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The Wrong Hostage (St. Kilda Book 2) by [Lowell, Elizabeth]
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From Publishers Weekly

A mother's worst nightmare of an endangered child is just one breathless element of Lowell's latest romantic thriller (after Always Time to Die). Newly divorced California judge Grace Silva discovers her billionaire ex-husband, Ted Franklin, is missing, after she's summoned to the exclusive Mexican prep school where her 15-year-old computer whiz son, Lane, is being held hostage. Ted has crossed Hector Rivas Osuna, the ruthless kingpin of the most violent crime family in Tijuana, and Grace learns that Lane will be killed if she doesn't turn over the millions Ted has stolen from Osuna. She seeks the help of Joe Faroe, an ex who predated Ted and who may be Lane's biological father; Joe works for an elite private investigation firm. Lowell's convincing depiction of the Mexican drug trade illuminates the dangerous intersection of her characters' personal lives with international politics and organized crime. Events unfold in a maze of talk and double-talk, but the payoff is solid as the family reunites, finding that both love and the price of freedom are nonnegotiable. (June)
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When federal judge Grace Silva's teenage son Lane Franklin is taken hostage, Grace knows the only man who can help her is Joe Faroe, the very same man Grace spent a passionate weekend with 16 years ago before she helped send him to jail. Lane is being held prisoner in All Saints School, a private Catholic high school in Mexico, by drug lord Hector Rivas Osuna, the "Butcher of Tijuana," who is demanding the return of money "stolen" from him by his former business associate and Grace's ex-husband, Ted Franklin. The problem is that Grace has not heard from Ted in more than three weeks, and time is running out for Lane. With no other options available, Grace contacts Joe, a former kidnap specialist, hoping he can be persuaded to forget their past differences and rescue Lane before it is too late. A New York Times best-selling author, Lowell brilliantly mingles danger, deception, and desire to create a captivating story that is edgy, sexy, and completely satisfying. With its superbly defined protagonists and high-octane, white-knuckle plot, this is romantic suspense at its best. John Charles
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  • File Size: 1183 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
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Format: Hardcover
Make room on your bookshelf for this daring romantic suspense novel from Elizabeth Lowell. Add THE WRONG HOSTAGE to THE DANVERS TOUCH, TELL ME NO LIES and the Donovan family series of books that hopefully are already in your personal library. But whether you are reading Lowell for the first time or are familiar with her previous works, this story will entice you to pick up one of her books. This reviewer was reminded of how Lowell's writing and storytelling abilities have set her apart from the many romantic suspense authors. She writes with an intensity and passion that few can match.

Grace Silva was orphaned at 13. By combining her drive and intelligence, she climbed her way out of poverty and violence to become one of the most esteemed judges on the federal bench. Judge Silva is a judge personified; law is her life and maybe her religion. It is more important to her than anything, except her 15-year-old computer wizard son, Lane.

Recently divorced, Judge Silva discovers that former husband Ted Franklin has disappeared. The wealthy businessman has not been heard from for over three weeks. To make matters worse, she is summoned to their son's expensive prep school in Mexico only to learn that Lane is being held hostage. Ted's business dealings with Hector Rivas Osuna, a ruthless, violent and powerful man in Mexico, have put them both in jeopardy.

Grace must find Ted to get him to turn over millions of dollars that he stole from Hector in just two days, or their son will be killed. So she turns to ex-lover Joe Faroe. Joe recently retired from the elite St. Kilda Consultants, a global private investigation firm based in Manhattan. He left St. Kilda after being betrayed by a friend when on assignment.
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Format: Hardcover
As a longtime Elizabeth Lowell fan, this book was a big disappointment. Ever since the end of the Donovan family books, I have not enjoyed her writing. In this book, the characters are hard to relate to, and the plot is confusing. The reader receives very little background on the characters, and Lowell jumps right into the action. The beginning plot of the story shows promise, when the reader learns that the main character, Grace, discovers that her son is being held hostage in Mexico and she must consult someone from her past (Joe) to help her save her son. There is no "spark" between Grace and Joe. The great flirty sexy banter and sexual tension that Lowell does so well is absent in this book. I just never bought into their relationship, and I couldn't feel myself in the book. The plot is also very complicated. Grace and Joe make many trips between the U.S. and Mexico, negotiating with various Mexican gangs and leaders. Often, I couldn't even tell which country they were in, or who they were negotiating with. They were many Spanish phrases and customs thrown in, which really threw me for a loop. If you're not familiar with the story's location and third world politics, you'll probably also get confused. I found it difficult to even finish the book. At about the halfway point, it could have ended. All of sudden, Lowell throws in various twists and loops that drags the story through 100 more pages - most are predictable, the rest are confusing and/or unnecessary. I hope Lowell will soon return to what she does best - romantic suspense set in the jewelry world, with indentifiable characters and sensical plots.
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Format: Hardcover
I should start by saying that I LOVE Elizabeth Lowell. I have all of her books, and some of them I've read 5 or 6 times. Maybe my expectations were too high, then, for this latest novel - but I found it boring, uninvolving, and just plain bad. Before even finishing the first chapter, I found myself checking the publication date to see if maybe this was one of those instances where the publishing house had re-released something from the author's earliest days under a new title. Sadly, no - it's just a boring book, no excuses. The characters are unlikable, poorly developed, and you have no idea why they would even want each other (except for the supposedly hot sex). The background of the Mexican drug trade takes over the book, and it becomes a lesson in political science more than a romance novel. If you're looking for a good Lowell contemporary romance, pick up any of her Donovan series, where she keeps the characters and their relationship in the forefront and hooks you in until you can't put the book down.
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While entertaining, I found several times that the story slowed down and got a little preachy about the politics of drug money. While probably true it distracted from the story by being repeated and heavy handed. I also found the timeline hard to believe. Maybe because I have lived in the area and understand the distances (and traffic) travelled in short periods of time. I am a big Elizabeth Lowell fan (as well as Ann Maxwell) but this was not one of her better books.
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This is the first mystery/thriller I've read by Elizabeth Lowell and I can guarantee that it will be the last. In The Wrong Hostage, Lowell brings us the story of Grace Silva, a law abiding and optimistic judge in Southern California. Silva's son Lane has been taken hostage by a group of Mexican criminals who are holding him at a Catholic school across the border until her ex-husband returns the money he stole from them. With 48 hours to save Lane's life, Silva turns to the only person she can, kidnap specialist Joe Faroe--who incidentally happens to be Lane's biological father.

Judge Silva puts up the appearance of being so completely against doing anything criminal in one moment, but then changes her mind when she thinks of her son and is willing to kill for him the next. Her character is overly optimistic about her son's chances when she really just needs a reality check or a wake-up call. I got so sick of her hypocritical comments that I frequently just found myself skimming her lines until something better came along. Joe Faroe was a nice counterpoint for that, but even his realistic nature and hard-faught realism couldn't save this boring storyline.

This novel moved along at a snail's pace with barely enough action to keep me interested. I was tempted several times to just put it down, but I wanted to believe that Lowell had something better coming along the way. I was so wrong. The only thing this book is good for is cliched Mexican slang, hard to decipher metaphors and detective jargon you could learn watching repeats of NYPD Blue. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere for a little drama.
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