24 Hours (Mississippi #2)
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24 Hours (Mississippi #2)

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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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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...more
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.
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.
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...more
T. 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...more
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
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...more
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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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...more
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
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...more
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
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.
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
Kori Campbell
This book was really good. I read this bitch in two days. Greg Iles is freaking awesome!
I got about half way through and stopped listening. Was the worst Greg Iles, and I have liked the other ones. It was a simple story, sociopath kidnaps child, keeps mom with him over night to rape. I knew the separated husband and wife would eventually get their revenge on the kidnapper, but it stalled for me in the most drawn out, gratuitous rape scene. I tried to skip over it, but the style of writing was to switch between 3 point of view. Plus, listening to it, it was hard to know how far to s...more

I have been delighted after enjoying Greg Iles "The Quiet Game" and as avid reader coming upon a good author proceeded to buy more of his books, but "24 hours", I confess, got me a little disappointed
The plot is simple, the daughter of a very rich doctor is abducted and taken to a remote location and his wife psychologically and sexually abused at home by one of his kidnappers while he is attending a convention far from home as a keynote speaker, that brings about a ve...more
Greg Iles- 24 Hours 3.75 Stars

Five times before Joey, Huey, and Cheryl had pulled off their perfect kidnapping crime, only taking 24 hours to get a small payout. This time things are different Dr. Will Jennings and his wife Karen, are not going to make it easy. They don’t trust the kidnappers to keep their word, especially with what they have learned. Protecting their child is most important, they will do anything to see she is kept alive, even if it means killing someone else, or dying themselv...more
Iles's writing possesses a Southern literary flavor similar to Faulkner with a sprinkling of Flannery O'Connor. Yet his descriptive flourishes (which are rarely florid digressions) add rather than detract from the tension within the novelist's thrillers. The beauty he describes so well is soon threatened by the shadows. His stories often depict the evil lurking on the fringes of a settled world.

Although I've been a fan of Mr. Illes work for years, I only recently discovered 24 hours, which came...more
What a great book! I was hooked from the beginning, although some parts were not easy for me to read.
The premise of the book is very sad and tragic IMO, but I sort of assumed from the beginning, it would turn out okay in the end .... I'll leave you to read it to so you can see if I was right or very sad at the end.
This is the second book I've read by Greg Iles and he did not disappoint (although admittedly, I liked the first book I read by him better, but I think the plot line is a big cause of...more
This book centered on a kidnap-for-ransom of Abby Jennings, Dr. Will Jennings daughter. The perpetrator was Joe Hickey who was assisted by his wife Cheryl and his cousin Huey, who was mentally challenged. When Dr. Jennings goes to a medical conference to give the keynote speech, his daughter is abducted and his wife is held captive in their house. After the speech, Will is approached by a young lady who forces her way into his room at gunpoint. They are expected to come up with $200,000 the next...more
First time reader of Iles. I liked the book but then I did not like the book. Slow to start. Pinged my interest for a few pages. Glad when I finished...The story is about a trio of kidnappers. They have the perfect crime.Fool-proof. Once a year they kidnap a wealthy family. Holding each member of the family at different locations. I think my one fault with the book was I didn't care about the adult characters. They all were self-centered jerks. Victim and criminal. Abby the 6 year old got my sym...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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