Don't Lose Her (The Max Freeman Mysteries Book 7) Kindle Edition
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.
From the author of the Edgar Award winner The Blue Edge of Midnight, whose “descriptions of Florida’s backwaters put him right up there with James W. Hall and Randy Wayne White” (Chicago Tribune), this is a mystery with “the kind of clock-driven suspense seen in the best of Harlan Coben” (Booklist).
"It's great to have Max Freeman back! In Don't Lose Her, Jonathon King proves once again that he is the master of the high-stakes thriller. This book moves with relentless abandon. And why not? When you've got Max on the case, you don't wait for back up!" --Michael Connelly
"King has long been on my must-read list, and the latest Max Freeman mystery, Don't Lose Her, is absolutely first-rate. Its opening is utterly gripping, and the story only picks up narrative steam and emotional richness as the pages fly by. Add to that a colorful cast of characters, settings rendered with delicacy and lyricism, and a conclusion that's as potent as it is satisfying. It's been a long time since I read a novel that stayed with me with such hypnotic power." --James W. Hall
"Jonathon King captures the intrigue, lyrical beauty, and darkness of the Florida Everglades better than any other writer I know of." --James Lee Burke
"King's writing is gritty, vivid, and suspenseful." --Harlan Coben
"King's descriptions of Florida's backwaters put him right up there with James W. Hall and Randy Wayne White--excellent company indeed." --Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Jonathon King is an Edgar Award–winning mystery novelist and the creator of the bestselling Max Freeman crime series. Born in Lansing, Michigan, in the 1950s, King worked as a crime reporter in Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale for twenty-four years before becoming a full-time novelist. Along with the seven books of the Max Freeman series, King has authored the thriller Eye of Vengeance (2007) and the historical novel The Styx (2009).--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00QLF2I3A
- Publisher : Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (2 June 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 4269 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 226 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 187,735 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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King brings the Everglades alive, making the reader feel as if he’s there, in a few well-crafted sentences. And he moves Max’s relationship with Sherry forward a few steps, a much more realistic approach than many authors use.
The tension is steady throughout with just enough downtime sections to give the reader a chance to catch his breath.
The reason for kidnapping Max’s friend’s wife, Diane, was a bit of a surprise but I suspected who was behind it the moment he appeared in the book.
The first four chapters are in present tense, the rest in past. When King made the shift from present tense in Chapter 5, it threw me.
Two key characters in the story seem to get short shrift at the end, disappearing after the climax. It would have been nice to know what happened to them. The epilog seemed a little vague and thus unnecessary – unless King is using it as a lead-in to an upcoming book in the series.
One mistake jumped out at me. King has Freeman driving a restored one-time Plymouth police car with a 420 cu. in. engine. Those cars had 440 cu. in. engines.
I still like these Max Freeman novels and hope King writes more of them.