by Lisa Black

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ISBN-13: 9780061544477
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Series: Theresa MacLean Novels Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 333,251
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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.

What People are Saying About This

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.”

Ridley Pearson

“Takeover is captivating. Part procedural, part psychological suspense, and every inch a thriller, Takeover succeeds from the opening chapter.”

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.”

Bill Bass

“An exciting story that is hard to put down.”

Tess Gerritsen

“Grab-you-by-the throat suspense, written by someone who has actually walked the disturbing walk of an investigator.”

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Takeover 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 148 reviews.
yduke More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like intrigue romance and a few other things, pick this one up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
romancemistress More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Lisa Blacks writing and this was no exception although I would say it was average, have enjoyed others more.
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
Great book I couldn't put down. Would recommend
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
jeanie29 More than 1 year ago
Can't put down book! Great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a new author that I have found and I really enjoyed her book.
MsObie More than 1 year ago
A fast paced thriller about a bank heist gone wrong.
MissMajicMarker on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Lisa Black's novel Takeover is definitely a page turner. It was masterfully written. I was very glad to read a suspense novel where I couldn't guess every move before it was made
SharronA on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Good start to a new series. This book could have been an episode of the Canadian TV series FLASHPOINT. Most mystery/thriller novels I read are about a crime being solved -- this one is about a crime being committed, in real time, and was thus very hard to put down.
damcmanus on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I like Lisa Black's book they show her backgound in Foresics science. I like the character's but I wish she would spend more time with them in the book.
purelush on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This was a good and enjoyable read, but some of the characters felt wooden. Still, it kept the reader's attention right through until the last page and was full of action.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Theresa MacLean, forensic scientist, and her fiance, police detective Paul Cleary, are working the same case of a man found dead in the bushes in front of his home, while his wife and two-year old are nowhere to be found. Theresa goes off to take forensic details of the body at the hospital while Patrick goes to the Federal Reserve bank, where the man worked, to interview his coworkers. Patrick hardly steps foot in the place when two armed robbers takeover the bank and hold the people on the first floor hostage, including Patrick who pretends to be a bank worker while covering his gun so as not to alert the robbers to his police status.What ensues is a page-turning, thrilling story of hostages, bank robbers with a plan bigger than anyone can imagine, professional negotiations and the terror involved in dealing with ones loved one in a hostage situation.Very well written in a face-paced narrative with an unpredictable and not necessarily happy ending. Though I did guess one of the major twists fairly early on it didn't hamper my enjoyment of watching the plot unfold. A quick read, I read it in 24 hours, and a satisfying book for fans of suspense novels.
pandalibrarian on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a suspenseful, page turning thriller that'll keep you on the edge of your seat. The twists and turns of the plot keep the reader engaged all the way through. I especially liked the main character, Theresa, and hope we see more of her in the future.
mikedraper on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Dr. Kay Scarpetta has some competition. Lisa Black has introduced Theresa Mac Lean, a forensic scientist.Terry and her fiance are at the scene of a brutal murder. Mark Ludlow a bank manager has been murdered at his home and his body left in the bushes.Paul goes to Mark's bank to question people there and becomes a hostage when robbers hold up the bank.Patrick Cavanaugh is the hostage negotiator. Paul sees the robbers about to injure another hostage and identifies himself and attempts to stop them. He is badly wounded.Theresa volunteers to drive the robbers get away car to the bank's doors and exchanges herself for Paul so he can get medical attention.Anothe hostage is permitted to go upstairs and get more money that is stored there. This is Mark's wife and the robbers hold her son to make sure she returns. She tells Patrick that the robbers will kill the hostages if the cops come after them.Black has the talen to keep the reader's attention in this tightly woven story. Theresa Mac Lean and Patrick Cavanaugh are well drawn characters and Theresa is a heroic woman. She uses her knowledge of forensics to help with the case and doesn't give boring details of how she comes up with her conclusions.The hostage drama was too lengthy and what happens to the brother of one of the robbers was illogical. Black's plot twist at the story's end was very well done and a complete surprise.Recommended.
colmena on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This was a good afternoon read, but not in the class with Patricia Cornwell, Stuart Woods or James Patterson. You do get involved very quickly once Paul is in the bank. Not realistic in the way that Theresa makes her way into the bank and her daughters location during negotiations, can not imagine that happening in the ¿real world¿. Theresa is a character that can be developed, hope there is a sequel with more realism.
coker74 on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Lisa Black's first book is a good start to a promising career. Takeover has a good plot, interesting characters, things you read for in a thriller. At times I couldn't put it down while other times I had to stop and get my character relationship bearings. But, I think most anyone looking for a new author to read will find going to the bank with Ms. Black an interesting affair.
bookbeat on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Takeover grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go until the final pages. Theresa MacLean, a forensic scientist, is at a murder scene with fellow cops. The investigation leads to the federal reserve bank, where Theresa's fiance', Paul, has been taken hostage, along with seven other people. The police call in the city's top hostage negotiator, Chris Cavanaugh. Theresa is put off by Chris's cocky, arrogant attitude. When Paul is shot, Theresa uses an opportunity to trade herself for him. As the negotiating continues, it becomes clear, Chris Cavanaugh has his work cut out for him. The tense suspense never lets up as more and more comes to light about the personal lives of some of the hostages and the robbers. Lisa Black's book is being compared to Jeffrey Deaver and Kathy Reichs. I have not read either of these authors, but I enjoyed this book immensely and highly recommend it. I will definitely be watching for future books from this author.
writestuff on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Lisa Black¿s first novel - Takover - takes place in Cleveland and opens with the grisly murder of a man found outside of his home. Forensic scientist Theresa MacLean doesn¿t have any reason to believe this will be different from any other murder she has investigated until she gets word that a hostile takeover of the Federal Reserve has occurred. To make matters worse, Theresa¿s fiance Paul is one of the hostages being held. From this moment forward, the book is nonstop suspense and thrills.Black develops her characters with a sharp eye to detail, and Theresa MacLean is a worthy heroine who uses her intelligence and courage to help uncover the secrets of the case.Black¿s professional background as a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences with a certification by the American Board of Criminalistics adds authenticity to her writing which is in the tradition of Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell.I liked this book for its tension and fast-paced plot. It is a quick read which kept my attention. Black left the ending open for a sequel¿so I hope she is working on her second novel.Recommended.
Lallybroch on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Lisa Black's debut is a tight, riveting thriller. The action moves smoothly from the crime scene to a dramatic hostage situation during a bank robbery. Tension mounts as one of the hostages is injured, and the twists and turns throughout the book make it hard to put down. Takeover's dramatic ending is surprising and high-impact. I recommend this to mystery lovers and will be looking for more by this author.