LuAnn Tyler is a single parent striving to escape a life of endless poverty. Then a mysterious Mr Jackson makes her an offer he thinks no one can refuse: a guarantee to be the winner of the $100 million lottery. But LuAnn won't do it. Less than 24 hours later, she is fighting for her life and running from a false murder charge. Jackson's offer - ...
LuAnn Tyler is a single parent striving to escape a life of endless poverty. Then a mysterious Mr Jackson makes her an offer he thinks no one can refuse: a guarantee to be the winner of the $100 million lottery. But LuAnn won't do it. Less than 24 hours later, she is fighting for her life and running from a false murder charge. Jackson's offer - and its condition that she leave the country forever - seems her only hope. Ten years later, LuAnn secretly returns to the United States to begin a new life with Matthew Riggs, a man whose origins are as murky as her own. But a canny reporter has picked up her trail, as have the FBI - and Jackson. Matt Riggs is the only person who can help her. But is help what Matt intends or is he too closing in for the kill? Suspense-filled roller-coaster action from one of the world's master storytellers.
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One of his best. Story line is exciting and just great to read
Jun 24, 2012
His books always flow. The narrators are good. The only problem I had. This was on cassettes, and I usually order CDs. This may have been MY fault when ordering and not paying attention; however, the fact that the reverse side of 1 (which would be 2) is so screwed up, I could not listen. Am struggling through the others, as sometimes there is a "bleed" from other side.
Apr 2, 2009
the story was good, but the book itself was not. it was all torn up and not in a good condition...
Jan 17, 2008
One of his best
If you haven't read David Baldacci, and enjoy crime, action, politics, and power, with some romance mixed in --you will enjoy. I like all of David Baldacci's novels and have read most of them - This one I would rate as one of his best, although I haven't read anything by him that I didn't want to continue reading until it was finished.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-10-06 The title doesn't refer to Baldacci but it could, as the author of last year's not-so-hot Total Control sets a wildfire of a thriller that rivals his Absolute Power for suspense, excitement and bankability. The premise is another Baldacci blockbuster: the national lottery has been fixed 12 times by a man who demands access to his handpicked winners' windfalls and who now, to protect his secret, aims to kill the lastŠand lovableŠillicit winner, LuAnn Tyler. To save her baby girl from a hardscrabble life, Bright, beautiful and dirt poor LuAnn accepts the offer of the mystery man known as Jackson to reap nearly $100 million in a forthcoming drawing. Jackson is a marvelous mad hatter of a villain who's not only a modern Moriarity but a master of disguise; his ability to shift from old to young, male to female springs many of the novel's twists and enhances its made-for-the-movies air. Because LuAnn is accidentally implicated in a murder just before the rigged drawing, Jackson orders her to flee the country forever. After 10 years of wealthy, lonesome exile she returns, however. When Jackson finds out, he goes for the jugular. The ensuing mayhem draws in press, the FBI and the White House, sees LuAnn herself shift from hunted to huntress (with help from a romantic interest), and will have readers gasping. Baldacci recycles himself a bit hereŠhe played the mom-and-daughter in-peril gambit in Total Control, and the sympathetic outlaw ploy in Absolute PowerŠand, again, his prose is workaday and his plotting mercilessly melodramatic. His strong characters and sheer Grisham-like exuberanceŠunlike many thrillers, this is flat-out fun to readŠwill, however, thrust the novel toward the top of the charts. 500,000 first printing. BOMC main selection; Time Warner Audio. (Dec.) FYI: Tri-Star will release Total Control as a CBS miniseries in 1998. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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