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High Noon Hardcover – July 10, 2007

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At the start of this scintillating slice of romantic suspense from prolific bestseller Roberts (Sweet Revenge), Lt. Phoebe MacNamara, the chief hostage negotiator for the Savannah, Ga., PD, meets Duncan Swift, a sports bar owner, as they both try to prevent a suicidal bartender Duncan fired from jumping off a roof on St. Patrick's Day. In the aftermath, a romance develops between Phoebe and Duncan, though in typical Roberts style the enigmatic Phoebe's devotion to career and family, who include a young daughter and an agoraphobic mother, creates tension in their relationship. After Phoebe survives a vicious attack within her own precinct house by an unknown assailant, it becomes clear that someone is intent on harming Phoebe and those close to her. A courageous protagonist, deft plotting and the sultry Savannah backdrop all add up to another winner for consummate storyteller Roberts. (July)
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Savannah-Chatham police lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara is one of the best hostage negotiators in the business, and her latest mission involves talking down a suicidal jumper from a building owned by Duncan Smith. Impressed by her cool, courageous actions and intrigued by the sexy woman herself, Duncan charms Phoebe into meeting him for a drink. As a single mother with family demands and a career woman working in a testosterone-dominated field, Phoebe doesn't think there is any time in her busy schedule for romance, but all of her famed negotiating skills can't convince Duncan to give up on a chance for a future with her. When Phoebe becomes the target of a psychopathic killer out to destroy her professionally and personally, Duncan turns out to be just the person Phoebe wants by her side. The always reliable Roberts continues to find new and clever ways to flawlessly fuse thrilling suspense and sexy romance into captivating stories. High Noon will enthrall readers with its irresistible combination of superbly crafted characters and a danger-rich plot. Charles, John
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (July 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399154345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399154348
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Cherise Everhard VINE VOICE on July 14, 2007
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Phoebe MacNamara's life was irrevocably changed as a young girl when she was forced to make some pretty tough decisions, life and death decisions concerning her small brother and mother. Years later those decisions help shape her into the woman she is and the career she has. After a brief stint with the FBI Phoebe came home to Savannah and the local police department and is now a Lieutenant and the top hostage negotiator.

When the fiery red headed Lt. walks onto the scene of a jumper, Duncan Swift has several thoughts about the woman in charge, all making him to want to know more about the sexy woman with a badge.

The chemistry between Duncan and Phoebe is more subtle than usual; there is a mutual attraction at first then it slowly builds, with a more natural and realistic progression. Phoebe is a single mom and has her reservations, having been burned a time or two in the past. Duncan is confident, persistent and utterly charming. Their relationship kicks up a notch after Phoebe is attacked. After the attack, Phoebe starts receiving strange offerings at her doorstep and soon discovers someone is out to harm her and those she loves.... And so the mystery begins.

At first I thought Phoebe was going to be another ultra independent, cool, detached heroine, like Eve Dallas. But Nora ended up writing a tough woman with a soft heart. Duncan was a loveable hero who didn't take any crap from the heroine. The side characters were just as intriguing. Phoebe is surrounded by tremendous family with a lot of personality; Duncan has a family built of friends.

I gave it the 4 star rating because the conclusion seemed a little rushed and left a few loose ends.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on February 6, 2008
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Phoebe MacNamara is a a hostage negotiator for the police department in Savannah. While she works to help a young bartender who is determined to end his life, she meets his former boss Duncan Swift. As they work together to save a life, sparks fly between Phoebe and Duncan. Duncan is living the dream many would envy. He is very wealthy, but Duncan didn't inherit it or earn it, he actually won the lottery.

As Duncan pursues Phoebe, he learns the reasons she doesn't want to get involved with anyone. She has an ex-husband that has dropped out of her daughter's life, and a mother that is home bound by choice. As Duncan invades Phoebe's life, she learns he really is fond of both her mother and daughter.

When she is targeted and terrorized, Phoebe must solve the mystery behind it before her family or Duncan are lost to her.

What a good read! The characters are well written, and the story is wonderful. I haven't read many stories about hostage negotiators, and I learned a lot. It was a little more violent than I am used to, but it was important to the story.
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76 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Janet on July 22, 2007
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I waited a week to write a review. Mostly because my review differs so much from all the others. But I read Linda Howard's latest and Julia Quinn's latest and Cherry Adair's latest since reading this one and they all are so great (5 stars each) and better than this one. I love Nora Roberts books. I have read nearly all, I believe. I love the In Death series also. What stands out for me in a typical Nora Roberts book is the fantastic painting of the scenery. Also the great characterizations and relationships. I felt this book lacked in those areas. The h/h just seemed to be thrown together, their relationship less personal for the reader. I liked the secondary characters almost better than the main characters. What I did really like, though, was the ending (here I also differ). It was suspenseful and nail-biting.

Now, for the reason I gave it only 3 stars. Nora Roberts, of late, has taken to writing her characters speaking in incomplete sentences. For instance, instead of something like, "that will never happen", she would write, "never'll happen". This book was so riddled with that kind of dialogue, practically the whole town of Savannah spoke that way. People don't naturally speak that way. I could believe one or even two characters speaking that way but not constantly. But this was throughout the whole book. It is annoying and very distracting. It makes the characters sound tough, or too cool for the reader. I thought of Eve Dallas whenever Pheobe would speak. I thought of Eve whenever Liz would speak. Heck, I thought of Eve whenever Duncan would speak. Catch my drift? If this is a writing gimick that is supposed to be the hot new thing, then I am disappointed to say the least. I wish Nora Roberts would just write the same great way she has always without this new gimick.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. J Thompson on August 27, 2007
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Phoebe MacNamara loves her job. As with most police officers working in such a dangerous and stressful position, she has had some career "losses". This has been when a hostage situation or a suicide intervention has gone horribly off the rails, resulting in the loss of life. It is not ultimately that the approach the Lieutenant has taken with her hostage negotiation has been incorrect, for there have always been many factors coming into play, but the emotional part of the Phoebe, the single mother, has never truly accepted that. Neither, it appears, has someone else.

Her own messy past has had much to do with her choice of career as a child her own life was once saved by both by her own quick thinking, and by the cool head of a hostage negotiator. It has been difficult for Phoebe to keep her head above water as she juggles her demanding job alongside a complex domestic situation which involves her traumatized mother, her own daughter, and a family friend all living under the same roof. In walks Duncan Swift, an eligible lottery winner who doesn't have much to do all day but charm his way into the life of the MacNamaras. After a vicious attack at work, Phoebe first thinks that a colleague, jealous of her successes, has taken this as a very personal affront. When the horrific little "gifts" begin arriving on her doorstep, Phoebe realizes that someone has been watching her, and more frighteningly, her family, for quite some time.

The juggernaut of women's fiction that is Nora Roberts continues to churn out an enormous amount of work which must be unparalleled by any other top ten writer out there today.
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