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Alice In Jeopardy

McBain, Ed

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ISBN 10: 0743262506 / ISBN 13: 9780743262507
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2005
Condition: As New Hardcover
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New York: Simon & Schuster. 2005. F First Edition. H Hardcover. As New. Slight rubbing to jacket; else a nearly new copy internally. [6], 292, [1] pages. "An unforgettably powerful story of a young mother racing to rescue her kidnapped children" (jacket front flyleaf). Boldly signed and inscribed by McBain in black ink on title page (under printed name and over imprint). Signed: I Signed & Inscribed By Author. Bookseller Inventory # L066143

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Title: Alice In Jeopardy

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: H Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: J As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: F First Edition.

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When her children are stolen by a kidnapper who demands her late husband's life insurance premiums in exchange for their return, widowed real estate agent Alice Glendenning turns for help to new friend Charlie Hobbs, but the situation worsens when other people scheme to take her money. By the author of The Frumious Bandersnatch. 100,000 first printing.

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A deft, sharply drawn, and thoroughly enjoyable stand-alone from a master writer, this fast-paced suspense novel features an appealing heroine, a well realized plot, and enough wit to dial down the tension, let the reader take a deep breath, and enjoy Ed McBains latest.

Alice is a recent widow, still struggling to get over the drowning death of her husband and raise their two young children. A novice realtor, she hasn't made any sales yet, and is counting the days until her husband's insurance policy pays off. Then her kids are abducted and held for ransom--not so coincidentally, for the exact amount of the insurance policy.

Warned not to contact the police, Alice tries to head off the well-meaning assistance of her housekeeper, but so unsuccessfully that before she can stop her, the kidnapping sets off a turf war between the local authorities and the FBI. Meanwhile, two seemingly unrelated occurrences--a near-miss by a passing motorist who almost runs her down and the unexpected appearance of her brother-in-law, an ex-con--lead the reader just far enough astray to keep the suspense building. Eventually Alice takes matters into her own hands, which is clearly the only way to get her children safely home. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read from the author of the two successful series (the 87th Precinct and Matthew Hope novels) written as Ed McBain and several stand-alones penned by his alter ego, Evan Hunter. --Jane Adams

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