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Only Son

Kevin O'Brien

ISBN 9780786039869
Publish Date 2/28/2017
Format Paperback
Categories Thriller/Suspense, Psychological, Pinnacle

Dear Reader,

This is a spoiler alert. No one is murdered in this book!

Only Son was my second novel, written in 1996, before I started writing thrillers. While the body count is zero, I think you’ll still find plenty of suspense, surprises and excitement in Only Son. If you’ve read some of my thrillers, you’ll be in familiar territory here. The story is set in the Pacific Northwest. There’s a single mother, searching for her missing son. There’s also a devoted, single dad with a dark secret. And then there’s Sam Jorgenson, the first in a long line of complex teenage characters to appear in my novels. He’s still one of my favorites.

Since this novel is over twenty years old, you’ll have to go back to a time before Smart Phones, global warming awareness, the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, X-Boxes, DNA testing, security lines in airports, Fox News and the Kardashians.

So—please, adjust your reading accordingly.

Many readers—good friends and family members among them—have told me that Only Son is still their favorite of my books. I’ve always had a soft spot for this novel. I wrote it when I was still a railroad inspector. But thanks to the sales from this book, I became a full-time author. It was also the first of sixteen books (so far) that I’ve written with my editor, John Scognamiglio, at Kensington Publishing.

I’m thrilled Kensington has brought Only Son back into print after two decades. I hope it’s a hit with you.

Thanks so much for picking it up!

Kevin O’Brien


Some Lies

It only takes a minute for Amy McMurray to run from her car to the cash machine. That brief, unforgivable minute is enough time for her infant son to be snatched from the back seat and for Amy’s family, her marriage, and her peace of mind to be shattered beyond repair.

Are Too Close

To everyone who meets him, Carl Jorgenson seems an exemplary single father. His son, Sam, is bright, considerate, and devoted to his dad. Only Carl knows about Sam’s real identity and about his own unthinkable crime.

To Be Seen

One careless slip, one chance meeting is all it will take for the devastating truth to be revealed. Sam is growing up, asking questions, increasingly suspicious that the life he believes in is a lie. But with that knowledge comes dread. Because when someone has risked everything to create a family, how far will they go to protect it?

“A fast-paced, powerful novel.” --Seattle Post Intelligencer

About Kevin O'Brien:

Before his thrillers landed him on the New York Times bestseller list, Kevin O’Brien was a railroad inspector who wrote novels at night. He moved from the train tracks to writing full-time in 1997, when his novel, Only Son, was picked up by Readers Digest and optioned for film, thanks to interest from Tom Hanks. Since then, five of his novels have been USA Today and New York Times bestsellers and his books have been published in into fourteen languages. O’Brien’s 17th novel, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, will be released by Kensington Publishing in August 2016. Born and raised in Chicago, he now lives in Seattle, where he is on the board of Seattle 7 Writers (www.seattle7writers.org), a collective of bestselling, award-winning authors that includes Garth Stein, Maria Semple, Jess Walters, Tim Robbins, Erik Larson, Terry Brooks, Erica Bauermeister, Susan Wiggs, Jennie Shortridge and Elizabeth George. Please visit Kevin online at KevinOBrienBooks.com.

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