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Elevator pitch : a novel
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The #1 bestselling Linwood Barclay returns with an edge-of-your-seat thriller that does for elevators what Psycho did for showers and Jaws did for the beach--a heart-pounding tale of terror and menace that will make you think twice the next time you hit Up.

It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, nonstop, to the top. Once there it pauses for a few seconds, but the doors don't open. Instead, the elevator begins to descend floor-by-floor. Then it plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a random accident. . . . But on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And then Wednesday brings yet another tragic high-rise catastrophe. In only three days, one of the most vertical cities in the world--and the nation's capital of media, finance and entertainment--is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it's succeeding. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men and women working in offices across the city refuse to leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment towers go unanswered.

Who is behind this? Why are they doing it? Are these deadly acts of sabotage somehow connected to a fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist race against time to uncover the truth before the city's newest, and tallest, residential tower has its ribbon-cutting on Friday night.

With each diabolical twist, Linwood Barclay ratchets up the tension, building to a shattering finale. Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill you to the bone.
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When an elevator in a Manhattan office tower plummets 40 floors, killing the four occupants, it's just the beginning of a horrible week in New York City. Over the next two days, elevator malfunctions cause more fatalities, and a taxi bombing kills three. Beleaguered Mayor Richard Headley, when asked by thorn-in-his-side columnist Barbara Matheson if it's safe to ride an elevator in the city, can only reply that he doesn't know, a response that causes chaos. Meanwhile, NYPD detectives Lisa Delgado and Jerry Bourque are working on the homicide of a man mutilated to hide his identity, who turns out to have been an expert elevator technician. Responsibility for the bombing is claimed by the increasingly violent activist group Flyover, but the person or organization causing elevators to go rogue remains a mystery until a heart-stopping climax atop a towering skyscraper. Barclay adds depth and interest with the backstories of many of his characters and the relationships between them, but this is primarily an all-stops-out thriller that will keep readers' pulses pounding, particularly those of the acrophobes among us.--Michele Leber Copyright 2010 Booklist
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