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The New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author whose “skill at capturing emotion in lyrical passages sets her head and shoulders above her peers” (Publishers Weekly) dives head first into the world of psychological thrillers with “one twisted, horrifying ride [that] kept me up the night after I finished it” (Kim Harrison).

When Kristine Rush’s fiancé is abducted from a desolate rest stop en route from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California, she is forced to choose: return home unharmed or plunge forward into the searing Mojave desert to find him…where a murderer lies in wait.

One road. One woman. One killer.

Speeding against the clock, and uncertain if danger lies ahead or behind, Kristine blazes an epic path through the gaudy flash of roadside casinos, abandoned highway stops, and a landscape rife with unimaginable horrors. Desperate to save her doomed husband-to-be, she must summon long forgotten resources to go head-to-head against an unpredictable killer. And she’d better hurry. Because she only has twenty-four hours…to make one hell of a trip.

About The Author

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Vicki Pettersson is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the popular Signs of the Zodiac urban fantasy series and the “para-noir” Celestial Blues series. She lives in Las Vegas and Dallas. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Pocket Books (May 31, 2016)
  • Length: 464 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781476798592

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Raves and Reviews

“An exercise in finely written, relentless, all-but-unbearable horror. . . . [Pettersson is] a connoisseur of the unspeakable.”

– The Washington Post

"Summed up in four words: one twisted, horrifying ride. Vicki Pettersson’s SWERVE kept me up the night after I finished it. Her writing always holds a gritty truth, but she pulls out all the stops in this new thriller set in the Mojave Desert, sending me on a dreadlocks-tight journey of Kristine Rush's past and present, proving that childhood scars never heal, but we can survive and find strength in them. I stand haunted at Pettersson's vision of what one person can endure in the name of love, the pain another can cause in the name of the same. Perfectly terrifying.”

– Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“SWERVE is a relentless, brutal thriller with breakneck pacing and heartfelt characterization. Pettersson is a prizefighter, keeping the twists coming like punches to the head, but by the novel’s end, both author and reader emerge victorious.”

– Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of TIN MEN and SNOWBLIND

“If you want a nonstop thrill ride, buckle up and hold on, because you’re about to get whiplash."

– Taylor Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of THE INFORMATIONIST and THE MASK

“SWERVE is a rolling nightmare that speeds you down bloody highways and dizzying switchbacks. A road story as dangerous as a knife hidden in your boot.”

– Richard Kadrey, New York Times bestselling author of the SANDMAN SLIM novels

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