Down to the Wire

David Rosenfelt

Minotaur Books

A reporter for the Bergen News, Chris Turley could never measure up to his father—one of the last great investigative reporters and a difficult man to impress—but still, he can dream. Stuck covering small-time press conferences and town hall meetings, Chris fantasizes about winning his own Pulitzer, however unlikely it seems.

Then one day while he's waiting to meet a source, a giant explosion takes out half of an office building next door. Shocked into action, Chris saves five people from the burning building. His firsthand account in the next day's paper makes him a hero and a celebrity. And that's not all.

The source's next tip delivers a second headline-grabber of a story, and suddenly Chris's career is looking a lot more Pulitzer-worthy. But then it seems this anonymous source has had a plan for Chris all along, and his luck for being in the right place at the right time is not luck at all. In the blink of an eye what seemed like a reporter's dream becomes an inescapable nightmare with his own life on the line.

David Rosenfelt's Down to the Wire is a dazzling, page-turning thriller.


Praise for Down to the Wire

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“Dynamite…Sly humor, breathless pacing, and terrific plot twists keep the pages spinning toward the showdown.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“I am raving about this book… a page-turning thriller.”—Deadly Pleasure

…and for David Rosenfelt’s previous thriller

Don’t Tell a Soul

“Stellar… Rosenfelt keeps the plot hopping and popping as he reveals a complex frame-up of major proportions with profound political ramifications both terrifying and enlightening.”
Publishers Weekly (starred)

“This fast-paced and brightly written tale spins along.… Don’t Tell a Soul is a humdinger.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“High-voltage entertainment from an author who plots and writes with verve and wit…Rosenfelt ratchets up tension with the precision of a skilled auto mechanic wielding a torque wrench.”
Booklist (starred)

“Rosenfelt has earned his crime-novelist pedigree.”—Entertainment Weekly

“He delivers a fast, inventive stand-alone thriller you’ll never put down.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[Rosenfelt] has pulled together a cynical political thriller that rings true in this age of terrorism, media hype and Washington scandals…. it’s an enjoyable tale.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Rosenfelt’s first stand-alone novel is a riveting thriller that should boost him to best-seller status…Compelling twists and turns, a lightning-fast pace, and breathtaking suspense make this a harrowing ride…The book deserves a wide audience.”—Library Journal (starred)


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  • David Rosenfelt

  • David Rosenfelt is the Edgar and Shamus Award–nominated author of seven novels featuring lawyer Andy Carpenter and of another stand-alone thriller, Don’t Tell a Soul. He and his wife live in California with their twenty-seven golden retrievers. Visit him on the Web at www.davidrosenfelt.com.

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Down to the Wire

David Rosenfelt



Minotaur Books