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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  7,421 ratings  ·  539 reviews
A new standalone thriller by Number One internationally bestselling author Jeffery Deaver - taking place in nearly real time it's fast-paced, heart-pounding, and full of unexpected twists and turns
Paperback, 424 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published January 1st 2010)
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Giovanni Gelati
I just need to get this out from the start: I loved this novel, seriously, loved it! This will definitely be in my top five reads of the year, not the quarter, the year. Synopsis first then let the love fest begin:
“When Washington D.C. police detective Ryan Kessler is targeted by Henry Loving, he and his family are immediately put under government protection. Loving is a ruthless "lifter", hired to extract information from his victims, and he will use whatever means necessary including kidnappin
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
3.5 Stars

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I really liked this novel a lot. And if I hadn't been sick this weekend, I would have finished it in 2 days. Jeffery Deaver has created a great new character - Corte - that I would really enjoy seeing again; maybe as sequel or a new series. He's a complicated guy who doesn't smile, takes his job seriously, and does what it takes to protect his charges. He's very secretive and loves board games, and he uses game strategy to outsmart the lifters and hitters that want to kill or
PROTAGONIST: Corte, Federal protection officer
SETTING: Washington, DC; Virginia
SERIES: Standalone

EDGE is a standalone by thriller expert Jeffery Deaver which introduced me to a few different kinds of characters than I’ve met before. The protagonist of the book, Corte, is a Federal protection officer who is known as a “shepherd”. His assignments are to protect people who possess information that a criminal desperately needs. Often, the criminal will hire someone known as a “lifter” wh
I am a big fan of Jeffery Deaver and this book, "The Edge," with Corte, who calls himself ‘the shepherd,’ a protector, as the main character, this book was no exception. Loving is a return character for Deaver and an old enemy his stories. It is not Deaver’s best book but as I listened to it on audio and it was easy to follow and had both action and suspense. I had a bit of confusion at first with “the lifters,” the hitters” and the cutters and what all of that meant.

It is a fast moving book an
Edge, eh? Four words sum up this review: Deaver has lost his. Don't waste your time or money.
Edge is the first Deaver book I've read that was not in the Lincoln Rhyme series. I was pleasantly surprised by a slam bang action packed thriller with plenty of curves in the road.

The story revolves around a special witness protection detail. They are attempting to protect a family from a guy known as a lifter. A "lifter" is a mercenary who extracts information. He is willing to use any "edge" he can get. He will kidnap, torture, threaten, blackmail. The bad guy in this story is an expert at k
3.5 Stars for me. It wasn't that this wasn't a good book, it was. Corte is a new character for Deaver, not sure if we will see him again. Corte works for a shadow government agency that protects individuals from harm. He has many people that don't want him to complete his mission. Where I had issues with the book was it was wrote in first person. My least favorite tense. Eventually I got used to it and was able to get into the story. Corte came off as a loney individual and after reading the sur ...more
Very surprised. It was horrible. Tried to get into this but put it down and I rarely do that ever. Just not up to par with his other recent works of fiction.
Nayan Patel
Another great book by Jeffery Deaver!! This book for me was highly reminiscent of The Blue Nowhere The Blue Nowhere by Jeffery Deaver where the reader was left guessing till the last moment.

What really sets this book apart is the one on one matching of wits between Henry Loving and Corte, the main protagonist in the book. Corte is a "shepherd" in a highly clandestine government agency responsible for protecting Ryan Kessler and his family to prevent the "lifter" Loving from gaining an 'Edge' over his wards. Just when the reader
Craig Sisterson
Bestselling American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver is most well-known for his psychological thriller series starring quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme (such as THE BONE COLLECTOR, adapted into a film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie), a spin-off series starring interrogation expert Kathryn Dance, and recently for taking up the baton by penning the latest James Bond novel, CARTE BLANCHE, but he has also written some very good standalone thrillers over the years.

EDGE introduces
As other reviewers have suggested, the protagonist seems to be a stand in for the author, And if this is the case, the author must be, as the protagonist is, a total bore.He wants to provide little grammar lessons along the way. Only problem, Deaver can't come close to Strunk & White or Eats, Shoots & Leaves. He begins on p. 18 by giving the grammar once over to an email. "Grammar, spelling and punctuation are good," he says. "Proper use of "per." , , , I didn't explain that 'as per,' wh ...more
This book had a subject that I haven't really read much about. Corte, works for a super secret agency within the government, one who provides protection for people that are getting ready to go into the witness protection program. It is like they are the in between the US Marshalls, who normally take care of this service.

While the prologue starts out with a bang, the start of the book is a little slow, setting up the players and just exactly who and what everyone is. But once the story gets going
Dodol Surodol
Deaver seems to have gotten better with technical terms and the teenage character says "like" a lot less, so that's good. I'm not that crazy about the protagonist's extreme love for board games. Deaver does this a lot with his protagonists, tying every thought and action with whatever interest they have, and while it's nice to learn about things you wouldn't otherwise know, it tends to render the characters one-dimensional.

As writers are prone to, Deaver exaggerates the I.T. stuff quite a bit, w
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Terrie Purkey
Though he's a favorite author, not my favorite book. A story about private protection of a family against a "lifter" or person hired to kidnap a family member for the purpose of finding information, it never really grabbed me.

The main character, Corte, never engaged me - he seemed flat, cold, and distant. The story is told from his perspective but you never really learn much about him. Even the bad guy, Henry Loving (really?!), wasn't well developed and seemed a cardboard character. He was alway
Simon Gosden
Jeffery Deaver writes some of the cleverest, well constructed crime novels to be found anywhere and this really hits the mark.
When Washington D.C. police detective Ryan Kessler is targeted by Henry Loving, he and his family are immediately put under government protection. Loving is a ruthless ‘lifter’, hired to extract information from his victims, and he will use whatever means necessary including kidnapping, torturing or killing their family. The hero of this tale is Corte uncompromising, rele
When a secret government agency becomes aware of a plot to kidnap a Washington, D.C. police officer, Corte, an agent who works for the agency, is assigned the role of "shepherd" or protector. In this fast paced thriller, Corte is pitted against Henry Loving, a cunning and ruthless "lifter" who is known to torture his subjects in order to obtain information. A tense cat and mouse scenario begins as Corte attempts to keep his target alive. With unexpected twists and turns, Deaver keeps the reader ...more
Henry Loving, a devious lifter, is on a mission to kidnap and lift information from the Kessler family and Corte is not about to let that happen. Infact, Corte's job is to protect the Kessler family. After the murder of his colleague, and mentor, years ago Corte knows better than anyone how to out-smart Loving. Unfortunately for him he's so emotionally invested in the operation that he makes a few mistakes along the way.

I absolutely loved Corte, what a fantastic character. He's completely devoid
Jeffrey Deaver must have inserted a cranial jack directly into my brain. He knows how to pump up my heartbeat in anticipation of often brutal action scenes and stroke my ego by letting me feel like I’m solving some of the problems along with his protagonists. The protagonist of the first Deaver novel I read, Speaking in Tongues was largely structured around psychology. This novel, Edge, is largely structured around board games. Admittedly, part of my enthusiasm for this book stems from my person ...more

Peccato, era partito così bene.. Poi mi sono arenata :(
La prima parte è davvero ben costruita: suspense, azione, personaggi decisamente interessanti (soprattutto Corte, il protagonista.. Adorato letteralmente!) e una storia che non penso di aver mai letto prima (probabilmente il genere è ampio, ma io non ho mai avuto il piacere :D): protezione testimoni, un cacciatore di informazioni professionista (di quelli che non si fanno scrupoli a torturare la gente per ottenere informazioni, per capir
Ho letto un po' di tempo fa "Il filo che brucia", dello stesso autore. Mi diverte la parte "divulgativa" che ho trovato sia in quel libro (la corrente e l'energia elettrica) che in questo (la teoria dei giochi). Non si tratta di digressioni noiose ma di spiegazioni molto semplici per chi, come me, è assolutamente digiuno della materia.
La trama, è certamente appassionante e costruita in maniera "professionale", "Il filo che brucia" è però un libro molto migliore di questo, ne deduco, pur non segu
I usually have a stern rule, 50 or 100 pages to make up my mind whether to continue reading or not. This is because sometimes it takes a little to warm up to a book, and depending on the length/number of pages, I find that, once reached the treshold, I can either happily stop with the reading or keep on going. This time, as an exception, since I haven't found a book by this author I didn't like, I held on to 236, just for the benefit of the doubt (maybe I needed more time to get used to the sto ...more
I very much enjoyed this suspenseful gambit and counter-gambit game with people as the game pawns. Corte is a "shepherd"-- his job to keep a target safe. Henry Loving (ironic name) is a "lifter" hired to extract information from the target by any means--blackmail, threats, or Loving's expertise, torture. I was fascinated with Corte's explanation of game theory as applied to trying to out-think Loving. Besides protecting the family, Corte needs to figure out who hired the lifter to get informatio ...more
The Cats Mother
I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars. It's a good enough thriller but I've read a lot if his books now and am a bit tired of the constant twists: it actually reduces the suspense when you know that each cliff-hanging chapter's end will be resolved by the next page, showing how smart our hero is, and that you can't trust much of what he says because there's so much misdirection. This is a standalone (at least for now) about Corte, a close protection agent known as a shepherd, who works for a shadowy go ...more
Laura C.
I kept reading Jeffrey Deaver’s “Edge” hoping that there would be something more. There wasn’t. Not because Mr. Deaver can’t write. Not because it wasn’t inventive enough. Not because the twist at the end was expected. It was a report, not a story. Yes, I think that’s it.
Phil Hait
If you are looking for an action packed, suspense filled thriller, look no further. This stand alone book by Jeffery Deaver works on our paranoia about secret government agencies. This one deals with a Metro DC cop that is being investigated & needs government protection. The cop, his government working wife, sister-in law, & 16 year old daughter are taken to a series of safe houses to avoid a hired assassin & his hired thugs. The thugs have an undercover edge that has infiltrated th ...more
I did not enjoy this book. I could only get thru the first 10 to 12 pages. I am not sure why but felt very confused by way the subject matter was presented. I like most of Jeffery Deaver's work. This was not one of those.
False Millennium
Deaver and an entire genre like him are what I classify as my "junk reads." He's a step above in that he usually works theoretical concepts into whatever theme he's running; in the case of this book--game theory.
Although some of the descriptive verbiage was a bit tedious at times I found the over all story to be excellent. I enjoyed it right through to the end and was sorry when it was over. I would like to see this character Corte again but I think he was just for this book. I found the story thoroughly entertaining which is what I look for while commuting and listening to books.

I won't go into the story line since it's been described by so many reviewers. But I would recommend it to anyone who feels
Henry Loving is a lifter, hired to get information by any means. Loving's expertise is getting an "edge" -- kidnapping, threatening, exerting pressure, torturing -- Henry will resort to any of these means. Senior US federal protection officer, Corte, is assigned the detail of protecting the Kessler family from Loving -- Definitely a different plot for a thriller!

Deaver caught the reader's attention with the preface but failed to keep the suspense at the same level. The plot seemed to drag and I
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Jeffery Deaver was born outside of Chicago in 1950. His father was an advertising copywriter and his mother was a homemaker. Deaver worked as a magazine writer, then, to gain the background needed to become a legal correspondent for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, he enrolled at Fordham Law School. In 1990 he started to write full time. Deaver has been nominated for six Edgar Awards fro ...more
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