Synopses & Reviews
Alone...Massachusetts State Trooper Bobby Dodge watches a tense hostage standoff unfold through the scope of his sniper rifle. Just across the street, in wealthy Back Bay, Boston, an armed man has barricaded himself with his wife and child. The man's finger tightens on the trigger and Dodge has only a split second to react...and forever pay the consequences.
Alone...that's where the nightmare began for cool, beautiful, and dangerously sexy Catherine Rose Gagnon. Twenty-five years ago, she was buried underground during a month-long nightmare of abduction and abuse. Now her husband has just been killed. Her father-in-law, the powerful Judge Gagnon, blames Catherine for his son's death...and for the series of unexplained illnesses that have sent her own young son repeatedly to the hospital.
Alone...a madman survived solitary confinement in a maximum security prison where he'd done hard time for the most sadistic of crimes. Now he walks the streets a free man, invisible, anonymous...and filled with an unquenchable rage for vengeance.
What brings them together is a moment of violence but what connects them is a passion far deeper and much more dangerous. For a killer is loose who's woven such an intricate web of evil that no one is above suspicion, no one is beyond harm, and no one will see death coming until it has them cornered, helpless, and alone.
"For 300-some pages, Gardner (The Perfect Husband) keeps readers spellbound not just by her plot but by the beautifully realized character of Massachusetts police sniper Bobby Dodge. He meets his match in Catherine Gagnon, who as a girl was snatched, raped and nearly murdered. Now she's the wife of erratic, rich Jimmy Gagnon and mother of perpetually ill four-year-old Nathan. When Bobby kills Jimmy during a hostage situation at the Gagnons, he does it to save Catherine and Nathan. But was it a righteous shoot, or did Catherine engineer the killing? Judge James Gagnon and his wife, Maryanne, think Bobby murdered their son out of lust for Catherine. As other people start dying, very messily, and the DA and cops come down hard on Bobby, Gardner keeps the tension high and the pace fast. But resolution comes in what may be the clunkiest chase crafted by a pro this year: 'Bobby processed everything at once. Three open doorways, three bedrooms. He ran by the first, then the second, and came sprinting into the third just in time to see Maryanne staggering back.' Ten pages later, so many characters have run into so many rooms, it's amazing that the right person finally gets his head blown off by the right avenger. But Garner then ends with a neat postlude offering one more twist; her fans will feel requited. Agent, Steve Axelrod. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Impeccably plotted and superbly written, Alone is a novel that will leave you torn between racing to finish it and lingering over its characterizations. Highly recommended." BookReporter.com
"Gardner...tends to overplot, but as always the strength of her characters keeps the pages turning." Kirkus Reviews
"Intricate and suspenseful, Alone keeps you on the edge of your seat." Los Angeles Times
"Like all the best suspense novels, Alone will leave you shaken....[Y]ou can't wait to see what happens next." People
"Three-dimensional characters fill out a riveting story that is like a juicy steak: slow broiled to perfection....Highly recommended." Library Journal
As a sniper with the elite Massachusetts State Police SWAT Team, Bobby Dakota has always enjoyed a good hunt. Until one November night when he saves a woman and her young son by shooting her armed husband. Bobby did what he was trained to do, he did it well, and he's not losing any sleep over it. But vicious rumors are already circulating the next morning when Boby loses his gun and his privileges. Because the dead man was the son of a prominent Boston judge and had accused his wife of poisoning their son.
Facing awkward stares and a crippling wrongful death lawsuit, Bobby begins his own investigation into the fateful shooting and a fight to reclaim the life he holds dear. As the trail takes him into a twisted minefield of sordid wealth and family secrets, he is learning that nothing and no one is what they seem. Did Bobby Dakota take the right shot? Or was one of Boston's most elite law enforcement officers used as the perfect tool for murder?
In a shocking thriller that will leave you gasping at every twist, Lisa Gardner once more raises the bar for crime fiction, proving why she is the master of suspense at its most intense!
About the Author
Lisa Gardner is the New York Times bestselling author of The Killing Hour, The Survivors Club, The Next Accident, The Other Daughter, The Third Victim, and The Perfect Husband. She lives with her husband, Anthony, in New England, where she is at work on her next novel of suspense.