A King's Ransom, by
Harper Collins - May 2001
ISBN: 0060192410 - Hardcover
Reviewed by Barbara
When Matthew Rey, a
commercial fisherman, is in Columbia on business, he is kidnapped by a
band of guerrillas. Matthew's son, Nick, receives a three million dollar
ransom demand. He is unaware that Matthew had purchased a kidnapping insurance
policy for that amount.
Nick's appeals for help
are refused by the FBI, who suspect that Matthew is not a fisherman but
a drug smuggler; by the State Department, who cites official policy of
not paying kidnappers; by the insurance company, who thinks Matthew is
in league with the kidnapper; by his own law firm, who will represent
the insurance company in a fraud case against Nick.
Nick enlists the aid
of Alex Cabrero, a kidnapping negotiator, and they go to Columbia to try
to free Matthew.
This is a story drawn
from today's headlines, with its frightening implications. The characters
are well-drawn; both the likeable ones, and the sadistic guerrilla leader,
Joaquin, and the two-faced senior attorney, Duncan Felt.
The story is filled
with action; the pace never slows down. The plot is gripping and realistic,
full of twists and surprises, full of deceit and treachery. The reader
is drawn to the struggle against the government agencies, the law firm
and the guerrillas.