High Noon

High Noon

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by Nora Roberts
     
 

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The phenomenal number-one New York Times bestselling author is back with a spine-tingling novel about a woman who walks fearlessly into danger—but must draw on her courage to let love into her life.
 
Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age, when a violently unstable man broke into her family’s

Overview

The phenomenal number-one New York Times bestselling author is back with a spine-tingling novel about a woman who walks fearlessly into danger—but must draw on her courage to let love into her life.
 
Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age, when a violently unstable man broke into her family’s home, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she’s Savannah’s top hostage negotiator, who puts her life on the line every day to diffuse powder-keg situations.
 
After watching her talk one of his employees off a roof ledge, Duncan Swift is committed to keeping this intriguing, take-charge woman in his life. Phoebe’s used to working solo, but she’s finding that no amount of negotiation can keep Duncan at arm’s length. Especially when a man throws a hood over Phoebe’s head and brutally assaults her—in her own precinct house—and threatening messages begin appearing on her doorstep. Duncan backs her up every step of the way, as she establishes contact with the faceless tormentor who is determined to make her a hostage to fear—before she becomes the final showdown.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Agreeably nasty twists.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Action-packed with suspense, romance and thrilling characters.”—Savannah Magazine
 
“A mix of intense suspense and romantic escapism, this is a perfect summer read.”—Woman’sDay.com
 
“[A] scintillating slice of romantic suspense.”—Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly

At the start of this scintillating slice of romantic suspense from prolific bestseller Roberts (Sweet Revenge), Lt. Phoebe MacNamara, the chief hostage negotiator for the Savannah, Ga., PD, meets Duncan Swift, a sports bar owner, as they both try to prevent a suicidal bartender Duncan fired from jumping off a roof on St. Patrick's Day. In the aftermath, a romance develops between Phoebe and Duncan, though in typical Roberts style the enigmatic Phoebe's devotion to career and family, who include a young daughter and an agoraphobic mother, creates tension in their relationship. After Phoebe survives a vicious attack within her own precinct house by an unknown assailant, it becomes clear that someone is intent on harming Phoebe and those close to her. A courageous protagonist, deft plotting and the sultry Savannah backdrop all add up to another winner for consummate storyteller Roberts. (July)

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Library Journal
Phoebe MacNamara is the top hostage negotiator on the Savannah police force, but she has yet to deal with the guy who assaulted her at her precinct house and is now leaving nasty notes at her door. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Murder mixes with anguish in steamy Savannah. FBI-trained hostage negotiator Phoebe MacNamara is a lieutenant in the Savannah police department. Ever since Phoebe and her family were held hostage when she was 12, her mother has been agoraphobic, and Phoebe and her brother Carter still bear the psychological scars, but Phoebe's used the memory to hone her skills. While talking a suicidal bartender off a ledge, she meets his boss, Duncan Swift. The charming millionaire coaxes her into meeting for a drink, and their relationship slowly deepens. But life takes a turn for the worse when a misogynist cop botches a hostage situation. Suspended, he blames Phoebe and retaliates by viciously attacking her in the precinct house stairwell. He loses his job, but his father's connections keep him out of jail. Phoebe is physically and mentally injured, but her family and her blossoming relationship with Duncan help her cope until a dangerous pattern develops: A strange man keeps crossing her path. Dead animals begin appearing on her doorstep. A hostage taker is shot after she talks him into surrendering. Her ex-husband is brutally murdered by the mystery man, who phones her with sadistic threats. Is it the spiteful disgraced cop or someone from her past? Phoebe must identify the killer before he can carry out his final outrage. Nerve-wracking suspense leavened with romance and spiced with sex: another hit for the prolific Roberts (Blue Smoke, 2005, etc.). Agent: Amy Berkower/Writers House LLC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515144680
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/27/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
158,102
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than two hundred novels. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than five hundred million copies of her books in print.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Keedysville, Maryland
Date of Birth:
1950
Place of Birth:
Silver Spring, Maryland
Website:
http://www.noraroberts.com/

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High Noon 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 168 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of many books that have made Nora Roberts one of my favorite authors of all time. Phoebe McNamara is a wonderful and strong character who is very close with her young daughter and her mother who is afraid of leaving the house. It has a great story line, great sex, and awesome characters. Another must read from Nora Roberts!!
chelsea00 More than 1 year ago
This really was a wonderful book. Easy read. I really liked the main character. This book is a page turner. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. The love story way wrapped very nicely around the main idea of the story. I thought this gave a very interesting view of the life of a negotiator. This book shows the challenges of being a single parent, working, and dating. I would recommend this book. Nora Roberts does it again.
TheodosiaIngrid More than 1 year ago
I've just finished reading High Noon. It's an intense and clever reading. I enjoyed the relationship between Duncan and Phoebe: two people with big hearts and real problems.. The antagonists were brutal and sinister, too. I enjoyed the novel. Yes,it's another page turner for Nora Roberts.
alias_dw More than 1 year ago
I love Nora Roberts! She is predictably good at writing thrilling romance novels, some novels are more thrilling than others though and during the mid 2000s she hit a bit of a slump. High Noon was not her greatest effort. It was not a page turner, at least not in a good way. I kept turning pages knowing with each page I turned I was closer to the end of this story. It was too long with too little thrill and to be blunt too little passion. One of Roberts' greatest strengths is that she is able to consistently create characters with amazing chemistry, these characters just didn't have it. This will not dissuade me from reading more of her books. She was more than due for a dud.
LadyHighlander More than 1 year ago
This book had everything in it suspense, action, mystery & of course romance. I just hope LIfetime doesn't muck this one up to badly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite being a very long book (nearly 500 pages) this story had zero character development and the ending came out of nowhere. We are told that Phoebe, the main character, is really strong and tough at least a hundred times. Then there are the cliched stock characters: her crazy Southern family, adorable daughter, sexist police colleague, token African-American lawyer friends, and, of course, the attractive, supportive, rich new boyfriend who does nothing but live off his lottery winnings and admire Phoebe's sexy toughness. Yawn. Nora Roberts has written some great, three-dimensional characters in the past (see Birthright) but this mishmash won't please anyone. The book isn't romantic enough to satsify romance novel fans, not authentically gritty enough to please fans of mysteries and police procedurals, and not well-written enough to impress readers of weightier fiction. I think Nora is talented, but this book is not her best work by far.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I won't review the plot as it's already been done. However, the plot is the biggest problem I have because it was weak at best, nonexistent at worst. Most of the book was about Ben, Phoebe and her family with some hostage rescue taking place. It was towards the end that it came out she was being stalked by a killer, not who had harassed her off and on throughout the book. Also, all the people being in the same place, and not knowing each other, at the end of book was totally unbelievable. Duncan was too good to be true. Rich, handsome, athletic, smart honest, brave, etc. And loving Phoebe's dysfunctional family (hers tops mine in the dysfunctional which is hard to believe) and wanting to take on their problems from the beginning isn't very realistic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not awful but not particularly good either. I won¿t review the plot as it¿s already been done. However, the plot is the biggest problem I have because it was weak at best, nonexistent at worst. Most of the book was about Ben, Phoebe and her family with some hostage rescue taking place. It was towards the end that it came out she was being stalked by a killer, not who had harassed her off and on throughout the book. Also, all the people being in the same place, and not knowing each other, at the end of book was totally unbelievable. Duncan was too good to be true. Rich, handsome, athletic, smart, honest, brave, etc. And loving Phoebe¿s dysfunctional family 'hers tops mine in the dysfunctional which is hard to believe' and wanting to take on their problems from the beginning isn¿t very realistic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Nora Roberts fan! I've read all her books. I was so disappointed in High Noon. What happened? It's almost as if someone else wrote it. Too much dialog and not enough action. Wait until it comes out in paper back, pick it up on used book store.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Normally I love Nora Roberts' writing, but High Noon just isn't keeping my attention. I'm only halfway through and I'm bored. The writing jumps around, never building suspense and the only character I find enjoyable is Duncan. I don't find the obscure, High Noon whistling character threatening at all, and I think he is probably going to be pivotal to the predictable showdown at the end. I'm going to slog through to the end - maybe it will redeem itself.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Savannah Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara is the Georgia city¿s top hostage negotiator. Her work is how she meets sports bar owner Duncan Swift when he observes her talk a leaper whom he just fired from jumping. Unable to resist this fascinating woman, Duncan romances her although Phoebe's family baggage, her young daughter and her agoraphobic mother causes difficulty in their relationship. At the police station, someone assaults Phoebe battering her after he or she put a hood over her head so she cannot identify who her attacker is. She is stunned as this is the last place she would expect anyone to be so brazen. She looking deep inside herself and remembers when she was a child and she and her family were terrorized by a dangerous intruder in their home. Phoebe refuses to back down and become a victim though she is very shook up. When the terror campaign continues with threats to her loved ones, the frustrated Phoebe decides to uncover the culprit so that she can get into his or her face before her fears of harm to her loved ones cripple her. --- This is a one sitting action-packed thriller that grips the audience from the moment they meet the intrepid Phoebe and never slows down until the final confrontation with her unknown adversary. The entertaining cat and mouse police procedural story line is gripping because the beleaguered heroine is likable while her anonymous antagonist remains shadowy adding tension. Fans of Ms. Roberts or anyone who appreciates a tense HIGH NOON drama will want to read Ms. Roberts¿ strong Savannah saga. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like the way Nora Robert's female characters are strong, intelligent and feminine. They feel authentic.
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prwNC More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. My first Nora Roberts I didn't want it to end. I'll be looking for more books from this author!
lankEL More than 1 year ago
Great book about negotiator for the Savannah PD. Norah Roberts has written another great book and all should make it a must read. Genie Lancaster
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Overall it's a great book but it took like 300 pages for me to finally get into it. It dragged and dragged it wS so boring. If i was one to give up on a book i would have givin up on this one.
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angela_1876 More than 1 year ago
Very good read.
Kiko1021 More than 1 year ago
I love Phoebe a lot - she is smart and clear thinking. I thought the way she handled the stairway incident was very good. This type of thing happens and it's good that Phoebe shows that it's okay to be a victim as long as you don't allow that to define you. I loved Duncan. What a way to get rich! I thought he was very good with Phoebe's mother, loved the flowers for the daughter. The way he makes others a part of his family makes him a very lucky person and he seems to understand that. All in all, I thought it was well worth the reading time and would recommend it to others. It's not a red hot romance, but it's a really nice story.
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