One minute aspiring actress Marina Benedict is admiring a baby in a stroller in downtown Pittsburgh, the next she's tracking a man she believes kidnapped the infant, in this uneven debut thriller. After leaving her marriage counselor's office, where she has just taken the first step toward divorce, Marina longingly admires a little boy whom she later sees in the arms of a seedy man on a bus. Suspicious, she follows them until she, too, is kidnapped by the man's cohorts. Through news reports, they learn that the baby is the son of a Pirates rookie pitcher, and Marina is shot and left for dead. Rescued by the police, she tries to help them find the baby, befriending the boy's mother and becoming more than friends with lead detective Richard Christie. As she convalesces, she uncovers an adoption ring that includes sleazy lawyer Manny; his amoral sister, Emelia; and Marina's former captors Joe, Vol, and Anton who do Emelia's bidding. Drama teacher George (The Man in the Buick and Other Stories) produces dead bodies and new clues, and keeps Marina one step ahead of the police and the FBI but this thriller romance isn't especially thrilling or romantic. George proves herself a rookie at establishing dramatic tension with her preference for psychological exposition over action at potentially climactic moments and with an overuse of theater images (a thief contemplating murder is like an actor contemplating a role in Lear). Chicago, Miami, New York and even Richmond, Va., boast popular female detectives; despite this novel's riveting premise, the position's still open in Pittsburgh. (May 15)Forecast: This generic thriller will do respectably but probably no better, though its effective cover showing the back of a man stalking a woman should draw browsers' attention.
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The promotion bills this first novel by short story writer George (The Man in the Buick and Other Stories) as a psychological thriller. "Psychological" is accurate, but "thriller" may be overstating matters a bit. The opening moments of suspense are overshadowed by psychological character studies, albeit intriguing ones. All of the elements revolve around the kidnapping, in Pittsburgh, of a baby boy named Justin. Justin's kidnapper is spotted and followed by Marina Benedict, whose efforts will force her to make some painful life decisions and push other characters to re-examine their own. Justin's parents, the primary investigator, and the kidnappers all have their stories told which is, unfortunately, to the detriment of the suspense. As the book reaches its climax, readers will be more involved with each character than with the kidnapping. Recommended for larger public libraries. Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI
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Enjoyed the book very much. I have read several by this author and really like her.Published 11 months ago by barbara watson
I totally loved this book. I literally raced through it to find out what happened. The character of Marina was one of the most heroic and likeable characters I have ever come... Read morePublished 13 months ago by boswell
I haven't read the book. Can't until I review.
This is frustrating, although, it is the first time this has happened.
Kathleen George keeps the story from hurrying, along so we really get to know all the protagonists, making the book more memorable than the usual mystery.Published on April 20, 2013 by Nancy Belbas
From the pacing to the dialogue, you can tell that the author has been a distanced observer of literature and theatre. Read morePublished on June 8, 2010 by H. Wise
Beautiful! That's one of the few words this author knows. Someone please get her a thesaurus! This is one of the poorest books I've ever read. Read morePublished on February 22, 2006 by Mary Poppins
I'm really surprised at the reviews that found 'Taken' boring.
I can't remember the last time I read a book so compelling! Read more
Unfortunately, I have to say this book was boring. It was so hard to read. The plot was so poorly put together, that I had a very hard to finishing it. Read morePublished on April 3, 2005 by Kim D.
This book was almost a pain to read. The characters were hard to relate to and I personally found them unlikable. I think the author dragged on the plot too much. Read morePublished on February 25, 2005 by Quyen