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Alex Callahan is a successful news correspondent. He is also an estranged husband and absentee father. Given custody of his six-year-old twin sons for a month, Alex takes them on a trip to a Renaissance festival. The twins disappear during a jousting event, and a frantic search begins.
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The search reaches nationwide proportions, but media attention gradually fades as leads and suspects come to nothing. Eventually, the children are assumed dead by everyone but Alex, whose personal efforts to hunt down the kidnapper lead him from his home in Washington, D.C. to New Orleans and L.A. Alex connects the kidnapping of his sons to several other kidnapping/murder cases across the country, and realizes there is a deadline on his sons' lives.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 70%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% 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

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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