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24 Hours (Mississippi #2)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  6,516 ratings  ·  418 reviews
24 HOURS --- that's how long it takes a madman to pull off the perfect crime. He's done it before, he'll do it again, and no one can stop him.

But this time, he's just picked the wrong family to terrorize. Because Will and Karen Jennings aren't going to watch helplessly as he victimizes them. And they aren't going to let him get away with it.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Coronet (first published August 7th 2000)
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Thomas Strömquist
I may be unfair to this book because I read it shortly after re-reading the excellent Black Cross and this may have lost some in the comparison. I do remember it as a decent enough thriller, but the competition for those are fierce and therefore the mid rating.
this book is aggrevatingly stupid and poorly written. It reminds me of the da vinci code where a lot of the dialog is solely to guide the idiot reader through the ridiculous plot. i can't believe this book is so popular. i could barely get through it. at least the da vinci code was all about how religion is contrived by powerful white men so that white men could remain in power.
I listened to this on audio and even though it was a trainwreck somehow I managed to listen to the whole thing. What can I say good about this book? It was tightly plotted and fast paced. Now for the bad.
Dick Hill, who is a well respected narrator, did all the voices for this audio. When he did the female voices, the child's voice, and the mentally challenged man's voice, I laughed...I don't think this was the effect Iles was going for.
The characters are shallow and you don't care about them. If
24 Hours denotes the time taken to complete a hostage transaction. Abduct the child. Hold each of the parents separately and collect the ransom money. Then reunite the family. The kidnappers have done this five times before. However, this time is a bit different. It is personal, and the hostages aren't quite as willing. The kidnappers didn't know the child is diabetic, so they're careful plans must be changed to keep the girl alive until the money can be collected.

It has the usual twists and tu
Adam Light
This was the fastest paced Iles book I have read to date, and I have read most of them. This one was nonstop action, suspense and harrowing situations that had me frantically whipping through the pages to see what happened next. Utterly captivating, even though there were a few plot pitfalls. Highly recommended.
John Swift
If you like sex and violence along with your cliff-dwelling thrillers, then Greg Iles is your guy. About as good as it gets in this sub-genre. I've read about 10 of his books now and this one is as good as any of them; some are less good. His protagonists do not get to take a page or two off; they are in trouble right from the get-go. Going to the market for a quart of milk? You can assume he'll need to endure an armed robbery, a car chase, and a horrific accident from which he narrowly escapes ...more
Mark Souza
The book opens with a kidnapped child being released in a busy McDonald's parking lot. The kidnappers have a devious method of divide and conquer to get what they want, and they have their sights on a new family. It's every parent's nightmare. The book opens with tension and never lets up. The only knock I have comes at the end where credibility is stretched molecule thin (no spoilers here, you'll know it when you see it).

In short, this book was good enough that I will be on the look out for mor
Thomas Edmund
In 24 hours, Iles presents us with a nightmare scenario of a family held hostage by a trio of kidnappers. Unable to act for fear of each other's lives, they are all at the mercy of a pair of psychopaths and a manipulated man with a learning disability.

24 hours is a terrifying trip from start to finish. Iles really keeps one guessing how things are going to turn out, and how much the heroes will have to endure to get through the night. The ride is slightly shallow however, don't expect deep insig
Nov 03, 2010 Daniella rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want fast-paced action and can overlook plotholes.
Recommended to Daniella by: Angela Moxon
Shelves: thriller, 2010
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My first Greg Iles book but it will definitely not be my last. Non stop thriller from beginning to the end. Intriguing notion of how to commit the perfect kidnapping and a race against time is set in motion. Plenty of actionm especially in last 100 pages. 4.5 . I look to forward to reading more from this author. ...more
A fast paced thriller that runs the gamit of emotions and, like most of Iles' books, doesn't disappoint. A doctor's family is at risk when the six year old daughter is taken for ransom and they aren't going to let the kidnappers get away with it.
I loved this book. It kept me on the edge of my sit the entire time. It is a page turner. I finished in a couple of days and I am a slow reader. Another great book from Greg. Read this book, you will not be disappointed.
Will and Karen Jennings lived the ideal life, he a successful doctor and she a former nurse and medical school student now raising their five year old daughter, Abby. Their lives were suddenly disrupted by a ruthless conman and kidnapper who put them through hell over a 24 hour period. Joe Hickey targets his victims and makes sure no one is ever hurt and he has yet to kill since all of his victims pay the money and don't contact the authorities. He has a system but gets more than he bargained fo ...more
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What a fast rush of reading to the heart pounding beat. For many this will be a one seat read. I really enjoyed this one, a packed action thriller. The whole time the images were in my mind, a definite movie like book. I should have known, it is a movie, the title is Trapped, now I must go watch it. I feel like I may have seen it because the story felt to 'real' to me, deja vu like.

The saying it is to good to be true always rings correct at some point. Why do criminals never know whe
Kori Looker
I liked "24 Hours" By Greg Iles, because I enjoy a good thriller book. In this book, Joey is a madman who kidnaps children with his wife, Cheryl, and his mental cousin, Huey, from rich families for ransom. Their last attempt for ransom goes wrong when they victimize Will and Karen Jennings, who both have very high income jobs. Will has been planning and preparing for his job convention that is out of town. Karen stays home to take care of their daughter, Abby. Joey watches Will and Karen's sched ...more
Joe Hickey is a man with a plan... the perfect plan. He, along with his wife and cousin, kidnap the child of an unsuspecting doctor. His cousin keeps the daughter, he watches over the helpless wife, and his wife keeps an eye on the doctor who is away from the family at a medical conference. Hickey's intricate plan allows the three of them to walk away scott free and $200,000 richer. How does he know it's the perfect plan, because they've executed it five times before and now they're going for br ...more
Janie Johnson
When I started reading this book it seemed very familiar, like a movie I had seen years ago. And upon researching I discovered which movie it was but under a different name. The name of the movie is Trapped and Greg Iles wrote the screenplay. The movie was very close to the book, and I loved them both. There was plenty of action in the story and very thought provoking. What would you do if this hapened to you?

Only one thing really bothered me with this. It seemed like Will and Karen had so many
Sylvia Haberland
In diesem Buch geht es um ein Verbrechen, das schon mehrmals erfolgreich durchgeführt wurde, um Geld zu erpressen. Nach den Verbrechen wurde niemals eine Anzeige bei der Polizei erstattet, weil der Täter genau weiß, wie er seine Opfer in Schach halten kann. Nur bei dem 5. Mal, läuft alles anders, weil sich das Ehepaar Will und Karen Jennings nicht einfach in ihr Schicksal ergeben.
Ich habe selten ein so stimmiges und spannendes Buch gelesen.
Dick Gullickson
The “perfect crime” is thwarted by a determined doctor and his wife (and ultimately by the kidnappers accomplices). A great book for the beach (which is where I read it) which you really can’t put down. The strong and well drawn characters are intriguing as is the relationship between the young victim and her sympathetic captor (think of Lennie from Mice and Men). Nurse and doctor Karen and Will Jennings have their daughter kidnapped while Will is giving the keynote address at a Biloxi medical c ...more
I liked this book. It was a recommendation from my father and he has never steered me wrong with his suggestions. Have you ever been in a very serious, dangerous position? Think about an impending car accident that you know you cannot avoid. I hope that you will be able to say, "No!" to my question, but if you know what I am talking about, think about how everything in time seemed to surreally SLOW DOWN. That is the magical feeling that this author has captured with this book. As I was reading, ...more
A movie was made of this book, starring Kevin Bacon and Charlize Theron. The young daughter of a successful doctor and his wife kidnapped. The head honcho kidnapper (Bacon, in the movie) stays with the mother (Theron), while the knockout female kidnapper's assistant stays with the doctor (who is at a convention) until daylight, when he can access his bank account to get the money. The kidnapper didn't know that the child is diabetic, so his careful plans must be changed to keep the girl alive un ...more
Close to eleven hours of listening, narrated by Dick Hill. 24 Hours is a kidnapping for ransom thriller. This version was released in July of 2008. The story centers around Will, a doctor, and his wife and their five year old daughter. The nightmare begins with the abduction of the child by a mentally deficient man. His controlling brother, Joey, the mastermind, has control over the wife, and Will is initially clueless, at a convention. Will is approached by what he assumes is a hooker, a woman ...more
On way to tell how well the book was received by the reader is to look at the time it took him/her to read it. In this case, once I got into it, it took me two 'sittings' of about 5 hours spread over two days to listen through this one.

So I must have liked it a lot, right? Well, both yes and no. In '24 hours' Iles goes back to the formula I remember from his debute, Iron Cross, which I read more than 20 years ago - an extremly clever scenario and a situation where heroes seemingly cannot find th
My rating for this book is actually 2 1/2 stars. It is the first Greg Iles book I have read and I would try another one, but if there are as many plot holes and repetitive dialogue in the next it will be my last. There were also some flaws in character/plot development: for instance, once the wife got the upperhand on the kidnapper it seemed it was just too early in the book or a device to keep her from being raped, so Iles needed a way for her to quickly lose the upperhand or the book would end ...more
Another rip-roaring page turner from Greg Isles.

This title was previously published as "24 Hours" -- it also has been made into a movie, but I don't remember even seeing a preview.

A group of kidnappers for ransom has successfully completed five high payoff kidnappings. However, this time, the parents fight back and prove that there is no such thing as a perfect plan.

Isles does a great job of building the tension and keeping the reader turning the pages. With a phone call every thirty minutes (e
Dr. Will Jennings is attending the annual physician's conference when he is approached by a woman with a gun. She tells him that his six-year-old daughter has been kidnapped and his wife is being held at their home by Joe Hickey. Joe wants money and has a plan to get that money that has not failed him yet. He will check in with the woman every half hour. If Will or his wife, Karen, do not cooperate, their daughter will be killed. Joe knows this is the perfect plan. He has used it successfully se ...more
By page 10 my interest was engaged. By page 20 my attention was spiked. By page 50 I couldn't put it down! This book holds such an intense energy and just when you think you've pulled one over on the adversary....he ups the game! The whole book only covers a 24 hour period and during this time the characters are constantly engaged - just like you feel you are living the same scenario. It's an extremely easy plot to follow - its a way of getting ransom money with nobody getting hurt. Kidnapping ...more
A nerve-shattering thriller. Couldn't put it down. Though miles apart, the brilliant physician, the protective mother, and the resourceful child struggle against the clock to thwart the madman who threatens their family, and to reunite at last.
Good read: fun, smart, fast moving

I read a lot for work. I enjoy emptying my head out with something interesting that does not require effort. This was pure entertainment. The characters are interesting, intelligent, believable. The story moves fast. There are no wasted words. There is not a lot of gore or gruesomeness. The end wraps up quickly. It's like a tv show in question bok. There are little inconsistencies.. the antagonist does not age in 5 years (not a vampire). The main characters seem
Tim Swift
This is a pretty run of the mill holiday thriller, which you can get through in a few hours without concentrating too much. If I'd paid it a bit more attention, I would probably be more critical of it. One or two good twists, but basically it's the formula of how do you place someone in an impossible situation and then let them come out ahead. For me, two plots intertwined which would have been good if one were followed through but becomes a bit unbelievable when the outcome depends on them both ...more
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Greg Iles was born in Germany in 1960. He grew up in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. He was active in a band called "Frankly Scarlet", but quit after realizing that the touring lifestyle was not conducive with his family life. Once no longer busy with the band, he turned his attention to writing.

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