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The Winner

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  28,978 Ratings  ·  1,249 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-
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Grand Central Publishing
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Kristy James
Sep 06, 2011 Kristy James rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 13, 2008 Almak rated it it was ok  ·  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
A.J. Sendall
May 13, 2014 A.J. Sendall rated it it was ok
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
Ryan Sampey
Feb 27, 2012 Ryan Sampey rated it it was amazing
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Jul 25, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it
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May 04, 2016 Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
3.5 stars - I didn't agree with a lot of decisions made by the main characters, but it was an exciting enough read with an interesting villain.
Nov 21, 2011 Marissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dec 10, 2012 Sarah ~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
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 .
Oct 07, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
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!
Terri Lynn
Aug 15, 2015 Terri Lynn rated it really liked it
LouAnn Tyler is poor white Georgia trailer trash. Her parents are dead and she is a waitress at the Number One Truck Stop where she keeps her 8 month old illegitimate daughter Lisa under the counter because the child's deadbeat father Duane is a piece of alcoholic drug-ridden trash. LouAnn is 20 and dropped out of school in the 7th grade and is an idiot. LouAnn, Duane, oh yes it is Bubba and his shack up Bubbette.

Then suddenly LouAnn is offered a chance by a strange man to win 100 million in a
Linda Hart
May 27, 2012 Linda Hart rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 24, 2014 Ernest rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 18, 2014 Bunsa rated it it was ok
"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
May 28, 2009 Jason rated it really liked it
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
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
This is one of the earlier book by David Baldacci and somehow he didn't have the mastery of his craft back then that he has now.
I don't know what it is, whether it's the plot, or the characters but I stumbled through the whole book and never was captivated by the whole story and I have read a lot of the recent books by Baldacci ( like the John Puller serie or the Will Robbie and I was captivated by those and couldn't drop them).
Anyway, somewhat of a miss for me, but that will not keep me away fr
Jun 06, 2015 Niles rated it it was amazing
Have you ever thought about winning the lottery? Think about all those items on your wish list you could buy? I know I have, and would bet most others have also. What if you knew the game was fixed to give you the winning numbers? Would the fact that the money was essentially stolen curb your enthusiasm? Would your ethics be strong enough to turn down millions in tainted money? This is the dilemma facing single mother LuAnn Tyler in David Baldacci's page turner of a novel "The Winner."

Almost eve
Jul 19, 2015 Rod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'm finished with The Winner: like the title the Winner is a Winner with Me its a stand out 5 star by David Baldacci a must read if you like a good thriller 5 stars and more if i could
Kristi Sawyer
Not one of Baldacci's best in my opinion. Perhaps owing to the genre of the story (lottery fraud), it didn't owe itself to as much action and drama as I was used to. A lot of the story was quite calm and subject to threats rather than the usual violence and suspense I expect from crime, with Baldacci being no exception. The action is what keeps me up until the early hours of the morning, frantically turning the pages. Having said that, the last 100 pages did get really good and I didn't find mys ...more
Liz Pollinger
Sep 26, 2015 Liz Pollinger rated it really liked it
LuAnn Taylor is young, a single mother and poor, living in a trailer in rural Georgia with her drug dealing boyfriend. An opportunity arises for her to become very wealthy by winning the lottery. Being of good moral character she is not sure she should take the deal. However, when she goes back to the trailer to think things over, she stumbles into a drug deal gone bad and believes she has killed a person. With no other options she takes the offer and wins 100 million dollars in the lottery. She ...more
Apr 20, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite Baldacci book. If you love a good mystery, this book is sure to please!
Victor Wilkie
Jul 26, 2015 Victor Wilkie rated it liked it
An uneducated, dirt-poor single mom goes to an interview for what appears to be a great temporary job offer, only to find out that the real purpose of the meeting is a lottery fix. Her end of the deal? All she has to do is ask no questions, do as she's told, take her winnings and live happily ever after. There's only one hitch in the giddy-up: our heroine, Lu Ann Tyler is sharp as a tack (as we're constantly reminded by the author) and knows that there's something crooked about the deal. She has ...more
Randy Ortiz
Feb 28, 2015 Randy Ortiz rated it it was ok
I love David Baldacci. His books quickly cut to the chase and he is a master at developing unique and relatable characters. This book is no different. The villian is acceptional.

HOWEVER, Annie from Stephen King's Misery would have slit his throat on this one because the believability of the premise just wasn't there.

Because it is fiction, there is room for leeway, but the villian could have accomplished what he was trying to accomplish by much easier just didn't make sense to make oth
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
Jan 25, 2013 Bev rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
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
Ryan Dejonghe
Mar 10, 2014 Ryan Dejonghe rated it liked it
I’m noticing a trend in books I can’t stand. It’s not the pages of useless exposition (which this book has). It’s not the flat and awkwardly constructed sentences (which this book also has). And it’s not even the odd pacing issues (which, well you can guess). The thing that drives me nuts is a book full of unbelievable premises and characters. You can tell me a giant squid squirted ink on the moon and put us in eternal nocturnal darkness and I’ll believe it—if you tell it honestly and convincing ...more
Jun 18, 2011 Maggie rated it really liked it
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
Veselin Nikolov
Jul 07, 2014 Veselin Nikolov rated it really liked it
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.
Neva Williams
Nov 05, 2015 Neva Williams rated it it was amazing
As I find myself entering some books on Goodreads, that I read many years ago, some of the books I don't clearly remember the story, but others I remember clearly. This is one of those books that I still remember. Great story and characters.
Apr 10, 2016 Roberto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muy buen libro dentro de este género. Entretenida historia con personajes bien definidos y buena combinación de macro y micro historia al mismo tiempo
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David Baldacci writes because he can't imagine not writing. He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; one year later, it was adapted for film, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into ...more
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