Every parent’s worst fear is coming true. Someone is kidnapping babies. Someone with icy blue eyes who leaves behind a blood-red trail of lipstick notes. From Atlanta to Los Angeles, a young reporter and the beautiful nurse he loves are putting each deadly piece of the puzzle into place. But still the baby snatcher stalks…down a deserted hospital corridor…in a darkened tenement…And with every step Victor and Anne take towards the truth, a terrifying secret waits.
©2000 Deborah Shlian and Joel Shlian (P)2011 Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid
I've been willing to suspend disbelief for a little over an hour, but I just can't do it anymore. The scene: a tenement fire. The PLAYERS: the crowd, firefighters, and a green newspaper reporter. The SETUP: The reporter tells a firefighter that there is a little girl trapped on the fourth floor. The fireman replies that it's too late to rescue her; he states, "It's too risky." The ACTION: the intrepid reporter shows those firefighters a thing or two as he scales the heights, unaided, and rescues the girl. Our hero! Perhaps this ploy would have worked in the early days of the "moving pictures," with a naive and thunderstruck audience, but it doesn't cut the mustard today. AND, it's insulting to all the men and women firefighters who save lives every day and risk their own in doing so.
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