Detour

Detour

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by James Siegel
     
 

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From the author of "Derailed" comes the adrenaline-charged story of one man who is forced to transport cocaine from Colombia to a location within the U.S. within 18 hours, or his wife and newly adopted daughter will be killed. The decision seems obvious—yet the outcome will be anything but.See more details below

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From the author of "Derailed" comes the adrenaline-charged story of one man who is forced to transport cocaine from Colombia to a location within the U.S. within 18 hours, or his wife and newly adopted daughter will be killed. The decision seems obvious—yet the outcome will be anything but.

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Publishers Weekly
Siegel's acclaimed debut, 2001's Epitaph, was eclipsed by last year's electrifying thriller Derailed (to be a feature film starring Jennifer Aniston), which reached bestseller lists and marked Siegel as an author with serious chops. It's no surprise that Siegel's third novel offers yet another exhilarating ride, albeit not quite up to the bar set by Derailed. The premise is terrific. Paul and Joanna Breibard, childless Manhattan professionals, travel to Colombia to adopt a baby, but are kidnapped by left-wing militia who make an offer they can't refuse: Paul must swallow 36 condoms stuffed with cocaine and deliver the contraband to a contact in New Jersey within 18 hours; if he fails, Joanna and the baby will die. But in New Jersey, Paul finds a burned-out shell of a house at the contact's address. For help, he contacts Miles Goldstein, the Orthodox Jewish lawyer who arranged the adoption, and when a further delivery attempt ends in gunplay, Paul and Miles turn to Moshe Skolnick, a Russian mobster; later, a DEA agent steps in. Meanwhile, Joanna is held hostage in a country house whose walls are stained with blood. Siegel keeps tension at a steady high throughout, in part by employing short chapters and paragraphs la James Patterson. He makes great use of local color, not only of the easily exotic Colombian settings but also of the no less unusual Brooklyn Jewish and Russian enclaves where Paul finds himself. The novel features some smart twists, although a key one will be spotted by veteran thriller readers from the first page of its setup. Overall, this is first-rate entertainment, not quite as fresh as Derailed, but sure to brush bestseller lists as well as become a favorite airplane read both in hardcover and, eventually, mass market. Agent, Richard Pine. (Mar. 23) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Ready for a Detour with Siegal after being Derailed? The men who kidnapped Paul's infant daughter make a demand: transport lots of cocaine or say good-bye to his family. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A pair of American innocents ignore their friends' warnings about traveling to Colombia to pick up an adoptive baby. Complications ensue. Paul and Joanna Breidbart have it all except a family of their own. Their salaries-he's an actuary, she works in human relations-have given them a comfortable life in New York but no hope of conceiving a child. Unwilling to endure the long wait they'll have for a baby from Korea or eastern Europe, they jet to Bogota, the mountainous capital of a land torn by drug battles and civil strife. At first everything seems to go smoothly. Their driver, Pablo Loraizo, is an old hand who obviously knows what he's doing; Mar'a Consuelo, the coolly professional director of the Santa Regina Orfanato, duly approves their application for parenthood; and Joelle, the adorable little girl chosen for them, even comes with Galina, her own nurse, who's considerably better at parenting than the novice couple. And then Galina doesn't seem like such a paragon after all. She doesn't want to put Joelle down on her back the way the textbooks say you should, and she takes her out one day without telling Paul and Joanna. Her infractions are the first ominous sign that something's very wrong-something that won't stop till the happy couple have been kidnapped and separated, and Paul's on his way back home carrying a fortune in drugs in a most uncomfortable place. As in Derailed (2003), Siegel shows all the ingenuity of Hitchcock in leading his clueless heroes gently into nightmare, and if once more he's considerably less convincing when they start to fight their way out, exhausted readers will be grateful for every ounce of their spunk and unlikely skill. A thriller that explodes withthe energy of a high-velocity bullet, even if it does lose both power and accuracy toward the end of its amazing trajectory. Agent: Richard Pine/Inkwell Management. Film rights to Paramount, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura to produce

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ISBN-13:
9780446617062
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
05/13/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
436
Sales rank:
1,283,844
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.89(d)

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