The Bodies Left Behind: A Novel
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: November 11, 2008
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When a night-time call to 911 from a secluded Wisconsin
vacation house is cut short, offduty deputy Brynn McKenzie
leaves her husband and son at the dinner table and drives
up to Lake Mondac to investigate. Was it a misdial or an
aborted crime report?
Brynn stumbles onto a scene of
true horror and narrowly escapes from two professional
criminals. She and a terrified visitor to the weekend
house, Michelle, flee into the woods in a race for their
lives. As different as night and day, and stripped of
modern-day resources, Brynn, a tough deputy with a
difficult past, and Michelle, a pampered city girl, must
overcome their natural reluctance to trust each other and
learn to use their wits and courage to survive the
relentless pursuit. The deputy's disappearance spurs both
her troubled son and her new husband into action, while
the incident sets in motion Brynn's loyal fellow deputies
and elements from Milwaukee's underside. These various
forces race along inexorably toward the novel's gritty and
The Bodies Left Behind is an
epic cat-and-mouse chase, told nearly in real-time, and is
filled with Deaver's patented twists and turns, where
nothing is what it seems, and death lingers just around
the next curve on a deserted path deep in the midnight
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