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Gross, who's partnered with James Patterson on a number of bestsellers (Lifeguard, etc.), mixes murder, suspense, sex and romance as capably as his mentor in his assured second solo thriller (after The Blue Zone). Charles Friedman, a New York hedge fund trader, perishes in a bombing at Grand Central Station that destroys the railroad car in which he was riding one morning from his home in Greenwich, Conn. Ty Hauck, head of the Greenwich police's violent crime unit, enters the picture when a hit-and-run victim turns out to have a vague connection to Friedman. Soon, Friedman's widow and her kids are threatened by men searching for vast sums of money her late husband never earned. The stakes rise as Hauck's involvement shifts from professional to personal. While the reader will occasionally see the next drop, tunnel or curve looming far ahead, the roller-coaster thrills are still there in abundance. (Mar.)
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The second solo novel from frequent James Patterson cowriter Gross is much better than his first. This one begins with a bang, as a bomb explodes in a commuter train station, killing several people, including New York City hedge-fund manager Charles Friedman. At roughly the same time, a suspicious auto accident kills a young man in Greenwich, Connecticut. The detective on that case, Ty Hauck, soon discovers an odd connection between the hit-and-run and the bombing. He investigates and discovers that Charles Friedman was not the man he appeared to be. He also forges a connection with the dead man’s wife, Karen, that leads him into uncharted waters. This is a tightly written corporate-style thriller very much in the mold of Joseph Finder, with a likable protagonist and a story that combines traditional thriller elements with a more gentle, emotional subplot. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062199897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062199898
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 4.2 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Andrew Gross is the author of New York Times and international bestsellers The Blue Zone, Don't Look Twice, and The Dark Tide, which was nominated for the Best Thriller of the Year award by the International Thriller Writers, Reckless, and most recently, Eyes Wide Open. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. He lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Lynn. You can follow Andrew Gross on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and at AndrewGross

Customer Reviews

It's boring; the plot is totally predictable.
M. Binkowska
Well written, detailed characterizations and protagonists to root for plus a love story, non-stop action and many plot twists to keep you turning pages.
Not a horrible book, I have read worse, I think he has potential.

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131 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Cy B. Hilterman VINE VOICE on March 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have now read both of Andrew Gross's books, The Blue Zone and The Dark Tide. I am convinced he is here to stay among today's top authors of suspense fiction that has just enough facts to keep your brain thinking and wanting more. His characters and locations are very well described and the stories well scripted.

Karen Friedman has a happy family consisting of her loving (or so she thought), husband, two children, Samantha and Alex, and family pet dog Tobey. Husband Charles is a highly successful investment banker who was thought of also being so by his associates in his business, and in giving his family a very nice life. The kids were into sports and Karen was always there with her support and Charles when he could make it. The neighbors of their upscale neighborhood thought very highly of the entire family

All of the above was true for many years of their marriage until Charles was in a commuter train bombing in Grand Central Station. This threw the family, the company Charles worked for, and their friends into deep sorrow. That is except for the ones involved in the money laundering schemes that Charles had been performing for many years, all of which his family knew nothing about. Many felt they had been swindled through Charles' actions and they wanted their securities and money back!

Lieutenant Ty Hauck of the Greenwich Police Department was a local hero from high school and college and had worked his way up in the department. He was highly thought of and worked on some tough cases. Ty became involved in the death of Charles Friedman when it became apparent that the hit and run of a young man was somehow tied into Charles disappearance. At first Karen's worry was that Charles was buried in the rubble of one of the still burning train cars.
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108 of 124 people found the following review helpful By xkydivr VINE VOICE on April 7, 2010
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I got this book free for my kindle and it was worth it. Karen is a woman with caramel, honey, auburn hair and hardened ,sharp brown, hazel eyes who lives in a fancy Greenwich house with two teen-age kids who fight over a shared bathroom. When her husband is supposedly killed in a bomb blast ,and nothing is found but his briefcase handle, she has no problem getting a death certificate and collecting 4 million dollars. When she meets detective Houck he has his 10 year old daughter on his shoulders. Two months later the daughter is thirteen and too stupid to flip a burning pancake.Houck falls asleep watching a house and when he wakes it's light so he gets his flashlight to do some B & E. The suspect is an ex-cop and professional security alarm installer but Houck has no trouble finding the breaker on a bush. Fortunately there is no battery back-up on the alarm system and he has no trouble running the computer and printer without electricity. And LORDY! all the physical side effects of the emotions! Eyes screw, drill, snap to the page like a magnet (shades of wiley coyote). Heads explode. hearts crash, blood explodes out of the veins, legs turn to jelly. guts feel like they've had a wire dragged through them, arm hairs tingle and stand on edge. One more "wink" from either a bad guy or good guy and I would have bounced the kindle off the wall. Any high school kid, with a proper outline and time-line, could have done a better job.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Me on March 31, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First 30% or so of the book: poor grammar, non existent editing. Publisher must be hoping to sell based on prior affiliation with Patterson rather than by producing a quality product.

If this book weren't free on Kindle I would ask Amazon to give back my money. I will be extremely cautious before purchasing anything from publisher HarperCollins e-books; this book needed quite a bit more work before it was published. Think back to a research paper you wrote in high school or college, one of those papers assigned early in the term that you started writing the night before it was due, and you will have a good sense of the overall quality of this book: A C-, maybe a C.

Details are the hallmark of really good, well written, carefully crafted thriller/mystery fiction. This falls so far short. The writing is careless, inattentive, inconsistent and frequently just plain bad, and affects the overall flow of the story, as well as character and plot development. I gave two stars (rather than one) because I still have 75% to read, but I'm not encouraged. [Note: I've now read another 10-15% or so, and the writing improves a bit and the story moves a little faster.] If you think this will be on par with the best of Patterson writing, you will be disappointed. If you think you want to read this book, borrow it from someone-don't spend your money.

After the first 25% of the book (per Kindle locations)I was so stunned at the poor word choices, bad grammar and inconsistencies that I went back to the beginning and added notes to the most glaring blunders. I've got more than 40. Some examples:

Confusing timeline references: hit and run victim with Florida connections has a 1996 ticket stub to a Florida Seminoles' championship football game in his wallet.
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Roy D. Grossman on March 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I thought the Blue Zone was a fantastic read, and this even surpasses that great effort. His writing has matured. This novel is another incredible page turner. It is impossible to put down. But what's most appealing is how well it holds together. The reader, once again, is satisfied at the end because the entire story holds together flawlessly which makes it very creible. To me, that's the key to a great's exciting and believable. I can't wait for his next book.
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