Elevator Pitch

Category: Book
By (author): Barclay, Linwood
Subject:  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
  FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
  FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Published: October 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.87in x 4.18in

Additional Notes


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.

"Read Elevator Pitch as soon as possible. It's one hell of a suspense novel." -Stephen King

"[Barclay's] best book by far. . . . As the plot moves along and another elevator goes down, readers are trapped, just like the victims, in the driving plot, which turns out to be very scarily plausible. I didn't put this book down and neither will you. I also am taking the stairs whenever I can." -The Globe and Mail

"Barclay [is] always good for a touch of cardiac arrest. . . . Chilling . . . wildly inventive and really scary." -The New York Times Book Review

"This novel moves as fast as a falling elevator and hits with just as much force. Linwood Barclay is a stone cold pro and Elevator Pitch is a shameless good time." -Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman and Strange Weather

"Elevator Pitch is a white-knuckle ride of a book with twists on every level." -Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew

"In Elevator Pitch, [Barclay] surpasses himself with a premise suited for the big screen, a plot filled with stunning surprises―and an ending that leaves the reader greatly satisfied." -The Wall Street Journal

"A vivid story with a compelling cast of characters mixed with a truly terrifying scenario. . . . Barclay has crafted a great thriller with a surprising ending and readers will sweat a little the next time they get on an elevator." -Associated Press

"An all stops-out thriller that will keep readers' pulses pounding, particularly those of the acrophobes among us." -Booklist

"Gripping. . . .  Readers who live on high floors will glance nervously toward the nearest stairs as they tear through this exciting thriller." -Publishers Weekly

"In snappy chapters and pacy prose, Barclay has a lot of fun" -The Guardian

"Best known for noirish suburban tales, Barclay manages the switch here to metropolitan mayhem with aplomb, juggling venal big-city politics, far-right terrorism, hubristic architecture and the co-option of the media with the same confidence he brings to orchestrating his sizeable ensemble. . . . [Elevator Pitch] has all the makings of a superior disaster movie." -Sunday Times (UK)

"[Elevator Pitch] ought to be sponsored by the Department of Health as it will make most readers take the stairs instead of the lift. . . . As always, Linwood Barclay tells his story with an appealing combination of darkness and warmth." -Sunday Express (UK)

"Crammed with even more narrative twists than Barclay usually serves up." -Financial Times

"Linwood Barclay's new-found sardonicism brings out the humour that always lies within horror. . . . The twists keep coming-but it is the unexpected comedy that keeps you reading." -The Times (UK)

"Genius . . . but terrifying." -The Sun (UK)
Biographical NoteLINWOOD BARCLAY is the multi-million copy New York Times bestselling author of eighteen previous novels, including A Noise Downstairs, Far From True, The Twenty-Three, Broken Promise, Parting Shot and No Time For Goodbye, and two thrillers for children. His books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He wrote the screenplay adaptation for his novel Never Saw It Coming, and The Accident has been made into a television series in France. Barclay lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha.