Comment: McBain's latest book (a departure from his 87th Precinct detective series) follows one week in the life of Alice Glendenning; a recently widowed 34-year-old with two young children and a bundle of troubles. Her eight-year old hasn't spoken since his father disappeared (presumed dead) in a boating accident eight months before, the insurance company are quibbling over the payout, and she hasn't made a sale since starting work as a realtor six months ago. However, things can always get worse, and they do when her children are abducted from school and held for a ransom of $250,000 - the exact same sum as the yet to be paid insurance payment. Following instructions, she doesn't call the police, but her housekeeper does, and soon her home is alive with surveillance equipment and bumbling detectives, her itinerant brother-in-law, the dumb blond who ran her over in...
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