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They kidnapped his daughter. It’s the biggest mistake they’ve ever made....

When a caller claiming to have abducted 10-year-old Andrea Curren refuses to provide her father with "proof of life", Blake Curren turns the tables on the kidnappers. If the girl is not returned within 24 hours, Curren offers the amount demanded to anyone who can return his daughter safely or kill the people who have taken her.

A race against time...

In this suspenseful mystery, two local teens find themselves caught in the murky backwaters of a deadly hunt, as a professional killer and a retired newsman race the FBI to determine what has happened to Andrea Curren.

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©2012 Kent Farnsworth (P)2021 Kent Farnsworth

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Another good one from Kent!

Who can resist this plot? You just have to find out what happens! This one has its own twists and turns and gets pretty dark. If you enjoy a good ransom / kidnapping thriller, this is a good one. Well done by Allen Kent and great narration by PJM!

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Convoluted Mystery

Allen Kent has written a mystery which relates the tale of a father who receives a call asking for ransom money for his child. The father tells the caller that they either return the daughter or he'll pay the ransom money the person requested to anyone who can "take care" of whomever abducted his daughter. I found the concept interesting and the story convoluted and entertaining. I enjoyed the many twists and turns that Allen Kent has put into his narrative; however, there are a couple of scenes that are somewhat gruesome due to the subject matter and not to the actual content. Paul J McSorley's narration is good and adds a layer of enjoyment to the story. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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solid and enjoyable mystery

I did figure out half of it pretty close to the beginning but the second part was definitely a puzzler. Allen Kent's writing is a lot of careful weaving of multiple characters and story lines but also very well done. I did feel like the professional killer could have used a bit more character development or maybe a prequel novel where we would get to see the evolution of his eventual life choices. There were quite a few characters that I got a bit muddled over at the beginning. But I think that's also the challenges of listening to a book versus reading it. I couldn't go back and remind myself who was who and where they fit in. I think that's part of what I find enjoyable though; trying to solve the crime before the characters in the book do. It was also a cool idea making the "detective" be a professional killer. Original concept!

I kind of felt for the narrator as he had to have long dialogue that took place while characters were jogging (and a bit out of breath) but then again Paul J. McSorley is a professional and handled that with ease. I think a narrator is successful when you forget you're being "read" to and just see the characters and the story. And that's exactly what happened here.

It looks like this is the first in a series and I thoroughly recommend it to mystery lovers.