American-born Jeffery Deaver has gained a bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University during his lifetime. Initially, Jeffery worked as a journalist before practicing law at a large Wall Street firm; however, he later combined his two great loves and turned his hand to crime writing. His first novel, which was part of a trilogy, was published in 1988. Jeffery began writing full time in 1990 and is now an internationally-renowned, best-selling author. He has published more than 30 novels and three collections of short stories, as well as a non-fiction law book. They have been translated into more than 25 languages and sold in 150 countries.
Jeffery has been awarded the Steel Dagger and the Short Story Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association, as well as the Nero Wolfe Award. In addition, he has received the Ellery Queen Readers Award for the Best Short Story of the Year and has won the British Thumping Good Read Award.
Many of Jeffery's novels have been turned into feature films including Maiden's Grave, The Devils Teardrop and The Bone Collector, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Jeffery is also a folksinger and previously performed in music clubs across San Francisco and Chicago.
The October List
In The October List, author Jeffery Deaver takes a modern crime story and turns it on its head to create one of the most original novels of recent times. The plot is a race against the clock – a crime mystery told in reverse with every crime scene beginning at the end. To unravel what's happened the reader needs to work backwards. It's a story about a woman whose normal, happy life implodes when her six year old daughter is kidnapped. She's given an ultimatum by the kidnappers: to pay half a million dollars and to find a document known as 'The October List' within 30 hours, or she'll never see her daughter again.
This is a thrilling tale with too many heart stopping twists and turns to count. It will keep you guessing until you turn the very last page, to reveal how it all started.