Not many audio versions of thrillers start with the bang that Abbott and Ganser bring to this story about a young man whose life explodes one spring morning. Evan Casher is a rising young documentary filmmaker, living in Houston, who is awakened early by a phone call from his mother, begging him to rush to the family home in Austin for reasons she can't explain on the phone. Ganser, veteran of 150 audio books, perfectly catches the mixture of frustration and annoyance in Evan's reluctant agreement and his attempts to reach his father-supposedly off on a sales trip to Australia-as well as his new ladyfriend, Carrie, back in Houston. Then, in a beautifully written and sensitively read moment of pure horror made all the more powerful by its understatement, Evan arrives in Austin to find his mother's body on the kitchen floor. She has been garroted with a wire. Her killers attack Evan, who is saved by the arrival of a mysterious stranger with a shotgun. Ganser brings all of Abbott's many characters-the killers, the baffled police and the ambiguous Carrie, who might be working for the enemy-to instant, unhyped life, letting Abbott's story about a man whose past has been an elaborate pretense unwind with breath-catching strength. Simultaneous release with the Dutton hardcover (Reviews, July 11). (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
When Evan Casher gets a frantic phone call from his mother, it kicks off a horrifying chain of events in thriller writer Abbott's (A Kiss Gone Bad) hardcover debut. Evan arrives at his parents' house to find his mother dead and his father missing-and narrowly manages to escape an attempt on his own life. Can Evan stay alive long enough to find his father and uncover the truth? The police are asking too many questions, and everyone he thought he could trust seems to have a hidden agenda. As Evan, pursued by the CIA and a network of spies known as the Deeps, begins to piece together the evidence, it points to his life being a total lie. Abbott's writing style evokes unease from the start, which makes for a tense and intriguing read. Readers should indeed panic. Recommended for all fiction collections.-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
-PANIC IS A SLEEK, SMART THRILLER. NO QUESTION: JEFF ABBOTT IS THE NEW NAME IN SUSPENSE.---Harlan Coben-PANIC IS AN INSTANT CLASSIC.---Lee Child-PANIC AIMS TO THRILL WITH EVERY PAGE while keeping each twist close to the vest.---Maxim-EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT-QUOTIENT: SKY-HIGH.---Entertainment Weekly-COMPULSIVE.---The Dallas Morning News-THRILLING AND RELENTLESS.---Time Out New York-HARROWING.---Publishers Weekly-ONE KILLER THRILLER.---New York Daily News-BREAKNECK.---Booklist-DON'T EVEN TRY TO ANTICIPATE THE TWISTS AND TURNS--JUST HOLD ON TIGHT AND REMEMBER TO BREATHE.---Laura Lippman