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Number of Pages: 496
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
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Series: Ollie Chandler
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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.”
From the Hardcover edition.
From the Hardcover edition.
- 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
From the Hardcover edition.
Eric SmithRochester, NYAge: 45-54Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Some good parts, but just way too muchMarch 5, 2012Eric SmithRochester, NYAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Let 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.
judypudyLoveland, COAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 1, 2011judypudyLoveland, COAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Randy Alcorn is an excellent author. This book is exciting, suspenseful.
GingerCanadaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great read with wonderful Scripture referencesMay 6, 2011GingerCanadaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Suspense laced with "tongue in cheek" humour from beginning to end. Lots of in depth spiritual perspective which gave lots of "food for thought".
Samuel StephensNorthern CaliforniaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Mystery with unbelievable outcomeDecember 8, 2010Samuel StephensNorthern CaliforniaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Characters come to life and you feel like you personally know them. You feel involved in the twists and turns within the story line.
Eunice Sanborn5 Stars Out Of 5August 27, 2010Eunice SanbornOur 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.
Located in: Gresham, OR
Submitted: August 27, 2007
Tell us a little about yourself. Im 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 funbut a lot of hard workto finally write it. The many letters I got from those whod read my previous novels Deadline and Dominion served as a big encouragement to write this semi-sequel. Its really fun to have the end product now, and to feel good about it. Ive enjoyed the encouraging responses.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? First, a story that entertains them. If that doesnt work, the theme or underlying message wont 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 its smart and ultimately in their best interest. To not follow him is a form of self-destruction, even though we dont typically think of it that way. If we have eyes to see, well realize that Gods 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; its to prevent you from being hurt. So if you dent your fender on a guardrail that kept you from going off a cliff, you dont 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 Gods providence and protection, and also a sense of the choices he leaves us with, whether were believers or nonbelievers.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Though publishers and readers have asked me to, Ive 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 Ive 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 Ill 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 storiesevery 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 Gods grateful errand boys. I want my life and my writing to have said, Its all about Jesus, not about me. I wont 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.