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The Goodbye Man (2020)

A thrilling new Colter Shaw adventure by the master of suspense, Jeffery Deaver.

Colter Shaw, the itinerant reward-seeker readers met in The Never Game, returns in a new adventure.

The life of a reward-seeker is full of unexpected turns.

When Colter Shaw’s pursuit of two young men accused of terrible hate crimes takes a shocking turn, he finds himself pursuing an unlikely lead in the aftermath of the job. In an effort to save the life of a young woman, and possibly others, he travels to the wilderness of Washington state to investigate a mysterious organization. It might exist to help those beset by tragedy and loss…or it might be a dangerous cult, under the sway of a captivating leader. As he peels back the layers of truth, Shaw finds that some – from the group or elsewhere – will stop at literally nothing to keep their secrets hidden forever.

And all the while Shaw must also try to unravel an equally deadly enigma: locating and deciphering a message hidden by his father years ago, just before his death, a message that itself will have life-and-death consequences.

The Goodbye Man is available now in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The mass market paperback will be released in March 2021. Read an excerpt and reviews. Watch videos of Jeff discussing the book.

Read the Colter Shaw short stories, “Captivated” and “The Second Hostage.”


“[An] outstanding sequel to 2019’s The Never Game…Deaver balances suspense and plausibility perfectly…This is a perfect jumping-on point for readers new to one of today’s top contemporary thrillers writers.”

—Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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