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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778328260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778328261
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michelle Gagnon is a former modern dancer, bartender, dog walker, model, personal trainer, and Russian supper club performer. Her bestselling thrillers have been published in North America, France, Spain, Argentina, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Australia. BONEYARD was a finalist for a 2009 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. The first book in her Young Adult PERSEFONE trilogy, DON'T TURN AROUND received four starred reviews and was an IndieNext and Junior Library Guild selection. Nominated for a Thriller Award, it was also chosen as one of the best YA novels of 2012 by Kirkus, the American Library Association, and the Junior Library Guild.
Michelle splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Mccarthy VINE VOICE on December 17, 2010
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Kidnapping has turned into an international growth industry, and this book showcases two competing firms that negotiate hostage releases and occasionally resort to tactical operations when negotiations fail. The head of the largest, Tyr Group, is himself kidnapped, and Tyr sends in a team to rescue him. Headed by Riley, the team is ambushed and Riley is also taken prisoner. In the next chapter, Riley, co-founder of competing Longhorn Group, finds out about the situation. Huh? When you get to this point, you have to go back and re-read things a couple of times, and then read to the end of the chapter, so you can find out that there are two Rileys: Mark who was kidnapped, and his brother Jake who will be heading up another rescue effort. I'm sure this deliberate confusion gave the author a nice laugh, but it's a great way to ensure that readers won't be repeat customers.

Now Mark, whose girlfriend Kelly was an FBI agent until her foot got blown off, heads to Mexico. Kelly insists in going with him, even though she's not particularly mobile and will be clearly be doing things the FBI would not approve of. Jake's team runs into a second Tyr team, nobody trusts anybody else, and only Jake's partner Cyd seems to have contacts who know anything -- why heck, they know everything. She can also snap her fingers and have an entire arsenal appear, much to Tyr's chagrin. By the most incredible coincidence, they stumble into a pharmacist whose father is held prisoner with Tyr's folks, and she knows where they are. Via a shaky alliance, the teams join forces. Meanwhile Kelly, who decided this wasn't such a good idea after all, goes off to search for the suspect in one of her previous cases, who supposedly was dead, but in fact is living right there in Mexico City.
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****very minor spoiler in the first paragraph****

Cesar Calderon is the head of the Tyr Global Corp., the world's leader in the kidnap and ransom game. As he leaves a meeting for a quick smoke, his bodyguard is murdered, and ironically, he is kidnapped. Then the novel starts proper, and the Tyr's situation goes from bad to a "clusterf---k" as one character will later describe it. Tyr sends in a rescue team only to find out that they have been set-up, that there is a traitor amongst them, and the rescuers are killed or captured. Among those captured by the militaristic Los Zetas is Mark Riley, Jake Riley's bigger, badder, and more experienced brother, with whom Jake is estranged.

Meanwhile, Kelly Jones, is recuperating from her last escapade. In her last novel, Jones was caught in an explosion when she went up against America's conservative white racist movement, during which she was traumatized, put into a coma, and lost her leg in an explosion. As Riley's rescue group is decimated, she is undergoing physical therapy to strengthen her body, and learning to use her prosthetic leg.

This is a multi-multi-perspective novel that will fracture into many, many viewpoints, so there is another "meanwhile". Chris Riley, the brother of Jake and Mark travels to the Longhorn Group to see Jake. Chris informs Jake and Jake's partner, the beautiful, and trigger-happy, Syd Clement what has happened to Mark. Jake's Longhorn Group is in the same business of kidnap and rescue, and he feels that now it's up to him to rescue his brother. Tyr can't be trusted, so Jake, Syd, and some of their trusted operatives decide to go down to Mexico and get Mark, and his crew, back home.
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If you're looking for a jumper cable to get your heart and mind started, you need reach no further than KIDNAP & RANSOM by Michelle Gagnon. Loaded with enough action, mayhem and plotting to fill three books of equal duration, it's a guaranteed up-all-night read.

The fourth of Gagnon's Kelly Jones novels, KIDNAP & RANSOM picks up some seven months after the close of THE GATEKEEPER, with Jones still physically and mentally recovering from the devastating effects of the injury she sustained. The below-the-knee amputation of her right leg is obviously a major issue for her, keeping her from returning to active duty with the FBI and creating a looming if unspoken stumbling block in her relationship with Jake Riley, Jones's fiancé. Riley is the co-founder of the Longhorn Group, a consultant business focusing exclusively on kidnap and ransom cases. When his estranged brother Mark goes missing in Mexico City, Riley immediately puts together a Longhorn team to locate him and effectuate his rescue. Jones demands to be put on the team as a way of proving her battle-readiness, not only to herself but also to Riley, who seems to be growing more distant from her.

The team quickly relocates to Mexico City, but the mission is a complicated one in both its inception and execution for a number of reasons. Mark, an employee of the Tyr Group, one of Longhorn's major competitors, is in Mexico City to find Cesar Calderon, Tyr's CEO who has been kidnapped. In the process of attempting to free Calderon, Mark himself is taken prisoner. When a second Tyr team is sent to Mexico City to track down and free Calderon, they all too soon find themselves butting up against Riley and the Longhorn team, with neither side entirely willing to give in.
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