- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Ibooks, Inc.; 1 edition (November 12, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596873795
- ISBN-13: 978-1596873797
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,794,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Double Abduction is a creepy, unnerving living nightmare that will be hard for readers to shake off." -- Edgar Award winning author Peter Blauner
"Double Abduction is a suspenseful, emotionally complex story, with shocking twists that will keep thriller fans turning pages at a brisk pace." -- Emmy Award winning journalist Kelly Lange
"If you're looking for a fast, smart, thriller, you can't go wrong with Double Abduction. It's a tense, emotionally charged book." -- Alex Award winning author Bart Yates
"Riveting and frightening, this powerful gem of a book has depth you rarely find in a thriller." -- Thom Racina
"With a child in jeopardy, a suspect with secrets, and a killer watching every move, Double Abduction has it all in a fast-paced thriller." -- New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum
As the name implies, Double Abduction is about the second child kidnapping to befall a family. It also means there's about twice as much going on. Michael Bennett has one primary goal in life -- nurture his nephew, Justin, and give him as much love and attention as he can. However, when Justin disappears while in Michael's care, suspicions return in spades.
Adding to the judgments against Michael is the fact that he's gay. All of the usual stereotypes are raised because of Michael's sexuality: he likes to work with children and teach, so concerns of pedophilia are raised, Michael works in a bar, so maybe he attracted the wrong kind of attention there, and so on. Fortunately, a married pair of D.C. police officers believe Michael and are some of his only allies on the inside, working to clear his name.
On the bad guy side, the characters abound. Chapter one features the abductor, plotting the kidnapping of Justin. Chapter two features a homicidal maniac, complete with a gay trick that turns into a gory bloodbath. Eventually a hired killer, former felon and potentially crooked cop are in the mix . . . but the final twist is just enough of a twist that it's hard to see coming. Once revealed, it's evident that the hints were there and Beakey does a good job at creating an ending that doesn't defy the clues he methodically laid out. -- Tim Plant, Washington Metro Weekly, Nov. 8, 2007
Novelist Chris Beakey's first published book, Double Abduction, is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever cared for children. -- Amy Cavanaugh, Washington Blade, November 9, 2007
From the Back Cover
For Michael Bennett, spending time with his beloved five-year-old nephew Justin goes hand in hand with his ongoing recovery from terrors of the past.
But now Justin has vanished while under Michael's care.
As the prime suspect in the boy's disappearance, Michael is forced into an uneasy alliance with enigmatic Washington, D.C. policewoman Gloria Towson, who believes Justin's fate is connected to a serial killer who targets gay men. In a desperate bid to rescue Justin and save Michael from becoming the killer's next victim, Gloria is tracking the abductor online - a task made more difficult by her supervisor, Louis D'Amecourt, who may be conspiring with FBI officials to keep her from learning the truth.
Yet Michael may not be as innocent as he claims. He and D'Amecourt share a devastating secret . . . and five years ago Michael's first nephew disappeared in a remarkably similar crime.
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Let's hope he turns another one out soon
When I finished reading this book, all I could say was 'WOW'! Yes, it is a step away from my usual read because it is a suspense novel and if I didn't get a free copy, I probably would not have bought it. After reading an excerpt on the author's website, I decided to give it a go. Well, it was fast, intense reading....I couldn't put it down.
Double Abduction is creepy and unnerving, difficult to put down until the last page is turned. There are so many twists, turns, characters and seemingly sub-plots, that at first, I thought I would need an outline to help me keep it all straight. Involved in reading, I could easily let my mind work ahead and try to figure out who the villains where (and there were several) and not everyone is as they appear to be.
I noticed several editing errors and for a while, they threw me off the story, but that is something that needs to be overlooked. I also thought the author, in some instances, overused character's full names when first or last names or pronouns would have sufficed, but that's just me and I tried not to let it interfere with my enjoyment of the book. In all, I gave this book a 4 star rating. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspenseful thrillers. I'm looking forward to this author's next book, Double Bind, when it hits the shelves. Fans of Mr. Beakey should be on the lookout for it!
What are the odds that two children who are brothers are kidnapped 5 years apart, both of them being 5 yrs old at the time of their abductions? And what are the odds that the very same uncle of these children was responsible for their care when they disappeared? A child in danger, a suspect with secrets that he can't share, and a policeman who knows but won't come forward.
The characters are wonderfully drawn and believable. The suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will not want to put this one down until the very last word on the very last page is read.
Beakey also demonstrates how the subtle prejudices people normally keep hidden emerge in extreme situations. Some people must work harder to prove their innocence and even then, it might not be enough to erase all doubts. This book is a quick, action-packed read. Beakey doesn't spin his wheels or waste words; he thrusts you into the middle of the story and you have to hang on and remain alert. You'll need a nap when you're through with "Double Abduction", assuming you're not too frightened to go to sleep.