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Ollie Chandler is back! The brilliant homicide detective in Deadline and Dominion is no stranger to danger. When a university professor is murdered, Ollie makes a stunning discovery. Could the killer be a fellow detective? Bristling with suspense, Alcorn's heart-punding page-turner will take you to heaven and hell and back again to discover the truth.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 496
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1601420994
ISBN-13: 9781601420992
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“Messin’ with me’s like wearin’ cheese underwear down rat alley.”
-Ollie Chandler

Homicide detective Ollie Chandler has seen it all. Done more than he cares to admit. But when he’s called to investigate the murder of a Portland State University professor, he finds himself going places he’s never gone before.

Places he never wanted to go.

Because all the evidence is pointing to one horrific conclusion: The murderer is someone in his own department. That’s not the worst of it, though. Ollie has nagging doubts…about himself. Where was he during the time of the murder?

Joined by journalist Clarence Abernathy and their friend Jake Woods, Ollie pushes the investigation forward. Soon all three are drawn deep into corruption and political tensions that threaten to destroy them–and anyone who tries to help. But they’re in too deep to quit. They’ve got no choice. They have to follow the evidence to the truth…

No matter how ugly–or dangerous–it gets.

A gripping story of murder and spiritual struggle, Deception proves, as never before, the truth of Ollie’s first law: “Things are often not what they appear.”


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Author Bio

Bestselling author Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries. His novels include Deadline, Dominion, Edge of Eternity, Lord Foulgrin’s Letters, The Ishbane Conspiracy, and the Gold Medallion winner, Safely Home. He has written eighteen nonfiction books as well, including Heaven, The Treasures Principle, The Purity Principle, and The Grace and Truth Project. Randy and his wife, Nanci, live in Oregon. They have two married daughters, Karina and Angela, and three grandsons.


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Editorial Reviews

“I have just finished reading Randy Alcorn’s new novel. Deception is the same high quality as Randy’s related novels Deadline and Dominion. All three are page-turners…Randy is a gifted writer. I strongly recommend that you read his books.”
- Chuck Norris, six-time World Karate champion, international film and television star

Deception was as engaging to me as books by Chricton or Clancy…I’m sure glad Randy can’t paint, or I’d be in big trouble!”
- Ron DiCianni, award-winning artist, author of Beyond Words

“Randy Alcorn is amazing. He’s one of my all-time favorite authors.”
- Karen Kingsbury, bestselling author of the Redemption series and the Firstborn series

“Alcorn has written a novel that combines the suspense of John Grisham and the theological pondering of C.S. Lewis.”
- New Man Magazine for Deadline

“[Deadline] is for clear thinkers who enjoy a good argument. There can be no mistaking — and there should be no ignoring — the vital message of this book.”
- Frank Peretti, bestselling author of This Present Darkness

“Randy Alcorn has hit it out of the park. Deadline is riveting. Motivating. Intriguing. Provocative. And it’s for the mystery lovers too. Many books feed the mind. Some feed the heart. Deadline nourishes both.”
- Stu Weber, author of Tender Warrior

“Alcorn’s writing remains top-notch, and he fills the pages with enough tension to cause ulcers.”
- Bookstore Journal for Dominion


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    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Some good parts, but just way too much
    March 5, 2012
    Eric Smith
    Rochester, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Let me start by giving the good points of this book; the characters are well done and interesting, especially Ollie, his friends, and his fellow police officers. The dialogues about God and the Gospel are great and Alcorn does a good job of defending the faith in those dialogues. There's plenty of suspense in some parts, but also alot to keep up with in others. The problem is that as a mystery, it is too long and there are too many twists and turns that could've been edited out. In addition, I was put off by the "Heavenly" conversations that were just add-ons in the story and bring too much speculation into what we will say or do in Heaven. I know this seems picky, but the character of God seems to be cheapened a bit and these scenes made me uncomfortable. There are some nice odes to Sherlock Holmes and Nero Wolfe, but again, it would've been nice to see these characters in a more concise, fast moving mystery. This is the first book I've read from Alcorn so maybe I'm being too harsh, but this wouldn't be a book I'd put on the top of my list to recommend.
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Randy Alcorn is an excellent author. This book is exciting, suspenseful.
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read with wonderful Scripture references
    May 6, 2011
    Ginger
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Suspense laced with "tongue in cheek" humour from beginning to end. Lots of in depth spiritual perspective which gave lots of "food for thought".
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Mystery with unbelievable outcome
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    Samuel Stephens
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Characters come to life and you feel like you personally know them. You feel involved in the twists and turns within the story line.
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    Eunice Sanborn
    Our Church Book Study group read this book over a period of several weeks. The hardest part was waiting until the next week to see what happened next. It is a wonderful story, full of humor and adventure. It also fits into the "who dunit?" story. Randy Alcorn is a great auther and you can visualize everything he writes. We highly recommend this, you won't be sorry.
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Author: Randy Alcorn
Located in: Gresham, OR
Submitted: August 27, 2007

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I’m the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (www.epm.org) and the author of over twenty-eight books, including Safely Home and six other novels and my nonfiction works The Treasure Principle, The Grace and Truth Paradox, and Heaven. My wife Nanci and I are the parents of two married daughters and we have four wonderful grandsons. I enjoy hanging out with my family, biking, tennis (I help coach high school boys), research and reading. You can visit my blog at www.randyalcorn.blogspot.com

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Deception had been on my mind, off and on the back burner, for ten years. It was fun—but a lot of hard work—to finally write it. The many letters I got from those who’d read my previous novels Deadline and Dominion served as a big encouragement to write this semi-sequel. It’s really fun to have the end product now, and to feel good about it. I’ve enjoyed the encouraging responses.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  First, a story that entertains them. If that doesn’t work, the theme or underlying message won’t work either. That underlying message is that there is an unseen realm and that things are not as they appear. I want to leave my readers with the sense that to follow Christ is not only right, but it’s smart and ultimately in their best interest. To not follow him is a form of self-destruction, even though we don’t typically think of it that way. If we have eyes to see, we’ll realize that God’s calling to us, the life he wants us to live, and the rules and principles of Scripture are like guardrails. The purpose of guardrails on a winding mountain road is not to mess you up; it’s to prevent you from being hurt. So if you dent your fender on a guardrail that kept you from going off a cliff, you don’t curse the guardrail – instead you say, “Thank you to whoever put that guardrail there, because it just saved my life!” I think readers of Deception are left with a sense of God’s providence and protection, and also a sense of the choices he leaves us with, whether we’re believers or nonbelievers.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Though publishers and readers have asked me to, I’ve never in my previous six novels felt I wanted to go back and use the main character again as such in a subsequent book. I know it would be easier in some ways, but I’ve felt like each person gets one book on center stage. Ollie Chandler is the first character that has made me feel different about this. When I started Deception I thought this would be it, no more stories centered on Ollie. But once I got inside his head, things slowly changed. I thought, I like this guy, I like his quirks, his sense of humor, the gruff exterior and the soft heart, the head-butting toughness and the vulnerability of a lifetime of hurts. So, depending on the response to Deception (because I’ll find out whether readers really like Ollie), Lord willing, there may well be one or more other Ollie stories to come.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Those who read Deception will see that I have a special love for Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories—every chapter begins with a Holmes quote. In Deception, I also pay tribute to the Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout. I've read or listened to most of the forty-seven Nero Wolfe books.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  On the New Earth, I want to meet people whose lives were touched by my books, and hear their stories. And I want to thank all the people whose writing touched my life. On the present Earth, I want to be remembered as one of God’s grateful errand boys. I want my life and my writing to have said, “It’s all about Jesus, not about me.” I won’t leave behind much of an inheritance to my children and grandchildren, but I hope my wife Nanci and I leave a deep and abiding heritage.

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