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The Girl with a Clock for a Heart - by Peter Swanson (Paperback)

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  • Already optioned for film, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is Peter Swanson's electrifying tale of romantic noir, with shades of Hitchcock and reminiscent of the classic movie Body Heat.
  • L.A. Times Book Prize (Mystery/Thriller) 2014 3rd Winner
  • Author(s): Peter Swanson
  • 304 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Literary

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About the Book



Already optioned for film, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is Peter Swanson's electrifying tale of romantic noir, with shades of Hitchcock and reminiscent of the classic movie Body Heat. It is the story of a man swept into a vortex of irresistible passion and murder when an old love mysteriously reappears.

On an ordinary Friday evening at his favorite Boston tavern, George Foss's comfortable, predictable life is shattered when a beautiful woman sits down at the bar, a woman who vanished without a trace twenty years ago.

Liana Dector isn't just an ex-girlfriend, the first love George couldn't quite forget. She's also a dangerous enigma and quite possibly a cold-blooded killer wanted by the police. Suddenly, she's back--and she needs George's help. Ruthless men believe she stole some money . . . and they will do whatever it takes to get it back.

George knows Liana is trouble. But he can't say no--he never could--so he makes a choice that will plunge him into a terrifying whirlpool of lies, secrets, betrayal, and murder from which there is no sure escape.

Bold and masterful, full of malicious foreboding and subtle surprises, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is an addictive, nonstop thriller--an ever-tightening coil of suspense that grips you right up to its electrifying end.



Book Synopsis



Already optioned for film, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is Peter Swanson's electrifying tale of romantic noir, with shades of Hitchcock and reminiscent of the classic movie Body Heat. It is the story of a man swept into a vortex of irresistible passion and murder when an old love mysteriously reappears.

On an ordinary Friday evening at his favorite Boston tavern, George Foss's comfortable, predictable life is shattered when a beautiful woman sits down at the bar, a woman who vanished without a trace twenty years ago.

Liana Dector isn't just an ex-girlfriend, the first love George couldn't quite forget. She's also a dangerous enigma and quite possibly a cold-blooded killer wanted by the police. Suddenly, she's back--and she needs George's help. Ruthless men believe she stole some money . . . and they will do whatever it takes to get it back.

George knows Liana is trouble. But he can't say no--he never could--so he makes a choice that will plunge him into a terrifying whirlpool of lies, secrets, betrayal, and murder from which there is no sure escape.

Bold and masterful, full of malicious foreboding and subtle surprises, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is an addictive, nonstop thriller--an ever-tightening coil of suspense that grips you right up to its electrifying end.



From the Back Cover



George Foss has passed the age when he thinks he might fall madly in love or have anything truly remarkable happen to him. He spends evenings at his local tavern talking about the Red Sox and obsessing over a lost love from his college days who vanished twenty years earlier. Until she reappears.

George has both dreamed of and dreaded seeing Liana Decter again. She's an enigma and quite possibly someone who was involved in a murder years ago. But she's back--and needs his help. She says that some men are after her and that they believe she's stolen their money. And now they will do whatever it takes to get it back.

George can't say no--he never could--and soon his life is gone as he is pulled into a terrifying whirlpool of lies and betrayal, from which there is no sure escape.



Review Quotes




"The book has pace to burn. It feels like a throwback to Ross MacDonald's flawed but relentless work . . . glimmers with bright and original moments." -- USA Today

"In The Girl with a Clock for a Heart a long-lost lover resurfaces, with chaos in her wake. A must read!" -- Harper's Bazaar

"[A] roller coaster thrill-fest of a ride, filled with deliciously wicked moments of mystery, murder, and mayhem, double-cross and deception. A cerebral noir thriller debut." -- New York Journal of Books

"Swanson gives readers an adrenaline rush through all the hairpin turns." -- Publishers Weekly

"The pace is fast . . . and the plot genuinely twisty . . . [It is] seemingly pre-measured for the movies . . . often to good effect; all in all, a quick, deft, promising first crime novel." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The labyrinthine plot here has a grip of high-tensile steel." -- Financial Times (UK)

"What do you say when a woman who broke your heart years ago and is wanted for questioning in connection to a murder pops back into your life to ask a favor? If she's as alluring as Liana Dector, you say, 'Yes.' And hope you survive . . . The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is a twisty, sexy, electric thrill ride." -- Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author

"An edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller that dares you to turn the next page . . . This novel burns faster and hotter than a lit fuse, and you'll be feeling its heat long after the explosive ending." -- Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home

"The parallel stories unwind relentlessly with audacious and spectacular twists . . . An intense mix of noir, pulp fiction, and fun . . . The most unsurprising aspect of this book? It's already been optioned for a film." -- Boston Globe

"Who are literature's most lethal women? . . . Here's a new contender: Liana Decter, who causes endless heartbreak and occasional death in Peter Swanson's compulsively readable [The Girl with a Clock for a Heart] . . . should be a contender for crime fiction's best first novel of 2014." -- Washington Post


Dimensions (Overall): 7.9 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x .9 Inches (D)
Weight: .4 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Format: Paperback
Author: Peter Swanson
Language: English
Street Date: January 6, 2015
TCIN: 16304930
UPC: 9780062267504
Item Number (DPCI): 247-30-4976
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews
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Pimplequeen - 2 years ago
Loved the flashbacks being folded in
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Best author.

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chloescott - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Peter Swanson is the best. Love his books!
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