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The Winner

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  21,676 ratings  ·  936 reviews
She is twenty, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All she has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever.

It's an offer she dares to refuse...until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a harrowing game of high-...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Grand Central Publishing
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Ryan Sampey
The book The Winner by David Baldacci is 628 pages, published in 1997 by Columbus Rose, Ltd. The genre is a mix of mystery, realistic fiction, and thriller. It follows the story of LuAnn Tyler, a dirt poor twenty year-old with a infant child who is offered a chance to win the lottery. Driven away from her home town by her drug dealing boyfriend, she wins the lottery and spends 10 years living abroad. Coming back to the US, she faces the killer known as Jackson who set up the lottery scheme. She...more
Jun 13, 2008 Almak rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Almak by: Emily
Being highly recommended to me I was anxious to absorb myself reading a good book. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of them.

Primarily, I was disappointed with descriptive nudity, a masturbation scene and a sex scene, all of which could have been removed and the book as a whole would have been better.

Nonetheless, the premise held the possibility of a good story but it was just too predictable. There was only one surprise in the book and the beginning drug on forever. Baldacci takes over a hundred...more
What would you do if someone offered you $100 million dollars and all you had to do was leave the country and never return? Yeah, me too! But then I read THE WINNER.

LuAnn Tyler is only 20 years old and already a dirt-poor single mother with an 8-month old daughter living in a trailer in Georgia. When a strange man, whom she thought was offering her a job, says he can guarantee that she'll win the national lottery, LuAnn's better judgement tells her to decline. But she comes home to find her boyf...more
Kristy James
I started reading The Winner based on a recommendation from my eye doctor, of all people. Frankly I'd never heard of the author before, but decided to give it a shot. And I'm glad I did. I'm even more glad I gave up on the hardcover library book and, instead, got the Kindle version (it's much lighter!).

The Winner is a surprisingly interesting and good book. The characters seem very real and you choose your sides very early on. The plot is something else. Even though I'm a writer, I can't imagine...more
Sarah ( Paris )
في الروايات تكون الأمور عادة واضحة ..
على الأقل بالنسبة لي ..

هذه الرواية كلُ شيء ضبابي .

فقد تتعاطف مع شخصية الآن بعد قليل ستنقمُ عليها ..
لتتعاطف معها بعد ثوانٍ أخرى ..
أبدع بالدتشي في صياغة الشخصيات ..
وأبدع خاصة في شخصية جاكسون " شخصية لا تتكرر " ..
رواية جميلة
تستحق النجمات الأربعة التي منحتها إياها .
A.J. Sendall
The Winner – not!
I had seen the name many times, but had never read anything by David Baldacci until last week. That Baldacci is a prolific writer is evinced in any airport book store. I was expecting something light and easy like Grisham, but it was a whole lot worse.
The two main characters, LuAnn Tyler, and Jackson, are completely implausible, and at times self-contradictory. Jackson was supposed to be ‘terrifying’, we were told so repeatedly, but he was laughable at best. Baldacci also repea...more
May 28, 2009 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
Ever since school got out for the summer, oddly enough, I have been reading a lot.

I picked up a few books at a local church book sale.
I have heard really good things about David Baldacci (mainly because of the movie based on his book, Absolute Power) and I found this book for $.50 so I thought I would give it a try.

In fact, when handing my money to the cashier at the sale, the lady said that this was her favorite David Baldacci book. She had good taste.

Short overview for you:

LuAnn Tyler had...more
Well, I've said it before, I'm a sucker for mysteries/crime/thrillers. I always have been. While other people were soaking up Judy Blume, I firmly ignored the conversations between God and Margaret and stayed up all night reading The Pelican Brief and The Client. Now, there are two questions that pop up given that information: the first being the question of how was I allowed to stay up all night at 13 (or so) the second is what was I really doing reading those books? To the first question I'll...more
Linda Hart
I do like reading Baldacci's mysteries. This has a unique fast-paced plot, with lots of twists and turns, and his characters are well developed. Each time I read one of his books I'm impressed with how different they are from each other and I wonder how he comes up with such varying scenarios and interesting characters. He is a very talented writer. There is no bad language and although there is a sex scene it's nothing compared toKen Follett or other popular mystery writers.
My second Baldacci book and it did not disappoint! This is a fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining book...I was hooked on page one and stayed hooked through every page until the last. This would make a killer movie!
Probably my favorite Baldacci book. If you love a good mystery, this book is sure to please!
A single mother is offered a guarantee to win the lottery and after initial hesitation, accepts. Circumstances force her to leave the country but her eventual return is not welcomed by everyone.

My main problem with this book is that I could see the pieces, parts and elements of this book while reading it rather than ever reading it as a whole work. The protagonist needs to look sympathetic, so there will be an element added…here. The villain needs to escape from this situation, so he will have...more
LuAnn Tyler is twenty years old and has an eight-month-old daughter, Lisa. Living in a backwoods Georgia town in a ramshackle mobile home, LuAnn is beyond poor and always has been. And the trailer belongs to the baby’s father, a young man with a love for idleness and drink but none for LuAnn or the baby.

Even though she never finished middle school, LuAnn is innately intelligent and street smart. She is also physically attractive and possesses a genetic physical strength that is belied by her lit...more
"The Winner".
Loses. My first David Baldacci book, he seems quite popular, so I though I would give one if his books a read.
Maybe I chose the wrong one, but I thought this book was terrible. The one thing I will give it is that I won't call it boring; I definitely wanted to read what happened next. That being said, I also wouldn't call it "fast-paced" either. It dragged through certain areas, and then skipped through some I thought would have needed more attention and detail, then lingered too l...more
People think winning the lottery is the best thing in the world. Not so LuAnn Tyler, who is 20, beautiful, dirt-poor, and living in a trailer with her deadbeat boyfriend, the father of her newly born daughter, Lisa. Then she gets a call from a mysterious "Mr. Jackson" who offers to make her rich beyond her wildest dreams. All she has to do is buy a lottery ticket and he will take care of the rest. LuAnn is also a good girl, so, though tempted, she doesn't want to do anything illegal, but circums...more
Jane Stewart
Above average plot with intricate developments, but it was missing the wow factor. Good but not great.

To let readers know where I'm coming from, my preferred genre is romance novels. The fact that I liked this should mean something since it is off genre for me. Throughout the book there was the underlying frustration of how can anyone ever stop this bad guy, but he gets it eventually. The story was excellent mechanically with good showing not telling. I would have liked more e...more
This one, I immensely enjoyed. It was original and unpredictable (mostly), which are 2 difficult components when you read the amount of mystery novels that I do. It was intriguing with the lottery angle and the way it was done? GENIUS!!! (no spoiler!) Very creative mystery novel and probably my favorite Baldacci to date. I actually shuddered and felt a cold chill with some of the parts with Jackson (major CREEPER!!) Characters well-developed and intriguing from Charlie, the older "grandpa" type...more
Книгата се състои реално от 2 части. Първата ми допадна и ако книгата беше спряла там, щях да й дам по-висок рейтинг. Втората не ми допадна. Беше пълна с пълнеж и wtf моменти. Наложи се да прескачам особено неприятни участъци. Ще се опитам в бъдеще да отбягвам този автор, дори когато ми се чете безмозъчна литература.
It's like a silly movie in book form. It requires quite a bit of suspension of disbelief given the odd circumstances and odd characters.

Once again, Baldacci makes everyone into these "beautiful" creatures so that creates that first layer of falseness. Then we get into the abilities of the villain, the strength and power of the heroine, and the ability to fix the lottery? It just adds up to a lot of incredulity on my part.

I still give it three stars for being entertaining plot wise. However, it r...more
Corey Tardif
I haven't read too many of Baldacci's stand alone books, but I gotta The Winner was an excellent book! Twists and turns from beginning to end, as I got farther into it I read longer than usual each night because I was aching to find out what happened next. David Baldacci has got to be one of my favorite thriller writers. I won't give anything away but one thing I like about this book is Baldacci didn't seem to focus on the political views a whole lot.

Highly recommended to anyone who likes a goo...more
while my current reading doesn't reflect it, mysteries the mystery is probably my very favorite genre. Far too often, people decide that mysteries are little more than mindless fluff meant to entertain the masses while offering very little substance. Actually, though, it is their substance which often makes them among the most memorable books you'll ever read.

while Baldacci's book probably won't stay with me for long, there are two elements which made it worth my time.

First of all, it caused m...more
Donna Hill
If someone promised to make you the winner of a $100 million lottery, could you refuse? It's got to be illegal. But, seriously, could you refuse? Or, would that be signing your death certificate?

After she gets such an offer from a mysterious stranger, LuAnn Tyler doesn't have time to ponder that scenario. she arrives home to her dilapidated trailer to find her low-life boyfriend dead and his killer ready to take her life as well. To protect herself and her baby girl, she uses her considerable p...more
1997 - the third of Baldacci's novels, by now designated 'vintage Baldacci'. Promotional tactic there.

Spoiler Alert ----
Sorry, only five persons meet an untimely end this time out: stabbed, prostaglandinized, neck broken, smothered and shot -
Ohhh! did I write that out for all to read with no spoiler alert?
mea culpa -
End spoiler alert.

I'll retreat and insert the alert now.
There I absolved myself.

Jackson - is the coolest of cool bad guy's You guess, but are never sure, if the person confronting...more
Giri Dv
Plot appeared contrived and artificial at the start. But as it went on, it was really good. Well written. Compulsive reading.
Why the police could not follow the money trail? Lottery money is sure not paid in cash.
Riggs says his cellphone broke when Donovan hit him. Cellphones do not break. The cover and battery just fall apart.
The police could have looked for the baby when Luann escaped from US. Could have nailed her.
Seems lame that they did not anticipate transmitter devices. Even readers would...more
Joey Berube
A quick read. I found myself skimming a big in the beginning since the author chose to include a lot of details that didn't add much to the story. Around 60% I was caught up in the suspense and racing to the end. The book feels a bit dated, but overall I enjoyed the plot and really enjoyed the characters.
Gloria Johnson
A great book that really held my interest. What dirt-poor, uneducated single mother with a worthless bum of a live-in boyfriend wouldn't jump at the chance to win the lottery...guaranteed? Of course, it is like making a deal with there devil, and there are strings attached. The man who fixed the lottery will be using the money, while she lives off the interest and the promise of a return of the entire winning amount in 10 years. The man who pulls the strings is perfectly evil and without conscie...more
John Merryman
I would have liked to be able to rate this book at 3.5 stars, but that isn't an option. This book is very different than the first two books I've read by David Baldacci. I'm not even sure if I would call it a thriller, more like a some times mildly exciting book. The story itself was interesting - A poor hopeless single mother is given a chance to hit the lottery for big bucks, knowing beforehand she will win because it is fixed. From rags to riches to unable to live a lie, classic.

Even after th...more
She is twenty, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All she has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever.

It's an offer she dares to refuse...until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a harrowing game of high-stakes, big-money subterfuge. It's a price she won't fully pay...until she does the unthinkable and breaks the promise that ma...more
To be honest, i really don't understandd the whole logic.

what the difference between dirt poor and enormous wealth ? what is Luann looking for in the begining and in the End ?
"life was not fair" always. Luann choose to get in the Game but after 10 years wealthy but isolated life, she suddenly figure out what she really want ? Fair ? Peace ? or Love ?

I felt shame on Luann, and I felt pity on Jackson (especially he killed his own only sister). how many people has been killed due to Luann's sudde...more
Maynard Lewis
I realized about 20 pages in that I had read this book in 1998. But it is so good that I read it again. Enough said.
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David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 28 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated in...more
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