Synopses & Reviews
Eight deaf girls and their teachers are pulled off a school bus along a windswept Kansas road. They are held hostage in an abandoned slaughterhouse by escaped murderer Lou Handy and two fellow inmates, who threaten to kill one hostage an hour unless their demands are met.
Called to the scene is Arthur Potter, the FBI's senior hostage negotiator, who meets in Lou Handy the toughest adversary of his career. As Potter struggles to outwit Handy, hostage Melanie Charrol takes on the killers in a desperate effort to save her students.
The clock is ticking as a terrifying game of cat and mouse begins....
"Chilling." San Francisco Chronicle
"Gripping" Denver Post
"Deaver writes the types of thrillers that would challenge even the most enthusiastic roller-coaster rider." Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A screaming hit.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Compelling suspense…a chilling web of madness and violence…an all-night page-turner.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Starts with a bang, and the tension never lets up. A top-notch thriller with an unexpected kicker at the end.”—Library Journal
“Heartbreakingly real characters…multiple-whammy twists…[a] spectacular finish. Deaver brilliantly conveys the tensions and deceit of hostage negotiations.”—Publishers Weekly
"Chilling."(San Francisco Chronicle)
"Gripping" (Denver Post)
"Deaver writes the types of thrillers that would challenge even the most enthusiastic roller-coaster rider." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
A veteran FBI agent matches wits with an escaped killer who holds eight deaf children and their teachers hostage-and has nothing left to lose...
Along a windswept Kansas road, eight vulnerable girls and their helpless teachers are forced off a school bus and held hostage in an abandoned slaughterhouse. The madman who has them at gunpoint has a simple plan: One hostage an hour will die unless the demands are met.
Called to the scene is Arthur Potter, the FBIs best hostage negotiator. He has a plan. But so does one of the hostagesa beautiful teacher whos willing to do anything to save the lives of her students. Now the clock is ticking as a chilling game of cat and mouse begins.
About the Author
Jeffery Deaver is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen suspense novels, including The Blue Nowhere and The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He has been nominated for three Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America and is a two-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Readers Award for Best Short Story of the Year. A lawyer who quit practicing to write full-time, he lives in California and Virginia.