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Mitch Rafferty is a hard working man with a small nusery landscaping buisness and a beautiful wife. Things are right in the world, but all that changes when he recieves that call while working on a job. His wife has been kidnapped and they want 2 million dollars or they will torture and kill her. To make matters worse, they kill someone walking by to prove a point. Now Mitch must wait until they contact him again get the rest of the instructions.
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Now with the police seemingly everywhere in his way Mitch must go on a tough jorney that will take everything that he thought he knew and turn it upside down and inside out. He will be tossed into a world that took the brother that he thought was his rock to lean on and reveal him to be a hard edged criminal with thoughts of only himself. Mitch must escape execution from criminals his brother handed him over to, dodge police that think he is responsible, and still be everywhere the kidnappers tell him to be all while getting a hold of the money required to free his wife.
The review of this Book prepared by Jesse Linville

Mitch Rafferty is a business owner and professional gardener. His wife Holly is kidnapped and kidnappers want $2,000,000 in 3 days. They shoot a guy walking a dog to prove that they are serious. His is told not to go to police or they will kill his wife. Police are suspicious and Mitch is not sure whether one of them is involved so he can't confide. When he goes home, he finds his kitchen covered in blood and the scene made to look like he killed his wife. Kidnappers have him under surveillance and know his every move. Kidnappers told him to go to his genius nice brother who agrees to give him money but takes him instead to bad mob guy who brother works for and he leaves him to be killed. Anson, who Mitch thought was a shining brother, is a heartless monster who double crossed the kidnappers before and that's why Holly was targeted. People are dying right and left as the suspense builds and Mitch is pressed on all sides from the kidnappers, his brother, and a police detective who is hot on his trail. Mitch becomes more and more desperate to ransom his wife, changing from an average tenderhearted man to an aggressive dynamo, while his wife worries more and more about her future as she is placed in the hands of an insane serial killer.
The review of this Book prepared by Deborah Stoops

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 25%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 15% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   breaking up mobsters    -   breaking up gang

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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