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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. Signed books are available from Barnes &, the Poisoned Pen bookstore, and VJ Books. 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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