Measure of Darkness [NOOK Book]


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For the parents whose children have been taken, for the broken lives we piece back together one relentless investigation at a time, our town house is a sanctuary.

My name is Alice Crane. I'm just one of a talented team working for Naomi Nantz, the brilliant and very private ...
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Here are the facts

For the parents whose children have been taken, for the broken lives we piece back together one relentless investigation at a time, our town house is a sanctuary.

My name is Alice Crane. I'm just one of a talented team working for Naomi Nantz, the brilliant and very private detective.

Today that sanctuary was violated. The famous kid-finder Randall Shane was taken away by unknown assailants, possibly government agents. Shane's client is dead, and a boy known as "the keyboard kid" is missing. What is the boy's connection to a top secret physics lab? Unknown—for now. But under Naomi's lead, we will infiltrate every illicit boardroom and bedroom and war room. We'll find that little boy or die trying.

The only thing guaranteed in this life is that Naomi Nantz won't give up. Not now, not ever.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Filled with page-turning suspense and intrigue that keeps you guessing to the end."

-Rick Mofina, bestselling author of In Desperation

"Jordan's full-throttle style makes this an emotionally rewarding thriller that moves like lightning."
-Publishers Weekly on Taken

"Harlan Coben meets Mary Higgins Clark-that's Taken. [It] will send chills up your spine."

-Steve Berry

"A skillful storyteller, Jordan keeps the action constant."

-RT Book Reviews

"One of the short list novels for thriller of the year."

-Midwest Book Review on Taken

"Jordan takes the action one step beyond."

-RT Book Reviews on Trapped


-Publishers Weekly on Torn

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459280519
  • Publisher: MIRA
  • Publication date: 12/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 730,872
  • File size: 836 KB

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    Kidnapped Child Prodigy

    I was at once intrigued and beguiled by the bubbling point of view of administrative assistant Alice Crane, who basically narrates the entire story for us with tongue-in-cheek humor. Naomi Nantz, private investigator extraordinaire, has put together a team of retired law enforcement, attorneys, and hackers, not to mention their live-in cordon-bleu chef, to review and resolve those crimes that lesser human beings cannot handle.
    In this case, the team is brought in by world famous child rescuer and former FBI agent, Randall Shane to help solve the murder of a MIT professor whose five-year-old musical child prodigy has been kidnapped and for whom Shane has been set up for the disappearance by murky unknown shadow-government agent-types.
    When Shane is kidnapped from what was supposed to be the impregnable walls of the Nantz offices, the team takes it personally and sets out to sleuth the truth, rescue Shane, and find the missing child. In a web of deceit that leads to upper levels of government conspiracy to the Chinese triads, we are whiplashed through a fast-paced thriller and left with a well wrapped satisfying package.
    The Alice Crane point of view throughout, especially when the action takes place out of her immediate view, becomes awkward. I thought the incessant babbling of the female view point a little heavy-handed, but this was before I found out that Chris Jordan is a Nome de plume for Rodman Philbrick, a man writing as a woman, and then I realized he over-dramatized the female role which affects the style. Another irritating habit is that each character exhibits the same sense of humor as the author (and narrator) which produces only a skin deep character evaluation. Elmore Leonard’s rule of writing Rule #10 should be applied, ‘try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.’ The book has a fine plot, effective outline, and is a scintillating thriller, but would benefit from being effectively edited.
    Reviewed by Mark Sadler, author of “Blood on his Hands” published by Suspense Publishing, an imprint of Suspense Magazine

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    good want more

    5 STARS
    It was a well plotted book, with a whole team set in place to work behind the scenes to help when authorities can't. I don't know if their have been books before with this group but I can see where many more can come from it. I will read more from Chris Jordan if I get the chance.
    A little boy named Joey who is 5 year old genuis with music is kidnapped. His father is a genuis in his field but socially does not work well with others. He has been murdered and the chief suspect is his own P.I. Randall Shane former FBI agent. When his wife and daughter were killed in car wreck he left the FBI and started to find missing kids. 70% of his work is for free.
    Shane knew he was being framed when he found the dead body and his gun was missing. He called friend Jack Delancey who was working for Naomi Nantz.
    Naomi lives in a mansion and remembers everything she reads. She is in charge but we never know who their backer is that provides the mansion and the money and connections to get things done. Alice Crane is recording secretary and chief factotum. She is the voice of the story. Mrs. Beasley is the cook of considerable talent. Teddy Boyle is computer guru between 16-21 age. Dane is their lawyer who vets all the cases first except this one. Jack although has room in mansion he does not live their only stays when he is working in the area. Dane has place a few blocks away and the rest live in.
    So Jack brings his friend Shane into the mansion in the trunk of the car and he is explaining about the frame of murder he is sure to be arrested on and about Joey being kidnapped when their is explosion and wall of office is blown men in milatary black on ropes from helicopter scoop in and in two minutes has Shane shot with dart and leave without a word.
    So their first thing is to find out about Joey and rescue him. Find Shane and rescue him and find out if he is innocent. Find the murderer of Joseph Keener, MIT Collage professor and scientist. Who is running the black Ops that crashed into the mansion and took Shane.
    Because Joseph is shy and doesn't interact much no one really knows he has a son. That the son is missing.
    Their are a lot of facts and information that they dig out to find the answers to the questions that they have. Lot of spy stuff, lots of different agencies. lot of action and not a romance in sight which is different for me from Harlequin. Their is torture of Shane and others. Lot of good guys and gals. Their is also more bad and greedy people. Not all the ends are nicely tied up which is what happens in the real world but the ending does not disapoint. Did not want to put the book down and it was a problem at 425 pages had to a few times.
    Hope their are many more cases with Naomi and friends.
    I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.

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