Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

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Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for The Toronto Star and the author of several critically acclaimed novels, including Too Close to Home and No Time for Goodbye, a #1 Sunday Times (UK) bestseller. He lives near Toronto with his wife.

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Book Cover Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Language: English

Print Length: 464 pages

Wordwise | Enhanced Typesetting | Text to Speech – Enabled

Publication Date: 17 September 2019

Categories: Psychological Thrillers | Serial Killer Thrillers

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Out of order! For most of us seeing this sign on an elevator is no reason to stress. Unless you live in New York – the city of skyscrapers!

Imagine you live or work on the thirtieth floor. Or the fiftieth. Or in the highest building with ninety-eight floors!

Elevator Pitch will put you right in the middle of exactly this scenario. Except that it is not only your building – but all the buildings in New York!


A body found – beaten beyond recognition. A yellow taxi exploding in front of the Klaxton 49. Three elevator accidents in three days. Are they all connected? Or three separate events with different culprits?

Mayor Headly is faced with an unprecedented scenario. How do you deal with saboteurs targeting elevators in New York – a city of skyscrapers?

Shutting down all the elevators right over the city for inspection did not turn out to be the best move. Leading to many people getting hurt or dying from exertion climbing all those stairs. Conspiracy theories abound – some even pointing towards the Mayor as the culprit!

On Fox, the conspiracy theories went even further, where one guest speculated that the mayor, with his left-leaning, Democratic background, had manufactured the crisis as a way to make New Yorkers more fit by forcing them to take the stairs.

Barclay, Linwood. Elevator Pitch (p. 278). William Morrow. Kindle Edition.

But who is behind all these events?

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Speculation has it that it might be the Flyovers, though nobody has claim responsibility. And they proclaim themselves to be a non-violent organization.

Lansing Tower. The Sycamores Residences. The Gromley Building. What do they have in common – except for the three elevator accidents? Turns out to be Mayor Headley. Either he is the target, or someone is trying to send him a message!

How do you control an elevator? Like most things these days, elevators are now also being controlled by computers – which means they can be hacked!

Detectives Bourque and Delgado is hot on the trail of a suspect. Someone said to be a techie – there is no program or gadget he cannot figure out.

To question him, they had to follow him to Top of the Park – where the official opening of the now tallest building in New York will be hosted.

This is where the story took an unexpected turn which leads to an unexpected, and horrifying chain of events.

What did I like?

The story has an intriguing premise. Sabotaging elevators seems like such an unlikely tactic for terrorist groups to use. As their goal normally is to make a dramatic impact resulting in the biggest death count as possible. I just love the dramatic plot twist near the end, showing us somebody we never considered to be the culprit.

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And not so much?

I feel that the story could have moved faster. The first accident happens on page 8, the second on page 84 and the third on page 241. Although various sub-plots do help to move the story forward.

Even though the book starts off a bit slow, it raises enough questions in the readers mind to keep reading. I would recommend this book as a lazy afternoon read for anyone who likes Psychological Thrillers.

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