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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061097470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061097478
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,925,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A workaholic attorney is forced to examine his priorities when his wife disappears amid a spree of serial killings in the Pacific Northwest. Grippando's fifth thriller (The Pardon; Found Money) springs energetically from the gate, creating tension and pace before a few unbelievable plot twists cause it to lose traction. Attorney Gus Wheatley, general partner of one of Seattle's biggest and most prestigious law firms, is interrupted from his busy schedule by a call from his daughter's dance instructor: his wife, Beth, failed to pick up six-year-old Morgan after class. At first merely annoyed, he next assumes his wife is having an affair (they have been experiencing marital problems) but soon calls police when he realizes Beth has disappeared without a trace. Ambitious FBI agent Andrea "Andie" Henning believes Beth may have fallen victim to a serial killer. In the days following her disappearance, Gus is stunned to learn that his wife suffered from bulimia and kleptomania, conditions pointing to extremely low self-esteem. Her emotional condition and other cluesDstrange phone calls, a tip from a prison inmateDeventually tempt investigators with another theory: Beth may have joined a local cult that includes murder among its group activities. The most successful component of this story is Gus Wheatley's growing awareness of his emotional separation from his family. Former trial lawyer Grippando displays expertise in police and legal procedures, but the connection between the killings and the cult strains credulity. Several key characters are not drawn convincingly, and the finale is more of an ambush than a surprise. (July)
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In this latest from Grippando (Found Money), the marriage of high-powered attorney Gus Wheatley and his insecure wife, BethDalready unfamiliar terrain to both partnersDis invaded by a serial-killer. Beth seems to have it all: the perfect home and a precious young daughter. Yet she vanishes one afternoon without taking a single piece of her life, including her child, who is left waiting all evening at private school. Rookie FBI agent Andie Henning has recently ditched her loser of a fianc at the altar and welcomes the opportunity to work on what turns out to be a high-profile serial-killer case. Gus's world continues self-destructing, as his daughter, sister, and colleagues judge and reject him, the killer piles up Beth lookalike victims, and eerie telephone clues indicate that she may be alive and in the killer's clutches. In the meantime, Gus learns some rather sad and unsavory things about the wife he thought he knew. Another riveting tale of suspense from Grippando.
-DSusan A. Zappia, Paradise Valley Community Coll., Phoenix
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Nick G on July 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Gus Wheatley has success, money, power, a loving wife, and a beautiful daughter, until one day his world shatters.
Gus's wife, Beth, disappears.
FBI profiler, Andie Henning, is investigating a series of killings, the strange beginning of a serial killer. As Andie investigates the murders, she believes Beth may be a victim of the vicious killer.
Gus begins his own investigation, and as he uncovers certain "truth's" about his wife, he realizes he did not know her at all.
"Under Cover Of Darkness" will keep you turning the pages and guessing all the way to the end. The twists and turns come fast and furious, pulling the novel to it's shocking climax.
James Grippando has consistently written great book after great book. He has quickly become one of my favorite authors. With his new book he keeps the pace fast while juggling various characters, and shifting the plot twists into high gear. This is great entertainment.
A MUST read!
Nick Gonnella
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pangloss on November 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book had a great, suspenseful story concept but seemed to end too abruptly without explaining the motive of the killer. I would have liked to have seen more development of the story in that area. Otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. I have read one previous book by this author, "The Informant", which was a very good story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rochelle on October 10, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I started this book on Monday evening...reading the first 200 pages in one sitting (and finished it the following night)! What a great book. The characters were wonderfully written, giving you depth and insight into their personalities. The book begins with the disappearance of Gus Wheatley's wife. She never showed up to pick up their daughter. Gus is a powerful attorney who has spent more time on his career rather than his family. As he waits for word on his wife, he begins to realize how much he has missed about his wife and daughter. He begins to see the small changes that have taken place in his wife's behavior over the past several months. Has his wife left him? Has she been kidnapped? Or worse murdered? The FBI takes an interest in the case and Andie is assigned to the case. She is a young, ambitious agent who begins to unravel the case. Her character is strong and she begins to take chances in order to solve the case.
This book provides twists and turns, reads quickly and has a great ending!! I highly recommend the book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Konrad Kern VINE VOICE on August 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
James Grippando's latest kept me guessing the whole way. A missing wife along with a serial killer on the loose can make for a predictable story, but not in the hands of Grippando. The story kept me entertained throughout, but I thought the second half was the better. Good mystery, good thrills, and good suspense, kept me glued too the book till the end.
Recommended
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rachel B. on November 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was fantastic! I have read all of his books, and he is an amazing writer! This book scared me - I was tip towing around my apartment for a week! Fabulous story - great, strong characters and an amazing ending! Nothing lacking in this book! A MUST READ!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Maynard VINE VOICE on October 6, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a huge fan of Grippando. He writes with the same ease as James Patterson. His characters are believable and his stories are riveting. This one will not disappoint you.

Gus Wheatly is a very busy attorney who has become so involved in his own life, he has shut out everyone who loves him and is out of touch with what is going on in their lives. One day, he gets a distressed phone call from his daughters school stating that his wife has failed to pick up their daughter and he needs to come get her. He is annoyed with this interruption in his life, but he is in for a much bigger interruption when he discovers his wife has disappeared without a trace.

Women who look like his wife start turning up dead, and their daughter receives a phone call from her mother. Is Beth alive or is this some kind of sick joke. No ransom notes arrive and Gus, along with the police, is left wondering if his wife is involved with the murders.

The book is fast paced and is never boring. I found it hard to put down. This is another winner in a long string of winners for Grippando. If you are a fan as I am, you will love this one. If you are new to his books, give this one a try. You will find yourself at the bookstore or library looking for his other novels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sherri on September 3, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the frist book I have read by this author. The first couple of chapters were good, but I have to admit this book did not grab me right at first. Don't get me wrong it was good I just wasn't absorbed in it. The Characters were interesting and that was what kept me reading. However, when you get to a certain spot YOU WILL NOT PUT IT DOWN until you devour the very last word! Thankfully I reached this spot on a Sunday and was able to finish the book in one sitting. I have read several great books that were spoiled by bad endings. The ending of this book will leave you giving Mr. Grippando a standing ovation! Great book and I would say a MUST READ!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Olson on June 24, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS is yet another example of a great mystery/thriller/suspense novel. I really liked this book. I think it's the fastest moving Grippando book that I have read, and I've read them all except for A KING'S RANSOM which is next up. Once I started reading I couldn't stop.
Gus Wheatly is a prominent Seattle lawyer working in a prestigious law firm. When his wife (Beth) suddenly disappears at the same time as a string of murders takes place, Gus is left to wonder if his wife is another casualty, or an accomplice to the murders. James seamlessly weaves together the story from a couple different angles. One from the point of view of Gus, another from Andie, the local FBI agent in charge of the murder mystery case, and a third from the point of view of the killer. It's story telling at it's best.
The tension is high throughout the book with enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. The end was a shocker to me. James Grippando is my new favorite author. Thanks James and keep the books coming!
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