A King's Ransom

Grippando, James

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Synopsis: While on business in Cartagena, Matthew Rey is kidnapped by ruthless bandits. The kidnappers know about a $3 million insurance policy that covers Matthew's ransom and, to make matters worse, the insurance company suspects fraud and refuses to hand over the money. His son Nick goes to the FBI for help, but they too have grown suspicious of Matthew and his frequent trips to Colombia. With nowhere to turn, Nick hires a trained negotiator, a street-smart and mysteriously beautiful woman named Alex. But Nick soon discovers that the real danger to him and his family is not kidnappers with their guns but lawyers in their suits--men from Nick's own firm who will stop at nothing to keep him from uncovering the truth.

Review: Miami attorney Nick Rey was perturbed by his fiancée's ocean-side pronouncement that in the future her title should be preceded by "ex-". So perturbed that he barely noticed when, seconds later, a sharp-shooting seagull dropped him another plate of the same. Odd to think that he'd shortly look back on it all as, well, a day at the beach.

Then again, having one's father kidnapped and held for ransom by Columbian revolutionaries will alter one's perspective, as will hearing that the FBI's declined to pursue the matter as they suspect the kidnappee, Matthew Rey, is not a commercial fisherman at all, but a drug smuggler. The state department, citing official policy against paying kidnappers, won't intercede and, oh yes, the insurance company that sold dad his $3,000,000 kidnap-and-ransom policy won't pay up because they think he's as much in cahoots as he is in Cartagena. Nick's sister, Lindsey, who's probably in South America, hasn't been heard from in a month, and his mother's pregnant.

And that's just the starting block as Nick and the beautiful insurance investigator, Alex Cabrera (also a former revolutionary), run waist-deep into pan-American treachery and deceit--and nifty plot twists and surprises--much of it supplied by Nick's own law firm, Coolidge, Harding and Cash.

Throughout A King's Ransom, author and Miami attorney James Grippando deftly balances first-person (Nick's) and third-person (Matthew's) narrative with true-to-life dialogue and characters drawn as well or better than most. It's fast, it's gripping, and it's getting to be a habit with him. Grippando bolted from the starting gate (and, presumably, the courtroom) with 1994's breath-holder The Pardon; if his sixth book in eight years is any indication, he'll neither slow down nor reenter the courtroom for some time to come. --Michael Hudson

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