11/17/2004 
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY ON "ALICE"  
"A swift, cleverly plotted story line, sassy dialogue and a well-drawn, resilient heroine make this gripper a hands-down success. As one of our most prolific and talented writers, McBain appears to have struck gold once again."  
From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review.

McBain's latest, a sparkling departure from his 87th
Precinct detective series, follows a week in the life of
Floridian Alice Glendenning, a feisty 34-year-old widow
who has fallen on tough times. Still grieving over her
husband Eddie's drowning accident eight months
earlier, Alice is now the stressed single mother of
bright 10-year-old Ashley and sullen Jamie, eight,
voiceless since his father's death. Money is tight:
Eddie's life insurance payout hasn't arrived, and Alice, a
struggling real estate agent, has yet to sell her first
house.

Things turn calamitous when Ashley and Jamie are
kidnapped from their school yard by two women who
demand $250,000—the exact amount due Alice from
Eddie's double indemnity policy—and no police
involvement or the children will be killed. Alice's
housekeeper immediately alerts the authorities, and
before long, the Glendenning residence is bleeping
with telephone surveillance equipment and buzzing
with bumbling Cape October police detectives.

Alice leans on her friend Charlie Hobbs for levelheaded
support after the unwelcome arrivals of countless
"world-class snoops" like her shifty, jailbird
brother-in-law; the annoying, airheaded woman who
ran over Alice's foot; a smitten house hunter; and Alice's
sister, Carol. As the ever-expanding houseful of
irritating meddlers fuels her desperation, a shocking
surprise awaits poor Alice.

A swift, cleverly plotted story line, sassy dialogue and a
well-drawn, resilient heroine make this gripper a
hands-down success. As one of our most prolific and
talented writers, McBain appears to have struck gold
once again.


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