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“Michael Crichton meets Stephen King at their finest..." - Lisa Gardner



An airplane touches down at a desolate airport in a remote Colorado ski town. Shortly after landing, Dr. Lyle Martin, a world-class infectious disease specialist, is brusquely awakened to shocking news: Everyone not on the plane appears to be dead. The world has gone dark. While they were in the air, a lethal new kind of virus surfaced, threatening mankind’s survival, and now Martin—one of the most sought-after virologists on the planet until his career took a precipitous slide—is at the center of the investigation.

Moving at lightning pace from the snowbound Rockies to the secret campus of Google X, where unlimited budgets may be producing wonders beyond our capacity to control, Dead on Arrival is a brilliantly imaginative, intricately plotted thriller that draws on Matt Richtel’s years of science and technology reporting for the New York Times, and establishes him as one of the premier thriller writers working today.



Hardcover: 368 pages

Publisher: William Morrow (August 1, 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0062443275

ISBN-13: 978-0062443274


“An intellectual thrill ride that tucks searing social critique into the Trojan horse of a save-the-world page-turner…. The solution appears to be only another mastermind who has commandeered technology for personal gain, Richtel leaves us with the more sinister suggestion the true villain is us.”

  - New York Times Book Review

“Richtel grabs his audience by the throat from the start of this intelligent nail-biter.”

- Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

“A high wire act of pure, exhilirating storytelling. From a stunner of an opening to an end I never saw coming, here is a book that will keep you glued to your seat and furiously turning pages. Grab a copy and prepare to lose a day.”

- James Rollins

“Michael Crichton meets Stephen King at their finest: Topical and timely, with the creepiest opening chapters I’ve ever read, 

Dead on Arrival, Matt Richtel’s gripping and ominous new thriller, explores our fears

about technology -- and proves they might be even more justified than we think.”

- Lisa Gardner


Dead on Arrival joins the ranks of classic paranoid thrillers about human achievement run amok, with Stephen King’s The Stand and Michael Crichton’s Terminal Man. It’s hard to imagine a novel more timely.”

- Joseph Finder


“If you’re looking for a heart-stopping thriller to pack for your summer vacation, look no further. ... Should keep you riveted until the very last page. ... Dead on Arrival is a must-read for Michael Crichton fans.”

- Dallas Morning News


“Is this the next Stephen King? ... Wonderfully confounding. ... Richtel has conjured a fascinating character in Martin... [and] ties it all together in the final pages. So much so, a reader is hopeful Martin will be back again, solving medical mysteries and saving mankind in the process.”

- Denver Post


“Richtel sets things up beautifully with a terrifying opening chapter. ... Matt Richtel has taken his place as an heir to Michael Crichton. ... Dead on Arrival is great entertainment with a very troubling message buried deep within it.”

- Connecticut Post


“Similar in atmosphere and style to Michael Crichton and Stephen King. ... A race-against-the-clock thriller. The pacing is excellent. ... An enjoyable and gripping read.”

- Booklist

“There’s suspense on every page. ... A taut techno-thriller.”

- Mercury News

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