Each chapter was delivered by different person's view, such as the twins' mother, Margaret, the kidnappers, the FBI agents, and the outsiders. By telling story from different people's viewpoints, the fragments started to make a whole. Just like a huge puzzle, it was impossible to start it from the center; on the other hand, the most effective method was construct it from its edges.
I have to admit that this novel was absorbing, but on the contrary, there were too many relevant names confusing me, I mean, the names of police and FBI agents, even though they didn't affect the story line. Anyway, I thought it was caused by my lack of reading English novels, and I hope it would be improved by next novel I read....Continua
A new job has brought young Margaret and Steve Frawley and their twin girls to Connecticut, where they bought and moved into an old farmhouse. The Frawley's attend a black-tie dinner in NY the evening after they celebrate Kelly and Kathy's 3-year birthday. When they return home, they are told that the babysitter had been found unconscious, the chrilden are gone and a note demanding an $8 million ransom had been left in the room. How in the world can they raise that amount of money?
The chairman of Steve's new firm had intended to offer to pay the ransom in order to superb public relations gesture. He convinced almost every board member to vote to pay the ransom including Norman Bond who hired Steve Frawley while Gregg Standford, the chief financial officer, vote against paying ramson. Franklin Bailey, the Frawley's neighborhood offers to be a contact person for the kidnappers. The ransom call comes and the kidnapper addres himself as the "Pied Piper" who demand to transfer $7 millions to a special account and $1 million in small bill cash. While Steve's company has wired $7 million to the designated account successfully, "Pied Piper" further devised a complex and physically demanding plan for the ransom drop-off. Though the Frawleys meet all the conditions, only Kelly turns up in a car along with a dead driver Lucas and a suicide note saying that Kathy has died.
Steve Frawley's half brother Richie is the first suspect the FBI can think of because he had five years in the slammer for a scam that had cost a dozen invenstors a fortune. Coinsidentally, Franklin Bailey was one of the investors who had lost $7 million dollars. Bailey is also the regular customer to the dead driver Lucas. Norman Bond hired Steve probably for a reason that he could turn back to the time he still married his formor wife Theresa and their twins were still lived. But he is still being questioned about his ex-wife's disappearace some years ago. Gregg Standford is incapable of being faithful to any woman while his current wife is a tough lady that she made Gregg sign a prenup either the marriage must last seven years or he get nothing. FBI found out that Lucas was also his long-term chauffeur when he married to his second wife Tina. With so many secret connections behind the key person around the Frawleys, who is the "Pied Piper" behind this crucial kidnapping?...Continua