Read this "high-octane thriller" that "calls to mind...Jeffery Deaver and Alfred Hitchcock" and questions everything that you have ever saved on your phone (Mystery Scene Magazine).
In a crowded coffee shop, Zack Yellin swaps identical-looking cell phones with the businessman next to him. It's an honest mistake-and a deadly one. Because the "businessman" is actually a professional-and highly volatile-hit man named Joey Richter, and his phone is filled with bombshell evidence.
If Zack takes Joey's phone to the police, will they believe his swapped cell phone story? Would they even be able to protect him? Because the hit man now has Zack's phone with the phone numbers and addresses of Zack's new girlfriend Emily, his best friend Steve, and all the texts and information from Zack's life.
Whether Zack keeps the phone or ditches it, Joey will kill him for what he now knows. In cat-and-mouse twists, turns, and continually mounting terror, one thing is clear: Zack is next on the hit man's list.
About the Author
Jonathan Stone is the author of the Julian Palmer mystery series, which was hailed as "stunning" and "risk-taking" in starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and as "bone-chilling" by the New York Times. His biggest bestseller Moving Day, and his novels Days of Night and Parting Shot, have been optioned for film. His short stories have been anthologized in two Mystery Writers of America annual collections as well as Best American Mystery Stories 2016. A graduate of Yale, Jon is married, has a son and daughter, and lives in Connecticut.
"A book that calls to mind the novels and stories of Jeffery Deaver and the films of director Alfred Hitchcock, Stone's latest successfully exploits many proven tropes of the thriller genre.... A sly commentary on our modern obsession with phones and celebrity, Die Next is truly a high-octane thriller, one that will keep you madly flipping pages, defying your expectations at every turn, as Stone delivers handily on, not only one, but two "high concepts" in one very well-crafted adventure."—Mystery Scene magazine
"Die Next will keep you on your toes, turning pages and wrestling with that pesky grey area between good and evil."—BookTrib.com
"Die Next is the model of a brilliant and stylish thriller! Rich with character development and it's-like-I'm-there settings, the novel is an adrenaline rush between covers. Bravo!" —Jeffery Deaver, author of The Bone Collector and The Goodbye Man
"A roller-coaster ride that never ends. From the first page through the last, Stone takes us on a wild ride through Manhattan and Brooklyn. What happens when a hitman leaves his phone at a coffee shop is the beginning of a terrific read that never lets up until the tense and nerve-wracking conclusion."—GreatMysteriesAndThrillers.weebly.com
"Stone plays cruel and cunning mind games."—The New York Times Book Review
"Stone belongs with the elite of current mystery writers... He should not be missed."—Publishers Weekly
"Crisp, elegant prose distinguishes this exceptional crime thriller from Stone."—Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Moving Day
"Stone creates the kind of people who can make a reader turn pages."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on The Heat of Lies