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XO Book 3
A Kathryn Dance Thriller
by Jeffery Deaver

RRP €19.85

XO Book 3
A Kathryn Dance Thriller
by Author Name Jeffery Deaver

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List Price:19.85
Format: Paperback, 234 x 156 x 32mm, 416pp
Publication date: 21 Jun 2012
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
ISBN-13: 9780340937327

Dubray Review

Fresh from taking up the 007 mantle with last year's excellent Bond novel Carte Blanche, Jeffery Deaver has returned to one of his most compelling characters: special agent Kathryn Dance, an incisive interrogator and expert in body language. Kathryn is on holidays in Fresno, California to see country pop singer Kayleigh Towne. When several people close to the singer die in violent circumstances, Dance is brought in to investigate. Suspicion naturally falls upon an obsessed fan who once threatened Kayleigh with the words 'I'm coming for you'. But, as Dance peels away the layers of the puzzle, she discovers that Kayleigh might have more than one stalker vying for her attention. Featuring a cameo from the author's other famous investigator, Lincoln Rhyme of The Bone Collector, XO is vintage Deaver – a tightly plotted mystery packed with dark thrills, twists and mind games.

- Robin Forsythe, Dun Laoghaire


Kayleigh Towne is a beautiful and successful singer-songwriter, and Edwin Sharp is her biggest fan. When she replies to one of his fan letters with 'XO', Edwin is convinced she loves him, and that her latest hit song 'Your Shadow' was written for him. Nothing Kayleigh or her lawyers can say persuades him otherwise. Then the singer gets an anonymous phone call; it's the first verse of 'Your Shadow' playing. Soon after, one of the crew is horribly murdered. Kayleigh's friend Kathryn Dance, a special agent with the California Bureau of Investigation, knows that stalking crimes are not one-off occurrences, and, sure enough, more verses of the song are played as warnings of death to follow. With a little help from forensic criminalist Lincolyn Rhyme, Dance must use her kinesic and investigative skills in an attempt to find the killer before more people die. Deaver has written the actual song, 'Your Shadow'. Readers will be able to download it from


Excellent ... plenty of surprises and red herrings Publishers Weekly, starred review The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world ... [Deaver] has produced a stunning series of bestsellers with unique characterisation, intelligent characters, beguiling plots and double-barrelled and sometimes triple-barrelled solutions. Daily Telegraph The pace is terrific, the suspense inexorable, and there is an excellent climax ... If you want thrills, Deaver is your man. Guardian Jeffery Deaver is grand master of the ticking-clock thriller. Kathy Reichs One of the world's best plotters - his intricate twists and turns catch out even the hardened thriller reader ... This is a true master at work - elegant, assured, supremely crafted thriller writing at its very best Daily Mail The twists and turns of Deaver's plot leave lesser authors eating his dust. Sunday Herald Sun 'Deaver fans will relish XO's swift pace and the supreme, origami-like twists of its plot, and will note with approval a cameo from the author's more famous creation, the quadriplegic criminal psychologist Lincoln Rhyme'. The Age For suspense, leave it to Deaver. The Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin Deaver at his forensic best. The Courier Mail Leaves lesser thriller writers eating his dust. The Sunday Mail The grand master of the thriller genre has done it again with a ripping new Kathryn Dance novel. The Weekly The twists and turns of Deaver's plot leaves lesser authors eating his dust. Sunday Telegraph