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Alice in Jeopardy: A novel


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McBain is a true great of crime fiction at the top of his game. He was the first US writer to win the prestigious CWA/Cartier Diamond Dagger. McBain's recent novels have been widely acclaimed as the best of his long and distinguished career. He achieves both great sales and critical acclaim: 'McBain is a perennial cause for rejoicing' The Times. 'McBain throws in switchback plot twists and false leads like the consummate pro he is and ALICE IN JEOPARDY is a terrific page-turner' Tribune. 'McBain, the old pro, cranks up the tension to breaking point ... One can only sit back and admire' Irish Times. 'He's unbeatable ... Keep 'em coming, Ed' Independent on Sunday. 'McBain back on zestful, inventive and utterly compulsive form ... so topical that it practically sprints from the page' Literary Review. '[McBain] continues to pour out brilliant stuff ... McBain's genius lies in his uncanny dialogue, his intelligent characters, clever plots and the way he can portray the human side of law agency procedures' Guardian. 'He's right at the top of the premier league of crime fiction' Mirror.

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Ed McBain is one of the most illustrious names in crime fiction. In 1998, he was the first non-British author to be awarded the Crime Writers' Association/Cartier Diamond Dagger Award. He is also holder of the Mystery Writers of America's coveted Grand Master Award and the Sherlock Award for 'Best International Detective'.


A young mother must rescue her kidnapped children in this departure from McBain's 87th Precinct series. The Mystery Writers of America Grand Master lives in Weston, CT. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

McBain's latest, a sparkling departure from his 87th Precinct detective series, follows a week in the life of Floridian Alice Glendenning, a feisty 34-year-old widow who has fallen on tough times. Still grieving over her husband Eddie's drowning accident eight months earlier, Alice is now the stressed single mother of bright 10-year-old Ashley and sullen Jamie, eight, voiceless since his father's death. Money is tight: Eddie's life insurance payout hasn't arrived, and Alice, a struggling real estate agent, has yet to sell her first house. Things turn calamitous when Ashley and Jamie are kidnapped from their school yard by two women who demand $250,000-the exact amount due Alice from Eddie's double indemnity policy-and no police involvement or the children will be killed. Alice's housekeeper immediately alerts the authorities, and before long, the Glendenning residence is bleeping with telephone surveillance equipment and buzzing with bumbling Cape October police detectives. Alice leans on her friend Charlie Hobbs for levelheaded support after the unwelcome arrivals of countless "world-class snoops" like her shifty, jailbird brother-in-law; the annoying, airheaded woman who ran over Alice's foot; a smitten house hunter; and Alice's sister, Carol. As the ever-expanding houseful of irritating meddlers fuels her desperation, a shocking surprise awaits poor Alice. A swift, cleverly plotted story line, sassy dialogue and a well-drawn, resilient heroine make this gripper a hands-down success. As one of our most prolific and talented writers, McBain appears to have struck gold once again. Agent, Jane Gelfman at Gelfman Schneider. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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