Takeover (Theresa MacLean Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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In the tradition of Kathy Reichs and Jeffery Deaver, a talented novelist introduces a gutsy forensic investigator caught in the middle of an explosive crisis

Early one Thursday morning, forensic scientist Theresa MacLean is called to the scene of a gruesome murder. The body of a man has been found on the front lawn of a house in suburban Cleveland, the back of his head bashed in. Although it's not the best start to her day, Theresa has been through worse. What unfolds during ...

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Takeover (Theresa MacLean Series #1)

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Overview

In the tradition of Kathy Reichs and Jeffery Deaver, a talented novelist introduces a gutsy forensic investigator caught in the middle of an explosive crisis

Early one Thursday morning, forensic scientist Theresa MacLean is called to the scene of a gruesome murder. The body of a man has been found on the front lawn of a house in suburban Cleveland, the back of his head bashed in. Although it's not the best start to her day, Theresa has been through worse. What unfolds during the next eight hours, though, is nothing she could ever have imagined.

Downtown at the Federal Reserve Bank, her police detective fiancé is taken hostage with six others in a robbery masterminded by two clever criminals. When she arrives at the scene, Theresa discovers that the police have brought in the city's best hostage negotiator: handsome, high-profile Chris Cavanaugh. He hasn't lost a victim yet, but Theresa wonders if he might be too arrogant to save the day this time around.

When her fiancé is injured, she seizes the opportunity to trade places with him. Once on the inside, she will use all her wiles, experience, and technical skills to gain control of the situation. But what initially appears to be a bank heist turns into something far more complex and deadly, and Theresa must decide how much more she is willing to sacrifice in order to save the lives of innocent people as well as her own.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

When high-level executive Mark Ludlow is discovered beaten to death in front of his house early one morning, forensic scientist Theresa MacLean and her fiancé, homicide detective Paul Cleary, investigate in Black's underwhelming debut, a thriller set in Cleveland. Paul immediately heads downtown to interview Ludlow's co-workers at the Federal Reserve Bank and walks right into a botched robbery attempt and hostage situation. Lucas Parrish and Bobby Moyers want $4 million, but top hostage negotiator Chris Cavanaugh isn't ready to give in to their demands. When Paul is shot in the leg and becomes a hostage, Theresa breaks protocol and convinces Lucas to let Paul go and take her instead. It's up to Theresa on the inside and Chris on the outside to uncover the motive behind the robbery and Ludlow's murder before anyone else gets hurt. Theresa, despite her professional training, devotes little time to scientific deduction. Readers can expect to find richer plots on most TV crime dramas. (Sept.)

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Library Journal

Make room for another gutsy forensic pathologist unwilling to stay put in her lab. Theresa MacLean is horrified when the banker found murdered in his driveway connects, just a few hours later, to a bank hostage situation at the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Cleveland. Why does her fiancé, detective Paul Cleary, have to be one of the hostages being held by two men who are either incredibly stupid (who robs the Federal Reserve?) or very much clued in to the bank's unique delivery patterns? After a few tense hours observing from the command post across the street, Theresa impulsively defies the hostage negotiator's protocol and swaps places with her wounded fiancé. Now on the inside, she uses her keen observational skills and gains a clearer idea of the robbers' motives. Human behavior, unpredictable as always, forces the hand of the robbers, and the situation escalates messily. Theresa is caught in a harrowing conclusion-car chase and all. Fans of Tess Gerritsen's Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles novels will enjoy this debut thriller by a forensic specialist for its steady suspense, female intuition, and distinctive venue. A terrific vacation read; recommended for all popular collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ5/15/08.]
—Teresa L. Jacobsen

Ridley Pearson
“Takeover is captivating. Part procedural, part psychological suspense, and every inch a thriller, Takeover succeeds from the opening chapter.”
Chicago Sun-Times
“Entertaining”
Booklist
"...a tautly plotted, relentlessly suspenseful debut. Let’s hope she writes another scorcher-and soon."
Peter Abrahams
“Takeover is a riveting hostage drama packed with surprises. Once Lisa Black gets you inside the bank, you—like the bad guys—won’t be able to stop.”
Tess Gerritsen
“Grab-you-by-the throat suspense, written by someone who has actually walked the disturbing walk of an investigator.”
Booklist (starred review)
“...a tautly plotted, relentlessly suspenseful debut. Let’s hope she writes another scorcher-and soon.”
Jeremiah Healy
“The combination of a credible, likable hero and a bizarre, chilling story is rare in crime fiction....Lisa Black makes the tumblers click perfectly.”
Doctor - Bill Bass
"An exciting story that is hard to put down."
Dr. Bill Bass
“An exciting story that is hard to put down.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061835506
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Theresa MacLean Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 30,944
  • File size: 664 KB

Meet the Author

Lisa Black
Lisa Black is the author of three previous thrillers featuring Theresa MacLean: Trail of Blood, Evidence of Murder, and Takeover. A latent fingerprint examiner and CSI in Florida and a former forensic scientist for the Cleveland coroner's office, she is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and has testified in more than fifty homicide trials. A native of Cleveland, she lives in Cape Coral, Florida.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 3, 2010

    Highly Recommend all of Lisa Black's books

    This is the first of three Theresa MacLean books, by Lisa Black, she is an awesome writer. Keeps you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. I've read all three, and am looking forward to the next book by Lisa Black. I've also read her first two books, under the name, Elizabeth Becka, once you read the first page, she's got you, don't want to put the books down. So if you are looking for a series, that you'll be talking about for a long time, Please read, Lisa Black's books. You won't be disappointed.
    Happy Reading!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Very good

    I have read this book and the second one twice and enjoyed them both times. There are a few editing mistakes. These books are like Patricia Cornwell's early books. Black's books are not as technical and are more believable then Cornwell's and the characters more likable. These books are very graphic and violent. There is a lot of gore, but no cursing or sex. The plot for this one was rather unique, but it tended to drag at times as the incident went on and on and on. Because of the violence and graphic details, I recommend this 250 page book for readers 18 and up.

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    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Great one!

    If you like intrigue romance and a few other things, pick this one up!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    RECOMMEND

    Enjoyed this book. First half of book kept your interest, but the last half was continuously intense and constant page turned to the very end. I will definitely read more of her books. Great read.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    !

    Here goes harriet klausner, throwing her worthless two cents in and ruining another book. Hey everybody, dont waste money buying the book. Just read this losers plot reveals. Yiu will never have to buy another book again.

    6 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Tense hostage takeover

    If you liked this author as Elizabeth Becka (Trace Evidence; Unknown Means), follow her as she writes as Lisa Black. With a similar lead female character in forensics, this will recall Kathy Reichs' investigative books. This reminds me of Jeffery Deaver's technique in early books of following the action minute by minute to ramp up the intensity of the hostage situation. Loved it and it certainly reads as though there will be a sequel. Strong female characters also remind me of the works of mother/daughter writing team P.J. Tracy. Read on!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2008

    This is an exciting police procedural

    In Cleveland, the police investigate the brutal murder of Federal Reserve Bank executive Mark Ludlow is in front of his home. The official inquiry is led by homicide detective Paul Cleary with support from his fiancée forensic pathologist Theresa MacLean.--------------------- Whereas Paul heads to the Bank to conduct 360 degree interviews, Theresa works the crime scene. However, at the bank Lucas Parrish and Bobby Moyers hold hostages while demanding four million dollars and a getaway vehicle, but hostage negotiator Chris Cavanaugh delays acquiescing and insists he needs some acts of good faith. Angry the two felons shoot Paul in the leg to accentuate their demand. Theresa arrives at the scene and over the objection of Chris who is in charge of the situation persuades Lucas to allow Paul to leave so he can obtain medical attention in exchange for her. Now a hostage Theresa tries to uncover the motive to the robbery and its link to the Ludlow homicide as she rejects coincidence.------------------------ This is an exciting police procedural however Theresa acts more like Clint Eastwood than Kay Scarpetta. She does little forensic science and breaks every protocol rule while turning into a superhero. Still the story line is filled with stratospheric suspense and refreshed by having the female be the testosterone bravado who risks her life to rescue her man. TAKEOVER is fun just over the top of Jacobs Field.---------------- Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2008

    Sleep Over

    I think this author shows a lot of promise to compete with Vince Fynn, Joseph Finder, John Grisham, and James Patterson, in the book world, but she is just not there yet. I couldn't get into the characters and the plot was slow to develop. No twists or turns or ups and downs, it just plodded along. It was not easy or fun to keep reading until the end. Keep trying, Lisa, you are almost there.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2008

    Wow! What a Story

    I really enjoyed this book. It grabbed me right from the start. I do not want to go into the story too much, as it might spoil it for someone else. It is one of those stories where nobody acts or responds the way you expect them to, and you can't figure out why the robbers are doing the things they do. You are also intrigued by the murder right at the start of the story, and want to know what happened and why it happened. A very good page turner with an ending you won't see coming.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Recommend

    I enjoy Lisa Blacks writing and this was no exception although I would
    say it was average, have enjoyed others more.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Great book I couldn't put down. Would recommend

    Great book I couldn't put down. Would recommend

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Takeover

    It is ok. Not a real Lisa Black read....nail biting trying to guess the ending. I was disappointed with this book, but you cant bat 100% all the time. I just didnt get it or get into it. It sermed really stupid. Knowing how the FRB works may have ruined it for me, but the negoiator really blew too many things and made this book hookey. Sorry, you usually are one of my favorite writers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

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    Good read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Can't put down book! Great

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Lisa Black

    this is a new author that I have found and I really enjoyed her book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Dont waste your time

    This is very poor. CHEESY CHEESY CHEESY !!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    Highly recommended

    A fast paced thriller about a bank heist gone wrong.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    4.5 Stars: Nail-biting, emotional, mysterious bank hostage heist

    Forensic scientist Theresa MacLean has been called to the scene to investigate the murder of Mark Ludlow, a bank examiner with the Federal Bank. When her fiance Homicide Detective Paul Cleary goes to the bank as part of this case, in the flash of a moment, armed men take him and the entire bank hostage. Top notch hostage negotiator Chris Cavanaugh may brag that he has never lost a hostage yet, but despite his assurances, the robbers do the unexpected at almost every turn. To make matters worse, those surrounding the situation seem more focused on using the case to jockey into a better position in the midst of agency power struggles. Can Theresa stand by as an idle onlooker, trusting others to keep her fiance, the one man she truly loves, safe? When the unexpected happens, Theresa must make personal and professional choices that might change her life forever. Can her expertise and self-knowledge prepare her for the unexpected trail the clues take and the consequences? Was this crime an impulsive act from robbers who had no clue about the nature of the Federal Bank or is there a clever plot behind their bumbling actions?// Lisa Black's debut suspense novel TAKEOVER adds new dimensions to the classic hostage scenario with a gripping mysterious motive and a protagonist who gives an emotional, personal insight to the characters on both sides of the hostage negotiations. Although the narration gives the reader insight into motives and thoughts of several characters, the reader experiences the main focus of the drama through Theresa's unique perspective as a police insider, a forensics scientist who has clues into the case of Mark Ludlow's murder and as someone personally involved in the hostage crisis through her relationship with one of the hostages. Against the backdrop of the hostage negotiator, the FBI, the local police and several characters wanting to use this situation to make headway in their careers, Theresa must make decisions to stand up for the human side of the victims. As the minutes count down and the bank robbers are only too willing to kill without a second thought, not responding to the psychological analysis that Cavanaugh expects will tip the scenario to his favor. As clues to the first murder come in, the strange connections to the case magnify rather than defuse until the last thrilling moments. Although development of one red herring might have increased the mystery even more, Lisa Black's TAKEOVER is nail-biting suspense from start to finish. Even when Theresa takes a bold, dramatic step out from behind her safety to the middle of the action, the reactions of the robbers create more questions to the mystery to the motives and personalities behind the heist. Each step forward heightens the drama of the shocking final scenes.// TAKEOVER will have readers sitting on pins and needles as each moment magnifies the complexities of the case. Lisa Black's characterization and focused accompanying descriptions intensify the suspenseful tension and emotional connection to the readers. The reader feels the sweat pouring off Cavanaugh's brow, not just because it happened but because the preceding scenes create the nerve-racking dilemma he faces. Likewise, the reader feels the force of Theresa's attachment to Paul from the first pages to the end. Through her characters and their attempts to stack the deck in the favor of their individual survival, Lisa Black poses some interesting philosophical dilemmas about whose life should come first in hostage situations. Allowing the reader to see multiple perspectives from the police side to the hostage side, from the single person to the mother, from the child to the parent, the characters themselves raise the questions. Not all readers may agree with the answer Theresa comes to understand or how the annoying personality of one character tends to negate his perspective. Nevertheless, unlike many other suspense hostage scenarios, Lisa Black goes beyond the stereotype to provid

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    WHAT PRICE HUMAN LIFE?

    While a member of the Academy of Forensic Scientist imagining a protagonist who is a forensic scientist may not be startling, the information and acute observation that debut Lisa Black brings to her story may well be. The day begins much like any other for 38-year-old forensic scientist Theresa MacLean. She's called to the scene of a brutal murder - a man, one Mark Ludlow, has been bludgeoned to death. He's an employee of the Federal Reserve Bank, a rather recent employee. On the scene with Theresa are veteran detective Frank Patrick and his partner, homicide detective Paul Cleary, who is soon to be Theresa's second husband and step-father to her 15-year-old daughter. As it turns out, Ludlow has been killed in front of his own home, a 'two-story Westlake Colonial,'and his Lexus sits in the driveway. What kind of thieves/killers would leave a car like that behind when the car keys are in Ludlow's pocket? A short time later that same morning a drama unfold in downtown Cleveland - two armed robbers burst into the Federal Reserve Bank, and take six hostages as assurance that their demands will be met. To her shock Theresa learns that her fiance', Paul, is among them as are Ludlow's wife and their small son. When she arrives at what is called command headquarters in the public library she is able to view the hostages through a TV screen, and says of Mrs. Ludlow, 'This woman's got a gun pointed at her little boy, and she doesn't even know that her husband is dead.' Thus begins a tortuous attempt by ace hostage negotiator, Chris Cavanaugh, to free the captives and bring this deadly standoff to an end. Easier said than done. What follows is an agonizing 8 hours for all. Readers will learn much about the ins and outs of hostage negotiation and the workings of Federal Reserve banks, as the author carries us through to an unexpected conclusion. - Gail Cooke

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Fair

    Kind of boring.

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