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The wrong hostage / Elizabeth Lowell.
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9780060829834
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New York : Avon Books, 2007.

©2006
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490 pages ; 18 cm
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Summary

Summary

The latest masterwork from one of the leading writers of suspense . . . New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell returns with a chilling tale of the law gone wrong and a kidnapping that threatens more than one life.

The Wrong Hostage

Orphaned at thirteen, Grace Silva clawed her way out of poverty and violence to become one of the most respected judges on the federal bench. Grace believes in the rule of law -- lives it, breathes it. She has always been buttoned up and buttoned down.

Except once.

Joe Faroe has learned that laws are made by politicians, and politicians are all too human. He believes in the innocents, the ones getting ground up by governments that are too polarized or too corrupt to protect their own citizens. He's been through the political meat grinder himself. It cost him his career, his freedom, and the woman who still haunts him. Since then Faroe has worked outside the rules and politics of government as a kidnap specialist for St. Kilda Consulting, a Manhattan-based global business that concentrates on the shadow world where governments can't go. He is good at his work -- intelligent, confident, ruthless.

Until a friend dies trying to kill him.

Now Faroe is out of the business. Retired. He's through trying to save a world that doesn't want to be saved.

Then Grace comes to him, past and present collide, and Faroe finds himself sucked back into the shadows, tracking a violent killer who holds the life of Grace's son in his bloody hands.


Author Notes

Elizabeth Lowell is actually a pen name for the real person named Ann Charters Maxwell. Maxwell was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1944. She was educated at the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Riverside, where she received a B.A. in 1966. She married Evan Maxwell, a journalist, on September 4, 1966. They have published numerous novels together including The Silk Strategy, The Ruby, Steal the Sun, Redwood Empire, and The Golden Mountain.

Maxwell started her writing career in 1975 with the science fiction novel Change. She has written over 60 novels and one non-fiction book. The novels range from science fiction to historical fiction, from romance to mystery to suspense. She has written under numerous pen names including A. E. Maxwell, Annalise Sun, and Lowell Charters. In 1982, she began publishing romance novels as Elizabeth Lowell. She was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in 1994, Romance Writers of America Best Historical Romance in 1994, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. Her title Beautiful Sacrifice made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

When federal judge Grace Silva discovers that her son is being held hostage in Mexico, she calls the only man with enough experience to get him out alive: Joe Faroe. Joe and Grace, and the shadowy St. Kilda consulting group, have less than 48 hours before the bullets start flying. Maria Tucci captures the very essence of Hector, the male chauvinist Mexican drug lord, complete with accent. In fact, all her accented voices are distinctive and memorable. Unfortunately, she is less successful with our American protagonists; she makes Grace sound far older than her mid-thirties, and Joe is too feminine to be leading-man material. Though Tucci's pacing keeps the tension building, her reading is not as effective as it should have been: Joe and Grace are not as appealing as their roles imply. This is still a good listen, but it could have been great.-Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Salt Lake City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

The Wrong Hostage Chapter One Southern California La Jolla Saturday morning The phone rang four times before Judge Grace Silva pulled her head out of the legal documents she was reviewing. Maybe it's Ted. Finally. It had been years since she'd cared about her husband -- newly ex-husband -- in any way but as the father of her child. And if there was a persistent personal sadness that she'd failed in marriage, well, she'd just have to live with it. She'd worked hard to make the divorce and all the legalities entailed as civilized and adult as possible. For Lane. But she was real tired of getting calls at all times of the day and night asking for Theodore Franklin. Just because he'd kept his legal address as the beach home they'd once shared didn't mean he actually lived with her. "Hello," Grace said. "Ah, señora ," said a man's voice. "This is Carlos Calderón. I would like to speak to your husband." Grace didn't bother to point out that Franklin was her ex. If Calderón wasn't close enough to Ted to know about the divorce, she had no reason to announce it. "Ted isn't here," she said briskly. And he hasn't been here in three weeks, which you damn well should know because you or one of your employees has called every day. "Have you tried his Wilshire office, his cell phone, and his Malibu condo?" Or his bimbo mistress? " Sí , yes, many times." "Is it something I can help you with?" Grace expected the same answer she'd gotten for the past three weeks -- a polite thanks but no thanks. Instead Calderón sighed and said, "Judge Silva, I am afraid you must come to Ensenada immediately." Her hand tightened on the phone. As a judge, she was accustomed to giving rather than taking orders. "Excuse me?" "It is your son, Lane." "What's wrong?" she asked quickly. "Is he in trouble? He's been so good for the -- " "It is not something to be discussed over the telephone. I will see you in two hours." "What's wrong?" she demanded. "Good-bye, Judge Silva." "Wait," she said. "Give me four hours. I don't know what traffic will be like at the border." "Three hours." The phone went dead. The Wrong Hostage . Copyright © by Elizabeth Lowell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from The Wrong Hostage by Elizabeth Lowell All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.