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Keeping Watch

by Laurie R. King

Series: Folly Island (2)

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Allen Carmichael came back from Vietnam a lifetime ago -- but only now was he ready to return home. For years, he's lived on the fringes of the law, using a soldier's skills to keep watch over those too young to defend themselves. Some consider him nothing but a kidnapper for hire -- the best in the business; others call him a hero. His specialty has been rescuing children from abusive parents and escorting them to loving homes. But after twenty-five years, he is ready to take on his final case -- a case that could destroy him. The boy's name is Jamie: He believes his father is going to kill him. Allen is convinced that the twelve-year-old is right and devises a strategy to save him. His last job done, Allen heads back to Folly Island, where he plans to settle into a quiet life. But not long after his return, a small plane piloted by the boy's father crashes, leaving behind debris -- but no body. Now it is up to Allen to resolve whether Jamie's father is dead or alive -- and to make sure Jamie himself stays out of harm's way. But a series of ominous events leads Allen to question whether Jamie's father is really the enemy after all. Or if the real threat is far more unspeakable ... and the killer unimaginable.… (more)

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Taut thriller, good mystery, great characters. Allen comes back from Vietnam a damaged soul. He finds his redemption in rescuing threatened children. His last mission is Jamie who might turn out to be the threat....... ( )
  bgknighton | Jul 2, 2020 |
A suspense novel at it's best. Laurie R King really succeeds with this novel. The main characters are memorable and the plot holds your attention until the very end. The psychological abuse aspects might offend some, but essential to the story and character development. Excellent incorporation of a previous novel, adds to the reading enjoyment, but not necessary if you haven't read the other novel. Well worth the read. ( )
  MM_Jones | Jul 13, 2017 |
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Synopsis: Because of his experiences in the military in Vietnam, Allen made a career of finding missing children. His partner gets him to take on one last case when he is ready to retire. This case makes him question whether the child is really being abused, or of he is a killer, himself.
Review: Very well written, you really don't know until the last chapter who is the real 'bad guy'. ( )
  DrLed | Feb 11, 2017 |
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
Tough subject, tough book and it really got me down. ( )
  Condorena | Apr 2, 2013 |
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I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.

--W.H. Auden
"September 1, 1939"
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To all the children who fight in wars not of their making
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Allen Carmichael balanced on the precariously slim branch of the vine maple, pawing aside the soft new greenery and cursing the incompatibility of most trees with the human body.
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Allen Carmichael came back from Vietnam a lifetime ago -- but only now was he ready to return home. For years, he's lived on the fringes of the law, using a soldier's skills to keep watch over those too young to defend themselves. Some consider him nothing but a kidnapper for hire -- the best in the business; others call him a hero. His specialty has been rescuing children from abusive parents and escorting them to loving homes. But after twenty-five years, he is ready to take on his final case -- a case that could destroy him. The boy's name is Jamie: He believes his father is going to kill him. Allen is convinced that the twelve-year-old is right and devises a strategy to save him. His last job done, Allen heads back to Folly Island, where he plans to settle into a quiet life. But not long after his return, a small plane piloted by the boy's father crashes, leaving behind debris -- but no body. Now it is up to Allen to resolve whether Jamie's father is dead or alive -- and to make sure Jamie himself stays out of harm's way. But a series of ominous events leads Allen to question whether Jamie's father is really the enemy after all. Or if the real threat is far more unspeakable ... and the killer unimaginable.

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