By Matthew F. Jones
"'Blind Pursuit' is a nail-bitingly suspenseful police procedural...muscular, Elmore Leonard-esque crime story of a terrifying abduction...relentless, lean-and-mean page-turner plotting and a grimly gratifying ending." - Kirkus experiences
"Jones is unpredictable and, accordingly, terrifying. if you happen to say certain to his use of language (like finding out to learn poetry) you won't have the capacity to shake him. he's a health professional in the course of the novel (reminiscent of Hitchcock)." - Susan Salter Reynolds, the l. a. instances booklet evaluate
"Blind Pursuit" stoops to little of the crude button-pushing standard of child-kidnapping thrillers. As in "A unmarried Shot", Jones's 1996 novel a few hunter who unintentionally shoots a teenage runaway, the inner tale is as gripping because the external plot, either unfolding with an lousy inexorability." - Gary Krist, Salon
"'Blind Pursuit' is the type of novel the word "a page-turner" could have been invented for, a very good built (and occasionally particularly relocating) mystery." - David Pitt, Booklist
"If you learn novels for the sheer attractiveness made from a skilled writer's imagination, 'Blind Pursuit' is a must." - Pocono checklist
When eight-year-old Jennifer Follett does not go back domestic from institution sooner or later, the rigidly ordered lives of Edmund and Caroline Follett--a energy couple with a pricey residence outdoor Albany, New York--are without notice upended. First comes the ready; subsequent comes the dread; eventually, they're compelled to imagine the unthinkable, as a wayward twelve-year-old boy admits that he watched from the woods as their daughter, whom they anticipated to board a college bus on the backside of the driveway, bought right into a black sedan as an alternative.
Although the Folletts' eccentric younger nanny, Hannah, is under coming near near approximately why she allow Jennifer out of her sight, police investigators quickly start to suspect one other husband-and-wife pair: Gerald and Claire Sandoval, informal pals of the Folletts who personal a black LTD. yet why may the version churchgoing couple kidnap a tender woman? whereas they develop progressively more confident that the Sandovals are concerned, the police are not able to discover as a lot facts to again up their suspicions. annoyed through the law's presumed blameless safeguards, the Folletts be sure to do no matter what is important to get Jennifer again. in the meantime, the well-meaning yet incautious investigators pass some distance past the decision of accountability of their wish to resolve the crime. of their "blind pursuit," the hunt for Jennifer attracts them deep into the upstate big apple woods and right into a chilling actual and mental war of words with evil.
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Additionally, he sought to prevent either the inevitable questions for which he had no solutions and listening to the well-intended, yet vacuous, empathic outpourings of his colleagues. After faxing to her assistant a number of pages of directions in addition to an analogous excuse for her absence that Edmund had used for his, Caroline, round ten-thirty, caught her head in his place of work to indicate, with practiced casualness, he ought no longer tie the road up for much longer. carrying on with his dialog, Edmund blankly stared at her till, in different seconds, she quietly withdrew. almost immediately thereafter, having rapidly concluded the decision, he discovered her on the kitchen desk, engaged on a pencil cartoon of a costume. “I’m sorry,” he acknowledged. “I wasn’t considering. ” She glanced up, the pencil shedding from her hand. “It used to be Detective Levy who advised it. ” “Of direction he—both of you—were—are correct. ” “I’ve no inspiration even what to wish for, Edmund! ” She glanced out the window at one other attractive spring day, enlivened through numerous species of colourful birds bombarding the feeder and crocuses and early-blooming tulips bordering either side of the flagstone walkway resulting in the force. Farther and further from the home, ever deeper within the woods, policemen, now with bloodhounds, have been nonetheless looking out. “Half of me longs for a few news—any information. the opposite part . . . ” notwithstanding she seemed drained, her gaze used to be much less vacant than it have been the former night. She’s rallying, idea Edmund, with a slightly of satisfaction. She picked up the pencil. “Everything squared away on the workplace? ” “I bet they’ll deal with alright with out me. ” Bending down and squinting on the layout of the strapless, flared-hem minidress she used to be engaged on, he dryly remarked, “Interesting. ” She published a breathy half-laugh. “Like much less is admittedly extra, correct? ” “I’m simply doodling. ” “Is Eddie sound asleep? ” “Hannah took him for a stroll within the backpack. ” The glance he gave her printed the alarm he abruptly felt. “He used to be fussy and didn’t are looking to consume. ” Edmund unexpectedly straightened up. “I inspiration probably he was once coming down with anything, yet Hannah . . . ” “Where did she take him? ” “To the pond. ” Caroline flashed a grin that simply as speedy light. “She was hoping the movement can help him slee—” “They took the path? ” “They should be again quickly. ” Edmund poignantly peered during the window dealing with the woods. “I spoke back this morning to Detec . . . the more youthful one—Abbott—on the phone—about what we, uh, final evening . . . concerning Hannah? ” Caroline’s wordless stare inspired him to proceed. “To expedite issues, he gave me a name—someone in Albany—a deepest investigator he's it appears accustomed to, who . . . ” “As a regimen precaution, you suggest? ” “So as to overturn each stone, convinced. regardless of how small. ” He pursed his lips. “Abbott—both of them—stressed that they think her to be not at all concerned. ” “Well, I’m definitely vulnerable to agree! ” Caroline glanced throughout the window. “Aren’t you? ” At that second, wearing lederhosen and with Edmund Jr. dozing soundly on her again, Hannah stepped from the woods fifty yards from the home.