“In the dark room punctured by a bare hundred watt bulb, two newspaper clippings on the card table appeared whitish gray, four others dim and yellow. Agile fingers arranged them chronologically so the handiwork could be better displayed. Most of the people in the clippings had been stupid. But over the years, one by one, they’d been abruptly liberated of their stupidity. And the world was liberated of them. A penciled list of names dropped by the table, by the playing cards, next to the clippings. It was time for another stupid person to go away…The mastermind wrote the name down, then covered it with the Ace of Spades…”
When a Portland State University professor is found murdered in his home, homicide detective Ollie Chandler is called in to investigate. As he surveys the bizarre evidence present at the crime scene, Ollie’s instincts tell him things aren’t what they appear. Haunted by the memory of an innocent man he mistakenly sent to death row, Ollie determines to assume nothing, following every shred of evidence wherever it may lead him. Soon he’s caught in the middle of a tangled web of deceit and betrayal that turns him, his career, the entire police department, and his closest relationships upside down.
Building on the enormous success of his previous novels, DEADLINE (36 months on the bestsellers list) and DOMINION, which have sold more than 450,000 copies combined, best-selling author Randy Alcorn presents DECEPTION (Multnomah Publishers, April 2007), a thrilling page-turner that promises to keep readers awake long after bedtime, desperate to discover the truth. Randy Alcorn’s knack for creating realistic, memorable characters has inspired consistent praise from readers and critics alike, and DECEPTION displays that talent as never before. The story is told from the viewpoint of Ollie Chandler, a tough-but-lovable, brilliant, wise-cracking mess. Ollie is joined by old friends Jake Woods from DEADLINE and Clarence Abernathy from DOMINION. With trademark style, Randy spins a gripping tale that tempers the gritty reality of the present with the hope of the eternal perspective. DECEPTION will take readers to heaven and hell… and back again.