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Alice In Jeopardy

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Alice in Jeopardy

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Ed McBain
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B-

One of the best kidnapping thrillers is Ed McBain’s 1959 King’s Ransom, about kid snatchers who try to shake down a bigwig but accidentally abduct his chauffeur’s son instead. It even inspired Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 film High and Low. Alice in Jeopardy is a kidnapping tale too, but not one of McBain’s best. Months after her husband disappears at sea, a Florida soccer mom’s two kids are grabbed, with a demand for $250,000. McBain’s hard-nails but breezy voice is again the main draw, but the guessable mystery is, like a ransom note, pasted together from cutouts of better thrillers.