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.
One mistake is all it takes. Busted back to rookie after losing her gun in a gang take-down, California Bureau of Investigation Agent Kathryn Dance finds herself making routine insurance checks after a roadhouse fire. But Dance is a highly trained expert in body language: her most deadly weapon is her instinct, and they can't take that away from her. And when the evidence at the club points to something more than a tragic accident, she isn't going to let protocol stop her doing everything in her power to take down the perp. Someone out there is using the terror of crowds to kill, and Dance must find out who, before he strikes again ...