Thirteen Across

Kate Morgan’s life is derailed when Phillip Barnes makes his attacks on the nation’s capital personal.
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• “A deftly and subtly crafted suspense thriller of a read by an author with a genuine flair for originality” – Midwest Book Review

• “sizzles with revelations, double crossings, and seemingly shifting alliances … A taut, exciting mystery” – Kirkus Review

THIRTEEN ACROSS: An FBI agent must decipher clues that link to seven stops across the nation’s capital and arrive at a final destination before midnight where she must atone for her past sins.
Kate Morgan’s life is derailed when Phillip Barnes makes his attacks on the nation’s capital personal. Five letters and Thirteen Across are ominous signs. When you murder a killer’s family there are consequences to those actions.

Barnes reveals an unfolding puzzle—a charted course—one that expires at midnight. Solutions and destinations expose seven stops, seven sets of clues, and secrets. To assist with the investigation, the FBI brings in real-life puzzle master, Will Shortz, to riddle out stops, while Kate works the frontlines to save victims and track down Barnes. Each stop is meant to cause pain and torment, yet reveal dangerous secrets. What Kate thinks she knows about her past is tested as is her ability to survive her trials. She must log the tours, save as many as she can, and arrive at a final destination to atone for her past sins.

Thirteen Across is an intricate thriller on a clock. Crosswords? Puzzles? Unique destinations? Covert research? It’s more than that. Thirteen Across is a puzzle in a puzzle that keeps you guessing and the story draws on seven unique landmarks in Washington, DC. How will FBI Special Agent Kate Morgan survive her trials? Read to find out.

What Others Are Saying About Thirteen Across
“part scavenger hunt, part puzzle … brilliant reading” – Jon Land, USA Today Bestselling author of the Murder, She Wrote series

“a cat-and-mouse chase with intricate puzzles … written like an action thriller movie, much like the Jason Bourne series … keep your eyes glued to the page so you don’t miss a clue!” – San Francisco Book Review, 5 Stars

“for fans of puzzle-based mysteries or thriller with twists and turns like Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Kate Morgan is a character that is just as compelling as Robert Langdon” – Hollywood Book Review, Star Awarded to Books of Excellent Merit

“entertaining, intelligent, and clever” – Manhattan Book Review

“Intelligent second thriller … opens with a bang” – Publishers Weekly

“Hang on for a terrorist rollercoaster ride! … Thirteen Across reads like an action-packed spy movie … I found Thirteen Across to be unputdownable. The storyline is an original page-turner with plenty of plot twists to keep it moving” – Bookclub Reporter

“This is a fascinating book and I stayed up far too late devouring it” – Girl Who Reads

“I really enjoyed the puzzle aspect of this mystery, it was a unique way of watching the action unfold and seeing the pieces come together (pun intended) … if you like thrillers and edge-of-your-seat action, this is definitely the book for you.” – (e)Book Nerd

“Thirteen Across is a book for fans of Dan Brown and intense action thrillers.”

“Devilishly clever, and good, this is Dan Grant.” – Pacific Book Review on Dan’s thriller The Singularity Witness

In Thirteen Across Dan Grant gives the reader a spine-shivering novel about murder, conspiracy, and revenge. Phillip Barnes has set bombs around the city and has given clues to Kate Morgan to solve his puzzle. Along the way, she gets wrapped up in a covert medical research conspiracy and must face her own past and the mistakes that she made a long time ago. At first glance, this is a story that I would place in the thriller or mystery genres. However, the deeper you get into this book, the more you can see that there are some really interesting elements of science fiction or technological thriller in it that makes it a unique read. The book creates a really interesting dynamic between Phillip and Kate. Their history is what initially creates this, but throughout the story, it becomes more and more relevant. I really enjoyed the fact that Grant did not let this remain a one-sided experience, as well as followed Kate’s journey. Instead, he chose to give us both perspectives, like letting the reader in on a secret as we see both mastermind and the one he is playing with. Doing this creates a space where I couldn’t help but search for difference and similarities between the two of them. Both extraordinarily clever and both on a mission. It only takes a few lines to get pulled into the chaos of the story. The bomb explosion sets off the pace, and things continue with the same level of intensity from beginning to end. This book is sure to be a pleasant and terrifying surprise. On the edge of my seat from beginning to end, I was completely captivated in this story. The puzzle of this story was truly unique, and I found it to be a wonderful read.

-- Gina Sartirana

Dan Grant (Author)

“Devilishly clever, and good, this is Dan Grant.” – Pacific Book Review Dan is a best-selling author and has written two intricate thrillers: Thirteen Across and The Singularity Witness. He loves intriguing tales that weave science, medicine, technology or history into the fabric of the drama. A professional engineer by trade, his experience has given him opportunities to work with a variety medical and technological applications, as well as get behind the scenes at research and military sites. Those experiences can provide conspiracy threads that form a broader storytelling tapestry. The backdrop for Thirteen Across is unique stops in Washington, DC. The U.S. Capital is rich with history and settings and the story brings non-tourist destinations to life. For The Singularity Witness, Princeton University was selected as a story backdrop and a place for characters to take root because of its unique setting, historical connections, and its active research programs. For a year, Dan and his wife lived outside the town limits and fell in love with the place. Dan has bachelor’s in electrical engineering, and two master’s: teaching and English. He lives in Colorado, where he’s working on his next thriller, The Singularity Transfer.

Kate Morgan’s life is derailed when Phillip Barnes makes his attacks on the nation’s capital personal.

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