Don't Lose Her
Overview - When a pregnant federal judge is abducted, Max Freeman pursues an eccentric gang deep into a hidden world he knows better than most: the shadowy waterways of the Florida Everglades US district judge Diane Manchester has looked across the courtroom into the eyes of evil before. Read more...
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When a pregnant federal judge is abducted, Max Freeman pursues an eccentric gang deep into a hidden world he knows better than most: the shadowy waterways of the Florida Everglades US district judge Diane Manchester has looked across the courtroom into the eyes of evil before. But today, as she presides over the extradition hearing of a notorious Colombian drug lord, she is also eight months pregnant. Her chair is uncomfortable, her robe is constrictive, and her due date is fast approaching. If she shows a single sign of weakness, Diane risks jeopardizing the biggest trial of her career and setting a vicious murderer free. In seconds, her situation takes a harrowing turn for the worse. Walking to her favorite lunch spot, Diane is grabbed off the street, thrown into the back of a white van, blindfolded, and threatened with death. She has no idea who her kidnappers are or what they want. Maintaining a strict code of silence, they refuse to give her even the smallest glimmer of hope. But Diane s captors have overlooked a crucial detail: Her husband, Billy, is the employer and best friend of Max Freeman, Philadelphia cop turned South Florida private investigator. Tossing off the rule of law, Freeman sets out to determine which of a rogues gallery of suspects took Diane and to save her and her unborn child before it s too late."
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Unmemorable characters don’t help Edgar-winner King’s tepid seventh Max Freeman mystery (after 2012’s Midnight Guardians). Soon after Juan Manuel Escalante, a Colombian drug cartel kingpin, threatens a pregnant Florida federal judge, Diane Manchester, in open court at his trial, she’s snatched from the street during her lunch break. Diane’s attorney husband immediately reaches out to Freeman, who rapidly insinuates himself into the official investigation. Since the book shifts among the perspectives of Freeman, Diane, and one of her abductors, the reader knows exactly what’s going on with Diane, as well as the thoughts of a reluctant criminal watching over her, which lessens rather than heightens the suspense as the story plays out in a fairly predictable way. The motive for the kidnapping seems like an afterthought, and more than a few developments come across as contrived. Agent: Philip Spitzer, Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency. (June)