24 Hours

24 Hours

by Greg Iles

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451203595
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 160,568
Product dimensions: 6.76(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Greg Iles is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Penn Cage series. His novels have been made into films, translated into more than twenty languages, and published in more than thirty-five countries worldwide.


Natchez, Mississippi

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Stuttgart, Germany


B.A., University of Mississippi, 1983

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"The kid always makes it. I told you that."

A hundred yards from Margaret McDill's BMW, Peter McDill sat in an old green pickup truck, his eyes shut tight. The truck smelled funny. Good and bad at the same time, like just-cut grass and old motor oil, and really old fast food.

Joe reached across Margaret McDill's lap and opened the passenger door of the BMW. His smoky black hair brushed against her neck as he did, and she shuddered. She had seen his gray roots during the night.

Huey stopped his green pickup beside his cousin Joe with a screech of eroded brake pads. Two men standing under the roofed entrance of the Barnes & Noble looked over at the sound. They looked like bums hoping to pass themselves off as customers and spend the morning reading the papers on the sofas inside the bookstore. Joe Hickey silently wished them good luck. He'd been that far down before.

Peter McDill stood in the McDonald's Playland like a statue in a hurricane. Toddlers and teenagers tore around him with abandon, leaping on and off the foam-padded playground equipment in their sock feet. The screeches and laughter were deafening. Peter searched among them for his mother, his eyes wet. In his right hand he clutched the carved locomotive Huey had given him, utterly unaware that he was holding it.

—Reprinted from 24 Hours by Greg Iles by permission of Putnam Books, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc. Copyright (c) 2000 Greg Iles. All rights reserved. This excerpt, or any parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission.

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Brilliantly plotted...perfectly-timed terror...and a hair-raising finale. — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The tension in palpable...superbly-crafted and clever. —The Times-London

A chilling tale...calculated to jangle the reader's every nerve...gut-wrenching. —Library Journal

A taut tale, terrifying in its intensity, compelling in its pace...A good, old-fashioned thriller, the likes of which are rare...A winner. —Chattanooga Times

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24 Hours 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
MargiefromSHS More than 1 year ago
I just recently discovered this writer and am quite excited to find him. I have now read 4 of his works and only one of them would I not recommend highly. But this is my favorite of the 4. It is intense; a "let the world take care of itself ...I have to finish this book" kind of read. I hated to put it down.
harstan More than 1 year ago
No question Joey is the best at what he does. Once a year, accompanied by his partners Huey and Cheryl, Joey kidnaps a child. He always succeeds in obtaining the ransom money, returning the child unharmed, and never having the abduction reported to the police. Clearly, Joey belongs in the felons¿ hall of fame (shame?).

This year, Joey plans to abduct Abby, the five and a half-year-old daughter of Dr. Will and Karen Jennings of Jackson, Mississippi. He has been watching the Jennings for some time to insure his plot goes smoothly and that the parents of the victim fits the mold he needs to succeed. However, this time the abduction has a twist because Will and Karen refuse to idly sit by while Joey orchestrates his dastardly deed. By taking action, has the once happy couple doomed their daughter to become Joey¿s first casualty?

24 HOURS is an exciting, frantic-paced story line that grips readers much more than Mel Gibson¿s similar movie. The plot never allows the audience a moment to breath as the tension mounts to almost unbearable levels only to rise further due to the MORTAL FEAR that the precocious Abby will die, something fans will not want to happen because they care. As usual with a Greg Iles work (see THE QUIET GAME), the key players seem genuine as if they are next door neighbors and the plot feels authentic, adding to the overall helpless terror in the pit of the sympathizing reader¿s stomach. Mr. Iles is at his nightmarish best with this abduction tale that takes no prisoners.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall, I would have rated 24 Hours 3 1/2 stars if it were possible to do so in B&N's rating system. In 24 Hours Iles has delivered another book that moves along at a galloping pace and is packed with lots of suspense. Unfortunately, I found that I was able to predict most of the action and, in particular, the ending, well in advance of their occurences. Also, while the story is interesting and enjoyable to read, I found that Iles' often severely strained my ability to extend belief in his main characters. Further, while not a major criticism, I would have liked 24 Hours even more if he had provided a brief epilogue to tie up some of the loose threads in the story. Having finished 24 Hours, I have now read all five books Greg Iles has written and and I would recommend them all to you. However, if you are considering reading your first book by Iles, I'd recommend Mortal Fear and The Quiet Game above 24 Hours. If you've been an Iles fan all along, as I have, I think you'll enjoy 24 Hours but not as much as most of his previous books.
nyiper on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
I happened to want to see what else Iles had written while I was listening to this gripping audio---only to discover his own horrible car accident in 2011. I have not looked far enough to see how Isles is doing now but it made this action filled novel all that more compelling to listen to.
marcejewels on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
From my blogWhat a fast rush of reading to the heart pounding beat. For many this will be a one seat read. I really enjoyed this one, a packed action thriller. The whole time the images were in my mind, a definite movie like book. I should have known, it is a movie, the title is Trapped, now I must go watch it. I feel like I may have seen it because the story felt to 'real' to me, deja vu like.The saying it is to good to be true always rings correct at some point. Why do criminals never know when to stop, that greed will get them every time. 3 Criminals pull off a great crime but only 1 was in charge, talk about scare tactics to keep loyalty.I find children in books are always the ones that steal the story. I loved Abby. She was so genuine as a 5 year old, her fear, creative thoughts, naivety, that innocence you have to love about children. I enjoyed how Greg Iles joined all the stories into crashing climax. There were definite unbelievable scenes, the kind you love even though you know it is all bull so for me this still gets a high rating, for others that may give them a lower rating.
harpua on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
In typical Iles fashion, he takes what reads as awful back cover copy (I personally think most of Iles books sound boring and nothing special if you just read the back cover blurb), and turns in a fun book that is a pleasure to read. This book, while nothing breathtakingly different, is a fun romp that takes place in about a 24 hour time frame. Kidnapping for ransom, planned to perfection, yet spoiled by parents that won't lie down. I felt for the characters (both good and bad) and found myself woven into their lives within the brief time frame covered by the book. Iles always has a way of weaving a story such that when you sit down to read, you keep saying "Just one more chapter", and before you know it tons of time has passed.
callmejacx on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
I read this book a long time ago. At the time I wasn't really looking for a book to read. I was only browsing. I picked up this book and my son bought it for me. I started reading it right away. It captured me. It was a page turner. Since, I've read Greg Iles I have become a fan. Very good book. A must read for sure
dawnbirduk on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
A Kidnap thrillerA good read, couldn't put it down
booklady2031 on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
I wasn't sure I would like this, since I am not really that in to thrillers, but I found the story riveting. It moved along at a rapid pace, and the villain was one step of everybody (including me). I could hardly wait to see how it ended.
IsaacFry on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
It is a gripping novel about the Jennings' daughter that is kidnapped. There are two kidnappers and they have an elaborate scheme. If one does not contact the other withing a certain amount of time, the daughter is to be killed. This takes place over a literal 24 hours.
emigre on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
Fast-paced book, almost claustrophobic to read because of the tension.
JeanneMarkert on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
Two madmen go on a yearly kidnapping spree for 24 hours to get themselves money. This time they pick a mother & son whose father is a Doctor.
christinelstanley on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
I put off reading this a couple of times beacuse Greg Iles stories can be pretty brutal and the involvement of a child being kidnapped filled me with horror. BUT, this was handled well and whilst I don't want to give the plot away, the suffering and violence was realistic and in context. This is a good read, a page-turner and not too long!
stevo81989 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
A very exciting book from cover to cover. Greg Isles captures your attention and takes it through a wild ride that deems very exceptional. And although the ending felt a little forced, this entire book screams of wit and clever writing. A very solid read all around.
Altarasabine on LibraryThing 1 days ago
A perfect page turner. The imaginary and emotions are so vivid that it is like you are right there experiencing what the character's are. Asks the reader the perfect question of what would you do if it was you. A unique plot that twists and turns leaving the reader wondering just what will happen next. Will and Karen Jennings are relatable characters that you will definitely be rooting for.
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The book was very good, suspenseful, interesting with its twists and turns of the story. I would certainly recommend the book to anyone who likes suspense or thriller novels!
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