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24 Hours Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2001

4.3 out of 5 stars 393 customer reviews
Book 2 of 5 in the Mississippi Series

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Joe Hickey has devised a simple but elegant kidnapping scheme, which he has used successfully five times to extort thousands of dollars from wealthy doctors in the Jackson, LA, area. All the children were returned to their parents unharmed; the police were never involved. But Joe's sixth attempt is special: not only has he decided that it will be his last, but little Abby Jennings is picked because Joe blames Dr. Will Jennings for his mother's death. Time is a significant factor in all of Joe's kidnappings, for each child is taken and returned within a 24-hour period in order to reduce the possibility of police involvement. The suspense deepens as Will and Karen Jennings panic over the disappearance of their daughter, who suffers from juvenile diabetes and is dependent on daily injections of insulin; they realize Abby will die unless they act to save her. Iles (The Quiet Game) has created a chilling tale of kidnapping, revenge, and family heroics that is calculated to jangle the reader's every nerve. And jangle it will, for 24 Hours is a gut-wrenching action fantasy/thriller that will mesmerize to the bitter end. Recommended for all public libraries.DThomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale Lib.
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Brilliantly plotted...perfectly-timed terror...and a hair-raising finale. Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The tension in palpable...superbly-crafted and clever. —The Times-London

A chilling tale...calculated to jangle the reader's every nerve...gut-wrenching. —Library Journal

A taut tale, terrifying in its intensity, compelling in its pace...A good, old-fashioned thriller, the likes of which are rare...A winner. —Chattanooga Times

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451203593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451203595
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Timothy J. Kindler VINE VOICE on August 29, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As one might expect based on the title, this novel by Greg Iles covers a 24-hour period. I only wish that I had been able to finish it in 24 hours. The book was extremely good. In fact, it was nearly impossible to put down, continually tugging against work and family obligations. The book grabs you in the first few pages and does not let go, with a storyline of kidnapping for ransom that hits right at every parents' worst nightmare. The intensity and buildup of the story, combined with the ruthlessness of the villain make this a story that is not for the weak of heart. However, as the story progresses, the character development lets the reader understand the egos, anxieties, and motivations of a broad set of characters -- and also drives the reader to form an affinity or antipathy for most characters. It is a very compelling read. I strongly recommend this book.
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By A Customer on September 18, 2002
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This is a fantastic book! As I said, I read it in one sitting, I was glued to each page. This is the first book I read by Iles, and I plan to get the rest of his books. Iles is a fantastic author. He has the ability to keep the reader hooked to the very last page. He writing style is one of many plot twists and outsandting characters that you want to read about, and care about, even the "bad guys".
This is the story of the Jennings family. They are forced to live a parents worst nightmare, the kidnapping of their child. But they aren't going to sit back and be a victim. They fight back to get their daughter. While this is going on, someone else is also helping the Jennings family, even if they don't know it. Hickey, who plays a role in the kidnapping, tells Karen that he has kidnapped her daughter, she won't be harmed. He's done this before and the child has always walked away. But something about this kidnapping is much different, Hickey isn't really interesting in moeny. What could he be interesetd in? Read this book and find out. There's a movie out now called "Trapped" that's based on this book. I highly, highly, highly suggest you read this book. I can promise you won't be sorry.
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Format: Hardcover
Overall, I would have rated 24 Hours 3 1/2 stars if it were possible to do so in Amazon's rating system. In 24 Hours Iles has delivered another book that moves along at a galloping pace and is packed with lots of suspense. I'd rate this book 4 1/2 stars on these qualities. Unfortunately, I found that I was able to predict much of the action and, in particular, the ending, well in advance of their occurences. Also, while the story is interesting and enjoyable to read, I found that Iles' often severely strained my ability to extend belief in his main characters. Thus, I'd give only 2 1/2 stars to 24 Hours on the dimensions of believability and credibility. Further, while not a major criticism, I would have liked 24 Hours even more if he had provided a brief epilogue to tie up some of the loose threads in the story. Having finished 24 Hours, I have now read all five books Greg Iles has written and I would recommend them all to you. However, if you are considering reading your first book by Iles, I'd recommend Mortal Fear and The Quiet Game above 24 Hours. Enjoy!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Greg Iles lives up to his "master storyteller" title in "24 Hours." The brilliant first chapter summarizes the Perfect Kidnapping-exactly how it's done and the terror it generates.
The characterizations were excellent, particularly five year-old Abby. At last, a five-year old who is neither an overly wise little owl, nor a series of clever one-liners. She is a delightful, vulnerable little girl, which makes her kidnapping all the more chilling. The author devotes considerable care to make his three kidnappers life-like. The mastermind Joe terrorizes with his unpredictability. Joe is shrewd, brutal, kind, violent, and petty by turns and is most dangerous of all when cornered. The female who acts as a lure and a keeper is more to be pitied than to be scorned and has flashes of earthy practicality and humor. Huey, 400 lbs. Of muscle and very little brain completes the trio. Huey is a gentle giant with total loyalty to Joe.
I would have been happier without the little side-story that makes this an unusual caper for the threesome. I believe the story would have been stronger if the attention were focused on a Kidnapping Gone Bad. The FBI gets raked over to a well-done turn by Mr. Iles. It's safe to say standard law enforcement does not meet with his approval. It stretches the limits of belief that all of the FBI is completely entrenched in bureaucracy and overkill. Usually, the author's southern settings give off a flavor of Mississippi, but "24 hours" could just as well have taken place in Cleveland or Omaha.
The story has a thrilling climax (just aching to be filmed-car wrecks and all), and the author keeps cranking up the velocity until you are almost begging for a little peace. A recommended page-turner.
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Format: Hardcover
Iles has a natural talent for pulling the reader into the story, keeping you turning the pages, even when the plot is less than he is capable of. Such was the case with this novel.
My hope is that Greg Iles is not going the way of other writers such as Grisham and often times Crichton who seem to be writing for that "big screenplay deal" and not for the reader. Although largely predictable and sometimes maddingly unrealistic, this work was still an excellent read with some interesting takes and a truly unique plot.
If you haven't read Greg Iles before, don't make this your first one. I would strongly advise Mortal Fear, or The Quiet Game before this..... in fact I would place Spandau Phoenix ahead of this as well even though it is in a slightly different genre.
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