- Create your FREE Amazon Business account to save up to 10% with Business-only prices and free shipping.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more
Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.
Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.
Enter your mobile phone or email address
By pressing "Send link," you agree to Amazon's Conditions of Use.
You consent to receive an automated text message from or on behalf of Amazon about the Kindle App at your mobile number above. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message & data rates may apply.
The Winner Hardcover – January 1, 1997
|New from||Used from|
Enhance your purchase
She is twenty, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All she has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever.
It's an offer she dares to refuse...until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a harrowing game of high-stakes, big-money subterfuge. It's a price she won't fully pay...until she does the unthinkable and breaks the promise that made her rich.
For if LuAnn Tyler comes home, she will be pitted against the deadliest contestant of all: the chameleon-like financial mastermind who changed her life. And who can take it away at will...
"Sneezy the Snowman" by Maureen Wright
B-R-R-R-R! AH-CHOO! Sneezy the Snowman is cold, cold, cold. To warm up, he drinks cocoa, sits in a hot tub, stands near a warm fire–and melts! | Learn more
Frequently bought together
Special offers and product promotions
From Library Journal
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
- Publisher : Warner Books; 1st edition (January 1, 1997)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 513 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446522597
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446522595
- Lexile measure : 800L
- Item Weight : 2.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.44 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #213,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Reviews with images
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
LuAnn Tyler of Georgia is a broke, penniless, unskilled, dead end job waitress at a truck stop. She and her live in boyfriend, Duane, live in a broken down trailer with their young baby. Duane’s prime function in life is to merely get drunk and deal some drugs. LuAnn has her looks, but nothing else.
Enter Jackson. Between them, she hits the lottery; as Jackson has rigged it. She must meet certain specifics to keep her money. She doesn’t.
Jackson, though having a brilliant business mind, is completely psychotic. LuAnn has basically double-crossed him by not keeping her end of the agreement. Since no one crosses Jackson, the cat and mouse chase begins.
I found the plot to be novel and different. The characters seemed to lack depth and were somewhat one-dimensional.
Typically along the way a few murders do occur as does a new love interest for the beautiful LuAnn. Actually, he’s a bit of knight in shining armor, as well.
The ending, though it does have a twist included, is quite predictable.
All in all, it’s an entertaining, suspenseful read. Mr. Baldacci’s talented writing also helps.
The fantasy setting has dirt-poor single mother LuAnn Tyler winning about $100 million in the national lottery. The real fantasy is that LuAnn had been selected by a clever sociopath who could fix the winning numbers. LuAnn had been given a deadline to accept the offer and the sociopath ("Mr Jackson", a master of disguise) had arranged for her to be eliminated if she didn't accept on time.
Minutes before accepting LuAnn walks into her run-down trailer and finds her deadbeat partner has just been shot over a drug deal. She hits the assassin with a phone and thinks she has killed him. On the run, she calls Jackson and agrees to the deal. Jackson helps her with a disguise and a new identity and she and her daughter escape to live overseas with an understanding that she will never return to the USA. Over several years, Jackson invests the money very successfully and shares the gains with her so LuAnn becomes a very wealthy person.
Jackson reminds her that she should never come back to the US. But after 10 years LuAnn is sick of living overseas and desperately wants to return to the US. When she does this without Jackson's knowledge he is very angry and threatens to punish her and her daughter. The plot then twists and turns as the FBI and the IRS are searching for her in connection with the lottery scam and tax avoidance and Jackson tries to take retribution.
The only help comes from the mysterious Matthew Riggs who has contracted to build a security fence for her. Of course, a strong attraction builds between Riggs and LuAnn.
This is an entertaining fantasy thriller with an unbelievable and very dangerous sociopath pulling the strings. Baldacci went on to write many successful series but some of the early standalone ones are still among his best.
Top reviews from other countries
I'm still not sure of the "why" in this book, the "how" was far fetched and sketchy and the rest of it was too far fetched with not enough detail or history. Lots of loose ends.
There are much better David Baldacci books out there (Will Roby and John puller being my favourites).
I'd give this one a swerve if I were you.