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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451203593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451203595
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This explosive suspense thriller gets off to a blistering start: the kidnapping of a little boy--in eight breathless pages--that culminates with the child's safe return and the disappearance of the successful kidnappers. That sets the stage for the book's centerpiece, the abduction of little Abby Jennings, daughter of Will, a successful physician, and Karen, a slightly dissatisfied suburban woman who's wondering where the passion in her marriage went. The criminals' modus operandi is established early on. They target the progeny of Mississippi doctors, demand a reasonable (to an affluent M.D.) ransom, release the child after it's paid, and promise the victim parents that if they ever breathe a word of the incident to anyone, their kids will be taken again and killed. The kidnappings are carefully set up, targeted to take place when one parent is out of town at a medical meeting or convention, thus ensuring the cooperation of the other. And the victim is held by a sweet, slightly retarded but humongous and powerful man whose loyalty to his cousin, the mastermind, is unquestioned.

24 Hours is a version of the locked room school of kidnap mysteries and a very good one indeed, especially when Will turns the tables on the kidnapper and takes control of the situation. Abby's diabetic condition (she needs lifesaving injections on a regular basis) notches the suspense up one last turn. It's a well worked-out plot, the pacing is terrific, and the characters likable and attractive. Iles is a master storyteller, and this one has big screen written all over it--with Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer as the Jennings, if we're lucky. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

HAs close to family fare as a kidnapper-rapist-extortionist thriller can get, Iles's (The Quiet Game) latest brilliantly plotted tale walks the razor's edge between cinematic excess and bone-chilling suspense. Joe Hickey is a Southern redneck with an Ivy League talent for evil. He has trained his grossly huge, mentally challenged cousin, Huey, and his gorgeous, exotic-dancer, live-in lover, Cheryl, to work with him as part of a tightly controlled kidnap/extortion squad targeting Mississippi physicians' families while the doctors are off at conferences. But he hits a snag when Dr. Will Jennings, his wife, Karen, and their five-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Abby, prove as resourceful solo as they are formidable in tandem. Joe grabs Abby, turning her over to Huey, who drives her off to a remote forest cabin near Jackson; meanwhile, Joe stays behind to terrorize Karen in the Jennings home. Cheryl gets her hooks into the third family member by vamping her way into Will's hotel room in Biloxi, where Will receives a phone call and ransom demand from Joe, who stipulates delivery in 24 hours. It's a long, horrific night for all as Iles pits each of the captives against their captors in riveting battles of will. The well-rounded characters are trademark Iles, the plot runs speed-skating smooth and occasional near-gooey bits of dialogue are offset by nasty surprises and perfectly timed terror. The one-on-one conflicts punch up the pace, and a perfect Mississippi setting, a spot-on sendup of FBI assistance and a hair-raising finale complete the package. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild and BOMC alternates. (Aug.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Kindler VINE VOICE on August 29, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As one might expect based on the title, this novel by Greg Iles covers a 24-hour period. I only wish that I had been able to finish it in 24 hours. The book was extremely good. In fact, it was nearly impossible to put down, continually tugging against work and family obligations. The book grabs you in the first few pages and does not let go, with a storyline of kidnapping for ransom that hits right at every parents' worst nightmare. The intensity and buildup of the story, combined with the ruthlessness of the villain make this a story that is not for the weak of heart. However, as the story progresses, the character development lets the reader understand the egos, anxieties, and motivations of a broad set of characters -- and also drives the reader to form an affinity or antipathy for most characters. It is a very compelling read. I strongly recommend this book.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Tarrani on October 12, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Even though I was warned to not start reading this book when I was ready to go to sleep, I figured that I could read for fifteen minutes, then call it a night. That was about 11:00 PM. A few minutes later I glanced at the clock -- it was after 3:30 AM. That is a page-turner.
24 Hours was released in paperback in July 2001, then re-released as Trapped. It is the basis for the movie starring Kevin Bacon, Charlize Theron, and Courtney Love. Many elements contributed to the book's success and ultimate destiny as a film. Paramount is the story telling that allows the reader to suspend disbelief, which is not that difficult due to due to the recent slate of child abductions and the aftermath. We see events like this happening, and our own knowledge interpreted by imagination creates the horror Iles describes.
This is more than a suspenseful thriller. It taps into the psychology of criminal and victim, woman and mother, father and hunter, prey and survivor. The characters are deep, and deeply disturbing. To play out a kidnapping and keep those involved from ever discussing it, is masterful. The villain has done this every year for five years, and it has never been reported. The plot shows the complexities of the intricate plans of a methodical and intelligent man who has turned to crime, but he when he makes a mistake and chooses the wrong target it changes all of the rules.
Unfortunately, some of the reviews of the movie indicate that it was not translated onto celluloid well, but it deserves five stars as a novel...
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2002
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This book (Trapped) is a suspenseful and thrilling book. I would read this book again and again. The main character, Joey Hickey, is a cruel and cold-hearted man, but he fits his part in the book. If you start to read this book, you will not want to put it down until your done. I think that the book keeps you thinking and its unpredictable. I think everyone who likes mysteries should read Trapped, By Greg Iles
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 2002
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This is a fantastic book! As I said, I read it in one sitting, I was glued to each page. This is the first book I read by Iles, and I plan to get the rest of his books. Iles is a fantastic author. He has the ability to keep the reader hooked to the very last page. He writing style is one of many plot twists and outsandting characters that you want to read about, and care about, even the "bad guys".
This is the story of the Jennings family. They are forced to live a parents worst nightmare, the kidnapping of their child. But they aren't going to sit back and be a victim. They fight back to get their daughter. While this is going on, someone else is also helping the Jennings family, even if they don't know it. Hickey, who plays a role in the kidnapping, tells Karen that he has kidnapped her daughter, she won't be harmed. He's done this before and the child has always walked away. But something about this kidnapping is much different, Hickey isn't really interesting in moeny. What could he be interesetd in? Read this book and find out. There's a movie out now called "Trapped" that's based on this book. I highly, highly, highly suggest you read this book. I can promise you won't be sorry.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Krista-Lea on September 11, 2002
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I purchased this book before I even knew there was such a movie soon coming out. Im more into bios and true crime, but as soon as I opened it, I basically read it straight through, when I had to put it down, I couldnt wait to get back to it right away. It isnt your typical kidnapping story. The entire book which was originally titled "24 hours" is set in exactly that; 24 hours. The chapters end in the way great authors keep you reading, yearning to find out what happens next. The characters; the "good guys" are likeable and easy to relate to. The "bad guys" or the leader at least, is scary enough to be true to life, real. Although you cant help feeling bad for one of guys on the "bad" team, ...you have to read it to find out, cant give too much away. Basically if you are looking for a good read, this is it. Take my word for it, it wont last long because you really wont be able to put it down, and read it before the movie, I always thought the books were alot better then the movies, your mind will add imagination to it all. But as far as fictional crime goes, this is the way to go.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 9, 2000
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Overall, I would have rated 24 Hours 3 1/2 stars if it were possible to do so in Amazon's rating system. In 24 Hours Iles has delivered another book that moves along at a galloping pace and is packed with lots of suspense. I'd rate this book 4 1/2 stars on these qualities. Unfortunately, I found that I was able to predict much of the action and, in particular, the ending, well in advance of their occurences. Also, while the story is interesting and enjoyable to read, I found that Iles' often severely strained my ability to extend belief in his main characters. Thus, I'd give only 2 1/2 stars to 24 Hours on the dimensions of believability and credibility. Further, while not a major criticism, I would have liked 24 Hours even more if he had provided a brief epilogue to tie up some of the loose threads in the story. Having finished 24 Hours, I have now read all five books Greg Iles has written and I would recommend them all to you. However, if you are considering reading your first book by Iles, I'd recommend Mortal Fear and The Quiet Game above 24 Hours. Enjoy!
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