Massachusetts State Trooper Bobby Dodge watches a tense hostage standoff unfold through the scope of his sniper rifle. Just across the street, an armed man has barricaded himself with his wife and child. The man's finger tightens on the trigger and Dodge has only a split second to react...and forever pay the consequences. Twenty-five years ago, ...
Massachusetts State Trooper Bobby Dodge watches a tense hostage standoff unfold through the scope of his sniper rifle. Just across the street, an armed man has barricaded himself with his wife and child. The man's finger tightens on the trigger and Dodge has only a split second to react...and forever pay the consequences. Twenty-five years ago, Catherine Gagnon was buried underground during a month-long nightmare of abduction and abuse. Now, her husband has just been killed. Her father-in-law, the powerful Judge Gagnon, blames Catherine for his death. Mr Bosu survived solitary confinement in a maximum security prison where he'd done hard time for the most sadistic of crimes. Now he walks the streets a free man, invisible, anonymous...and filled with an unquenchable thirst for vengeance. What brings Bobby and Catherine together is a moment of violence-but what connects them is a passion far deeper and much more dangerous. For a killer is loose who's woven such an intricate web of evil no one is above suspicion, no one is beyond harm, and no one will see death coming until it has them cornered, helpless, and alone...Explosive and provocative, ALONE is the new nerve-shattering thriller from international bestseller, Lisa Gardner.
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Publishers Weekly, 2004-12-06 For 300-some pages, Gardner (The Perfect Husband) keeps readers spellbound-not just by her plot but by the beautifully realized character of Massachusetts police sniper Bobby Dodge. He meets his match in Catherine Gagnon, who as a girl was snatched, raped and nearly murdered. Now she's the wife of erratic, rich Jimmy Gagnon and mother of perpetually ill four-year-old Nathan. When Bobby kills Jimmy during a hostage situation at the Gagnons, he does it to save Catherine and Nathan. But was it a righteous shoot, or did Catherine engineer the killing? Judge James Gagnon and his wife, Maryanne, think Bobby murdered their son out of lust for Catherine. As other people start dying, very messily, and the DA and cops come down hard on Bobby, Gardner keeps the tension high and the pace fast. But resolution comes in what may be the clunkiest chase crafted by a pro this year: "Bobby processed everything at once. Three open doorways, three bedrooms. He ran by the first, then the second, and came sprinting into the third just in time to see Maryanne staggering back." Ten pages later, so many characters have run into so many rooms, it's amazing that the right person finally gets his head blown off by the right avenger. But Garner then ends with a neat postlude offering one more twist; her fans will feel requited. Agent, Steve Axelrod. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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