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The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted

by Andrew E. Kaufman

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Journalist Patrick Bannister’s mother has died, he is not sure why he decided to attend her funeral. There are references to child abuse – emotional and physical that he suffered at her hands. While at the house he sees a box of books he hasn’t seen before, so decides to take as a keepsake.

When looking through the box he finds, information about a kidnapping, a disturbing letter from his Uncle Warren to his mother and a St Christopher’s medal. This discovery sets him on the path to research a 30 year old kidnapping.

Excellent suspense, I could barely keep myself from turning to end before reading the entire story! You’ll find monsters, yes more than one! Lies. Fear.

This is a new author for me, one I will read again.
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  Bettesbooks | Feb 4, 2017 |
This book is considered in the genre of psychological thriller and might I add suspense to that. When you read this book, be careful to cement the character names and who they are in you mind as you read because it is easy to mix up the characters especially when one takes on the identity of another. My biggest beef about books is how authors choose to end them. Many times the endings are just not "satisfying." Andrew E Kaufman had the perfect ending; not one that meant everything was okay but it was just a good ending.

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While going through his dead mother’s, (Jean), belongings, Patrick Bannister discovers shocking evidence that suggests she was responsible for the death of another of her children many years ago. Even worse, an innocent man might have gone to the electric chair because of Jean’s lies.

This thrilling account is about a man who finds himself coming up against powerful forces that want the past to stay hidden. As Patrick tries to piece together the truth, he discovers that his own life is on the line. Can he discover the truth about who really killed the baby, and who helped cover it up and at the same time keep himself alive?



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  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
The story alternates between flashbacks of Patrick Bannister’s childhood and his investigation nowadays into the abduction of a 3-year old child, Nathan, some 30 years ago. Patrick’s childhood was horrendous and it tore my heart out. Kaufman did an amazing job creating empathy for him this way. Even in his adult life he feels the effects of what he had to endure when he was young. Then after his mother dies, he finds a mysterious note and a necklace with the initials NAK in her belongings. This is the start of his investigation into the abduction of Nathan Kingsley and he is determined to find out what his mother and uncle had to do with it. He returns to the scene of the crime and joins forces with a local reporter but soon they find out that someone is after them who is not all too happy for their snooping around. The action was fast-paced, the drama terrific, the story flowed well and it was very suspenseful. A little predictable, I had the plot figured out well in advance but it didn’t bother me too much, it was still an excellent page-turner. ( )
  Ingstje | Jan 18, 2016 |
Pretty good book, and I'll continue the series. Wasn't spectacular though and I guessed at the bigger reveals very early on, so it didn't pack the punch I think it was supposed to. Could have used a bit less of the back and forth between the present and back story. Back story was necessary, but it wasn't allowing the story to flow the way it could have. Still a good book and I'll see what the next one has in store. ( )
  Robert.Zimmermann | Oct 15, 2015 |
I was told this could also be considered a psychological horror so I was really disappointed. This was just your basic mystery/thriller and was very predictable and I never figure these things out. I also found the back story to be irritating and whiny. Fast read. ( )
  Fearshop | Aug 20, 2015 |
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SHE ONLY STEPPED OUTSIDE FOR A MINUTE...

But a minute was all it took to turn Jean Kingsley's world upside down--a minute she'd regret for the rest of her life. 
 

 


STEPPING INTO HER WORST NIGHTMARE...
 


Because when she returned, she found an open bedroom window and her three-year-old son, Nathan, gone. The boy would never be seen again. 
 




A NIGHTMARE THAT ONLY BECAME WORSE.

A tip leads detectives to the killer, a repeat sex offender, and inside his apartment, a gruesome discovery. A slam-dunk trial sends him off to death row, then several years later, to the electric chair. 
 





CASE CLOSED. JUSTICE SERVED...OR WAS IT?

Now, more than thirty years later, Patrick Bannister unwittingly stumbles across evidence among his dead mother's belongings--it paints her as the killer and her brother, a wealthy and powerful senator, as the one pulling the strings.


WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO NATHAN KINGSLEY?
 


There's a hole in the case a mile wide, and Patrick is determined to close it. But what he doesn't know is that the closer he moves toward the truth, the more he's putting his life on the line, that he’s become the hunted. Someone's hiding a dark secret and will stop at nothing to keep it that way.

The clock is ticking, the walls are closing, and the stakes are getting higher as he races to find a killer--one who's hot on his trail. One who's out for his blood.
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She only stepped outside for a minute... But a minute was all it took to turn Jean Kingsley's world upside down--a minute she'd regret for the rest of her life. Because when she returned, she found an open bedroom window and her three-year-old son, Nathan, gone. The boy would never be seen again. A tip leads detectives to the killer, a repeat sex offender, and inside his apartment, a gruesome discovery. A slam dunk trial sends him off to death row, then several years later, to the electric chair. Case closed...justice served... or was it? There's a hole in the case a mile wide, and Patrick is determined to close it. But what he doesn't know is that the closer he moves toward the truth, the more he's putting his life on the line, that he's become the hunted. Someone's hiding a dark secret and will stop at nothing to keep it that way. The clock is ticking, the walls are closing, and the stakes are getting higher as he races to find a killer - one who's hot on his trail. One who's out for his blood.… (more)

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