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24 Hours Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2001
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had read this book when it was first published, and remembered that I had liked it then. But, I didn't remember how it ended. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Cindy Greear
If there is one objection it would be the use of God's name in vain, I skipped over it. Otherwise the book was captivating. I'm now reading the entire series.Published 15 days ago by duddle
From start to finish, a clever devilish plot. Just when you think the family's ordeal could be over, it isn't. 24 hours never felt so long. Great characters.Published 21 days ago by Wisconsin Lady
Suspenseful like a good movie from start to finish. Medical content is written clearly and even better understood by those with knowledge. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Irwin Forman