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Gregg Andrew Hurwitz is a graduate of Harvard and the recipient of a master's degree from Oxford University. This is his first novel. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Big debut: a former FBI agent who's over the edge is asked to track a wily escaped convict bent on retaliation.

James Thayer author of "Terminal Event" Allander Atlasia makes Hannibal Lecter look like a sugary little choirboy. Walt Becker author of "Link""The Tower" is a compelling tale of terror and suspense that illuminates the darkest shadows of the human pysche. "Booklist" Compelling....The narration is sharp, and the dialogue jumps off the page....This is the kind of novel that will probably be snapped up by Hollywood, but, once word of mouth picks up, readers might not want to wait for the movie. Bill Eidson author of "Adrenaline" and "Frames Per Second""The Tower" is a terrific achievement, big-scale psychological thriller that takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride at breakneck speed. Kate Phillips author of "White Rabbit" Gregg Andrew Hurwitz stages a gripping psychological battle between a serial killer and the tortured soul who pursues him. "Library Journal" First-time novelist Hurwitz has created two very powerful characters in Atlasia and Marlow, showing thier similarities as well as their obvious differences. Peter Hedges author of "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" In "The Tower, " Gregg Andrew Hurwitz merges his formidable intellect with his love of a good story. The gratifying result: a smart and impressive first novel where the pages seem to turn themselves. "Publishers Weekly" A gripping rogue's gallery of psycho-killer and sociopathic behavior in a hellish setting from which no man escapes alive.

The first several chapters of this psychological thriller offer a gripping rogue's gallery of psycho-killers and sociopathic behavior in a hellish setting from which no man escapes alive. The Tower is a maximum-security prison erected in San Francisco Bay to hold the nation's worst criminals. The worst of the worst, Allendar Atlasia (the weight of the novel is on his shoulders), executes a horrendous escape and creates a reign of terror in posh Bay Area neighborhoods. A purported genius, Atlasia delivers rhetorical gibberish in a highbrow diction aiming to mimic Hannibal Lecter's creepy intelligence but instead just sounding goofy. On Atlasia's trail is ex-FBI agent Jade Marlow (a man, despite his feminine moniker), who is teamed with the incredibly beautiful Agent Travers, who sports a blonde ponytail but is too hardboiled to have a given name. This arrangement is imposed by Wotan, the one-eyed, mysterious, fearless leader of the FBI. Jade is a Dirty Harry/Inspector Clouseau type, and while handsome and stout, he's a dull and dedicated misanthrope whose quite frequent cluelessness can be frustrating: a Phi Beta Kappa, he fails to recognize some of the most familiar lines of Shakespeare. He's bumbling as a super cop, setting up his own home as a target but posting no lookouts, losing his gun to his prey and stumbling into a tree when a pretty girl passes. Jade ultimately is the most inept yet conceited investigator since Maxwell Smart, although he seems to have superhuman strength even when the bones in his hips and legs are shattered. Though Travers gets short shrift in the chase, the reader might not miss her or any of the other crudely drawn secondary characters. This tale is mainly for those who enjoy graphic descriptions of grisly murders and who will believe the poorly delivered face-off between a monstrous criminal and his absurd nemesis. (Apr.)

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