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Three Weeks to Say Goodbye (edition 2008)

by C. J. Box

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Title:Three Weeks to Say Goodbye
Authors:C. J. Box (Author)
Info:New York : Minotaur Books, 2009, c2008.
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This book is about Jack and Melissa who have adopted a baby girl and nine months later are told they will have to hand her over to her biological father as he did not sign the adoption papers. The baby's biological grandfather happens to be a federal court judge and the family's lawyer doesn't want anything to do with trying to fight this.

Jack and Melissa are given three weeks to say goodbye to their daughter, hence the title.With the help of their friends they decide to fight and when they realise they can't win by legal means they opt for illegal means. What follows is their attempts to find something to blackmail the judge with, one friend thinks he has found photos that will compromise the Judge and arranges a meeting with the person who has them what he doesn't know is that he is being set up with the end result being that he is beaten to death. The judge uses his contacts with the sheriffs office to have Jack and Melissa watched, in the end this backfires as the officers assigned to this task side with Jack and Melissa.
The whole things ends with a showdown between the bad guys and the police plus Jack outside a trailer belonging to a paedophile who was blackmailing the judge. The paedophile had photos of the judge and his son murdering his first wife, he was going to give the judge the photos and the negatives in return for the baby. The judge double crosses the paedophile and shoots him, Jack shoots the judges son and kills him. The police cover up the fact that Jack has committed murder, they also claim that the paedophile was killed by the police and the judge is tried for the murder of his wife and sentenced to death. Jack is given one to three years for shooting the person who set up his murdered friend and the baby stays with Jack and Melissa.

While this is a good read, certain things are implausible. The photos that compromise the judge are so grainy it is doubtful that they would ever be admitted as evidence and at least ten police officers covering up the fact that Jack killed the judge's son. But these are just minor quibbles, all in all it was an enjoyable read. ( )
  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
In Denver Jack and Melissa McGuane were euphoric when the adoption was finally approved and baby Angelina made their family complete. They love their infant daughter, but nine months later the thirty something couple is shocked and dismayed. Julie Perala of the adoption agency informs them that Angelina's eighteen year old biological father Garrett, a Cherry Creek High School student, wants his daughter; he never signed the documents waiving his rights to her. His father is powerful Federal Judge John Moreland who demands his son raise his granddaughter.

Jack and Melissa love Angelina and want to do what is best for her. Thus they agree to meet father and son, but at the session, the McGuane's realize neither of their adopted infant's paternal side is interested in her welfare. They have a personal grudge agenda and little Angelina is the kickball.

I won't say that there's not a need for suspension of credibility looking back from the finish of this story. Some of the events that propel the book's characters to the closing are a bit dodgy. But you don't really care about that as you're racing through the story. For me, this has always been the attraction of Box's novels. They grab you in the early chapters and don't let up until the denouement.
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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Stand alone thriller that was a fun read. Every parent should be chilled by the prospect of a powerful person, with a gang ridden, sociopath son gone bad--in your life. The characters are well done and the reader sympathizes with the actions of the offended parents. The parents draw in some western characters that could never exist in the East. The plot winds together and there doesn't seem to be any hanging strands. But, you wonder what happens when the baby grows up to be an adult...or a teenager! ( )
  buffalogr | May 18, 2016 |
A couple is contacted by the adoption agency to say that they had not filed the proper paperwork and will lose the 9 month girl they have been raising. The birth father doesnt want her but the grandfather who is a federal judge does. While they know fighting him in court will not work, they try to dig up dirt and Judge Moreland and his son. It was a page turner with many twists and turns you dont see coming. Looking forward to reading some more by this author. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
A couple is contacted by the adoption agency to say that they had not filed the proper paperwork and will lose the 9 month girl they have been raising. The birth father doesnt want her but the grandfather who is a federal judge does. While they know fighting him in court will not work, they try to dig up dirt and Judge Moreland and his son. It was a page turner with many twists and turns you dont see coming. Looking forward to reading some more by this author. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
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The pistol-packing intervention of a deranged mountain man who may be ever so faintly on the side of the angels signals an eventual renunciation of theme in favour of action, but McGuane’s bootstrap heroism holds the interest.
 
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The bloodthirsty hate the upright, and they seek the life of the righteous. An unjust man is an abomination to the just, and he who is upright is an abomination to the wicked. --Proverbs 29:10, 27
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To Marc and Jenny ... and Laurie, always
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It was Saturday morning, November 3, and the first thing I noticed when I entered my office was that my telephone message light was blinking.
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Jack and Melissa McGuane have spent years trying to have a baby. Finally their dream has come true with the adoption of their daughter, Angelina. But nine months after bringing her home, they receive a devastating phone call from the adoption agency: Angelina’s birth father, a teenager, never signed away his parental rights, and he wants her back. Worse, his father, a powerful Denver judge, wants him to own up to this responsibility and will use every advantage his position of power affords him to make sure it happens. When Jack and Melissa attempt to handle the situation rationally by meeting face-to-face with the father and son, it is immediately apparent that there’s something sinister about both of them and that love for Angelina is not the motivation for their actions.

As Angelina’s safety hangs in the balance, Jack and Melissa will stop at nothing to protect their child. A horrifying game of intimidation and double crosses begins that quickly becomes a death spiral where absolutely no one is safe.
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Nine months after bringing their adopted daughter Angelina home, Jack and Melissa McGuane receive a devastating phone call from the adoption agency: the birth father, a teenager and son of a powerful Denver judge, never signed away his parental rights, and he wants Angelina back.… (more)

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