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Hunting Down Amanda

Klavan, Andrew

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ISBN 10: 0688168957 / ISBN 13: 9780688168957
Published by William Morrow, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed by Author 0688168957 This hardcover book is Fine, being square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by the Author on the title page without inscription and dated 6/26/99 in his hand. Bookseller Inventory # 007105

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Title: Hunting Down Amanda

Publisher: William Morrow

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

Lonnie Blake's life and career have been on the skids since the wife was murdered eighteen months ago. Then one chilly autumn night Carol Dodson steps him to take her in. For that one night Lonnie and Carol become lovers as Carol, a sometime prostitute, agrees to pretend she's the woman Lonnie loved and tragically lost. Long after Carol is gone, Lonnie remembers her and the passion she rekindled in him, the passion he thought had died. Finally, obsessed, he begins to follow her and so is led on by desire into a world of sudden danger and sudden death, a swiftly closing trap of intrigue and murder.Because Carol is not what she seems. Though apparently a lost soul of the streets, she is in fact the lone guardian of an incredible secret an the desperately resourceful prey of an unstoppable hunt.

Review:

The inventive and audacious Andrew Klavan never covers the same ground twice, and his latest psychological thriller is about as far as you can get from his previous bestsellers, True Crime and The Uncanny.

What all his books have in common is a growing assurance as you turn the first few pages that you're in good, honorable hands--that the author won't trick you shamelessly or go off on some tedious tangent. So, without losing a beat, a book that begins with a horrible plane explosion that rains down fire over a Massachusetts village can shift seamlessly into a jazz musician's hunt for his lost love and an executive hit man's search for a little girl.

When that plane crashes over the small coastal town of Hunnicut (in a scene probably better not read during or just before a flight of your own), 5-year-old Amanda Dodson--"a roundish little mixed-race girl with a quiet, thoughtful manner"--escapes from her babysitter's burning house and wanders into the woods. That's where her young mother, Carol, who works as a cocktail waitress (and does occasional sexual favors for customers), finds her after an agonizing search. With Amanda is one of the plane's passengers, apparently brought back to life by the girl's formidable healing abilities. "Now they'll come after her!" Carol Dodson cries, before fleeing with the child to New York City.

In Manhattan, she has a brief encounter with a grieving saxophone genius named Lonnie Blake. Captivated by her resemblance to his late wife, Blake tries to find Carol again, but he is not the only one hunting down Carol and Amanda. Others want to capture the little girl to exploit her amazing healing powers for profit.

In lesser hands, these ingredients might add up to nothing more than a shameless potboiler, but Klavan has powers of his own--a magic touch that humanizes even the smallest characters and makes them a part of our own world. --Dick Adler

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