begin to die in highly unusual circumstances.

Nine strangers receive a list with their names on it in the mail. Nothing else, just a list of names on a single sheet of paper. None of the nine people know or have ever met the others on the list. They dismiss it as junk mail, a fluke—until very, very bad things begin happening to people on the list.

First, a well-liked old man is drowned on a beach in the small town of Kennewick, Maine. Then, a father is shot in the back while running through his quiet neighborhood in suburban Massachusetts. A frightening pattern is emerging, but what do these nine people have in common? Their professions range from oncology nurse to aspiring actor, and they're located all over the country. So why are they all on the list, and who sent it?

FBI agent Jessica Winslow, who is on the list herself, is determined to find out. Could there be some dark secret that binds them all together? Or is this the work of a murderous madman? As the mysterious sender stalks these nine strangers, they find themselves constantly looking over their shoulders, wondering who will be crossed off next...

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"[A] smartly entertaining reimagining of Agatha Christie's classic And Then There Were None... Swanson cunningly plays with readers' heads as we hope so-and-so gets it next."Washington Post

If you're on the list, someone wants you dead.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Eight Perfect Murders comes the heart-pounding story of nine strangers who receive a cryptic list with their names on it—and then begin to die in highly unusual circumstances.

Nine strangers receive a list with their names on it in the mail. Nothing else, just a list of names on a single sheet of paper. None of the nine people know or have ever met the others on the list. They dismiss it as junk mail, a fluke—until very, very bad things begin happening to people on the list.

First, a well-liked old man is drowned on a beach in the small town of Kennewick, Maine. Then, a father is shot in the back while running through his quiet neighborhood in suburban Massachusetts. A frightening pattern is emerging, but what do these nine people have in common? Their professions range from oncology nurse to aspiring actor, and they're located all over the country. So why are they all on the list, and who sent it?

FBI agent Jessica Winslow, who is on the list herself, is determined to find out. Could there be some dark secret that binds them all together? Or is this the work of a murderous madman? As the mysterious sender stalks these nine strangers, they find themselves constantly looking over their shoulders, wondering who will be crossed off next...

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        "The mysterious letters that arrive for the unlucky folks in Peter Swanson's terrific Nine Lives are all identical... The plot is an ingenious puzzle... Forget trying to solve the mystery yourself. But be aware that if you look closely, you may spot the murderer... hiding in plain sight." — New York Times Book Review

        "[A] smartly entertaining reimagining of Agatha Christie's classic And Then There Were None... Swanson cunningly plays with readers' heads as we hope so-and-so gets it next... In addition to the suspense — who's doing this, and why? — there's lots of literary wit." — Washington Post on Nine Lives

        "Swanson honors genre traditions by arousing expectations only to subvert them—and then subvert them again. Some of the surprises are so unexpected, readers may be doing mental backflips to keep up. The author of Nine Lives has surpassed his own high standards." — Wall Street Journal

        "Swanson again takes the idea of fiction as homage to deliriously vertiginous new heights... While the tension mounts deliciously as we wonder if there will be any survivors, the real fascination here is the explanation itself—and what it reveals about the cancerous effects of guilt and obsession." — Booklist (starred review)

        "Swanson (Every Vow You Break) neatly riffs on Agatha Christie's classic And Then There Were None in this taut thriller... [A] well-crafted page-turner." — Publishers Weekly

        "I loved Nine Lives. Swanson's sharp and insightful characterization brought to life a fascinating premise. The whole resolution is beautifully worked out." — Ann Cleeves, author of The Heron's Cry

        "With economical strokes of his pen, Peter Swanson presents us with a clever homage to the Golden Age of Mystery and keeps us guessing right to the end." — Peter May, author of The Blackhouse

        "Gosh, Nine Lives is good. Incredibly so." — Winnipeg Free Press

        "Swanson is emerging as the king of the classic mystery revival. His last two books, Every Vow You Break and Eight Perfect Murders, were deservedly bestsellers and received many awards... Nine Lives lives up to all that and more. This is his best book yet. The premise is near perfection." — Globe and Mail (Toronto)

        "[Swanson] has earned a reputation for ingenious plotting and a clear, precise writing style — and "Nine Lives" is no exception. And this time, he tells readers just enough about the lives of the nine people on the hit list to make readers care what happens to them." — Associated Press

        "Swanson creates a rollercoaster for readers." — BookPage

        "Echoes of Agatha Christie reverberate through Nine Lives as Peter Swanson... brings a fresh, contemporary approach to the classic And Then There Were None. [Swanson's] intense storytelling energizes Nine Lives. Swanson delivers a surprising but believable resolution that ties together all the characters in this solid thriller." — Shelf Awareness

        "Peter Swanson is one of my go-to authors, and he keeps getting better with each new book he writes. His latest effort, Nine Lives, is no exception. Not only is it a terrific mystery/thriller that keeps you guessing right up until the last page, it just happens to be inspired by one of my all-time favorite novels: Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None." — Bookreporter.com

        "Swanson alternates points of view with alacrity, unleashing a varied and vibrant...

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        Nine strangers find their names on a list mailed anonymously, and soon bad things start happening to them, from a beloved older man's drowning at the beach to a young father's being shot while running in his quiet neighborhood. What links them? FBI agent Jessica Winslow would surely like to know, because she is on the list. Swanson sells brilliantly here and abroad, and a handful of his books have been optioned for film. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

        Copyright 2021 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Swanson (Every Vow You Break) neatly riffs on Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None in this taut thriller. Nine Americans from across the country—a stressed suburban father, an aspiring actor, a singer-songwriter, a resort owner, a retired businessman, a rich man’s mistress, an English professor, an oncology nurse, and FBI agent Jessica Winslow—each receives an envelope in the mail from an unknown sender containing only an identical list of nine names, including their own. The recipients, who don’t recognize the other names on the list, vary in their initial reactions; some are disturbed, while others barely pay attention to it. Then someone drowns one of the nine. Winslow, a federal investigator in Albany, N.Y., begins to probe whether the eight others, who have no apparent connections to one another, are all targets of a killer. Winslow’s mission becomes more urgent when another on the list is gunned down. Swanson makes the plotline plausible, despite radically transforming the setting from Christie’s isolated island with its closed circle of suspects, to the entire continental U.S. This is a well-crafted page-turner. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber Assoc.

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        As he did in Eight Perfect Murders (2020), Swanson again takes the idea of fiction as homage to deliriously vertiginous new heights. What seems initially to be a fairly straightforward take on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None turns out to be much, much more. The plot hinges, as in Christie's novel, on a group of characters being bumped off one at a time, but here the victims aren't all comfy in a country house but strung out around the country, and there is seemingly nothing to connect them--except that they have all received an ominous list of nine names, including their own. No explanation. Then the recipients of the list begin to die, often in bizarre ways. FBI agent Jessica Winslow, whose name is on the list, begins the search for links, as Swanson tantalizingly fills in backstory on the actual and would-be victims, leaving it to the reader to unlock what eludes Winslow. Meanwhile, a detective (and Christie buff) in rural Maine, where the first murder takes place, settles in for some close textual analysis. Naturally, there are many surprises in store for both readers and characters, and while the tension mounts deliciously as we wonder if there will be any survivors, the real fascination here is the explanation itself--and what it reveals about the cancerous effects of guilt and obsession. Old-school mystery, certainly, but delivered with a wonderful new-school sensibility.

        COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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If you're on the list, someone wants you dead.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Eight Perfect Murders comes the heart-pounding story of nine strangers who receive a cryptic list with their names on it—and then begin to die in highly unusual circumstances.

Nine strangers receive a list with their names on it in the mail. Nothing else, just a list of names on a single sheet of paper. None of the nine people know or have ever met the others on the list. They dismiss it as junk mail, a fluke—until very, very bad things begin happening to people on the list.

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