Seven strangers. Two hours. One tragic moment of violence that changes everything. In this electrifying short story by New York Times bestselling suspense master Jeffery Deaver, the destinies of seven strangers intersect in ways no one sees coming. It looks like just another gray March morning in the tough urban district nicknamed Nowhere when seven lives converge: a young man intent on buying a gun; the gangbanger who cuts him a deal; a by-the-book police officer on a last patrol; an advertising executive keeping secrets from her husband; a veteran haunted by a combat death; a single dad in a bitter custody battle; and a sharp-looking businessman en route to a new job he desperately needs. Any one of them could have a dark motive. Any one of them could be walking into a trap. When the fog lifts, it will all be much clearer—that a single, shattering act of violence has marked each of them forever.
Ninth and Nowhere Review
- January 1, 1970CarlissaI started to listen to the audio, but didn't get very far. I could tell that it just wasn't my type of story.
- January 1, 1970Tam_ the_ med_bookieThe first part was really bizarre. The characters are not that interesting as they should be to keep the story going. The story picked up real fast in the later half with relatable characters.But this one was really testing my patience.Not gripping at all.The ending was so damn annoying. *Not worth it.more
- January 1, 1970MonnieIf Jeffery Deaver wrote it, I want to read it. Yes, even if it's a short story - probably my least favorite form of literature (save poetry by Emily Dickinson, but that's a story for another day). It took me less than an hour from start to finish - partly because it's just 52 pages and mostly because it's totally engrossing.The length makes it difficult to review; there's little that can be said without giving away too much. Basically, as the official description says, it's the story of seven pe If Jeffery Deaver wrote it, I want to read it. Yes, even if it's a short story - probably my least favorite form of literature (save poetry by Emily Dickinson, but that's a story for another day). It took me less than an hour from start to finish - partly because it's just 52 pages and mostly because it's totally engrossing.The length makes it difficult to review; there's little that can be said without giving away too much. Basically, as the official description says, it's the story of seven people from very different walks of life who are "connected" in different ways - among them a near-retirement cop, a dealer of illegal firearms and a former Special Forces veteran now living on the street. That they were to meet up seemed destined from the beginning, but exactly how is threaded throughout the story but isn't fully revealed until the very end. What happens and how it all shakes out is interesting, but what struck me the most is how willingly I bought into stereotyped perceptions of the characters. Oopsie! Bottom line? Good story. Read it.more
- January 1, 1970DarcyI really liked this one. What I liked best about it was how much I was surprised by what really happened. With how things were laid out I totally thought I knew what was going to happen, instead I was so very wrong.
- January 1, 1970Don LazarusA Fast ReadThis is a fast moving story. Many very different people from completely different backgrounds were immerging on one particular place in a large American city.What happens next changes some lives forever.
- January 1, 1970Jay Clement9-2019. A quick novelette from the redoubtable Mr. Deaver. Lots of plot threads are tossed into the air, and Deaver expertly throws them all together in a satisfying manner.
- January 1, 1970Sheila BeaumontOne of the best short stories I've read in quite a while. Very different from what I expected!
- January 1, 1970Brian HartDefinitely does a good job of tying together the seven characters and giving them enough depth to enjoy learning about each in such a quick read. Well done!
- January 1, 1970Bill LynasWhile Jeffery Deaver's novels are usually very well written his short stories are a bit hit & miss. Ninth and Nowhere is a decent entry, though not a classic. Deaver builds up some good characters, each of them heading to a fateful location. The set up is good, while the conclusion doesn't quite pay off.more
- January 1, 1970BronwynComplicatedEngaging story. Never assume you know where the story is going. A quick and very entertaining read from an excellent author.
- January 1, 1970SandraNot what I expected from the description. Hard to tie 7 people together in s short story.
- January 1, 1970Kristine HurdThis was a another wonderful book from Jeffery Deaver. One star off because it was too short. ~laugh~ I am not a fan of Novella, I knew that was what this was, but read it anyway. I do love Jeffery Deaver's novels! Thank you
- January 1, 1970JohnInteresting short story which started out slow developing the plot but was a good read.
- January 1, 1970Sue WatsonNever make assumptionsDeaver writes a good story, as always. This was one that hits a lot of things that are happening in our society today.
- January 1, 1970Jason WippichA fast moving short story. Plays on your perceptions.
- January 1, 1970elizabeth matthewsAnother great readIt's a Deaver 5* every time Short stories disappoint as there is never enough and I need more! So much more to know
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