Book Review: Don't Lose Her by Jonathon King
When a pregnant federal judge is abducted, Max Freeman pursues an eccentric gang deep into a hidden world he knows better than most: the shadowy waterways of the Florida Everglades
US district judge Diane Manchester has looked across the courtroom into the eyes of evil before. But today, as she presides over the extradition hearing of a notorious Colombian drug lord, she is also eight months pregnant. Her chair is uncomfortable, her robe is constrictive, and her due date is fast approaching. If she shows a single sign of weakness, Diane risks jeopardizing the biggest trial of her career and setting a vicious murderer free.
In seconds, her situation takes a harrowing turn for the worse. Walking to her favorite lunch spot, Diane is grabbed off the street, thrown into the back of a white van, blindfolded, and threatened with death. She has no idea who her kidnappers are or what they want. Maintaining a strict code of silence, they refuse to give her even the smallest glimmer of hope.
But Diane’s captors have overlooked a crucial detail: Her husband, Billy, is the employer and best friend of Max Freeman, Philadelphia cop turned South Florida private investigator. Tossing off the rule of law, Freeman sets out to determine which of a rogues’ gallery of suspects took Diane—and to save her and her unborn child before it’s too late.
I received this book via NetGalley.
I have never read anything by this author so when I was offered the chance I jumped on it. the blurb sounded pretty good. Now when I noticed that it was book seven I was kind of worried that I wouldn't have a clue who the characters are as we all know previous characters normally always come back to play in a series.
This was not the case. I jumped right into the story and I truly enjoyed it.
Diane is a judge on a huge case when she goes out to lunch she is kidnapped! Oh boy right to make it even more exciting she is pregnant 8 months to be exact.
Her husband calls in a friend that friend being Max Freeman to help find her. Max doesn't work for the police or the FBI so he has his own way of finding out things on the streets. He enlist the help of some people he knows to find Diane before it is too late. No one knows what will happen to her and the baby as no one know who has taken her or why.
This story is told in three different P.O.V.'s and it is not at all confusing. You have Max's point of view and what he is doing to help find Diane. You have Diane's point of view and what she is feeling, seeing, hearing pretty much what she is going through in this ordeal. And then you have the kidnappers point of view. They don't really talk as they have been ordered not to, but there is one kidnapper who starts thinking this was a bad idea once she learns who Diane is.
I didn't even know who the culprit was until the end and I was like WHAT!!! The author has a good way of describing things going on and I thought that was good. This was the first book I have read from this author and I do plan on reading more if they are this good.
Edgar-award winning author Jonathon King is the creator of the Max Freeman crime series set in the Everglades and on the hard streets of urban South Florida. In his previous career as a journalist, he was a police and court reporter for 24 years with the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale and the Philadelphia Daily News.