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by Thomas & Mercer, 9 January 2018. ISBN 978-1-5420-4644-2 (PB)
publisher: Former reporter Scott Fleetwood and his family are still
recovering after tangling with a notorious kidnapper, the Piper, when another
kidnapper grips the city. The Shepherd has snatched a young girl from a
vacationing family. Other than money, he has one demand: he’ll talk
only to Scott. Special Agent Tom Sheils is on the case and will watch
over Scott every step of the way. The Shepherd promises the girl’s safety
as long as Scott follows the rules of his game. Forced to trail the
kidnapper’s twisting lead - - and haunted by the last victim he failed to save
- - Scott is desperate to keep the past from making a brutal comeback.
But just when Scott and Sheils think they’re winning and that it will all be
over soon, the Shepherd ups the stakes. Scott begins to realize
he’s a pawn in a scheme that runs deeper than greed . . . and colder than
victim, Grace Pagett, is a six-year-old girl on vacation from the UK with her
family. Scot and his family seek out the Pagett family in a somewhat
“unconventional get-together. The family of a kidnapped child was at the
home of a family who’d had their children kidnapped. The unusual
demographics were topped off by the presence of the FBI.” But Scott
fears what will happen if the Shepherd becomes aware of the FBI tail.
effect of this is the effect it has on The Independent, the newspaper that
Scott works for. “Newspaper sales spiked, website traffic had quadrupled,
advertisers were clamouring to be part of the action at premium rates. All this
because a man had kidnapped a child and the Independent had a ringside seat to
it all. It was disheartening that events like these drove the news
business and kept The Independent solvent.” One of the characters, who
works at the Independent, thinks to himself “If this was what passed for
journalism, then it might be time for him to go.” The suspense is
palpable as the kidnapper has not released Grace, although a ransom has been
has once again given his readers a gripping novel, one in which the characters
are very real and the inherent danger very real. The pages can’t turn
quickly enough, and the book is highly recommended.
Reviewer: Gloria Feit
former race-car driver, licensed pilot, endurance cyclist, and private
investigator, Simon Wood is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The
One That Got Away, Accidents Waiting to Happen, and Paying the
Piper. He has also penned more than 150 short stories. Wood has won the
Anthony Award for his mystery fiction and was nominated for a CWA Dagger award.
A native of the United Kingdom, he lives with his wife, Julie, in California.
Ted and Gloria Feit live in Long
Beach, NY, a few miles outside New York City. For
26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in lower Manhattan. Her husband,
Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and writer/editor for,
over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly publications. Having
always been avid mystery readers, and since they're now retired, they're able
to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear online as well as in three
print publications in the UK
and US. On a more personal note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted
have five children and nine grandchildren between them.