Alone (Detective D.D. Warren, #1)
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Alone (Detective D.D. Warren #1)

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A Massachusetts State Police SWAT sniper saves a woman and her young son by shooting the woman's armed husband. Now he finds himself in a twisted minefield of sordid wealth and family secrets in Gardner's latest "New York Times" bestseller.
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published January 11th 2005 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Michael
As a Lisa Gardner fan and in particular her detective D.D. Warren series this was such a thrill for me to read the opening book in the series. The story goes of Massachusetts State Trooper Bobby Dodge finding himself in a terrible position after he sees an armed man seemingly about to pull the trigger while pointing the gun at his wife and young son in their home. Bobby has only a split second on what to do and in the moment fires his sniper rifle and kills the man. Unfortuenly for Bobby the man...more
Helen
I liked this. I was hoping to love it in ways that would leave me giddy, but the spark just wasn't there. So, no serious love connection, but it was still good, solid entertainment. It kept me interested and moved at the right pace when It got down to business. In the end, I enjoyed myself, and didn't feel bad about it.

I have no regerts, and I'll probably give the next book in the series a chance at some point. Still, I'm not overly eager to rush things, and I'll probably spend time with some o...more
Jane Stewart
I did not enjoy the characters, the plot, or the narrator. I wanted it to be over.

Gunshots are heard. Neighbors call the police who surround the house. Inside Jimmy is pointing a gun at his wife Catherine. Bobby is a sniper and member of the police SWAT team. He sees Jimmy’s face change, and he believes Jimmy will shoot, so Bobby shoots and kills Jimmy. Now Jimmy’s father James is suing Bobby. If James wins Bobby goes to jail. If James loses, he will repeatedly appeal because he is wealthy. He c...more
Kath
My first Lisa Gardner book and loved it. Bobby Dodge is a great character and I really enjoyed this story. Bobby is not a typical tall, dark and handsome "alpha male" that most books tend to tell. Bobby's a former problem drinker with probably an average appearance (I do't think the details were disclosed other than he's 5'10", 160), with a troubled childhood and despite the fact the he's a sniper, has a somewhat passive attitude. Bobby though, likes to do the right thing, even when it's not goo...more
Chad Sayban
As Massachusetts State Trooper Bobby Dodge stares through the scope of his sniper rifle, we witnesses a hostage standoff unfold. When the wealthy man moves threateningly towards his wife and child, Dodge only has a split-second to decide what to do. But as he pulls the trigger, he has no idea how his life is about to change. The woman he believes he saved – the beautiful Catherine Rose Gagnon – is harboring a lot of secrets. Her powerful Judge father-in-law wants to destroy the man who killed hi...more
Larry Bassett
The sandpaper tongue of the puppy is the last straw for me! Alone goes from the unlikely to the improbable to the impossible. So a small detail deals a fatal blow to the credibility of this author. If you have ever been licked by a dog, you know they have smooth tongues. It’s the cats that have sandpaper.

I am a novice when it comes to reading thrillers and am not a fan of Steven King. So I am not sure how easily I should suspend disbelief. But I do think that Lisa Gardner asks a lot. The strange...more
Brenda
Aug 18, 2011 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller and Lisa Gardner lovers
Recommended to Brenda by: Michael
Bobby Dodge is a police sniper. He was called out to a domestic dispute in an elite area, where an armed man had his wife and child hostage. The neighbours reported shots being fired...

After Bobby was briefed, he ran to the top floor of a neighbouring house, where the bedroom window overlooked the subject's master bedroom, and the standoff was taking place. He followed procedure, reporting to his captain, identifying the subject through the scope of his sniper rifle...then made the split second...more
Bigd_041555
My introduction to Lisa Gardner - I liked the book, it took me a bit to get use to her writing and to "get" the direction she was going with the storyline. Once I got it, the reading went a bit smoother.

It was a good and troubling case - lots of so-called substories that eventually came together with the main story line. The biggest questions were who could you trust and what was an illusion and what wasn't.

Funny that this book is the first book in the DD Warren series and we don't meet her unti...more
Jeni
This was a fast-paced thriller that kept me guessing. Having been reading many historical mysteries lately, it was good for me to return to the 21st century, with telephones and DNA! The characters were well-developed and interesting, without being too easy to figure out. Bobby Dodge, the main character comes across as being a good cop, but not perfect, and not always predictable. Some of the situations the author placed the characters in stretched believability (now, why would she tell him that...more
MK (Food actvist)
This was my first Lisa Gardner book. I was an instant fan. I remembered thinking "Wow! This book is really good and I can't think of what is it, but wow." The begining, middle and end kept you engaged and that's what I like about any new authors I come across. I don't expect all thier books to be perfect but I am glad this first book I read was good. Looking for to more.
Ellen Keim
I didn't give this five stars because I reserve that for books I'd like to own or read again because they were so amazing. However, this book definitely warranted a 4. I'd read two other Lisa Gardner books before and really liked them, so I was anxious to read the first book in the series. I was surprised that D.D. Warren is barely represented in this book, but not disappointed because the story about her friend Bobby Dodge was so engaging.

When Bobby Dodge, a police sharpshooter, takes out Jimmy...more
Michael
Mass. State Tpr. Bobby Dodge is a sniper on the Special Tactics and Ops Team. He's alerted about a hostage situation and when he arrives, he just has time to set up surveillance and he sees a man with a gun, pointing at his wife and child. As Bobby sees the man about to fire, Bobby shoots the man, Jimmy Gannon, and kills him.

We also learn that Gannon's wife Catherine had been abducted as a teenager and burried underground for almost a month while her abductor abused her. She was saved when hunte...more
Erika
Detective D.D. Warren is less of a presence in this novel than the parenthetical reference might lead you to believe. Mostly, she saunters in wearing stiletto boots and slightly trashy clothes to reprimand her colleague, former boyfriend and prime suspect, Bobby Dodge for fraternization with the widow of the man he has just killed in his job as a police sniper. Overall, the book was a satisfying read incorporating characters that fit the roles assigned to them: the mysterious and dangerous widow...more
Tonya
Bobby Dodge is a police sniper who was called in for a domestic situation involving a wealthy couple in their penthouse. He has a split second to determine if the husband is truly a threat to his wife and child. After the act, things spiral out of control for Bobby. He is on suspension from work, standard procedure after a shooting, but is suddenly facing a lawsuit. He's also second guessing his actions and wondering if he made the right decisions.
This is a very suspenseful novel that keeps the...more
Mark
Jun 02, 2014 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of nice thrillers
Recommended to Mark by: Her striking blue eyes in a picture
Writing a review I noticed that this was the first detective D.D. Warren book and at no time did it strike me as a Warren novel. In fact her role in it is initially of a rather unsympathetic colleague of the actual main character Bobby Dodge who in his role as a sniper for the police has taken a shot and killed somebody he felt was about to kill a woman with a gun. Sadly enough the mans father is an influential superior court judge who sees the whole matter as murder of his only son.
The female v...more
Sandra Hernandez
surprisingly enough this is a very fast read, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the story or not but I find myself liking Catherine and some what relating to her. I don't want to ruin too much about the book but what I can say is it is definitely a good read and there are plenty of turns and twists and I thought I knew Catherine and I thought I knew what was going on but the ending really did surprise me
Cathy
Still annoyed that I had to read the second first, because I knew everything about this and so the mystery element was gone. It was good, but this featured chapters from the killer's POV in between the others and I dislike it intensely when authors do this. Those chapters are always tedious.

I liked the premise of this a lot - a sniper with the Mass. state police STOP force has to take the deadly shot in a domestic disturbance situation - and everything that entails for all the people involved. I...more
Cupcakencorset
An excellent read, although the designation ("Detective D.D. Warren, book 1") is somewhat misleading. While it may be the first of Gardner's books to feature Warren, that detective is far from the lead character. In fact, her role is definitely secondary, with no POV chapters at all, if memory serves. (It often doesn't, though, so forgive me if I'm wrong there.)

The lead character is Bobby Dodge, a sniper-team member and trooper with the Massachusetts State Police. It's his life that is thrown i...more
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Iris
This book was awesome. Haven't read a book so good in a long time.

The story takes place in Massachussetts, when snipper and SWAT team member Bobby Dodge witnesses Jimmy Gagnon pointing a gun at his wife and four-year-old son. Bobby decides to shoot Jimmy, as he believes he's going to kill his wife. After that, Bobby's life changes abruptly. Unfortunely, Jimmy is the son of James Gagnon, a powerful judge who believes his daughter-in-law is responsible for his son's death and the ill heath of his...more
Jae
This was a freebie download for me on Kindle--I assume as some sort of promotion--so I wasn't sure what to expect. But it was actually quite good! It had several well-drawn characters with complex histories and real, layered feelings; their backgrounds were revealed at a pace that kept me interested; it used point-of-view shifts in a way that really furthered the plot instead of just being annoying; and the villain was so scary that when I was reading it in the dark at night when I couldn't slee...more
Jerry
A friend whose reading opinions we favor sicced us on to Lisa Gardner, so we thought we’d try her D.D. Warren series, starting with numero uno “Alone”. Ironically, D.D. makes little more than a token appearance as one of the police detectives working the case at hand, and even then her approach per se is seriously superficial. In the story, a police SWAT-team sniper, Bobby Dodge, makes the difficult decision to kill a man threatening his wife and small child with a gun. He then experiences all k...more
Karen & Gerard
Alone by Lisa Gardner is a page turner that had my attention from the first page all the way to the end. It's about Bobby, a police sniper who responded to a domestic violence hostage situation and killed the husband who had his finger on the trigger of a gun pointed at his wife, Catherine, and 4-yr-old son, Nathan. Afterwards, Bobby felt terrible about killing a man and began to doubt himself. His life got complicated when the man turned out to be a high court judge's son and learned he may be...more
♥Xeni♥
Oh wow... what a powerful story. I'll list this book as 'true crime' because I don't doubt that stories like this are taking place all over the US (and the rest of the world probably too) every day.

This whole book just spoke to me, for some reason. Perhaps because I can understand the main character, Catherine, and thus can identify with her plight. Still, I feel like I can identify a tad with at least all of the characters.

The plot was very riveting (I read this book pretty quickly) and the c...more
Nathan Burgoine
First off, not the book to be reading when you've got a bad bug and are feeling nauseous. I threw up my Rice Crispies late this morning due to some graphic content colliding heads with my really off stomach.

If you've not read Gardner before, she's really worth it - on par with Lisa Scottoline, Kathy Reichs, Tami Hoag and - dare I say it? - Harlen Coben. Her psychological thrillers have extremely rich characters, and rarely does she give you the pat "female victim" role. Her women fight back, fig...more
Matthew
I didn't find this to be a good read. It wasn't horrible, the writing wasn't poor, and it wasn't really annoying, but it wasn't appealing either. The emotions and characters felt distant. I liked Bobby and Lane and DD might have potential, but I didn't feel involved in their lives. The abuse histories felt... detached, unreal, and not entirely relevant. The ending took too long and didn't give enough information. This wasn't a page turner like Killing Floor or Fire and Ice and it wasn't intrigui...more
ReaderSP
I picked up this book in our staff room at work because the story intrigued me and the book looked well read. I had never read a book by this author before so I didn't really know what to expect.
The story follows police officer Bobby Dodge as (in his job as a police sniper) he kills a judge's son (Jimmy). The judge and his wife believe that Jimmy was provoked by his wife (Catherine) and that it was Catherine's intention all along to have Jimmy killed before he divorced her. Jimmy was abusive tow...more
Linda
Police sniper Bobby Dodge is called to a domestic disturbance, where he sees a man brandishing a gun at a frightened woman and child with a gun. It ends badly, with Dodge compelled to shoot him for the threat he poses. Dodge knows he'll have to deal with the emotional consequences of killing someone, but he's knocked for a loop when he learns that the man's father, a corrupt, power mongering judge who wants Bobby charged with murder. Against his better judgment, Bobby responds when the new widow...more
Kristie
What to say...

Bobby Dogde gets a call that sends him to an apartment across the street from a hostage situation. As he looks through his scope he sees a husband, with a gun pointed at his wife and small son. When the husband throws the kid across the room and takes aim at his wife’s head, with a smile on his face, Bobby shoots - killing the husband. But did Bobby kill the right person that night? Was the husband really going to shoot the wife or did the wife set the whole thing up and has she be...more
April
There were so many twists and turns. I can't quite get my mind around the final plot resolution, but think that it was left open to interpretation by the author.

It took me 1 day to read, because I couldn't put it down. From the beginning I was worried about the protagonist, and suspicious of everyone else. Guess what? I was right to be suspicious. Gardner built a world where very little that we saw was 100% truth, and left me feeling paranoid that I was backing the wrong hero. What little I saw...more
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New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in po...more
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“Men may be violent, Officer Dodge, but let's face it-women are cruel...” 3 likes
“They [Cops] were living in the media age, and in the media age, cops didn't get to fire their weapons. Cops were honored if they got themselves killed in the line of duty, but they were never suppose to draw their guns, not even in self-defense.” 1 likes
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