A Maiden's Grave

A Maiden's Grave

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Penguin Putnam
A bus full of children is taken hostage in this “screaming hit” (The New York Times Book Review) from the author of The Bone Collector.

Along a windswept Kansas road, eight vulnerable girls and their helpless teachers are forced off a school bus and held hostage in an abandoned slaughterhouse. The madman who has them at gunpoint has a simple plan: One hostage an hour will die unless the demands are met.
Called to the scene is Arthur Potter, the FBI’s best hostage negotiator. He has a plan. But so does one of the hostages—a beautiful teacher who’s willing to do anything to save the lives of her students. Now the clock is ticking as a chilling game of cat and mouse begins.

Baker & Taylor
When a pathological escaped convict and two companions take a group of deaf girls hostage in a slaughterhouse, an FBI negotiator and a deaf teacher struggle to defuse the situation before it explodes in violence. Reissue.

ISBN: 9781101209356
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jun 13, 2018

Okay, the 1995 siege plot is similar to Nelson DeMille's 1981 'Cathedral'; however, Deaver is able to build suspense and bring the reader along, choking for breath. There are the usual Deaver twists to take the reader by surprise. This is a stand-alone novel and it allows Deaver a fair bit of flexibility in developing the protagonist, the antagonists and the victims. Who comes out the hero and who the coward is the biggest shocker in this eminently satisfying story.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

A day in the life of an FBI hostage release negotiator. Three escaped convicts hijack a bus carrying eight deaf girls and their two teachers, and threaten to kill one girl an hour unless their demands are met. As the clock ticks a brilliant battle of wits ensues. This exceptional thriller has been thoroughly researched; the hostage-taking is described in riveting detail, and the world of the deaf portrayed is totally convincing.

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