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Elevator Pitch 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 non stop to the top Once there it stops for a few seconds and then plummetsRight to the bottom of the shaftIt appears to be a horrific random tragedy But then on Tuesday it happens again in a different Manhattan skyscraper And when Wednesday brings yet another high rise catastrophe one of the most vertical cities in the world—and the nation’s capital of media finance and entertainment—is plunged into chaosClearly this is anything but random This is a cold calculated bid to terrorize the city And it’s working Fearing for their lives thousands of men in women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes Commerce has slowed to a trickle Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unansweredWho is behind this Why are they doing it What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers before the city’s newest and tallest residential tower has its Friday night ribbon cutting


10 thoughts on “Elevator Pitch

  1. Maureen Maureen says:

    In Elevator Pitch Linwood Barclay writes brilliantly about the fear and mayhem experienced by New Yorkers when elevators appear to take on a life of their own killing all those on boardIt begins when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower Each of them have pressed a button for their particular floor but the elevator ascends right to the top stops for a few seconds and then plummets right to the bottom of the shaft On Tuesday it happens again in another building Wednesday yet another high rise tragedy occurs plunging the city into complete chaos Elevators are closed throughout the city people are unable to work medical emergencies on top floor apartments go unanswered but just who is responsible? Is it a terrorist organisation or the Russians or an individual with some ulterior motive One thing’s for sure the perpetrators need to be caught and fast or the whole of New York and its economy will be brought to it’s kneesI think what makes this a compelling read is that given the high tech world in which we now live I can imagine that this scenario could be entirely plausible and one can only imagine the adverse effects on the financial markets and of society as a wholeThis was a gripping read and it’s literally no smooth ride as the story picks up ever speed bowls along broadens out and takes the reader on a journey to hell With expert use of smoke and mirrors I never did guess who was behind these horrific events and as expected Barclay carries the plot forward to a thrilling climax Thank you to Netgalley and H for my ARC I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange


  2. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    25 STARS rounded to 3I'm keeping this brief because it's obvious from my rating that this one just wasn't for me and I think it's because I was expecting something a bit fast paced with elevator scenes I will say that I appreciate so much that the author put a lot of time and effort into proper research of local NYC haunts that my friends who live in the city said meant so much to them I'll always be a huge fan of Barclay's and not every book by an author will appeal to every reader I say pick this one up for yourself and see what you thinkArc provided by the publisher via NetGalley


  3. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Linwood Barclay writes an intense dark and fast paced thriller set in the most vertical city in the world New York has skyscrapers than anywhere else with elevators a critical reuirement for almost everyone in their daily lives In a terrifying premise that has all the hallmarks of realistic possibility it begins on a Monday in Morris Lansing's building an elevator goes crazy leaving four people dead Elevator accidents happen they are rare it is at first assumed that this is just such a tragedy However on Tuesday there is another elevator accident that results in a gruesome death The ambitious mayor Richard Wilson Headley and his team are to find themselves under extreme stress and pressure as evidence emerges that these may not be unfortunate tragedies it seems someone has embarked on the path of creating terror fear and mayhem Headley finds himself in the midst of a crisis as he orders all elevators to be shut until essential checks are made bringing the city to a standstill whilst die who rely on elevatorsBarbara Matheson is a journalist who has made life difficult for the mayor she loses a friend in the first elevator disaster She wants to know who is behind the attacks surely there are easier ways to cause death and mayhem? She is shocked when her daughter Arla finds herself a job in the mayoral office and concerned by comments left on her articles by someone calling themselves Going Down An alt right group calling themselves The Flyovers headed by Eugene Clement is suspected of explosions in coastal cities like Boston Clement and his wife have arrived in New York ostensibly for their wedding anniversary but clearly there is another agenda NYPD Detectives Jerry Bourue and his partner Lois Delgado find themselves on the scene of a murdered man near the railtracks The man's face has been destroyed and his fingertips have been cut off someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to prevent him being identified Why?Barclay ratchets up the tension with skill with his short chapters providing the reader with a myriad of colourful and interesting characters and the best possible location to illustrate just how much peoples' reliance on elevators can be exploited to deadly effect and fan the fears of all who live in one of the most important cities in the US This is a high octane intense read full of suspense and tension and effortlessly gripping This is for all those who love their crime thrillers written by an experienced author who can be relied on to provide the necessary thrills and chills Many thanks to H for an ARC


  4. Kylie D Kylie D says:

    Whoa what a ride After reading this book I'll guarantee you wont want to get into an elevator for a long long time New York is in a state of chaos Someone has sabotaged an elevator in Manhattan Then there's another incidentand another Before long the city is in a panic and the mayor has put an embargo on the use of all elevators effectively bringing the city to a halt Who is behind the sabotage? And why? Does it have something to do with a taxi that was blown up? Well you'll have to read this book to find outLike the elevators in this book in freefall you'll find yourself devouring the pages with great speed It's uite fast paced but it's not all action as we get to know the stories of those involved from the detective on the case the reporter covering it even the mayor himself So strap yourselves in and hold on tight Meanwhile I'll be taking the stairsMy thanks to Harper Collins Australia for an uncorrected proof to read and review The opinions are entirely my own


  5. Holly B Holly B says:

    I might be opting for the stairs for awhile Someone is messing with the elevators in NYC which gave me a sudden sense of horror I know I'm going to think about this book the next time I step into oneThere are uite a few characters in this book and it is longer than most but I was wrapped up in the mysteries and it was certainly a page turner Turns out that Barclay is the master of chapter cliff hangers too  Let the mayhem begin There are two police partners investigating the crimes and they added intrigue and I was rooting for them along the way Loved these twoThe tension and suspense increased as the pages turnedFeel like some intense suspense mixed with some intriguing characters? Pick this one up for a thrill rideThanks to EW for my review copy OUT 91719  


  6. Debra Debra says:

    It's one thing to get stuck in an elevator it’s another thing to well have it plummet picking up speed going faster and faster untilManhattan a city of skyscrapers so many elevators so many people so many ways for things to go wrong It all begins when four people are in an elevator that plummets to the bottom of the shaft It's not going to be the only one There will be others What first looks like a tragedy soon begins to look like an act of terror Someone is behind all these elevator mishaps Who and why?There is a fair amount of characters in this book with the main plot and subplots going on which of course had me guessing how they were all related There was one subplot that although interesting upon finishing the book I didn't feel was even necessary A plus for me were the characters relevant to the story I enjoyed Barbara and Detective Bourue the most I loved flawed characters Let’s face it they are interesting and I always want to root for them The writing was solid and apart from feeling that one subplot wasn't necessary I enjoyed the book I will probably remember this book the next time I step in an elevator Plus this book did teach me to never step forward when an elevator door opens until I am sure the elevator is actually there nuff saidThis is a solid book with underlying tension by Barclay Not my favorite by this author but still enjoyable with mounting tension as the book reaches its conclusion 35 starsThank you to the publisher and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own


  7. RedemptionDenied RedemptionDenied says:

    5★ No need to self debate this one So finally broke my Barclay' cherry and wish I checked this author out sooner It was compelling throughout with a large cast of layered character's to keep track of one complex character multiple sub plots and a few red herrings that caught me off guard and the occasional bit of humour LMAOMonday morningFour people enter an elevator at Lansing Towers one of them Stuart Bland should've had scenes with this character is only there to pitch an idea to the Vice President of Creative Sherry D' Agostino who he's harassed in the past Unfortunately as he's trying to sell his idea the elevator goes haywire leaving three dead initially and a fourth who succumbed to her injuries in hospital Is it an accident or has someone sabotaged it? The following day there's another incident and fatality involving a Russian scientist Fanya Petrov who did work at Rockfella University Accident or were there sinister forces at work? This one puts the Mayor of New York City Richard Dick Headley on edge He is a very amusing at times; especially when taking advice from his son Glover who is his advisor lol Headley must've thought his son was his nemesis or somethingAnd there are incidents involving elevators on the Wednesday and Thursday Elsewhere two detectives are dealing with a John Doe Liked the dynamics between these two Jerry Bourue and his partner Lois Delgado In conclusion Loved this one Never a dull moment I was engrossed from the onset regardless of who's perspective and there's a plethora of them I think I liked the Mayor's perspective the most Loved the reveals' towards the end as well where everything started to come together Will probably do a reread someday


  8. Kaceey Kaceey says:

    Do you have a fear of elevators? No? You will after reading this bookSomeone is sabotaging the elevators in the high rise buildings of New York City The casualties are piling up What elevator is next? Do you trust the one you’re about to step on with? Nope not meThis is a fast paced thriller that kept me guessing throughout Is it personal? Random? Or is this the work of a homegrown terrorist group?? I’ve been reading Linwood Barclay books for years and he never disappoints They are always intricate thrillers that captivate me from start to end I’m already looking forward to his nextThank you to Edelweiss Harper Collins William Morrow and Linwood Barclay for an ARC to read and review


  9. Matt Matt says:

    I was pleased to get my hands on the latest Linwood Barclay novel as I find the author never fails to keep me thinking throughout a reading experience Barclay turns the relatively mundane elevator into a masterful inanimate antagonist in this piece that may leave readers debating whether to ‘take the stairs’ next time It was a Monday like any other in New York City until it wasn’t When an elevator plummets in a Manhattan office tower four are dead and Mayor Richard ‘Dick’ Headley is forced to do some damage control In the Office of the Mayor anyone who can seeks to spin this and turn it on poor inspector records though there is barely any time to breathe before new fires emerge A gritty journalist Barbara Matheson wants answers and Headley’s head on a platter She rushes to the scene and discovers a personal tie to the accident one she was not expecting Meanwhile NYPD Detectives Bourue and Delgado are called to the scene of a body found by a jogger They run the few leads they have and identify the victim as an elevator repairman but there is still no clear motive for his murder When another elevator plummets on Tuesday all eyes turn to Mayor Headley who is scrambling to keep his city at ease while wondering what is going on Further acts of violence including a bombing and yet another elevator mishap lead some to wonder if this is the work of a domestic terror organization seeking to push their message out however they can When it is discovered that someone has planted cameras in all the elevators that crashed new theories about how one might be able to ‘remotely control’ the elevators emerges only fuelling the idea that this might be a form of terrorism Barbara Matheson works her magic and finds a parallel between all three locations of the elevator malfunctions which could cause havoc if it’s released too soon While the world watches New Yorkers are left paralyzed as all elevators are shut down by decree of the mayor Political suicide perhaps but there has to be an answer somewhere in all of this Barclay offers a thrilling ride that will leave all readers a little less certain about what they would do when arriving in a lobby of a multi storey building Recommended to those who love a good thriller as well as readers who are longtime fans of Linwood BarclayI can usually count on Linwood Barclay to serve up a wonderful novel that will send chills up my spine and cause many of my brain synapses to spark His ideas are well plotted though there is usually a twist or two that could not have been predicted With a wide cast of characters it is hard to choose a single as the protagonist The reader can learn a little about Detective Jerry Bourue and the personal struggles he has on the job while trying to solve this murder or they might want to focus their attention on Mayor Headley who is always keen on spinning things to go in his direction The character development of Barbara Matheson is intriguing both from a personal and professional angle She has a gritty nature to her but it is surely one the reader will enjoy given the opportunity to envelop themselves in her backstory There are many other characters from which the reader can choose when focussing their attention Some may say this multi layer story can distract the reader but I find that it all connects together on some level and serves to permit a variety of views on a single large event The entertainment factor is high yet again as Barclay uses this multi character approach pulling the reader in deeper The story itself was uite ingenious taking something as simple as an elevator and turning it into a weapon The plot moves along well not rushing but also not dragging as Barclay seeks to give the reader something to ponder while the story advances With a mix of chapter lengths and just the right amount of suspense built in the reader can follow as the narrative gathers momentum There is certainly a great pace here and I can only hope readers find themselves as enthralled as I was in this piece I may stay away from elevators for a while or take the riskKudos Mr Barclay for another great novel I can always count on a wonderful story when you are at the helmLovehate the review? An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge


  10. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* says:

    EXCERPT The elevator car maintained its slow descentIt did not stop at the lobby level It continued slowly on its inexorable downward pathThe injured man no longer visible could be heard shouting 'Make it stop Stop the fing thing'Frantically the security guard unable to think of anything else to do kept jabbing at the button 'Come on Stop you son of a bitch'The top of the elevator car now dropped below the level of the lobby florr The screams from the man in the pit grew intense and were joined by the woman A bone chilling two person chorus of death The elevator car like some cunning animal moving in on its prey maintained its slow descent until it finally came to a stopThe screaming ceasedABOUT THIS BOOK 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 non stop to the top Once there it stops for a few seconds and then plummetsRight to the bottom of the shaftIt appears to be a horrific random tragedy But then on Tuesday it happens again in a different Manhattan skyscraper And when Wednesday brings yet another high rise catastrophe one of the most vertical cities in the world—and the nation’s capital of media finance and entertainment—is plunged into chaosClearly this is anything but random This is a cold calculated bid to terrorize the city And it’s working Fearing for their lives thousands of men in women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes Commerce has slowed to a trickle Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unansweredWho is behind this? Why are they doing it? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers before the city’s newest and tallest residential tower has its Friday night ribbon cuttingMY THOUGHTS Not the most chilling novel I have read about elevators I will still ride them but pretty damned goodThe chapters are short tension filled and to the point Linwood Barclay doesn't muck aroundno detours no side roads no sight seeing Its wham bam thank you ma'am get your teeth into this do up your seat beat and hold on tightBarclay keeps us guessing as to who is behind the elevator attacks; there are plenty of possibilities ISIS? The Flyovers? or is it someone closer to home? Is the car bombing related? And where will they strike next? Will it be your building? uestions buzzed around my brain the whole time I was reading but Mr Barclay kindly answered them all by the endAs I have said occasionally in the past the scariest thing isthis could happen Probably will happen at some point Maybe I won't ride elevators after allTHE AUTHOR Linwood Barclay is the #1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels for adults including No Time for Goodbye Trust Your Eyes and most recently A Noise Downstairs He has also written two novels for children and screenplaysDISCLOSURE Thank you to Harleuin Australia MIRA via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay for review All opinions expressed in this review are my own personal opinionsFor an explanation of my rating system please visit my profile page on Goodreadscom or the about page on SandysbookadaywordpresscomThis review is also published on Twitter and my webpage


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