Frank Calder – ex-soldier and sacked police hostage negotiator – is just eking out a living as a mediator when he’s approached by Pat Carson, patriarch of the dynastic Carson family. Pat wants him to deliver ransom money to kidnappers who’ve abducted his great-granddaughter. Frank urges Pat to call in the law, but he refuses, since police bungling nearly cost the life of another Carson child kidnapped years before. So a reluctant Frank begins to deal with the kidnappers, and quickly becomes convinced both Carson kidnappings were motivated by something other than money. Over several feverish days, Frank searches for suspects in the web of Carson businesses, deals, marriages, indiscretions and rivalries. And all the while he knows that if his instincts are wrong, the girl will surely die ... With Shooting Star, Australia’s premier crime-thriller writer, Peter Temple, is launched into an even bigger league.
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Peter Temple has worked extensively as a journalist and editor for newspapers and magazines in several countries. He has won the Miles Franklin award as well as five Ned Kelly Awards for his novels, and has won the world's most prestigious crime writing prize, the Duncan Lawrie Dagger. His books are published in more than twenty countries.From AudioFile:
Australian writer Peter TempleÕs latest novel is an entertaining thriller. The story features Frank Calder, a former soldier and hostage negotiator, who is hired to intercede in the kidnapping of the great-granddaughter of wealthy businessman Pat Carson and deliver the ransom to the kidnappers. As events unfold, Calder discovers that money is not the only reason for the kidnapping. David TredinnickÕs performance is an ideal complement to the story. In particular, TredinnickÕs ability to infuse the characters with unique personalities, coupled with his steady pace, makes the story fly by. D.J.S. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Quercus Publishing Plc, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111847245900