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Hostage Taker

Hostage Taker

Eve Rossi Thriller #1

In the hushed quiet of early morning Manhattan, in front of the towering brass doors of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, a young woman holds a sign that reads: HELP ME. For one FBI agent, a madman's terrified hostages, and an entire city, a long and harrowing day is about to unfold.

The hostage taker's identity is unknown. But he knows who FBI agent Eve Rossi is—and everything about her past. Along with her presence, he demands five witnesses: ordinary people with some hidden connection. Defying her superiors, Eve begins a deadly dance with an adversary whose intentions are surely sinister, whose endgame is anything but certain, and whose cunning keeps him one step ahead at every turn.

As Eve manages a taut hostage situation, she relies on the combined skills of her team—a secret unit inspired by France's most notorious criminal and made up of ex-convicts with extraordinary talents, oversized egos, and contempt for the rules.

Eve is up against a rapidly ticking clock. But the dangerous man calling the shots has a timetable of his own—and a searing question for his targets: What are you guilty of? As shocking revelations surface, so does another crisis nobody could anticipate—one not even Eve and her team may be able to stop.

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"One of the best thrillers of the year."
   —Library Journal (Starred Review)

"Pintoff skillfully ratchets up the tension and throws more than one curveball into this twisty, exciting read."
   —Booklist (Starred Review)

"Fast-paced ... the galloping storyline and behind-the-scenes view of St. Patrick's make this an addictive read."

"A high-voltage game of parry and thrust."
   —New York Daily News

"I know when I'm in the middle of a good thriller—I don't want to put it down. That was certainly the case with this page turner."
   —Deadly Pleasures, Issue 77

"The concept is great. . . . The twists are good, and the emotion level climbs higher and higher. . . . Pintoff has serious potential to go into waters already charted by the likes of Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, and Allison Brennan."
   —Sarah Weinman, The Crime Lady

"Held hostage by Hostage Taker—Stefanie Pintoff's amazing new thriller . . . [Hostage Taker] will keep you awake nights. . . . The book boasts a dynamic heroine. . . . You will never look at the beauties of the complicated structure that is St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York quite the same again."
   —Liz Smith, New York Social Diary

"A gripping conclusion . . . tense and thoughtful . . . a sharp new crime series."
   —Nights and Weekends

"Unpredictable from the opening page to the finale that will raise eyebrows, Hostage Taker is one of the best thrillers of the year. Pintoff has a terrific launch to what is hopefully a series."
   —Jeff Ayers, Suspense Magazine

"It's a roller-coaster ride all the way to the truly impressive final twist."
   —Mystery Scene

"The perfect blend: an urban thriller as modern as tomorrow's New York Times, driven by a two-hundred-year-old idea, with a main character to die for. I hope we see plenty more of Eve Rossi and her team."
   —#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

"A high-velocity roller coaster of a thriller! With her razor-sharp prose and keen ear for cop- and street-speak, Stefanie Pintoff masterfully spins this twist-filled tale of a delicious assortment of good guys with less-than-good pasts, marshaled by one of the most compelling protagonists to come along in years. Heroes don't get any better—or come any more fully formed and richly drawn—than Eve Rossi."
   —New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver

"Stefanie Pintoff's Hostage Taker is one of the most exciting and thoroughly engaging thrillers that I have read in years. Reading this book is like riding a rifle bullet: it starts at full throttle and never slows down. A great start to what promises to be a terrific new series."
   —John Gilstrap, author of Against All Enemies and the Jonathan Grave thriller series

"Hostage Taker is a brilliant thriller from a gifted writer. Stefanie Pintoff expands her range with this ambitious and masterfully crafted tale, and the result is a tension-filled tightrope walk of a novel. Stefanie Pintoff is one of the best crime writers at work today."
   —Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead