24 hours

Greg Iles

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Published
New York : Putnam 2000.
Language
English
Physical Description
335 p.
ISBN
9780451203595
0451203593
0399146245
Main Author
Greg Iles (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Will Jennings takes off in his private plane for Biloxi to speak at a doctor's convention and to announce a new drug treatment he's helped develop. He leaves behind a neglected wife, Karen, and a five-year-old, Abby, who has juvenile diabetes. Joe Hickey, a psychopath with particular animosity toward doctors, and Huey Cotton, a giant with diminished mental capacity, take advantage of Will's trip to kidnap Abby and terrorize Karen. Will is held in check by Cheryl Lynne, Joe's beautiful but emotionally stunted wife, until the ransom can be delivered. Joe has committed this "perfect" crime five times before. Each time he's taken a doctor's child, stuck to a relentless 24-hour schedule that separates the husband, wife, and child, and returned the child to the parents unharmed. Joe and his partners haven't been caught because they leave their victims paralyzed with fear of reprisal. But this time, Joe's resentment toward doctors takes a particularly vengeful turn. This time, too, Joe has targeted a family of particular resilience, determination, and ingenuity. Faced with the prospect that Abby could die of complications of diabetes before the 24-hour schedule is up, Will and Karen are forced to desperately push against the deadline. Unknown to them, a previous victim has mustered the courage to call in the FBI when they suspect another family is being victimized. But FBI involvement could be more hindrance than support to this resourceful couple. Iles, author of The Quiet Game , has written a fast-paced, gripping novel of suspense and action set in the Mississippi delta. ((Reviewed July 2000)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Joe Hickey has devised a simple but elegant kidnapping scheme, which he has used successfully five times to extort thousands of dollars from wealthy doctors in the Jackson, LA, area. All the children were returned to their parents unharmed; the police were never involved. But Joe's sixth attempt is special: not only has he decided that it will be his last, but little Abby Jennings is picked because Joe blames Dr. Will Jennings for his mother's death. Time is a significant factor in all of Joe's kidnappings, for each child is taken and returned within a 24-hour period in order to reduce the possibility of police involvement. The suspense deepens as Will and Karen Jennings panic over the disappearance of their daughter, who suffers from juvenile diabetes and is dependent on daily injections of insulin; they realize Abby will die unless they act to save her. Iles (The Quiet Game) has created a chilling tale of kidnapping, revenge, and family heroics that is calculated to jangle the reader's every nerve. And jangle it will, for 24 Hours is a gut-wrenching action fantasy/thriller that will mesmerize to the bitter end. Recommended for all public libraries. Thomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale Lib. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When a psychopathic con man kidnaps Will and Karen Jennings's five-year-old daughter, the couple decide to fight back to save their daughter. Reprint.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When a psychopathic con man kidnaps Will and Karen Jennings' five-year-old daughter, the couple decide to fight back to save their daughter.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

#1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles takes readers on a daringly executed roller-coaster ride as a family under attack takes justice into their own hands.It begins on a perfect night, with a perfect family about to be trapped in a perfect crime... Will Jennings is a successful young doctor in Jackson, Mississippi, with a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, and a five-year-old daughter he loves beyond measure. But Will and his family are being watched by a con man and psychopath who may be a genius. A man who has never been caught and whose victims have never talked to the police. A man whose life's work strikes at the heart of every family's unspoken fear: the unstoppable kidnapping.But this time he's picked the wrong family to terrorize. Because Will and Karen Jennings aren't going to watch helplessly as he victimizes them. They aren't going to let him get away with it. They're going to fight back...

Review by Publisher Summary 4

#1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles takes readers on a daringly executed roller-coaster ride as a family under attack takes justice into their own hands.It begins on a perfect night, with a perfect family about to be trapped in a perfect crime... Will Jennings is a successful young doctor in Jackson, Mississippi, with a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, and a five-year-old daughter he loves beyond measure. But Will and his family are being watched by a con man and psychopath who may be a genius. A man who has never been caught and whose victims have never talked to the police. A man whose life's work strikes at the heart of every family's unspoken fear: the unstoppable kidnapping.But this time he's picked the wrong family to terrorize. Because Will and Karen Jennings aren't going to watch helplessly as he victimizes them. They aren't going to let him get away with it. They're going to fight back...