Minus point for mentioning Eminem and a corny ending to some supporting roles, though. I´m a foreign buyer, from Brazil, South America. I sort of lost touch with his novels after having read and not liked his last Matthew Hope book, and I was intrigued by the idea of a stand-alone story. Because this is another wonderful, exciting, just-can't-believe-it and can't-put-down story by the master, Ed McBain. McBain goes into long discourses about topics that have nothing to do with the story.
Then, for reasons that Alice cannot fathom, her children, Ashley and Jamie, are kidnapped and ransom demands are made. We listened to this book on Audible. Then one day, she gets a call: her children have not come home. Clearly McBain had a contract for a book due or needed some cash because this read like someone's poor first novel. This review is a bit late. He also wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. The book itself is in Near Fine condition.
The story revolves around Alice, a woman who has had some hard luck an understatement. Even in 2005, people would sign online and use Google Maps. They story was good and well told, but I found the behavior of the characters did not ring true and the minor plot lines irrelevant. The plan is for the police to follow the person who picks up the ransom to where she delivers it and rescue the children. Lord knows, there are plenty of stupid people on this earth today. While she's at the hospital, a woman with shoulder-length blonde hair picks up Alice's children and demands a ransom, which Alice's housekeeper hears about.
Of course, Alice is warned if she calls the police her children will be killed. At first it was a little slow going, and I wasn't that sympathetic to Alice, but as the novel moved on, my wife and I really enjoyed it. Read as a straight mystery, readers will be disappointed to figure things out pretty quickly in what is a very typical kidnapping scenario. Previous owners name and address stamped on half title page. As a kid, he was one of the first authors I ever read.
Surrounded by police fighting inter-departmental battles, Alice ultimately has to resort to finding and saving her children herself. The accident had occurred shortly after the Glendenning family had moved to Florida in an attempt to reinvigorate Eddie's flagging investment career. He truly is the Michael Connelly of his generation. This review is a bit late. Since her husband Eddie's tragic death in a boating accident eight months ago, thirty-four-year-old Alice Glendenning has struggled to maintain a normal life for her two children, Ashley and Jamie. A typical Ed McBain thriller, which is to say, very good.
Wenn du auf so einen Affiliate-Link klickst und über diesen Link einkaufst, bekommt reinlesen. To view it, My first Ed McBain-penned book and I award it 4 stars. To help make ends meet while she waits for the insurance company to pay up, Alice takes a job as a real estate agent. Try an 87th Precinct instead. The only breast size he doesn't mention are Alice and her sister, two married women whose husbands don't love them and chase other women. Still, it was a good story.
Clearly McBain had a contract for a book due or needed some cash because this read like someone's poor first novel. A lot of sexual notes on basically every woman in the book, save for Alice and her sister. His books have sold more than one hundred million copies, ranging from the more than fifty titles in the 87th Precinct series including the Edgar Award—nominated Money, Money, Money to the bestselling novels written under his own name, Evan Hunter—including The Blackboard Jungle now in a fiftieth anniversary edition from Pocket Books and Criminal Conversation. But as all sorts of people scheme to get their hands on her money, Alice wonders whether anyone can be trusted in her fight for everything she holds dear. Even more so when I discoveed it was the penultimate book McBain wrote.
She is struggling to make a living as a real estate agent in Florida following the accidental death of her husband when he fell from a boat. Eddie Glendenning took his boat out at midnight for a pleasure cruise and the following morning, his boat was found unattended. A pretty good Ed McBain. The woman must find in herself the resourc. To help make ends meet while she waits for the insurance company to pay up, Alice takes a job as a real estate agent. But no one has to read them. The years have not dulled Ed McBain's talent.
The book becomes more stupid and pointless as it plods along, and there is quite a bit of racist and sexist talk throughout the book which I found offensive. What about Ali Alice is a recent widow with two young children. One cannot even catalogue the efforts of this prolific writer, which have included upwards of fifty 87th Precinct police procedurals, the Matthew Hope series, and a long list of novels covering a wide range of subjects. It could have been an interesting mystery in the hands of a better writer. Boldly signed and inscribed by McBain in black ink on title page under printed name and over imprint. And obviously I'm not saying I guessed every little thing in the story, only the person behind the kidnapping and one of the reasons why.