“The Accident” is to some extent a sequel to “The Expats” by Chris Pavone (a five stars thriller in my opinion).
“The Accident” is a thriller about the explosive impact that a published manuscript might have on the image of a very powerful – and extreme wealthy – candidate politician: an accident and the ruthless handling of the consequences as teenager will certainly blow the image of the politician.
During one day a struggle starts to capture all copies of this manuscript and to prevent the literary agent from publishing this manuscript. The author is well hidden as expat in Zürich almost to the end.
A good thriller, but it might be an excellent thriller with better developed characters; some characters are so schematic that they were not be missed after their death. Also the number of deaths are unrealistic: some characters fall like puppets. And I have the impression that the narrative might be considerably improve with interweaving the information about the author of the manuscript and the literary agent – given in the last pages of this thriller – in the storyline: it will certainly make the author less schematic.
This book gives also some insight in the book publishing industry and in the selling of books in a local bookshop.
Well-written and recommended with some hesitation, because with several improvements it might have been an excellent thriller.