The Never Game

The Never Game

A Colter Shaw Novel Series, Book 1

eBook - 2019
Average Rating:
Rate this:
A New York Times Book Review Top 10 Crime Novel of the Year
From the bestselling and award-winning master of suspense, the first novel in a thrilling new series, introducing Colter Shaw.

"You have been abandoned."
A young woman has gone missing in Silicon Valley and her father has hired Colter Shaw to find her. The son of a survivalist family, Shaw is an expert tracker. Now he makes a living as a "reward seeker," traveling the country to help police solve crimes and private citizens locate missing persons. But what seems a simple investigation quickly thrusts him into the dark heart of America's tech hub and the cutthroat billion-dollar video-gaming industry.
"Escape if you can."
When another victim is kidnapped, the clues point to one video game with a troubled past—The Whispering Man. In that game, the player has to survive after being abandoned in an inhospitable setting with five random objects. Is a madman bringing the game to life?
"Or die with dignity."
Shaw finds himself caught in a cat-and-mouse game, risking his own life to save the victims even as he pursues the kidnapper across both Silicon Valley and the dark 'net. Encountering eccentric game designers, trigger-happy gamers and ruthless tech titans, he soon learns that he isn't the only one on the hunt: someone is on his trail and closing fast.
The Never Game proves once more why "Deaver is a genius when it comes to manipulation and deception" (Associated Press).
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Feb 13, 2020

Deaver tells us that video games are no good if they are not fun. The same applies to crime novels. Thank you Jeffery Deaver for Colter Shaw. Good mystery. Good fun. Explains fake news and promises to study hate crimes next. Took me away from the "real" world.

Jan 10, 2020

I am now IMPATIENTLY waiting for the sequel to this excellent crime/detective story. His new character, Colter Shaw, is a great creation. My only (personal) dislike in the storyline was Colter's willingness to jump in bed with a young woman who was flirtatious and pushy.

Dec 01, 2019

This is one of Mr. Deaver's all time best and I already read all his books. Being from Silicon Valley, Ca. myself it was amazing how he got the area and the problems of homelessness and the high price of living where you work right. I retired fromThe Transportation Authority in the area of this book and personally knew fellow employees who camped out near work and only went home to their families on their days off because the commute was 3 hrs. one way. They would no sooner get home and then it was soon time to do the commute back to work. The research to get a total understanding of the area, the housing dilemma, and the great divide of income and jobs was outstanding. And Colton is a character I want to sit with again very soon. So original and complex.

Oct 04, 2019

I always enjoy Jeffery Deaver work -- and this was no exception. Jumping back and forth in time, especially without any notation that it was happening, was distracting for me, but overall once I got into that groove I still enjoyed how the story developed. I look forward to the next one with this protagonist -- it will be interesting to follow Colter's development!

Sep 09, 2019

I've enjoyed several of Jeffrey Deaver's books. Read the synopsis on this one and thought, hmm, sounds good. Picked it up and read it in three days. Enjoyed it immensely. Colton Shaw is an intriguing and likeable main character. Was a slight stumble in how the true villain was suddenly in the light, but all in all, well worth the time spent reading it. Cannot wait for the next Colton Shaw.

Sep 04, 2019

Definitely not his best, gave up half way through the book. Did Deaver write this or his secretary?

Aug 31, 2019

Not a bad book...but Jeffrey Deaver has written better ones....not too sure about the main character Colter Shaw..guess I’m just used to Lincoln Rhyme...

Aug 31, 2019

Terrific book! As soon as I finished it, I wanted to read the next one (not yet out). I didn't want to start any new book b/c I knew it could not be as good.

Aug 22, 2019

Intense, timely, and door left open for a series. A good read.

SCL_Tricia Jul 15, 2019

This book features a new character with Deaver's usual mystery/thriller style. I enjoyed the story and the character, looking forward to the next installment. It didn't really end on a cliffhanger so that's a bonus too! Deaver does a great job of explaining the world of video gaming without taking away from the adrenaline of the story.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at APL

To Top