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You're Next

You're Next

A Thriller

Gregg Hurwitz

St. Martin's Press




Mike Wingate, abandoned by his father at four and raised in foster care, is finally living the life he always dreamed of—he's happily married with a precocious 8-year-old daughter, and his construction company is about to finish a "green" housing development that will secure a solid future for them all. But then something from his own past, a past he doesn't even remember, comes back to visit terror upon him and his family.

Shady characters begin threatening Mike and, when he reports them, the police seem more interested in Mike's murky past than in protecting him. Now, with Mike, his wife Annabel and daughter Kat suddenly under attack from all sides, Mike turns to Shep, a dangerous man—and Mike's only true friend— from his childhood days in foster care. Together they will do whatever it takes to protect Mike's family against the hidden men behind the terrifying warning, "You're Next."


Chapter 1

Mike lay in the darkness, his gaze fixed on the baby monitor on the nightstand. He had to be up in three hours, but sleep wasn't coming any easier than it usually did. A blowfly had been circling the bedroom...


Praise for You're Next

You're Next is an emotionally evocative, page-turning exploration of human corruption at its worst. Chilling and riveting!” —Jonathan Kellerman on You're Next

“Excellent…keeps Mike (and the reader) on edge, wondering what is happening to him and how far it will escalate. Highly recommended to Hurwitz's many faithful readers and to fans of Linwood Barclay, Harlen Coben, and Lisa Gardner.” —Booklist on You're Next

You're Next is a deft, expertly plotted thriller driven by the kind of realistic suspense that will make any reader's heartbeat race.” —Thomas Perry on You're Next

“The bad guys are suitably evil and the mystery satisfying, but Hurwitz's real success is depicting Mike's hard-won life as a husband, father, and successful businessman. A first-rate thriller!” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Hurwitz masterfully provokes feelings of extreme dread…Shep and Mike fight and sleuth their way through intensifying mayhem until they find the unexpected answer..” —Publishers Weekly

“The book throttles along so quickly it should come with an air bag. Hurwitz ramps up the tension with every page.” —Linwood Barclay on You're Next

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of YOU'RE NEXT . In Hurwitz's (<em>They're Watching<em>, 2010, etc.) latest thriller, Mike Wingate learns it's no fun to confront a bad guy who watches C-SPAN to discover the technique of water-boarding. - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Hurwitz is the author of a number of critically acclaimed thrillers, including They're Watching, Trust No One, The Crime Writer and Troubleshooting. International bestsellers, his novels have been finalists for several awards, including the Crime Writers of America Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and the ITW Best Novel of the Year awards. In addition to his novels, he has also written comic books and screenplays, developed television series for Warner Brothers and Lakeshore, published scholarly articles on Shakespeare, and is currently a consulting producer on ABC's "V." He has taught fiction at the University of Southern California and guest lectured for UCLA and Harvard. Hurwitz grew up in the Bay Area and earned his B.A. from Harvard and a master's from Trinity College at Oxford. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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