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3.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 5 3.94 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Swain Narrator: Peter Jay Fernandez Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Carpenter Series Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781482978995
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Tough-as-nails abduction specialist Jack Carpenter is not easily spooked. But when he witnesses his daughter’s college basketball teammate being violently abducted, Jack cannot suppress his horror. The kidnapper’s face is one Jack recognizes from an unsolved case early in his career on the police force. With a deadly clock ticking, Jack is determined to rescue the abducted girl before it’s too late. In this skillfully written, immensely satisfying novel, bestselling author James Swain shocks and thrills from first page to last.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hero Jack Carpenter is one for the ages.”

    Lee Child

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/13/2014

    " This was better than the previous books in this series. It didn't feel like every clue fell into Carpenter's lap. There were still plenty of times when he and the other characters still did completely idiotic things. Plenty of times when the characters butted heads for no apparent reason other than it should make things dramatic. Worth taking a star away, in my book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Levine | 1/28/2014

    " Written in all short declarative sentences with many repeats.Pop psychology without in depth understanding.Only interesting area was Tony Valentine's appearance discussing gambling ploys.He needs to return to this topic where he is knowledgeable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/26/2014

    " A little bit of a slow start, but once it gets rolling it's a captivating read. Solid villains and a good resolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lou | 1/12/2014

    " a good solid suspense novel. REad it in one sitting. Swain did something interesting with this novel by bringing in a character from his earlier novels on catching gambling cheats. Tony Valentine gets a cameo, but important role. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Radley | 1/5/2014

    " A great book and a great author. His passion to find missing children and the encounters he faces with the villian as well as with the police. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe O'c | 10/25/2013

    " Excellent; Continuing character: Jack Carpenter; when a teammate of his daughter's is kidnapped, Carpenter feels its tied back to a prior case he never solved "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 10/15/2013

    " You can read my thoughts here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 9/27/2013

    " I am crazy for this author. He writes a totally mesmerizing story, one that you will stay up until the wee hours of the night to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Park | 9/27/2013

    " Swaim has a good grasp of plot that keeps you interested but does not become too obvious or too complicated. Have read other Swaim novels, this was one of the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cris Bergin | 9/22/2013

    " A suspensful, mysterious story about a monster who abducts nursing students. It was a great story that had a unique twist at the end. I would defintely read more by James Swain. I'm very glad that this was on my summer reading program from my library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 8/14/2013

    " Very good. I will definetly read more of his books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 5/25/2013

    " Fun cottage read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 5/11/2013

    " Another better novel than I thought it would be. James Swain is an excellent author. Any writer who can make a kidnapping story interesting without dwelling on the macrabe is worth their talent in writing. 8 of 10 stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim A | 9/9/2012

    " While it is not a literary masterpiece, it certainly is a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob M. | 8/6/2012

    " Very much in the style of Michael Connelly. Hard-boiled, a little heart, good plot. Looking forward to reading another 'Carpenter'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Icicle4 | 7/11/2012

    " This book set in Florida started strongly, but finished on an unrealistic note. I haven't read Swain's Las Vegas novels, but may check them out since he is a decent writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail/Ladyvolz Bowman | 6/13/2012

    " Excellent! Very much a page turner. Love this new Jack Carpenter series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 3/12/2012

    " This was the first Swain novel I have read, but will probably check out his other novels now. Night Monster starts out exciting and never really slows down. I liked the Jack Carpenter character and felt like he was well developed and very real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/11/2012

    " He just keeps getting better love this protaganist and this series to me this is the best one to date and I look forward to the next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 1/13/2012

    " Another great story from Jim Swain! I really liked that his two characters that I have come to like so much -- Jack Carpenter and Tony Valentine --- meet and work together in this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Grant | 1/10/2012

    " Fun quick read. Likable characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick Fisher | 11/18/2011

    " a detective, his dog and an uncanny ability to find missing children...wonderfully written with well rounded and endearing characters...what more could ya ask for "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig Q | 7/31/2011

    " I love this series involving Jack Carpenter. The plots are somewhat implausible, but it's worth the suspension of reality. Looking forward to more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hank | 5/4/2011

    " Almost ready to set this one down. It's listed as a non-stop nail-biter. I guess if that means it never starts to begain with. Hope it picks up... It's very predictable...

    This book is not worth the time. It's poorly writen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 6/5/2010

    " Most excellent book. One of my new favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 4/5/2010

    " I liked this, but didn't find it nearly as engrossing as the first in the Carpenter series, Midnight Rambler. I'm having a hard time finding the words to explain why that is the case: too simplistic? too convenient? I'll try another and see if my opinion improves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 3/8/2010

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Jack Carpenter; after getting a call fro a death row inmate whose grandson has been kidnapped, Carpenter finds himself caught between crimes past and present while trying to save the child
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 1/4/2010

    " I ended up picking this book from the library because of the quote from Lee Child on the cover...I love Jack Reacher, and so I figured this might be something I'd like. And I absolutely did. I even appreciated Buster the dog. So it looks like I'll be checking out more of Swain's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 10/7/2009

    " Great book! This is second with this character. He has a dog! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tona | 5/29/2009

    " pretty good book, the main character is bit weird but entertaining overall "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vance | 1/28/2009

    " Greg - you've got to read this book along with Midnight Rambler. Really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 1/19/2009

    " Jack Carpenter is at it again along with his dog Buster. A retired cop who has issues of his own is trying to save women from being slaughtered. Jack fights his own demons as well as the demon he can't see.
    This book is must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jocie | 1/12/2009

    " Read it in 5 hours...not sure what that says, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 12/2/2008

    " Very good thriller. Child abduction as the hook is tough with most readers, but the silver lining Swain delivers leaves you on an 'up' note.
    I recommend all his titles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 10/28/2008

    " Great thriller with the flawed ex-police detective as the main character. Better written than most detective procedurals. "

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About the Author
Author James Swain

James Swain is the nationally bestselling author of numerous thrillers, which have been translated into many languages and chosen as Mysteries of the Year by Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. He has received several Barry Award nominations, a Florida Book Award for fiction, and the prestigious Prix Calibre .38 Award for Best American Crime Writing. An avid magician, he has written and lectured extensively on the subject.

About the Narrator

Peter Jay Fernandez is an accomplished audiobook narrator who has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards and an Audie Award in 2009. He has also appeared on television, film, and stage. His appearances include roles in Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and the musical Thunder Knocking on the Door.