Elevator Pitch

Elevator Pitch The New York Times Bestselling Author Of A Noise Downstairs And No Time For Goodbye Returns With An Edge Of Your Seat Thriller That Does For Elevators What Psycho Did For Showers And Jaws Did For The Beach A Heart Pounding Tale In Which A Series Of Disasters Paralyzes New York City With Fear 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 WeatherIt 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.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 Why Are They Doing It 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 Before The City S Newest, And Tallest, Residential Tower Has Its Friday Night Ribbon Cutting.With Each Diabolical Twist, Linwood Barclay Ratchets Up The Suspense, Building To A Shattering Finale Pulsating With Tension, Elevator Pitch Is A Riveting Tale Of Psychological Suspense That Is All Too Plausible And Will Chill Readers To The Bone. In Elevator Pitch, Linwood Barclay writes brilliantly about the fear and mayhem experienced by New Yorkers when elevators appear to take on a life of their own, killing all those on board.It begins when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower Each of them have pressed a button for their particular floor, but the elevator ascends right to the top, stops for a few seconds and then plummets right to the bottom of the shaft On Tuesday it happens again in another building Wednesday yet another high rise tragedy occurs, plunging the city into complete chaos Elevators are closed throughout the city people are unable to work medical emergencies on top floor apartments go unanswered, but just who is responsible Is it a terrorist organisation, or the Russians, or an individual with some ulterior motive One thing s for sure, the perpetrators need to be caught, and fast, or the whole of New York and its economy will be brought to it s knees.I think what makes this a compelling read is, that given the high tech world in which we now live, I can imagine that this scenario could be entirely plausible, and one can o
an edge of your seat thriller that does for elevators what Psycho did for showers and Jaws did for the beach So, I have a small confession to make This is my first introduction into this authors work Shocking I know I have heard so many great things and even have one of his books sat on my bookshelf waiting to be read What a book to start with though Brilliant is the first word that comes to mind to describe it.If you re lucky enough to not have a phobia about elevators, well you than likely will have one by the time you finish this book There s something about a small confined space and relying totally on technology that gives you a sense of trepidation The fact that in the space of a couple of days there are fatalities that involve elevators, it literally sent me running for the stairs.The story centres around the Mayor of the city and Barbara who works for a newspaper, of which there is no love lost between these two characters We get to see the busy lifestyle of someone in power and the behind the scenes of when things go wrong and a city desperate to lay the blame at someones feet It sure does make for some compelling reading.The sense of fear in people really stands out in the story The suspense and tension was just electrifying and I couldn t turn those pages quick enough to see who was responsible There was than a few jaw dropping moments where I had to go back and re read to fully comprehend what I had just read Those moments are THE best Woah I really
Someone in New York City is targeting elevators in high rise buildings and people are being killed when the elevator gets out of control Also terrorists are setting off bombs in public places Detectives Bourque and Delgado have been assigned to help with these incidents and to see if they are connected.Mayor Headley
Actions have consequences Maybe not overnight Maybe not in a week, or a month or even a decadeEventually, things have a way of balancing out Things become anything but normal in New York when there are 3 separate incidents involving elevators located inside Manhattan skyscrapers that result in deaths The city s residents are mildly interested and guess there s some sort of connection between these events but total panic really ensues when Mayor Richard Wilson Headley orders that all of them be put out of service until they can be checked In a vertical city, this can lead to disaster But that s not the only concern of Detectives Jerry Bourque and Lois Delgado they re wondering if these engineered elevator episodes are targeted murders or if they re related to a domestic extremist group known as the Flyovers Homeland security is investigating as a possible act of terrorism But no one claims responsibility And might the elevator tampering be related to the death of a man found bludgeoned and without fingertips on the High Line Or how about that taxi bombing It s a very complicated scenario affecting many jurisdictions and the situational response is being followed very closely by journalist and reporter, Barbara Matheson She has her own personal reasons for examining all the players and especially those in the Mayor s office Who is doing this, and why NO SPOILERS.What a wild ride of suspense I could barely stop readi
ARC received in exchange for an honest review thank you Linwood Barclay has been my favourite thriller writer since I first read No Time for Goodbye eight years ago, at the age of eleven His writing style is spare but great at ratcheting up the tension I m not the biggest fan of this book it left too many loose threads hanging at the end, plus the culprit was obvious in hindsight but it was a great way to spend an afternoon This book is one of those ones that are told from lots of perspectives, and only at the end you discover how all they come together.We re in Manhattan, and the basic premise is that over the course of one week, a number of terrible incidents happen with elevators First one descends right to the bottom of the shaft Another woman is beheaded while leaning out of the elevator The mayor of New York, Richard Headley, is forced to shut down all the elevators in the city after they discover that these aren t random freak accidents someone is targeting elevators But obviously, in a vertical city like New York, this leads to widespread chaos.It doesn t help that meanwhile, a domestic terrorist group known as the Flyovers are causing trouble in New York Their aim is to show the social elites that they can t ignore the poor, working class members of society to that end, they ve b
FEAR OF ELEVATORS CLAUSTROPHOBIC Skip Barclay s Elevator Pitch BUT.If you want a fantastic read with disjointed characters that lead to an array of suspects and events DON T MISS OUT ON THIS NOVEL Barclay must have an amazing story board for this novel that brings panic to NYC Pages are full of what happens when a vertical city is suddenly unable to s
New York is a vertical city 70,000 elevators keep its citizens on the move So what happens if someone can hack in to the controls and send them crashing down That s the main plot of this frantic thriller which sees the city almost paralysed with fear as a series of elevator accidents result in death.At the same time, in a sub plot, a bunch of right wing terrorists are targeting major cities on the East and West coast, setting off bombs to maim and kill A bomb in a taxi outside a Manhattan hotel kills 3 people Could it be connected to the elevator murders NYPD Detective Jerry Bourque and his partner Lois Delgado are called to the scene of a grisly murder A man has been bludgeoned to death, his face unrecognisable and the tips of all 10 fingers sliced off Bourque and Delgado discover the dead man was an elevator engineer Coincidence The detectives don t think so.Following the deaths of 4 people in the first elevator accident , journalist Barbara Matheson starts digging and files a report on her online column grieving for one of the victims Meanwhile, Barbara s daughter Arla has a job at the office of the Mayor of New York, Richard Headley known to many cynical New Yorkers as Dickhead is a hard nosed poli
Somehow, the two books I read this weekend both focus on elevators And both were creepy AF Linwood Barclay has a reliably entertaining Promise Falls series, but has taken a slight detour for a standalone thriller entitled Elevator Pitch thanks to Harper Collins William Morrow and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for this honest review.The story takes place over a week in Manhattan, starting with what appears to be a horrible accident when an elevator in a high rise office tower goes non stop to the top floor, then plummets to the bottom of the shaft with predictable results.That was Monday On Tuesday, the tragedy is repeated in another Manhattan high rise By Wednesday, the city is in chaos, and of course terrorism in on people s minds When every elevator in the city is shut down, the results affect everyone in the city At the same time, a murder victim is found with fingertips removed, and two experienced detectives and a female journalist are in a frenzied race to figure out what is going on At the end of the week, the newest and tallest skyscraper in the city is scheduled for a huge party celebrating its opening, and all the various subplots and characters move toward the finale.Stuff that actually COULD happen is the scariest, in many ways, and Barclay has done his usual good job of developing characters, moving the plot along, and throwing in a surprise or two or maybe it s just me, I have never been good at
Review coming closer to pub date Stay tuned for my upcoming QA Elevator Interview with the Author in September

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  • Hardcover
  • 464 pages
  • Elevator Pitch
  • Linwood Barclay
  • English
  • 14 January 2018
  • 9780062678287