Keeping Watch

Keeping Watch

by Laurie R. King
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Keeping Watch by Laurie R. King

Acclaimed as one of the most original talents to emerge in the last decade, award-winning author Laurie R. King returns to Folly Island to deliver her most stunning achievement yet--a breathtaking novel of suspense that explores the very essence of good and evil.

Allen Carmichael came back from Vietnam a lifetime ago--but only now was he ready to return home. For years, he’s lived on the fringes of the law, using a soldier’s skills to keep watch over those too young to defend themselves. Some consider him nothing but a kidnapper for hire--the best in the business; others call him a hero. His specialty has been rescuing children from abusive parents and escorting them to loving homes. But after twenty-five years, he is ready to take on his final case--a case that could destroy him.

The boy’s name is Jamie: He believes his father is going to kill him. Allen is convinced that the twelve-year-old is right and devises a strategy to save him. His last job done, Allen heads back to Folly Island, where he plans to settle into a quiet life. But not long after his return, a small plane piloted by the boy’s father’s crashes, leaving behind debris--but no body. Now it is up to Allen to resolve whether Jamie’s father is dead or alive--and to make sure Jamie himself stays out of harm’s way. But a series of ominous events leads Allen to question whether Jamie’s father is really the enemy after all. Or if the real threat is far more unspeakable...and the killer unimaginable.

Riveting, harrowing, and unforgettable, Keeping Watch takes psychological suspense to its most dizzying heights and proves again why Laurie R. King has been called by both readers and critics an undisputed master of suspense.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553382525
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/03/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 632,681
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, the Stuyvesant & Grey novels Touchstone and The Bones of Paris, and the acclaimed A Darker Place, Folly, and Keeping Watch. She lives in Northern California.

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Keeping Watch 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read. It was the first one by this author and I have already gone out and bought two more of her books. The descriptions of Viet Nam are so vivid that you feel like you can hear the noise and smell the scents. There were times that I cried, but this is such an inspiring book. You feel the pain of the abused children and the Viet Nam soldiers. It will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Go out now and buy it!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
God bless our troops and familes
harstan More than 1 year ago
He was in his first year of college when the patriotic spirit moved Allen Carmichael to enlist in the army, knowing that he would send time in Viet Nam. While serving in Nam, he saw and did things to people that made him doubt his own humanity. When he left service Allen suffered flashbacks leading to staying alone and homeless for fear what he would to anyone who got close to him. After seven years, he finally gets his act together. For the next twenty-six years he has rescued (or kidnapped, depending on your point of view) children in abusive situations. Allen is proud of the fact that fifty-two children are alive because of his intervention but now he plans to retire and make a life with his lover Rae. He¿s asked to go out on one more assignment and he reluctantly agrees to snatch Jamie O¿Connell, from his sadistic father. This is his last case but it turns out to be very dangerous because nobody knew that Jamie¿s father takes his violence out on anybody who gets in his way. The hero saw and committed a lot of atrocities during the Viet Nam war and has spent the rest of his life seeking redemption. To achieve this impossible salvation, Allen saves children even if it means stepping outside the law to accomplish his deed. KEEPING WATCH is a masterpiece of psychological suspense wrapped inside a taut action thriller. Harriet Klausner