Even Steven

Even Steven

by John Gilstrap
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Even Steven by John Gilstrap

When Bobby and Susan Martin come across a dirty, shivering child at their campsite, the last thing the childless couple expects is to be drawn into an unthinkable crime. But when one of the boy's kidnappers comes out of the brush waving a gun, Bobby is forced to react. In one chaotic, explosive moment, the predator is brutally murdered. But was he a criminal — or a cop?

With a vicious crime ring closing in on them, and unsure of whom to trust, Bobby and Susan desperately plunge into the heart of danger to save the boy — and themselves.

John Gilstrap's Even Steven enhances his reputation as an ingenious and innovative contemporary thriller writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439184226
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 09/10/2009
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John Gilstrap is the acclaimed author of Nathan's Run and At All Costs, both of which were selections of the Literary Guild. A former firefighter and EMT, he is an explosives-safety expert and an environmental engineer. He lives with his wife and son in Virginia.

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Even Steven 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the way he writes but $16.75 for a nook book published in 2003 is a bit much.
VictoriaAllman More than 1 year ago
This is the 12th Gilstrap book I've read, each one as well-written and suspense-filled as the last. The man knows how to grip your heartstrings well as build tension with expert pacing and intriguing characters. I've loved every book he's written and look forward to his next release. Even Steven is Gilstrap at his best. Victoria Allman author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
never a dull moment - this was a fun read
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a page turner starting with the first chapter. I could not put it down. I hated it when I finished the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a Gilstrap fan ever since Nathan's Run hit the shelves. I didn't think he could beat that debut, but he knocked it out of the park with At All Costs, and now, with Even Steven, he raises the bar even further. As Bobby and Susan Martin mourn the loss of their stillborn child, out of the woods comes the answer to their prayers: a terrified little boy who is the victim of a bungled kidnapping plot. A half hour later, their lives are turned upside down, and there seems to be no way out for any of them. Gilstrap is the master of putting ordinary people in terrifying situations, and I found myself glued to the page late into the night on this one. Nothing is as simple as it seems, and we find ourselves rooting not only for the good guys, but for some of the bad guys, too. Nobody writes suspense like Gilstrap. I loved it, loved it, loved it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
They say, ¿Time heals all wounds¿, but whomever they are they never explained that to Bobby and Susan Martin. To escape their grief as much as to celebrate their wedding anniversary, the depressed duo goes camping high in the West Virginia Mountains. However, a man frightening a little boy interrupts their idyllic time. Bobby intercedes until the man pulls out a gun. In the resultant battle, Bobby kills the man, who turns out to be a cop. They flee taking the child with them, as Susan believes this is an act of God. The dead man¿s brother swears vengeance for failing to help his sibling.

A Pittsburgh drug dealer has abducted April Simpson¿s toddler in an attempt to collect a debt her spouse owes the man. A desperate April is arrested robbing a store trying to gain money for her child¿s release. FBI agent Russell Coates struggles to retain his current status. He is able to see the link between the Martins and the Simpsons, but will justice be served if he enforces what he knows?

The story line is faster than the Barry Allen Flash as it moves forward at an incredible clip requiring readers to use seat belts. All the charcaters, even the anguished Martins, are never fully develop as the action simply overwhelms the cast. For readers who enjoy hyperspeed, EVEN STEVEN is the novel to take you there. For those who relish deeper characterization and a more leisurly plot, John Gilstrap¿s latest tale is a pass.

Harriet Klausner

LisaDunckley 11 months ago
Bobby and Susan want nothing more than to have a child of their own. Unfortunately a series of miscarriages has left them childless. Until the day when they are camping, and out of nowhere a naked, dirty, terrified little boy runs to them for help. Immediately afterword a threatening armed man shows up, demanding the boy. Things escalate and the next thing you know, Bobby and Susan are speeding away from the body of the man that Bobby has shot. Who, by the way, turns out to be a cop. They leave with the boy. Who turns out to have been kidnapped. Should they go to the police and come clean? Will Bobby get fair treatment if he's killed a cop? Then—Susan begins to call the boy Steven, which is what they had planned to call their son when they had him. She seems to believe that he belongs to them and becomes outraged when Bobby points out that he isn't. The other storyline is that of the boy's mother, whose husband has pretty much let him be kidnapped in order to by himself some extra time to pay off debts. April tries to pay off the debts to save her son before he is killed—but the kidnappers have no intention of returning him alive. April is doing whatever she can to get her son back, including making a pact with the biggest and worst criminal in her town. He battles with the kidnappers—who don't actually know that the boy has escaped. Bobby and Susan are being investigated by the FBI for the dead body found at the campground, while trying to hide Steven. And the FBI and the police are trying to solve the crime. Great book with lots of twists and turns. The bad guys are super bad, the good guys are well developed and appealing. Enjoyed very much!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decided not to finish this hideous book. aj west
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of John Gilstrap's books and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. In my opinion he is without a doubt one of the best thriller writers in the business, if not the best. You don't have to read more than a few pages of his books to get hooked. I've had several late nights reading his books because once I started, I couldn't put them down until I finished. I am eagerly awaiting John's next book. If John Gilstrap writes it, I'm going to read it!
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Penguin39 More than 1 year ago
All of his books are "can't put down books.
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