24 Hours by Greg Iles

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24 Hours by Greg Iles


  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.26 x 6.75 x 4.21
  • Publisher: Signet; (July 3, 2001)
  • ISBN: 0451203593

    This explosive suspense thriller gets off to a blistering start: the kidnapping of a little boy--in eight breathless pages--that culminates with the child's safe return and the disappearance of the successful kidnappers. That sets the stage for the book's centerpiece, the abduction of little Abby Jennings, daughter of Will, a successful physician, and Karen, a slightly dissatisfied suburban woman who's wondering where the passion in her marriage went. The criminals' modus operandi is established early on. They target the progeny of Mississippi doctors, demand a reasonable (to an affluent M.D.) ransom, release the child after it's paid, and promise the victim parents that if they ever breathe a word of the incident to anyone, their kids will be taken again and killed. The kidnappings are carefully set up, targeted to take place when one parent is out of town at a medical meeting or convention, thus ensuring the cooperation of the other. And the victim is held by a sweet, slightly retarded but humongous and powerful man whose loyalty to his cousin, the mastermind, is unquestioned.

    24 Hours is a version of the locked room school of kidnap mysteries and a very good one indeed, especially when Will turns the tables on the kidnapper and takes control of the situation. Abby's diabetic condition (she needs lifesaving injections on a regular basis) notches the suspense up one last turn. It's a well worked-out plot, the pacing is terrific, and the characters likable and attractive. Iles is a master storyteller, and this one has big screen written all over it--with Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer as the Jennings, if we're lucky. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    Book Description
    24 HOURS-that's how long it takes a madman to pull off the perfect crime. He's done it before. He'll do it again. And no one can stop him-until he picks the wrong family to terrorize.

    BRILLIANTLY PLOTTED...perfectly-timed terror...and a hair-raising finale. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

    THE TENSION IS PALPABLE... superbly-crafted and clever. (The Times-London)

    A CHILLING TALE...calculated to jangle the reader's every nerve...gut-wrenching. (Library Journal)

    A taut tale, terrifying in its intensity, compelling in its pace...A good, old-fashioned thriller, the likes of which are rare...A winner. (Chattanooga Times)

    A tour de force of suspense....enough twists and turns to keep [the] hair-raising ending unpredictable. An enigmatic crime figure, as brilliant as Hannibal Lecter. (The Commercial Appeal-Memphis, TN)

    24 Hours is Iles' best. A thriller that moves at break-neck pace. (Wichita Falls Times)

    Reader Reviews
    satisfying but not Iles' best, July 8, 2003 Reviewer: mackattack9988 from United States 24 Hours covers by far the least amount of time in a Greg Iles plot, and it seems it occuppied less of the author's time in writing it as well. The plot, a modified kindnapping/ransom scheme on the children of selected wealthy parents, is interesting but is far less complex than the rest of Iles' books. There is not much character development, and there is not much to be done with the plot given its limited scope. It is just a matter of whether the victims in this particular episode will escape with their lives or not. There are no historical backdrops, no subplots, and no weaving of multiple threads in which Iles really struts his stuff. You could boil this book down and have a lot less leftover than in most of Iles' books. It is not a bad read, but it just does not fulfill what Iles normally achieves.

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