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).