Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, June 12, 2012 / “XO: A Katheryn Dance Novel” by Jeffery Deaver

Today’s featured book is XO: A Katheryn Dance Novel by Jeffery Deaver.

"XO: A Katheryn Dance Novel" by Jeffery Deaver

“XO: A Katheryn Dance Novel” by Jeffery Deaver

"Jeffery Deaver's XO (The Album)"

“Jeffery Deaver’s XO (The Album)”

Why I chose this book:

This is a shameless double-header self-plug. What do you get when you cross a dancing Deaver and a humming Stafford? XO. The multi-platform novel and album release from Jeffery Deaver, Clay Stafford, and Ken Landers. Deaver’s book is a fast-paced story about a country singer who picks up a stalker. As with everything Deaver, it is not that simple. Officer Kathryn Dance uses the singer’s lyrics (which Deaver wrote) to track down the killer. The book alone is enough to recommend, but in this case, there’s more: That’s where Stafford and Landers come in. We composed the music the fictional singer sings. Listen to it on its own (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Paul Simon influences) or listen to it along with Kathryn Dance while you read the book as you both try to solve the crime. See if you can figure it out first. Knowing Deaver’s twists-and-turns, betcha can’t! But it doesn’t hurt to try. And, for a limited time, we’re giving away a FREE song download at While you’re there, listen to samples of the other songs, as well.

COUNTRY-POP INGENUE Kayleigh Towne’s career is just reaching new heights with her huge hit single “Your Shadow” -but increased fame is also bringing unwanted attention. An innocent exchange with one of her fans, signed with an “XO,” leads Kayleigh into the dangerous and terrifying realm of obsession.

Edwin Sharp thinks Kayleigh’s songs contain messages that speak directly to him. Despite her clear rejection and threats from lawyers and law enforcers, he remains convinced that “Your Shadow” was written just for him, and he announces he’s coming for Kayleigh. Then a potentially fatal accident occurs at the concert hall where Kayleigh is rehearsing for a triumphant hometown performance, and she is convinced that someone-maybe Edwin-was there watching her from the darkness.

True to his word, Edwin Sharp soon makes an ominous appearance in town, and California Bureau of Investigation Agent Kathryn Dance, a friend and fan of Kayleigh’s on vacation in Fresno to attend the show, intervenes on her behalf, drawing Sharp’s frightening attention to herself. That night a member of the road crew whom Kayleigh had once dated is murdered in an eerie echo of an image from her chart-topping song. As more deaths loom on the horizon, Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body-language analysis to stop the stalker and save more innocent victims. But before long she learns that, like many celebrities, Kayleigh has more than one fan with a mission . . .

This nail-biting thriller from suspense master Jeffery Deaver speeds along over just three short days, filled with terrifying twists that will keep readers held in rapt suspense until the final shocking revelation.

“Thriller Award-winner Deaver’s excellent third novel featuring Kathryn Dance (after 2009’s Roadside Crosses) takes the California Bureau of Investigation agent on a vacation . . . plenty of surprises and red herrings complement developments in Dance’s problematic relations with boyfriend Jon Boling and Det. Michael O’Neil . . . Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, the leads of Deaver’s other series, make cameo appearances in a novel sure to please fans of both.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Remember that these books are listed at a discount through Amazon. You also don’t have to purchase the version that is featured here. Many of these books are available in multiple formats: e–book, hardcover, softcover, and audio. Enjoy!

– Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville


About Clay Stafford

Clay Stafford is an author / filmmaker ( and founder of Killer Nashville ( As a writer himself, he has over 1.5 million copies of his own books in print in over 14 languages. Stafford’s latest projects are the feature documentary “One of the Miracles” ( and the music CD “XO” ( A champion of writers, Publishers Weekly has identified Stafford as playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.” (PW 6/10/13)
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