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High Noon | [Nora Roberts]

High Noon

Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age, when a violently unstable man broke into her family's home, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she's Savannah's top hostage negotiator, who puts her life on the line every day to defuse powder-keg situations.
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Publisher's Summary

Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age, when a violently unstable man broke into her family's home, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she's Savannah's top hostage negotiator, who puts her life on the line every day to defuse powder-keg situations. Phoebe knows when to reach out and when to pull back - and when to jump in and take action, even if it means risking everything.

It's satisfying work - and sometimes those skills come in handy at home when Phoebe deals with her agoraphobic mother, still traumatized by the break-in after all these years, and her precocious seven-year-old daughter, Carly.

It's exactly that heady combination of steely courage and sensitivity that first attracts Duncan Swift to Phoebe. After watching her talk one of his employees off a roof ledge, he is committed to keeping this intriguing, take-charge woman in his life. Phoebe's used to working solo, but she's finding that no amount of negotiation can keep Duncan at arm's length.

When she's grabbed by a man who throws a hood over her head and brutally assaults her - in her own precinct house - Phoebe can't help being deeply shaken. And when threatening messages appear on her doorstep, she's not just alarmed but frustrated. How do you go face-to-face with an opponent who refuses to look you in the eye?

Now, with Duncan backing her up every step of the way, she must establish contact with the faceless tormentor who is determined to make her a hostage to fear - before she becomes the final showdown.

©2007 Nora Roberts; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"A courageous protagonist, deft plotting and the sultry Savannah backdrop all add up to another winner for consummate storyteller Roberts." (Publishers Weekly)
"High Noon will enthrall readers with its irresistible combination of superbly crafted characters and a danger-rich plot." (Booklist)

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    Charlotte Detroit, MI, USA 07-11-08
    Charlotte Detroit, MI, USA 07-11-08
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    "Couldn't get enough!!!"

    An absolute MASTERPIECE!! I was extremely said to hear it come to an end!! You had your drama, suspense, comedy, and romance all rolled up into one! Download it TODAY!!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Lenee CROSS PLAINS, WI, United States 10-22-10
    Lenee CROSS PLAINS, WI, United States 10-22-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow Great!"

    This was fantastic all around! Great recording, great narrator, great story! Suspense , romance, funny, conflict, mystery! My first NOra Roberts book! Great choice!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    marilynolsen OAKHURST, CA, United States 10-07-09
    marilynolsen OAKHURST, CA, United States 10-07-09 Member Since 2007
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    "great read"

    I found the characters and story line exciting. They were believable,romantic fun and I learned about negotiations with hostage situations. I would recommend this to everyone who enjoys Nora Roberts. I also thought the narrator did a great job.




    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Hobbs Santa Clarita, CA 01-28-12
    Shannon Hobbs Santa Clarita, CA 01-28-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Excellent narration and story - worth the credit"

    This is a great story, and read by an excellent narrator. I am actually writing this review after listening to the book a 2nd time. I had liked it the first time, but after being so fully engrossed the second I had to log in and give the book it's due praise. The narrator does a wonderful job with the voices, and there is a wild cast of characters that she gets to play with. A great love story but not to be out done by the mystery and suspense of the book. A strong woman character that you can believe in, like and root for. Truly a thumbs up in every way.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 12-19-09
    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 12-19-09
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    "A stunning "read""

    and then it was finished!

    The characters are "real" they have lives and history.

    I just couldn't stop listening and then it was gone and in true Nora Roberts style I missed the 2nd book.

    Thank you, well done it was GREAT!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Woy Woy, Australia 06-29-08
    Carolyn Woy Woy, Australia 06-29-08 Member Since 2008
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    "High Noon"

    Great story as you would expect from Nora Roberts, I found the narration merged with the characters so you were often not sure who was talking.I found that a bit disappointing.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    tgp157 Alabama, USA 11-13-12
    tgp157 Alabama, USA 11-13-12
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    "Wonderful Storyline"

    I really enjoyed this book. The subject matter was interesting. I kept guessing at who the villian might be up until it was revealed. Recommend this book. Narrator did a good job. She really did excellent with the little girls voice--sounded just like a 7 yr old should.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Santa Rosa, CA, United States 09-02-09
    Barbara Santa Rosa, CA, United States 09-02-09 Member Since 2006
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    "High Noon Review"

    It has been sometime since I was a reader of this type book. I enjoyed it from start to finish. The reader was articulate and made the characters come to life. Nora Roberts outdid herself again and I look forward to similar downloads.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Linda R. Houston, TX 12-02-13
    Linda R. Houston, TX 12-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Too much hostage negotiation"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Susan Ericksen?

    I've read many books by Nora Roberts and have enjoyed all of them up until this book.
    I'm also a big fan of Susan Eriksen. I think I'd review the plot description more carefully before I buy another one of her novels.


    Has High Noon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    possibly. I don't generally like police drama and this had way too much of it.


    What three words best describe Susan Ericksen’s performance?

    She's good, but there were times I wasn't sure who was talking during the dialog.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked Duncan- but he was too good to be believable


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first Nora Roberts book I've ever not enjoyed, and I've read many of them. I'm also a big fan of Susan Ericksen as a narrator. I found this book boring and fast forwarded through much of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cary Little Rock, AR, United States 04-08-11
    Cary Little Rock, AR, United States 04-08-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"

    What a good book. I listen while traveling and
    more than once I would arrive at my destination and
    wait for the chapter to end. Couldn't get enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thatcham, United Kingdom
    10/23/13
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    "Fast paced murder story with romance"
    What made the experience of listening to High Noon the most enjoyable?

    The story was very good, it kept me guessing throughout, Susan Ericksen read it very well and it was very easy to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail that went into everything from the job to the houses.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favourite?

    I thought Ma Bee was played very well and she was a favourite of mine


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I definitely wanted to stay and listen to this one till the end, I kept listening whilst ironing and cooking so that I could finish it.


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  • Kathryn A. Dean
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    "Brilliant."

    amazing story and kept guessing until the end. Narrator one of the best for voices yet.

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    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    6/15/12
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    "Classic"

    You could feel the suspense throughout the book. Tender scenes and action packed into one heck of a story

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