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Lisa Gardner is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels. Her Detective D. D. Warren novels include Live to Tell, Hide, Alone, and The Neighbor, winner of the International Thriller Writers' Award. Her FBI Profiler novels include Say Goodbye, Gone, The Killing Hour, The Next Accident, and The Third Victim. She lives with her family in New England.

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Massachusetts state trooper Bobby Dodge responds to an urgent call and ends up killing a man to save the life of a woman and child. This action, which he sees as his duty, hurls him into a world for which he is unprepared-deceptive allies, powerful enemies, media spins-and puts him on the run from the law in the company of the widow, Catherine. She, too, is a cipher for whom he has no key. Did he really save her life or did she set a trap for Bobby and her husband? Meanwhile, an unrepentant killer with a fixation on Catherine has been freed from prison and is bent on mayhem. This thriller is ably read by Anna Fields, who adapts her voice and accent to each character and her pacing to the action so that the story takes center stage. Whether voicing the crazy thoughts of a killer, Bobby's awkward and halting speech, or Catherine's alternating smooth and emotional explanations, Gardner and Fields keep the listener in suspense. Recommended for most collections.-Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Colonial Williamsburg Fdn., VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

For 300-some pages, Gardner (The Perfect Husband) keeps readers spellbound-not just by her plot but by the beautifully realized character of Massachusetts police sniper Bobby Dodge. He meets his match in Catherine Gagnon, who as a girl was snatched, raped and nearly murdered. Now she's the wife of erratic, rich Jimmy Gagnon and mother of perpetually ill four-year-old Nathan. When Bobby kills Jimmy during a hostage situation at the Gagnons, he does it to save Catherine and Nathan. But was it a righteous shoot, or did Catherine engineer the killing? Judge James Gagnon and his wife, Maryanne, think Bobby murdered their son out of lust for Catherine. As other people start dying, very messily, and the DA and cops come down hard on Bobby, Gardner keeps the tension high and the pace fast. But resolution comes in what may be the clunkiest chase crafted by a pro this year: "Bobby processed everything at once. Three open doorways, three bedrooms. He ran by the first, then the second, and came sprinting into the third just in time to see Maryanne staggering back." Ten pages later, so many characters have run into so many rooms, it's amazing that the right person finally gets his head blown off by the right avenger. But Garner then ends with a neat postlude offering one more twist; her fans will feel requited. Agent, Steve Axelrod. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"Three-dimensional characters fill out a riveting story that is like a juicy steak: slow broiled to perfection. . . . Highly recommended."--Library Journal

"Intricate and suspenseful, Alone keeps you on the edge of your seat."--Los Angeles Times "Like all the best suspense novels, Alone will leave you shaken. . . . You can't wait to see what happens next."--People "A thrill-packed roller-coaster ride."--Boston Globe

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