Elevator Pitch

Elevator Pitch

by Linwood Barclay

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Overview

"One hell of a suspense novel." ⁠—Stephen King

The New York Times bestselling author of A Noise Downstairs and No Time for Goodbye 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 in which a series of disasters paralyzes New York City with fear.

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 plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It 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 chaos.

Clearly, 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 unanswered.

Who 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 ribbon-cutting on Thursday.

With each diabolical twist, Linwood Barclay ratchets up the suspense, building to a shattering finale. Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062678300
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 1,198
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Linwood Barclay is the author of eighteen previous novels, and two thrillers for children. A New York Times bestselling author, his books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He wrote the screenplay adaptation for his novel Never Saw it Coming and his book The Accident has been made into a TV series in France. His novel No Time for Goodbye was a global bestseller. Born and raised in Connecticut, he now lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha.

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Elevator Pitch 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
cloggiedownunder 16 days ago
Recipe for an Intriguing Crime Thriller 1 New York City 1 (or 2 or 3) elevator accident(s), fatalities included 1 image-conscious NYC Mayor, focussed on re-election 1 hard-boiled female journalist, intent on keeping said mayor accountable 1 Russian-born elevator serviceman, murdered, face mutilated, fingers removed 1 PTSD-affected NYPD detective 1 Russian scientist considering defection 1 domestic extremist organisation, right-wing flavoured 4 or 5 red herrings, as needed 1 or 2 clever twists 1 nail-biting climax Mix lightly the first eight ingredients, then allow to stand and ferment for 48-72 hours. Gradually add the remaining ingredients. If liked, stir in vigorously: 1 mayor’s son, craving paternal approval; 1 right-wing leader’s acolyte, desperate to please; 1 mayoral aide, apparently discovering an actual conscience; 1 journalist’s daughter with a grudge; the Department of Homeland Security; the FBI; a few indignant mayoral election campaign contributors; and a nervous public. Note that, if sufficiently agitated, this mix may boil over or explode. Preparation time: 5 days. Serves: any number of crime thriller fans. Elevator Pitch is the eleventh stand-alone novel by best-selling Canadian author, Linwood Barclay. The author gives his readers a clever plot with, plenty of page-turning action. His characters may start out looking a little stereotypical, but they soon develop into multi-faceted, believable individuals with very human flaws and quirks and strengths. Brilliant crime fiction with one drawback: you might be reluctant to get into an elevator after reading it. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Harlequin Australia.
Anonymous 30 days ago
Fast paced, thrilling page turner! Never disappointed, not ever!
artist58 4 days ago
Excellent! I personally, think this is one of the best books Mr. Barclay has written. His humor maintains, his suspense thrills, and he sure isn't afraid to eliminate characters! I have enjoyed all his books, but especially liked Elevator Pitch. The story kept my interest and the twists thrilled me. Great job!
Anonymous 11 days ago
I heard what agreat book this was. I.started to read it. About half way through I thought I had it figured out. But I would finish it anyways WRONG. I did not have it figured out.
McGal 14 days ago
A thrill ride in New York City! A shady mayor, driven journalist, thorough detectives, terrorist organizations, revenge plots, bombs in taxis, and plummeting elevators. A quick read—because I couldn’t put it down! Interesting, well-written characters and an intriguing story that moves along at a quick pace.
beachandbookgirl 16 days ago
The story started off a bit slow but then weaved all these mini subplots into the main story. This is my first book by Linwood Barclay and will not be my last. So fast paced with a not-predictible ending! The best kind of ending!
WhisperingStories 16 days ago
On Monday morning four people enter an elevator in an office building. They each press the button for their designated floors but the elevator sails passed them right to the top. Once there it sits idle for a few minutes before plummeting to the ground killing three immediately and one a few hours later from her injuries. On Tuesday an elevator malfunctions in an apartment block and stops dead. Inside is a young boy on his way to school and a Russian scientist. They manage to prise open the doors and the scientist climbs out but upon reaching for her purse the elevator drops, killing her instantly. On Wednesday an elevator door opens and two people step on, but there is no elevator and they fall, luckily not too far. Injured but alive people come to their rescue, that is until the elevator moves down crushing the pair. New York is in terror as the residents and workers refuse to use the elevators leaving some people stranded in their high-rise buildings. The Mayor is catapulted into the limelight as people want answers and what does a fingerless man found dead on the Highline have to do with the issue? It’s up to detectives Jerry Bourque and Lois Delgado to work quickly and put the pieces together. If you have a fear of elevators (lifts) then you might want to give this book a miss, for those that don’t have a fear of them this might make you think twice before stepping onto one! Elevator Pitch is an intense thriller that weaves a lot of plotlines together. In the beginning, I was a little confused as the book moved from the initial accident onto a journalist and her dealings with the New York Mayor. We then meet two detectives who are dealing with a crime scene on the Highline where a man has been found brutally murdered and his fingers cut off. I struggled a little to try to work out how all these characters and scenes would come together but once we find out who the murdered man is and the events that occurred on Tuesday everything starts to come clear and the book began to make sense again. It’s at this point the book truly came alive and I raced through it. Not only do we have elevators malfunctioning there is also a terrorist on the loose blowing up things. Are the two connected? This is the first book by Linwood Barclay that I have read and from how much enjoyment I had reading it, it won’t be my last. Elevator Pitch is chilling and exciting, yes, it begins slowly but keep going as it certainly will take you for a ride. The ending is perfect and I like how it incorporated the prologue too.
Anonymous 16 days ago
great read
Anonymous 17 days ago
Entertaining, fast-paced and thrilling read. If you already hate elevators don’t read this! This was my second ever Linwood Barclay novel but it will not be my last. Excellent read. Thank to NetGalley for the ARC I received.
Alix Maza 18 days ago
⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3 1/2 stars) S L O W B U R N. Like super slow. The last 75 pages really turned it into a suspenseful thriller. The start of the book reminded me of CSI: NY and then the final chapters reminded me of Batman: The Dark Knight. It’s not twisted per se (there is one part that I really did not see coming), but seriously the last 75 pages are page turning. Most of it I found pretty predictable and by like page 275 I found myself thinking about the other books I could’ve been reading. I didn’t hate it and I didn’t love it. Just ‘meh’ for me! A definite #fillerthriller Thank you TLC Book Tours and for my copy!
Barnseys_Books 24 days ago
Elevator Pitch was my first introduction to the work of author Linwood Barclay and I was very pleasantly surprised. With a highly original plot and believable characters, this book is crying out to be made into a movie. Imagine your worst nightmare (well, mine anyway!), being trapped inside an out of control elevator. As you frantically stab the buttons, nothing happens. Then suddenly, from a great height within a New York skyscraper, you and your fellow passengers plummet into obliteration. Eeek, scary stuff indeed! Who is sabotaging New York's elevators and why? What a thrilling, fast-paced read this turned out to be. Gripped from the very first chapter, it was a terrifying journey into a frighteningly plausible scenario. Taking the stairs now seems the better option!
Anonymous 30 days ago
This novel was both believable and terrifying from its first page to the last. I love a plot with twists and turns that make it almost impossible to figure out "who done it" before the end. This was a great read!
SilversReviews 3 months ago
Malfunctioning, crashing-to-the-ground elevators two days in a row, a third elevator crash the following day, and then a dead man who is an elevator-repair person with finger tips sawed off and his face mutilated is what the New York police have to deal with. What is the connection between the dead elevator repair person and the elevator malfunctions? Is there a connection or is this just a coincidence? You can't go into any buildings in New York City without needing an elevator, and these incidents along with the mayor's order to shut down every elevator in New York City crippled the city and had everyone in a panic. Along with all these tragedies, there are numerous side stories going on with the mayor’s office being investigated by a journalist and bombs being set off in New York City and other parts of the country. ELEVATOR PITCH had a lot of characters' stories that randomly fit into the story line, and all these incidents put together increased the book's suspense. And...just when you thought it was all over, it wasn't. The ending is edge-of-your-seat. ELEVATOR PITCH will not be for anyone who already has a fear of being in an elevator or even a New York City cab, but the book will be for those readers who enjoy intrigue, suspense, twists, surprises, revealed secrets, and shady characters. 4/5 This book was given to me by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
MusicInPrint 3 months ago
FEAR OF ELEVATORS? CLAUSTROPHOBIC? Skip Barclay's Elevator Pitch. BUT....If you want a fantastic read with disjointed characters that lead to an array of suspects and events DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS NOVEL. Barclay must have an amazing story board for this novel that brings panic to NYC. Pages are full of what happens when a vertical city is suddenly unable to safely use this transporting room. A copy of this book was provided by Harper Collins Publishers via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." MUST READ!!!
BettyTaylor 3 months ago
I really enjoyed Barclay’s last book A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS and he did not disappoint with his newest one ELEVATOR PITCH. You may never look at elevators the same way again. New York City, a truly “vertical city”, is paralyzed when random elevators inexplicably plummet to the ground. But are they truly random? And are these elevator “mishaps” connected to the recent bombings in public places? I was kept guessing as to who was behind these plots to terrorize the city. The story revolves around a mayor seeking reelection, two New York City detectives, and a journalist who pulls no punches. This book was definitely hard to put down. With many chapters ending with cliff hangers I had to read just one more chapter…just one more…just one more. Suspenseful. Tense. Fast paced. Excellently written.
RMeckley 3 months ago
I will never get on an elevator again without thinking of this book! NYC elevators are being tampered with but no one is sure why. Is it terrorism or something more personal? A reporter who has an agenda on the mayor thinks the attacks are related to the mayor's investors. The suspense and mystery with which the book begins are not sustained through to the end, but the story is still exciting and fun to read! Thanks to NetGalley for providing a preprint.
3no7 3 months ago
“Elevator Pitch” by Linwood Barclay opens with Stuart Bland preparing to pitch his script “Clock Man” to Sherry D’Agostino of Cromwell Entertainment, but the elevator they are riding in does not stop, and then the elevator is in free fall, until it hits bottom. The scene immediately shifts to city hall where Mayor Richard Wilson Headley and his son, Glover Headley, are attempting to wrangle out from under attacks by media involving accusations of favoritism in awarding city contracts. It is business as usual in the zoo that is city politics. The mayor goes to the site of the elevator accident mostly to dodge the press. After all, elevator accidents are rare in New York City, only one or two per year; there are more reports of alien abduction than elevator accidents. Amidst the political chaos, there is another tragedy, a murder on the High Line. Then, there is another elevator accident. People are frightened; the mayor is speechless; and the media is arguing amongst themselves. Is this a threat to foundations of American life or is it all just fake news designed to create panic over nothing? The pace is fast, the action intense, taking place over just a few days. The magnitude of the story grows exponentially hour-by-hour. Alternating chapters show the complex actions from the perspective of each of the participants. Readers see the whole day, what everyone is doing, what everyone is planning. However, participants do not know about the others until their paths intersect, sometime in tragic ways. Characters are well defined, complex, and significantly impact others as their paths intertwine, disengage, and merge into one terrifying tale. Be advised, Barclay is a master of misdirection, deception and hiding secrets in plain sight. No one is really who he or she appears to be at first, perhaps not even the terrorists. Some pieces of the puzzle fall easily into place, but not all; even the most perceptive and careful readers will be surprised at the end. Barclay gives a nice “shout out” to socks with library cards (by “out of Print”) and mentions significant New York landmarks that are worth finding Google Maps including The High Line, The Strand Bookstore, Grand Central Market, the entrance to Central Park Zoo, and the Morning Star Café. Are there lessons to be learned? Of course, actions have consequences, and TAKE THE STAIRS. I received a review copy of “Elevator Pitch” from Linwood Barclay and William Morrow. Readers should set aside time to read because once started, this book is impossible to put down.
KindigBlog 3 months ago
Elevator Pitch is a book that left me with some mixed feelings. On the whole I really liked the idea of someone hacking into elevators and sending unsuspecting victims to some very gory deaths. It turns something which can be a bit mundane into something sinister and certainly made me wary getting into my hotel lift to the 15th floor after reading! The deaths portrayed are also nice and gruesome, they made me wince and shake my head quite a few times which was great. My negatives were in all the padding around the crimes – for one there were way too many characters that we are introduced to and carried on hearing about all the way through the book. None of these particularly felt very fleshed out – perhaps because they didn’t get enough ‘screen time’ and some of the loose ends disappeared into oblivion towards the end. We heard from the Mayor, his son, his aide, his PA, a journalist, her daughter, two detectives on the case (one of which I didn’t even realise was female until the very end of the book), a shady businessman, his wife, a contracted killer as well as brief life histories and narration of a lot of the victims before their deaths – all of which felt way too much. It would have been better to just focus on Barbara, her daughter Arla and one of the detectives rather than trying to get into the minds of so many of the red herring or side characters. The plot also seemed to jump around and provide way too many threads to keep the story sufficiently coherent. There was the menacing Russian government which felt too cliched to be real, a shady terrorist group called the Flyovers that I didn’t at all understand the motives of, two blossoming love stories, unexplained vague flashbacks which weren’t properly revealed until the very end, a detective facing psychological issues from a previous case which was also never properly clarified, family issues – it was just all too much. Overall Elevator Pitch could have been more effective with a simpler approach for me – less characters and a more straight forward plot. Thank you to NetGalley and HQ Stories for a chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Margaret Yelton 3 months ago
I received an ARC of Elevator Pitch from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review. Wow, I don't think I want to be riding around on elevator's anytime in the near future. This was my first time reading a book by Linwood Barclay, and I would have to say it was well written, action packed and had me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. I truly disliked the Mayor in this book, but he did try to redeem himself some by the end of the book. I don't enjoy elevators in the first place nor esclators so after this book I like them even less. I would definitely recommend this book to those that enjoy thrillers.