Alone: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Jan 11, 2005 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Alone . . . Massachusetts State Trooper Bobby Dodge watches a tense hostage standoff unfold through the scope of his sniper rifle. Just across the street, in wealthy Back Bay, Boston, an armed man has barricaded himself with his wife and child. The man’s finger tightens on the trigger and Dodge has only a split second to react . . . and forever pay the consequences.

Alone . . . that’s where the nightmare began for cool, beautiful, and dangerously sexy Catherine Rose Gagnon. Twenty-five years ago, she was buried underground during a month-long nightmare of abduction and abuse. Now her husband has just been killed. Her father-in-law, the powerful Judge Gagnon, blames Catherine for his son’s death . . . and for the series of unexplained illnesses that have sent her own young son repeatedly to the hospital.

Alone . . . a madman survived solitary confinement in a maximum security prison where he’d done hard time for the most sadistic of crimes. Now he walks the streets a free man, invisible, anonymous . . . and filled with an unquenchable rage for vengeance. What brings them together is a moment of violence—but what connects them is a passion far deeper and much more dangerous. For a killer is loose who’s woven such an intricate web of evil that no one is above suspicion, no one is beyond harm, and no one will see death coming until it has them cornered, helpless, and alone.
 

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I have to be completely honest. I only bought this book because it was $0.99. I thought what the heck, even if the book is terrible, a buck isn't much to lose. I loved this book! Gardner had the ability to make me absolutely hate her characters, and at the same time love them. This is an excellent crime novel, an excellent mystery, and definately an excellent suspensful read. The characters were so greatly discribed that I feel as if I could know all of them personally. Bobby Dodge is a strong character, and I know the book is introducing us to D.D., but I think Bobby is a much stronger character. All in all, great book. 

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Mass. State Tpr. Bobby Dodge is a member of the State Police sniper team. He's called to a hostage situation. As he sets up surveillance, he sees a man aiming a gun at a woman and child. With only seconds to decide, Bobby sees the man's trigger finger begin to tighten and so Bobby fires and kills the man, Jimmy Gagnon.
Jimmy's wife, Catherine had been abducted when she was a teenager. She was held underground for almost a month while her abductor abused her. She was saved when hunters heard her cries.
Jimmy was an abusive husband. He met Catherine when she called in to a suicide help line. Catherine couldn't do anything about the abuse because Jimmy's father is a powerful judge who would stop Catherine in her attempts to discredit his son.
Now that Jimmy has been killed and his son, Nathan, has been hospitalized a number of times with an undiagnosed illness, Judge Gagnon takes measures to gain custody. He says that Catherine is an unfit mother and it was her who caused the problems in the home.
The author sets the stage and slowly reels the reader in for what comes next. It is almost as if the author, Lisa Gardner, is a demolition expert because the suspense explodes across the pages in the final segments of the story.
Bobby is a well described character. The author gives us enough of his background so we can see why he is so determined to help this woman in distress. Catherine seems to have endless misfortune. The reader can't help but wonder how all of these bad things happen to her. However, again, the author provides the answers in a well polished, dramatic story.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
7
Chapter 3
16
Chapter 4
23
Chapter 5
32
Chapter 6
42
Chapter 7
52
Chapter 8
63
Chapter 23
190
Chapter 24
198
Chapter 25
206
Chapter 26
212
Chapter 27
220
Chapter 28
227
Chapter 29
234
Chapter 30
243

Chapter 9
71
Chapter 10
81
Chapter 11
88
Chapter 12
95
Chapter 13
103
Chapter 14
114
Chapter 15
120
Chapter 16
130
Chapter 17
139
Chapter 18
150
Chapter 19
156
Chapter 20
167
Chapter 21
176
Chapter 22
184
Chapter 31
254
Chapter 32
260
Chapter 33
265
Chapter 34
271
Chapter 35
277
Chapter 36
282
Chapter 37
286
Chapter 38
293
Chapter 39
300
Chapter 40
307
Epilogue
313
Authors Note and Acknowledgments
323
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About the author (2005)

Lisa Gardner is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels. Her Detective D. D. Warren novels include Live to Tell, Hide, Alone, and The Neighbor, winner of the International Thriller Writers’ Award. Her FBI Profiler novels include Say Goodbye, Gone, The Killing Hour, The Next Accident, and The Third Victim. She lives with her family in New England.

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