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Publisher's Summary

Already optioned for film, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is Peter Swanson's electrifying tale of romantic noir, with shades of Hitchcock and reminiscent of the classic movie Body Heat. It is the story of a man swept into a vortex of irresistible passion and murder when an old love mysteriously reappears.
On an ordinary Friday evening at his favorite Boston tavern, George Foss's comfortable, predictable life is shattered when a beautiful woman sits down at the bar, a woman who vanished without a trace twenty years ago.
Liana Dector isn't just an ex-girlfriend, the first love George couldn't quite forget. She's also a dangerous enigma and quite possibly a cold-blooded killer wanted by the police. Suddenly, she's back - and she needs George's help. Ruthless men believe she stole some money…and they will do whatever it takes to get it back.
George knows Liana is trouble. But he can't say no - he never could - so he makes a choice that will plunge him into a terrifying whirlpool of lies, secrets, betrayal, and murder from which there is no sure escape.
Bold and masterful, full of malicious foreboding and subtle surprises, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is an addictive, nonstop thriller - an ever-tightening coil of suspense that grips you right up to its electrifying end.
©2014 Peter Swanson (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
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Critic Reviews

"The pace is fast...and the plot genuinely twisty.... [It is] seemingly pre-measured for the movies...often to good effect; all in all, a quick, deft, promising first crime novel." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"[A] roller coaster thrill-fest of a ride, filled with deliciously wicked moments of mystery, murder, and mayhem, double-cross and deception. A cerebral noir thriller debut." ( New York Journal of Books)
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Customer Reviews

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1 out of 5 stars
By S on 04-19-15

Can't get past the narration

What disappointed you about The Girl with a Clock for a Heart?

The narration. The voice is flat, no intention, no emotion, nothing.

What was most disappointing about Peter Swanson’s story?

I can't get into the story because the narration makes it so boring I have a hard time following the plot. I quit after the second chapter.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See above

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Tamminter on 09-21-15


Would you try another book from Peter Swanson and/or Paul Boehmer?

I thoroughly enjoyed the kind worth killing and got this book because of it. I just kept waiting for it to get good and it just never did.

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Swanson again?


How could the performance have been better?

I am not sure but it could have been better.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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