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XO (2012)

Jeffery Deaver sets his heroine Kathryn Dance on a quest to stop an obsessive stalker from destroying a beautiful young country singer.

Kayleigh Towne is gorgeous with a voice that is taking her to the heights of the country pop charts. Her hit single “Your Shadow” puts her happily in the spotlight, until an innocent exchange with one of her fans leads Kayleigh into a dark and terrifying realm. The fan warns, “I’m coming for you,” and soon accidents happen and people close to Kayleigh die. Special Agent Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body language analysis to stop the stalker—but before long she learns that, like many celebrities, Kayleigh has more than just one fan with a mission.

XO is a typical Deaver novel, a roller coaster of multiple plots. What appears on the surface may or may not be what’s really going on.

A former folksinger, lyricist Deaver has written the actual song, “Your Shadow” along with composers Clay Stafford and Ken Landers.  That, along with a few other “Kayleigh Towne” tunes, has been recorded in Nashville and has been released worldwide by American Blackguard Records featuring recording artist Treva Blomquist.

Visit the official web site for the XO album and listen to samples of all the music, watch videos, and buy songs.


“Deaver’s infernal puzzle mysteries invariably inspire words like devious, diabolical, and devilish, all of which apply to XO. It’s Dance’s toughest case, and one of Deaver’s best books.”

—New York Times

“Deaver’s excellent third novel featuring Kathryn Dance…. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, the leads of Deaver’s other series, make cameo appearances in a novel sure to please fans of both series.”

—Publishers Weekly starred review

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