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An unprecedented collective features pairings by 23 best-selling and critically acclaimed suspense writers, who in short high-action stories pit their most popular characters against one another.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c014.
Edition: 1stimon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781476762067
Branch Call Number: FACEOFF SS
Characteristics: xvi, 367 p.; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Baldacci, David
Alternative Title: Face off


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Apr 06, 2018

I thought this was so-so. It was totally a mixed bag, enjoyed some, disliked others. It is a good way to sample the field though.

rb3221 Mar 16, 2016

An interesting and fun anthology of some of the best thriller writers and their characters matched in the same story by two authors. Each story is prefaced by remarks about the authors and their famous characters. My two favorites were The Laughing Buddha, a well written and interesting mystery with a supernatural twist and The Devil's Bones, where two famous protagonists, Cotton Malone and Gary Pierce combine their efforts in an exciting fast paced adventure in the Amazon. But generally short stories often don't allow the reader to get deeply involved with the characters.
However this anthology is a great way to discover new authors to read; especially helpful is the author biographies which mentions some of their best works.

Dec 27, 2014

Excellent. This collection is what results when the best writers bring their characters together.

KCLSRecommends Aug 06, 2014

Imagine all the best, most iconic characters from thriller fiction all pairing off to tackle short conundrums -- like Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme meeting John Sandford's Lucas Davenport, Lee Child's Jack Reacher confronting Joseph Finder's Nick Heller, and even Preston & Child's Aloysius Pendergast matched with R.L Stine's Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy!

ChristchurchLib Jul 13, 2014

"In this unique collection, 22 bestselling suspense authors have paired off, as have their most popular characters -- be they lone wolves or team players. Within these pages you'll find John Sandford's Lucas Davenport working with Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme, while Lee Child's Jack Reacher comes across Joseph Finder's Nick Heller in a bar. Chances are, your favourite authors are here, while at least a few others -- and their creations -- will be new to you, making this a great choice for fans of all kinds, as well as readers looking for new experiences and new authors." Thrillers and Suspense July 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/2c47e9e5-d355-491f-87b1-c136ab375b01?postId=36471ee9-07d6-46ed-ba48-5fde3e03c300

shannon40 Jun 12, 2014

Two excellent stories, several good ones and only one that I couldn't be bothered to finish.


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