Ninth and Nowhere by Jeffery Deaver

Ninth and Nowhere

Seven strangers. Two hours. One tragic moment of violence that changes everything. In this electrifying short story by New York Times bestselling suspense master Jeffery Deaver, the destinies of seven strangers intersect in ways no one sees coming. It looks like just another gray March morning in the tough urban district nicknamed Nowhere when seven lives converge: a young man intent on buying a gun; the gangbanger who cuts him a deal; a by-the-b...

Details Ninth and Nowhere

TitleNinth and Nowhere
Release DateJan 29th, 2019
PublisherAmazon Original Stories
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Mystery, Crime

Reviews Ninth and Nowhere

  • Carol
    Fate can be a killer when you're headed to NINTH AND NOWHERE. 52 pages - Seven characters - Assess each one - Solve the mystery......if you can. Remember....Sometimes all is not what it seems! Good Luck!
  • Zoeytron
    We all do it.  Jump to conclusions, make a snap decision, rush to judgment.  Don't do that here or you will be all kinds of wrong.  Heroes and miscreants.  Beggars and thieves.  A maddening buzz of wasps.  Trying to keep things on the down low and failing miserably.  It's not a good idea to be wandering around in the vicinity of Nowhere & Ninth.  Anything could happen.
  • Bill Lynas
    While Jeffery Deaver's novels are usually very well written his short stories are a bit hit & miss. Ninth and Nowhere is a decent entry, though not a classic. Deaver builds up some good characters, each of them heading to a fateful location. The set up is good, while the conclusion doesn't quite pay off.
  • Tam_ the_ med_bookie
    The first part was really bizarre. The characters are not that interesting as they should be to keep the story going. The story picked up real fast in the later half with relatable characters.But this one was really testing my patience.Not gripping at all.The ending was so damn annoying. *Not worth it.
  • Richard
    What a wonderful short story full of invention and a casual eye for detail. The incidents related here all take place in a couple of hours and centre on a this tough urban district, the corner of Ninth and Nowhere.Seven disparate individuals seem to be destined to meet this morning at or near a convenience store. The first part of this tense story details these different people and you learn just enough to guess something is going down. You feel ...
  • Monnie
    If Jeffery Deaver wrote it, I want to read it. Yes, even if it's a short story - probably my least favorite form of literature (save poetry by Emily Dickinson, but that's a story for another day). It took me less than an hour from start to finish - partly because it's just 52 pages and mostly because it's totally engrossing.The length makes it difficult to review; there's little that can be said without giving away too much. Basically, as the off...
  • Darcy
    I really liked this one. What I liked best about it was how much I was surprised by what really happened. With how things were laid out I totally thought I knew what was going to happen, instead I was so very wrong.
  • Gloria ~ mzglorybe
    3.5 stars Deaver packed a lot into such a small offering. My first impression was not a good one as it opens with the gang bangers and their street talk. Too bad the author started there. That turned me off as I avoid any crime fiction that features gangs and gun violence on the streets. I continued with it though as I was curious to see how he could craft such a short novella around 7 characters. He did it quite well actually. Once we went from ...
  • Don Lazarus
    A Fast ReadThis is a fast moving story. Many very different people from completely different backgrounds were immerging on one particular place in a large American city.What happens next changes some lives forever.
  • Jay Clement
    9-2019. A quick novelette from the redoubtable Mr. Deaver. Lots of plot threads are tossed into the air, and Deaver expertly throws them all together in a satisfying manner.
  • Sheila Beaumont
    One of the best short stories I've read in quite a while. Very different from what I expected!
  • Brian Hart
    Definitely does a good job of tying together the seven characters and giving them enough depth to enjoy learning about each in such a quick read. Well done!
  • David Highton
    Deaver writes great short stories - cleverly constructed build up around all the characters who intersect in the final scenes of this 50-pager
  • Pat
    5 starsI was between books and not sure what to read next when I got an ad from Amazon for this Kindle short story by Jeffrey Deaver. I have read long ago some Jeffery Deaver novels but have not read him recently. Well, my conclusion is he still's got it for righting an intriguing story line. Numerous characters are introduced and by circumstances of fate or the universe, they come together at the same time in the same place with astonishing resu...
  • Mindy Laybourne
    This book was recommended to me from Goodreads and since it was available for Prime members, I decided to check it out. The reviews I read were mixed and I went into reading this book thinking that I would not like it... But it was gripping and very interesting, especially for a short story. It goes through 7 characters and I felt that you got enough backstory on them to really feel for them at the culmination of the book. I would recommend.
  • Bronwyn
    ComplicatedEngaging story. Never assume you know where the story is going. A quick and very entertaining read from an excellent author.
  • Joan
    Pretty good - as short stories go.
  • Sandra
    Not what I expected from the description. Hard to tie 7 people together in s short story.
  • Christine
    I loved this standalone short story by Jeffery Deaver. The beginning introduces the reader to such a diverse group of characters, I couldn't imagine how they would all come together. Deaver was able to build so much suspense in a short story. The ending was dramatic and showed appearances are deceiving and we shouldn't jump to conclusions. I really enjoyed reading this quick, entertaining story.
  • Al
    “Ninth And Nowhere”A short storyJeffrey DeaverI have had the pleasure and privilege to read many short stories by Mr. Deaver. I do so because I cannot help myself. All of them are so clever it is humbling. I like to imagine that Mr. Deaver writes them because he, too, cannot help himself. Whenever I finish one of his short stories, it always seems to me that he has what may seem to be a random assortment of ideas that he tosses into the air a...
  • KIM
    New Author for me to recommendThis is my first Jeffery Deaver book. Although I had never heard of him I now intend to read more. This is a KU short story that sounded interesting. I only look at KU books or .99 because that's all I can afford. Now about the book. Because of the genre I knew death would be involved. So basically each chapter offers you a synopsis of a persons life. This is well done because building character in only one chapter i...
  • Patricia E Yarian
    GotchaAt first I was sceptical about wanting to even read a short story. However, was I surprised at how quick this one can reach out and grab you! And not let go until the very last word!! Man oh man (my hippie era shining thru!!) Was I stunned!! You wonder-well did she like it? Well hell yes I liked it!! Will I read more of them when they're released?? But of course!!Pick up a copy a give it a go! Bet you too will discover any Jeffery reaps suc...
  • Cat
    After having read several books by authors claimed to "NYT Best Sellers" (& yes, I meant to use quotes to imply sarcasm), I am so happy to have read Deaver's short story. While short, he makes great use of language to tell the story. While even more difficult for an author to do in so few pages, Deaver cleverly weaves a story with many participants and pulls it together in the end. Disappointed with the number of F-bombs *nearly one for every pag...
  • Charity
    I felt overwhelmed while reading this and I shouldn't have. I was distracted because as the story went on I had forgotten the names of the characters I had already been introduced to and I was wishing I had taken notes. It was all for naught. It turns out that each character has something about them that distinguishes them from all of the other characters so you do not have to rely on their names.The story didn't wow me, but it was good enough fo...
  • Grace Justus
    A lot of very different charactersThe book has several characters that people like myself, who have trouble with names, can easily confuse early on. This was an amazing book with an amazing storyline. I love the characters (once i could keep them separate). I love the writing. I love the plot. Overall a very good read and I would even watch the movie, if it stayed true to the book.
  • Ann
    A short story Audible original by Jeffrey Deaver. I loved this. It was very compelling seven strangers connected by one violent event. As the reader you are given a brief introduction to each character before their paths intersect. Reminded me of the movie “Crash”! I don’t want spoil anything. The Audible version was 1 hr 44 minutes. I consumed the entire story at once. It pulled me in from word one. And even better not one word was wasted....
  • Kristen Jett
    Five minute review: Ultimately, I wish I'd passed on this Amazon short. Big on characters, not so big on action. Most of the story is following characters so you have backstory for the "big scene". I DID appreciate how all the characters ended up winding together. Admittedly, I don't love short stories unless they're done just right, so that could be part of the issue.Would I read again? ...I wish I hadn't the first time, so no.
  • Barb Rogan
    Good but Not Deaver's bestThis is the story about an assortment of characters who end up on the same corner in the city. Each person is given some background information that explains how they are involved in a crime scene. I have given this short story four stars because I read this over a couple of days. Big mistake. I should have taken the ninety minutes and read it all at once, so I could keep the characters straight.
  • Melody
    A very different kind of story. Very short...less than an hour to read and very different. Each character Is described in a way that you draw a certain picture in your mind about each one. but in the end only one is accurate. In fact, the story doesn’t end the way you think it will at the beginning.