Stealing People

Stealing People

Book - 2016
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Six children of wealthy international families vanish into the London night, taken in a single flawless pass by a phantom crime syndicate. Assigned by the baffled Metropolitan Police Department to investigate, Detective Inspector Mercy Danquah is at sea. The kidnappers are ruthless and well organized, their resources are seemingly limitless, and their motives unclear. They demand 25 million per hostage for unspecified "expenses" and, as the gang teases out the awful consequences for failure to deliver, Mercy discovers, to her horror, that their reach extends into the lives of her loved ones.
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2016
Edition: First Europa edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781609453138
1609453131
Characteristics: 445 pages ; 21 cm

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StarGladiator
Feb 19, 2017

I would define this fiction as pre-Brexit: before the Brits came to to their senses. [I know, anything pro-worker and pro-labor should be labeled as racist and sexist, but I don't subscribe to psychometrically-weighted Identity Politics.]
At first the book appears twisty, but as it goes on it's simply sophmoric - - the author attempting to sound pseudo-sophisticated and global, but instead throwing in far too many unnecessary story contrivances, such as having the characters balk at what they feel may be stereotyping, then having the characters behave in stereotypical manner! Ludicrous fiction!
Obviously it is a set-up, and even has a character explaining this, but the book meanders on.
Lost interest about one-third of the way through . . . .

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mbbmbb
Aug 21, 2016

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MeReneG
Jan 20, 2016

Very good read. Lots of action revolving ariound ethical, moral, financial, and political themes. \\ Looking forward to the sequel (provided the very last line isn't a sadistically planted red herring).

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