Stealing People

Stealing People

Book - 2015
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London, January 2014. In the space of 32 hours, in a well-planned and highly organised operation, six billionaires' children are taken off the streets of London in a series of slickly well-executed kidnaps. The gang demands #65533;25 million per hostage for 'expenses' - not ransom.

And when your child goes missing, you need Charles Boxer: a man with little left to lose who'll stop at nothing to save families suffering what he has.

The wealthy parents of the missing children know that Boxer will do more than police can - but that doesn't mean the law will leave it to him. Intelligence agencies are all interested in the kidnaps because in each case the parents are related to people in power in the various countries involved. Soon the investigation goes beyond the corridors of power and the boardrooms of big corporations - and to far darker corners. Even more worryingly for Boxer, and his ex-wife Mercy, it threatens to lead back to their own lives, too.

But still nobody knows what this mysterious kidnap gang ultimately want - and, if they have a cause, what the hell is it?

Publisher: London :, Orion Books,, 2015
ISBN: 9781409147831
Branch Call Number: FIC WIL
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 24 cm

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StarGladiator
Feb 19, 2017

I would define this fiction as pre-Brexit: before the Brits came to to their senses. [I know, anything pro-worker and pro-labor should be labeled as racist and sexist, but I don't subscribe to psychometrically-weighted Identity Politics.]
At first the book appears twisty, but as it goes on it's simply sophmoric - - the author attempting to sound pseudo-sophisticated and global, but instead throwing in far too many unnecessary story contrivances, such as having the characters balk at what they feel may be stereotyping, then having the characters behave in stereotypical manner! Ludicrous fiction!
Obviously it is a set-up, and even has a character explaining this, but the book meanders on.
Lost interest about one-third of the way through . . . .

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mbbmbb
Aug 21, 2016

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MeReneG
Jan 20, 2016

Very good read. Lots of action revolving ariound ethical, moral, financial, and political themes. \\ Looking forward to the sequel (provided the very last line isn't a sadistically planted red herring).

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