The Survivor

by Gregg Hurwitz

Overview

NAMED “BEST THRILLER OF 2012″ BY LIBRARY JOURNAL AND KIRKUS

“Hurwitz demonstrates his mastery of the thriller genre…The book opens as dramatically as a reader could hope for and doesn’t relent….succeeds on every level.” KIRKUS, STARRED REVIEW

One morning in Los Angeles, Nate Overbay—a divorced former solider suffering from PTSD and slowly dying from ALS — goes to an eleventh-floor bank, climbs out of the bathroom window onto the ledge, and gets ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself, a crew of robbers bursts into the bank and begins to viciously shoot employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate confronts the robbers, taking them out one-by-one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning.

Nate soon learns what that message meant. He is kidnapped by Pavlo, a savage Russian mobster and mastermind of the failed heist. Unable to break back into the bank to get the critical item inside, Pavlo gives Nate an ultimatum—break in and get what he needs or watch Pavlo slowly kill the one thing Nate loves most—his ex-wife Janie and his teenaged daughter Cielle—both lost when he came back from Iraq broken and confused. Now he’s got one last chance to protect the people he loves, even if it’s the last thing he is able to do.

Sample Chapter

Awards & Accolades

INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS NOMINEE FOR BEST THRILLER
NAMED “BEST THRILLER OF 2012″ BY LIBRARY JOURNAL AND KIRKUS
INSTANT INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
4.5 STARS, AN RT BOOK REVIEWS 
TOP PICK KIRKUS AUGUST 2012 TOP PICK

“Surely Hurwitz can’t keep this up forever. Lately, each new book he publishes is his best so far, and this one’s no exception…It’s hard to imagine that he can top this one, but, based on past performance, don’t bet against it.”
BOOKLIST

“In between tight, compelling action scenes, Hurwitz sensitively depicts Nate’s struggles with ALS…thriller fans won’t let this one gather any dust on the nightstand.”
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“This book evokes a wide range of emotions, from horror at the shocking violence to sympathy for children whose parents are absent. The plot, characters and their actions will keep you thinking for days. Adult and teen characters face impending danger with strength and grace as they consider what their lives – and deaths – are worth.”
RT BOOK REVIEWS

“Hurwitz, a master at putting ordinary people in deep jeopardy and getting them out again, keeps us on our toes, never quite sure what’s going on, looking over our shoulders in case there’s another surprise sneaking up on us….If you like sharply plotted thrillers with well-drawn characters, Hurwitz should be on your must-read list.”
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

“Hurwitz creates vivid and detailed scenes, but still manages to keep his stories fast-paced and gripping.”
ESSENTIALS MAGAZINE

“Hurwitz writes a good deal more elegantly than the genre demands, and the back-story of Nate’s failed marriage and dysfunctional relationship with his daughter is nimbly handled.”THE GUARDIAN

“THE SURVIVOR is exactly what you would expect from this author – intelligent writing, characters that immediately grab your attention, complimented by a plot that holds you in a bear hug from the first page.”
CRIME SQUAD

“THE SURVIVOR is the greatest book yet, from one of the best crime novelists in the business. It opens fast and never slows down. It kept me up all night—I just couldn’t stop reading.”
DAVID FINCH

“Hurwitz demonstrates his mastery of the thriller genre…The book opens as dramatically as a reader could hope for and doesn’t relent….succeeds on every level.”
KIRKUS, STARRED REVIEW

“Gregg joins a very elite list of writers—Ernest Hemingway, Philip K. Dick, Bill Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Nick Harkaway—who offer a unique rescue of culture by demanding more of literature.”
POP MATTERS

“Grip-you-by-the-throat thriller…pulse-stopping stuff…remarkably moving.”
TIMES OF LONDON

“Hurwitz’s latest thriller does not disappoint. Fast-paced and action-packed, it will appeal to Hurwitz’s huge fan base as well as newcomers to his work and readers who enjoy adrenaline-charged suspense.”
LIBRARY JOURNAL

“A riveting, potboiler of a tale, features one of the most original, and daring, setups seen in many a thriller…a jigging and jagging hybrid of “Rear Window” and a “Bourne” tale with a brain. Just call it terrific.”
PROVIDENCE SUNDAY JOURNAL

“Hurwitz can take a high-concept thriller and deliver the extras needed to elevate it further. The reader becomes so emotionally involved with the characters that they feel like beloved family members…THE SURVIVOR will end up on many best-of-the-year lists.”
ASSOCIATED PRESS

“A vicarious thrill ride with an emotional core, not the stuff of run-of-the-mill genre fiction.”
FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM

“THE SURVIVOR is by far Gregg Hurwitz’s best novel to date… It’s a story of coming of age, redemption, bravery and valor, incredibly well-written, and fully and sharply developed.”
BOOKREPORTER

“Propulsive…Things go from bad to worse, and for page after irresistible page, Hurwitz ramps up the tension…thrillingly cinematic.”
WASHINGTON POST

“Gregg Hurwitz consistently creates explosive openings to his thrillers, and THE SURVIVOR delivers his most forceful yet… Using a combination of fast-action sequences and passionately charged circumstances, Hurwitz will ignite readers’ heart rates with an extra jolt of adrenaline.”
SHELF AWARENESS

“…Puts the thrill back into thriller.”
DAILY OKLAHOMAN

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