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Touch and Go
     

Touch and Go

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by Lisa Gardner, Elisabeth Rodgers (Read by)
 

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This is my family:
Vanished without a trace. . . .

Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful fourteen-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life.

This is what

Overview

This is my family:
Vanished without a trace. . . .

Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful fourteen-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life.

This is what I know: Pain has a flavor. . . .

When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their cell phones and electronic devices remaining. No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive. Just a perfect little family, gone.

This is what I fear:
The worst is yet to come. . . .

Tessa knows better than anyone that flawless fronts can hide the darkest secrets. Now she must race against the clock to uncover the Denbes’ innermost dealings, a complex tangle of friendships and betrayal, big business and small sacrifices. Who would want to kidnap such a perfect little family? And how far would such a person be willing to go?

This is the truth:
Love, safety, family . . . it’s all touch and go.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This no-holds-barred stand-alone from Thriller Award–winner Gardner opens with the brutally efficient kidnapping of the Denbe family—father Justin, wife Libby, and 15-year-old daughter Ashlyn—from their exclusive Back Bay townhouse. Law enforcement officials who get quickly involved include corporate investigator Tessa Leoni (from 2011’s Love You More) and series lead Boston Det. Sgt. D.D. Warren (Catch Me, etc.). When the trail leads out of state, New Hampshire county cop Wyatt Foster and FBI special agent Nicole Adams get on the case. Gardner effectively alternates between the physical and emotional disintegration of the family under the pressure of their captivity and the efforts of Leoni and company to dig into the secrets of Denbe Construction, its key employees, and its finances, as well as to locate the Denbes. The suspense builds as the action races to a spectacular conclusion and the unmasking of the plot’s mastermind. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Feb.)
Library Journal
What does a perfect life look like? On the surface, Justin and Libby Denbe seem to have found it: a gorgeous townhouse in a tony district of Boston, a thriving construction business, and a beautiful teenage daughter. But appearances can be deceiving. The Denbes’ lives are turned upside down when they are brutally abducted from their home and held at an abandoned facility. The family is forced to face their demons as they are trapped together in a single cell. The dark secrets they each harbor threaten everything they hold dear.

Verdict Best-selling author Gardner (The Perfect Husband) does not disappoint with this latest thriller as she introduces readers to PI Tessa Leoni and Sgt.Wyatt Foster who, along with the FBI, are in a race to find the Denbes before it’s too late. Readers will be gripped by the page-turning suspense that leads to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion. Expect great demand. [See Prepub Alert, 8/3/12.]—Cynthia Price, Francis Marion Univ. Lib., Florence, SC

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Kirkus Reviews
A team of hard-nosed professionals interrupts a troubled couple's tentative reunion by kidnapping them both, along with their teenage daughter, in Gardner's latest kitchen-sink thrill ride. Ever since Libby Denbe caught her husband, Justin, a handsome and wealthy Boston construction czar, cheating on her, their marriage has been on life support. Their experimental night out turns into a nightmare when they return to find three masked men in their Beacon Hill home terrorizing their 15-year-old daughter, Ashlyn. Swiftly overpowered and driven off in the kidnappers' van, the family can only wonder why they're being held in an unused prison in northern New Hampshire. At the same time, corporate investigator Tessa Leoni, whose firm had been hired by Denbe Construction to handle security problems, and New Hampshire county cop Wyatt Foster wonder why all three of them were kidnapped when Justin is clearly the one worth the most money--and why long hours pass with no ransom demand. The clues point to an inside job masterminded by one of Denbe Construction's top brass: chief financial officer Ruth Chan, chief operating officer Anita Bennett, or construction manager Chris Lopez. Alternating, as in Catch Me (2012), between third-person installments of the search for leads in the case and the beleaguered heroine's first-person accounts of her torment at the hands of the bad guys, Gardner generates such irresistible momentum that most readers will forgive the combination of cool-eyed professional investigation and heavy-breathing domestic soap opera as a family even Libby describes as "three mere clichés" begins to disintegrate still further under the grueling pressure. Even readers who figure out the ringleader long before Tessa and Wyatt will get behind on their sleep turning pages to make sure they're right.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480575448
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
903,586
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are Saying About This

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Praise for Touch & Go

“The suspense crackles.”—People

“Lisa Gardner, the master of the psychological thriller, has delivered another tour de force with Touch & Go, which exposes the raw nerves of a family imploding, and an investigator trying to escape her past….Gardner does an amazing job of creating realistic situations and characters with emotional resonance. The constant surprises will shock even the most jaded thriller reader.”—Associated Press

“No-holds-barred…suspense builds as the action races to a spectacular conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly

“[A] thrill ride.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Gardner’s depiction of a woman in the midst of emotional chaos is spot-on, as usual, and she proves herself just as capable when it comes to creating intriguing men.”—Booklist

And for Lisa Gardner and her novels

“Frighteningly real.”—People

“Lisa Gardner always delivers heart-stopping suspense.”—Harlan Coben

“No one owns this corner of the genre the way Lisa Gardner does.”—Lee Child

“The Mozart of thriller writers.”—Tess Gerritsen

“Riveting, hold-your-breath suspense.”—Iris Johansen

“Nerve-shattering suspense.”—Tami Hoag

“Emotionally true, harrowing, and unputdownable.”—Lisa Scottoline

“Gardner keeps us guessing….She also keeps us on the edge.”—Los Angeles Times

“Gripping.…The pages turn with speed.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Gardner continues to break ground no other writer dares to tread.”—The Providence Journal

Meet the Author


Lisa Gardner is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen previous novels. Her Detective D. D. Warren novels include Catch Me, Love You More, and the International Thriller of the Year Award–winning novel The Neighbor. Her FBI profiler novels include Say Goodbye, Gone, The Killing Hour, The Next Accident, and The Third Victim. She lives with her family in New England, where she is at work on her next novel

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