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Hurwitz's fifth novel continues the story of Tim Rackley, the U.S. marshal introduced in 2003's The Kill Clause. Tim and Dray, his wife, are slowly coming to grips with the loss of their seven-year-old daughter, Ginny, whose kidnapping and brutal murder was the focus of the previous novel. A more conventional series hero would be wreaking vengeance, but Tim's grief is plausibly amorphous. It wasn't always so. Rash vigilante action caused him to lose his marshal's job in The Kill Clause, but he's given a chance to get his old job back when a brusque Hollywood producer begs him to find his daughter, Leah Henning, a missing Pepperdine coed. Leah may have been kidnapped by an unidentified cult, and Tim must bone up on mind control and manipulation. Hurwitz illustrates Tim's lessons via Leah herself, whose step-by-step indoctrination is as creepy as it is believable. Intending to persuade Leah to leave with him for deprogramming, Tim infiltrates the Program, facing off with charismatic cult leader TD Betters, who has created a seductively logical society based on self-help tenets. Once Tim's inside, he realizes that rescuing Leah isn't enough: he's determined to blow the Program inside out. Grounded in character and believable detail, Hurwitz's thriller engages on every level. Agent, Matthew Guma. (Aug.) Forecast: The cult plot is a little shopworn, but Hurwitz gives it enough new twists to keep readers hooked. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"Fascinating...intriguing...Filled with well-drawn characters, meticulous research and pulse-pounding action...easily one of the best thrillers of the year."--Chicago Sun-Times "Hurwitz has been tapped as a younger, hipper Grisham...he certainly delivers in terms of pure, propulsive readability."--Washington Post "Gregg Hurwitz handcuffs you to his story and holds your emotions hostage. Once you enter THE PROGRAM, there's no leaving."--Ridley Pearson "THE PROGRAM is pure nail-biting, stay-up-all-night suspense. Gregg Hurwitz rocks."--Harlan Coben "Grounded in character and believable detail, Hurwitz's thriller engages on every level."--Publishers Weekly "A rip-roaring thrill ride... A stick to your fingers read by a novelist at the top of his game."--Stephen J. Cannell "Hurwitz again shows that he is a remarkable crime fiction writer, a solid member of the genre's top echelon"--Mystery News "Tough, true, well-written, and memorable as Hell. Dray and Tim Rackley are uniquely believable and sympathetic heroes."--James Patterson "A white-knuckle journey...A compelling, riveting, dead-smart thriller...If you haven't discovered Gregg Hurwitz yet, get to a bookstore!"--Janet Evanovich "Extraordinarily satisfying...A gripping read from start to finish."--Booklist "Thriller writing at its best...taut, energetic prose that sucks you in and holds you till the very last page."--Tess Gerritsen "A cut above the usual thriller, with a cast of intriguing and complex characters who never fall into stereotype."--Capital Times
Lawman Tim Backley is back, charged with rescuing a Hollywood exec's daughter from the clutches of a cult whose capacity for mind control is trulymind-blowing. With a six-city author tour. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.