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Hostage to Murder (2003)

by Val McDermid

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Started this one December 26th, 2012. Back2back reading of the whole Lindsay Gordon series by Val McDermid.
Sorry to say that so far this is the last one of the series.
Starts interesting.
Urks, well, as a men I have real trouble understanding the need for a child.
And I would have written a much more grittier ending, not that saccharin-solution.
One or two of the main ladies should have taken the plunge - dying during childbirth and leaving L. with the child would have
been a nice twist.
As it is, only 4 stars - 1 taken away for an ending I was fearing to expect.
And having read most other books by Val McDermid I know she does not shy away from a complicated devastating ending (Tony Hill-Series).
The series ending here is ok with me, I really do not need more childcare in a crime novel and I take back my Sorry from the beginning of this comment.
What I really liked was the - sometimes gritty - realism, the old war and the places: Russia, Ireland, Scotland, the Sea.
The year comes to an end and I am not sure I can fit in another book.
Well, it's 80 books now, a round number, 79 in ebook-format (Kindle stripped of DRM and converted to EPUB), 77 books in English, 3 in German.

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  Ingo.Lembcke | Oct 27, 2015 |
It's good. A young boy is kidnapped and Lindsay saves him in a not-so-legal way but6 has to find a way to save him again.... ( )
  kaylol | Dec 9, 2010 |
Further Lindsay gordon mystery where Lindsay moves back to Glasgow with her partner, goes through the traumas of hr partner getting pregnat, finding work and investigating a child abduction which turns out to be much more sinister. ( )
  Ardwick | Feb 19, 2009 |
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He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune.
'Of Marriage and the Single Life'
Francis Bacon
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In memory of Gina Weissand (1946-2001)
who was everything a friend should be.
You blessed us all, babe, and we miss you.
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A murder of crows swore at each other in the trees that lined the banks of the River Kelvin.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0007173490, Paperback)

Hostage to Murder, the long-awaited sixth Lindsay Gordon mystery, is a lightning-paced story spliced with crackling action and an intense emotional dimension. Spraining an ankle is rarely a stroke of luck, but for Lindsay Gordon, jobless in Glasgow, the injury is her introduction to young freelance journalist Rory McLaren and the opening of a new chapter in her life. Rory's invitation to work alongside her in her booth at the Cafe Virginia is irresistible. From there it is just a short step to political corruption and other juicy stories - all welcome distractions from Lindsay's problems at home, where her long-term lover Sophie has decided to heed the ticking of her biological clock and get pregnant. But when a local car-dealer's stepson is kidnapped, Lindsay and Rory are invited to trade journalism for detection. The trail leads them to St Petersburg and a dangerous snatch-back operation. It's a journey that brings a whole new dimension of risk into Lindsay's life. Back in Glasgow, it becomes clear that Lindsay and Rory have stumbled into a bigger, more violent piece of business than either of them could have guessed - and one which will test Lindsay to her absolute limits.

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The long-awaited sixth Lindsay Gordon mystery is a lightning-paced story spliced with crackling action and an intense emotional dimension. Jobless in Glasgow, Lindsay Gordon makes friends with a young freelance journalist, Rory McLaren. From there it is just a short step to political corruption and other juicy stories - all welcome distractions from Lindsay's problems at home with her partner Sophie. But when a local car-dealer's stepson is kidnapped, Lindsay and Rory are invited to trade journalism for detection. The trail leads them to St Petersburg and a dangerous snatch-back operation. It becomes clear that Lindsay and Rory have stumbled into a bigger, more violent piece of business than either of them could have guessed - and one which will test Lindsay to her absolute limits.… (more)

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