'A superbly crafted and clever book' (The Times) from Greg Iles, the New York Times No.1 bestseller. The perfect family. On the perfect night. About to become trapped in the perfect crime. Will and Karen Jennings have it all. From modest beginnings they have built the life of their dreams and they share it with their beloved five-year-old daughter ...
'A superbly crafted and clever book' (The Times) from Greg Iles, the New York Times No.1 bestseller. The perfect family. On the perfect night. About to become trapped in the perfect crime. Will and Karen Jennings have it all. From modest beginnings they have built the life of their dreams and they share it with their beloved five-year-old daughter, Abby. But now, they have been targeted by John Hickey, the genius who has found the key to perfecting one of the oldest crimes in the world. Kidnapping. Five times he has executed his plan, and not once has he been caught. This time, however, Hickey wants more than money. This time he is driven by the pain of his own family tragedy, a tragedy that he lays at the door of Will Jennings. Will, Karen and Abby face an unimaginable ordeal - and a terrifying race against the clock.
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None of Greg Iles's books dissapoints. All are excellent in their own unique tales. 24 hours is no exception. What is harrowingly suspenseful could turn out actual in real life. A writer with exquisite touch and craftsmanship. Bravo!
Apr 1, 2007
This book was well written and made you wonder how it would turn out .
Publishers Weekly, 2000-07-31 HAs close to family fare as a kidnapper-rapist-extortionist thriller can get, Iles's (The Quiet Game) latest brilliantly plotted tale walks the razor's edge between cinematic excess and bone-chilling suspense. Joe Hickey is a Southern redneck with an Ivy League talent for evil. He has trained his grossly huge, mentally challenged cousin, Huey, and his gorgeous, exotic-dancer, live-in lover, Cheryl, to work with him as part of a tightly controlled kidnap/extortion squad targeting Mississippi physicians' families while the doctors are off at conferences. But he hits a snag when Dr. Will Jennings, his wife, Karen, and their five-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Abby, prove as resourceful solo as they are formidable in tandem. Joe grabs Abby, turning her over to Huey, who drives her off to a remote forest cabin near Jackson; meanwhile, Joe stays behind to terrorize Karen in the Jennings home. Cheryl gets her hooks into the third family member by vamping her way into Will's hotel room in Biloxi, where Will receives a phone call and ransom demand from Joe, who stipulates delivery in 24 hours. It's a long, horrific night for all as Iles pits each of the captives against their captors in riveting battles of will. The well-rounded characters are trademark Iles, the plot runs speed-skating smooth and occasional near-gooey bits of dialogue are offset by nasty surprises and perfectly timed terror. The one-on-one conflicts punch up the pace, and a perfect Mississippi setting, a spot-on sendup of FBI assistance and a hair-raising finale complete the package. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild and BOMC alternates. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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