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Ninth and Nowhere

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  755 ratings  ·  74 reviews

Seven strangers. Two hours. One tragic moment of violence that changes everything.

In this electrifying short story by New York Times bestselling suspense master Jeffery Deaver, the destinies of seven strangers intersect in ways no one sees coming. It looks like just another gray March morning in the tough urban district nicknamed Nowhere when seven lives converge: a youn

Kindle Edition, 52 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Amazon Original Stories
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Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
We all do it.  Jump to conclusions, make a snap decision, rush to judgment.  Don't do that here or you will be all kinds of wrong.  Heroes and miscreants.  Beggars and thieves.  A maddening buzz of wasps.  Trying to keep things on the down low and failing miserably.  It's not a good idea to be wandering around in the vicinity of Nowhere & Ninth.  Anything could happen.
Fate can be a killer when you're headed to NINTH AND NOWHERE.

52 pages - Seven characters - Assess each one - Solve the mystery......if you can.

Remember....Sometimes all is not what it seems! Good Luck!

Bill Lynas
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
While Jeffery Deaver's novels are usually very well written his short stories are a bit hit & miss. Ninth and Nowhere is a decent entry, though not a classic. Deaver builds up some good characters, each of them heading to a fateful location. The set up is good, while the conclusion doesn't quite pay off.
Tam_ the_ med_bookie
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
The first part was really bizarre. The characters are not that interesting as they should be to keep the story going.
The story picked up real fast in the later half with relatable characters.
But this one was really testing my patience.
Not gripping at all.
The ending was so damn annoying.
*Not worth it.
Jan 31, 2019 marked it as not-finished  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Carlissa by: Amazon Prime
I started to listen to the audio, but didn't get very far. I could tell that it just wasn't my type of story.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If Jeffery Deaver wrote it, I want to read it. Yes, even if it's a short story - probably my least favorite form of literature (save poetry by Emily Dickinson, but that's a story for another day). It took me less than an hour from start to finish - partly because it's just 52 pages and mostly because it's totally engrossing.

The length makes it difficult to review; there's little that can be said without giving away too much. Basically, as the official description says, it's the story of seven pe
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one. What I liked best about it was how much I was surprised by what really happened. With how things were laid out I totally thought I knew what was going to happen, instead I was so very wrong.
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Deaver packed a lot into such a small offering. My first impression was not a good one as it opens with the gang bangers and their street talk. Too bad the author started there. That turned me off as I avoid any crime fiction that features gangs and gun violence on the streets. I continued with it though as I was curious to see how he could craft such a short novella around 7 characters. He did it quite well actually.

Once we went from the opening gangsta scenes and were introduced to
Don Lazarus
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Fast Read

This is a fast moving story. Many very different people from completely different backgrounds were immerging on one particular place in a large American city.
What happens next changes some lives forever.
Jay Clement
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
9-2019. A quick novelette from the redoubtable Mr. Deaver. Lots of plot threads are tossed into the air, and Deaver expertly throws them all together in a satisfying manner.
Sheila Beaumont
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best short stories I've read in quite a while. Very different from what I expected!
Brian Hart
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely does a good job of tying together the seven characters and giving them enough depth to enjoy learning about each in such a quick read. Well done!
David Highton
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Deaver writes great short stories - cleverly constructed build up around all the characters who intersect in the final scenes of this 50-pager
Mindy Laybourne
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me from Goodreads and since it was available for Prime members, I decided to check it out. The reviews I read were mixed and I went into reading this book thinking that I would not like it... But it was gripping and very interesting, especially for a short story. It goes through 7 characters and I felt that you got enough backstory on them to really feel for them at the culmination of the book. I would recommend.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Engaging story. Never assume you know where the story is going. A quick and very entertaining read from an excellent author.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty good - as short stories go.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not what I expected from the description. Hard to tie 7 people together in s short story.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this standalone short story by Jeffery Deaver. The beginning introduces the reader to such a diverse group of characters, I couldn't imagine how they would all come together. Deaver was able to build so much suspense in a short story. The ending was dramatic and showed appearances are deceiving and we shouldn't jump to conclusions. I really enjoyed reading this quick, entertaining story.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Ninth And Nowhere”
A short story
Jeffrey Deaver
I have had the pleasure and privilege to read many short stories by Mr. Deaver. I do so because I cannot help myself. All of them are so clever it is humbling. I like to imagine that Mr. Deaver writes them because he, too, cannot help himself. Whenever I finish one of his short stories, it always seems to me that he has what may seem to be a random assortment of ideas that he tosses into the air and like jigsaw puzzle pieces they all fall down onto t
Patricia E Yarian
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing

At first I was sceptical about wanting to even read a short story. However, was I surprised at how quick this one can reach out and grab you! And not let go until the very last word!! Man oh man (my hippie era shining thru!!) Was I stunned!! You wonder-well did she like it? Well hell yes I liked it!! Will I read more of them when they're released?? But of course!!
Pick up a copy a give it a go! Bet you too will discover any Jeffery reaps such high accolades in his work!!---P/
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
At best, it's the well written and enjoyable first two chapters of an actual novel. As it stands, being sold as a short story is disingenuous.

It feels like a book that was abandoned after Chapter 2. It doesn't end wrapped up or intentionally ambiguous. It just stops. Characters undeveloped, plot halfway developed.

You shouldn't read this book if you are wanting a well developed short story. But, if you want a Michael Deaver sampler to decide if you liked his style or the Crime/Police genre, it's
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
After having read several books by authors claimed to "NYT Best Sellers" (& yes, I meant to use quotes to imply sarcasm), I am so happy to have read Deaver's short story. While short, he makes great use of language to tell the story. While even more difficult for an author to do in so few pages, Deaver cleverly weaves a story with many participants and pulls it together in the end.

Disappointed with the number of F-bombs *nearly one for every page*. While I understand that the spoken languag
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I felt overwhelmed while reading this and I shouldn't have. I was distracted because as the story went on I had forgotten the names of the characters I had already been introduced to and I was wishing I had taken notes. It was all for naught. It turns out that each character has something about them that distinguishes them from all of the other characters so you do not have to rely on their names.

The story didn't wow me, but it was good enough for a short story.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
A short story Audible original by Jeffrey Deaver. I loved this. It was very compelling seven strangers connected by one violent event. As the reader you are given a brief introduction to each character before their paths intersect. Reminded me of the movie “Crash”! I don’t want spoil anything. The Audible version was 1 hr 44 minutes. I consumed the entire story at once. It pulled me in from word one. And even better not one word was wasted. Give it a go!
Kristen Jett
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Five minute review: Ultimately, I wish I'd passed on this Amazon short. Big on characters, not so big on action. Most of the story is following characters so you have backstory for the "big scene".

I DID appreciate how all the characters ended up winding together.

Admittedly, I don't love short stories unless they're done just right, so that could be part of the issue.

Would I read again? ...I wish I hadn't the first time, so no.
Barb Rogan
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good but Not Deaver's best

This is the story about an assortment of characters who end up on the same corner in the city. Each person is given some background information that explains how they are involved in a crime scene. I have given this short story four stars because I read this over a couple of days. Big mistake. I should have taken the ninety minutes and read it all at once, so I could keep the characters straight.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very different kind of story. Very short...less than an hour to read and very different. Each character Is described in a way that you draw a certain picture in your mind about each one. but in the end only one is accurate. In fact, the story doesn’t end the way you think it will at the beginning.
Elaine Jackson
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This short was a pleasure to read. At first I thought there were far too many characters for such a short read, because they were all introduced with a short bio. However , the author arranged the plot in such a surprising and suspenseful manner it prevents you from predicting accurately what was next. He simply surprises you!! Thanks
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent example of how good storytelling doesn't need hundreds of pages to be suspenseful and thrilling. Short, concise, very well-written story of how seven lives converge on gray March morning in the "Nowhere" district of New York City near Riverside. Clever twists make the story unfold in a surprising way. Very entertaining and enjoyable!
B. Shaun Smith
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
A lot of info and momentum went into the characters backstories, with not much of an overall story line. When it all comes together at the end, it was confusing who was who with certain characters. The backstories were so bland that I forgot who some of the male characters confused with one another.
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