Jack and Melissa McGuane have spent years trying to have a baby. Finally their dream has come true with the adoption of their daughter, Angelina. But nine months after bringing her home, they receive a devastating phone call from the adoption agency: Angelinas birth father, a teenager, never signed away his parental rights, and he wants her back. Worse, his father, a powerful Denver judge, wants him to own up to this responsibility and will use every advantage his position of power affords him to make sure it happens. When Jack and Melissa attempt to handle the situation rationally by meeting face-to-face with the father and son, it is immediately apparent that theres something sinister about both of them and that love for Angelina is not the motivation for their actions.
As Angelinas safety hangs in the balance, Jack and Melissa will stop at nothing to protect their child. A horrifying game of intimidation and double crosses begins that quickly becomes a death spiral where absolutely no one is safe.
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C. J. Box is the author of over ten novels including the award-winning Joe
Pickett series. Hes the winner of the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France),
the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and an Edgar Award and
L.A. Times Book Prize finalist. Box was named 2007 Writer of the Year by the
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. His short stories have been featured in
Americas Best Mystery Stories 2006 and limited-edition printings. The novels
have been national bestsellers and have been translated into 13 languages.
Blue Heaven, a stand-alone thriller, was published by St. Martins Press in January, 2008 and was on the New York Times Bestseller list for four weeks and was optioned for film. Blood Trail, the eighth Joe Pickett novel, was published...
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