Why would anyone kidnap a nobody like Aaron Greene? And who's going to pay to get him back? Terry Kay tackles significant moral dilemmas in his gripping new novel, which combines graceful, sensitive writing with an intelligent excursion into the state of our social consciousness.
When someone wealthy is kidnapped, it makes sense to us. The motive is obvious, the ransom money is raised, and we may even think secretly that somehow he deserved it. But when a John Doe is abducted--a mailboy named Aaron Greene, say--we might sit up and take notice, realizing that the missing person could be our son or daughter, our sister or brother--or us.
He is barely a year out of high school, but even his former teachers scarcely remember the shy young man who disappears on his way to work in the mailroom of a powerful downtown bank in Atlanta. The kidnappers demand ten million dollars for his life--with one condition: The money is to come from the bank, not Aaron's parents. But the bank refuses to pay. Suddenly, Aaron is the quiet eye in the center of a hurricane of public outrage that sweeps the nation. On call-in shows and on every street corner, the same questions are being asked: Where is Aaron? Who could possibly be responsible for this? What is being done by the authorities? And the most important question of all: How much is the life of a nonentity like Aaron Greene really worth?
Meanwhile, in an environment he would never expect, guarded by people who care nothing for his ransom money, Aaron waits...
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love it when I come across a lesser known book or one I've never heard of, and it turns out to be a very good read. That's what 'The Kidnapping of Aaron Greene' is. I had a hard time putting this one down. Obviously, the theme and overlying question of the story is 'What is a 'nobody' worth?' And that in itself leads to a very good and suspenseful story. But I was impressed also with the way Terry Kay incorporated other dynamics of human life into the story as well. He addresses friendship, love, and even hate. Not only does the reader get to see that through the characters, he/she gets to feel it. I mean, who wouldn't feel like taking a sledgehammer to Katie Harris' microphone? And who couldn't feel good about the type of friendship Yates and Menotti have; or the one with Carla and Aaron; or how about Cody and Millie? Throw in some humorous moments, and Kay does a good job of writing a complete story full of suspense, excitement, and feeling. All of the storylines are interesting, and they all come together in a wonderful, yet unexpected conclusion. This was the first Terry Kay novel that I've read, and it most certainly won't be the last.
My husband and I read this book together and we both have recomended it any time someone asks for a new book. It is gripping and keeps your attention from the beggining.
Terry Kay leaves his usual rural settings for an urban mystery. The book asks the question: What would happen if a 'nobody' was kidnapped and held for ransom? Kay does a masterful job of developing his characters, and the plot twists are intelligent. Very creative story from one of America's best authors.