Cooper Dixon should have it made, with a beautiful wife, Kelly, two great kids, and a thriving business, the Tower Agency. But for Cooper, things aren't turning out how he expected. He and Kelly are caught in a never-ending cycle of arguments--Cooper can't remember the last time they had sex.Read more...
Cooper Dixon should have it made, with a beautiful wife, Kelly, two great kids, and a thriving business, the Tower Agency. But for Cooper, things aren't turning out how he expected. He and Kelly are caught in a never-ending cycle of arguments--Cooper can't remember the last time they had sex. And Cooper's troubled business partner, Gates Ballenger, is scheming to sell the Tower Agency out from under him.
When a gang of criminals is hired by a mysterious client to kidnap Kelly and set up Cooper to take the fall, Cooper's life goes completely off the rails. The cops quickly zero in on Cooper as the prime suspect, and the combination of an attractive suburban mother, workaholic husband, and a million-dollar insurance policy makes the case primetime television fodder.
Soon, Cooper's face is plastered on every TV screen in the country. Cooper races against time to find his wife before the gang turns her over to their client, whose plan to take down Cooper is far more sinister than anyone could imagine.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-11-11
- Reviewer: Staff
Cole (The Dummy Line) overcomplicates this thriller’s essentially straightforward plot, about a businessman under pressure in the South, and populates his cast with too many unnecessary, unconvincing characters. Cooper Dixon, minority owner of Tower Advertising Agency in Montgomery, Ala., is trapped in a troubled marriage with his spoiled wife, Kelly, and contemplating an affair with divorced graphic artist Brooke Layton. Majority owner Gates Ballenger, struggling with drug and gambling problems, needs to sell the agency to take care of his debts with bookie Mitchell Holmes, and is feverishly pushing a deal with a local bank. A mysterious figure known only as “the Client” hires a trio of criminals to kidnap Kelly and plant evidence that will make Cooper look guilty in order to destroy him. A tighter focus on Cooper’s plight could have helped this story unfold in a more satisfying manner. Agent: Kyle Jennings, Bad Dog Management. (Jan.)