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24 Hours

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  9,239 ratings  ·  588 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 Books (GB) (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.
Nov 11, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  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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John Swift
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Carole Asbury
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book bursts out of the title page with a tightly set up kidnapping plot. It's my quirk not to lay out the plot of a book in my reviews; it's information found easily elsewhere, and I don't ever want to put a kink in the journey of discovery that an author has so carefully crafted. Thus, we are left with whether or not I liked the book, and whether it is a worthwhile read (in my very humble opinion).
This one kept me turning virtual pages for about three-quarters of the story. At that point
Mark Souza
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
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.
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kori Looker
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Thomas Edmund
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jun 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dick Gullickson
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tim Warner
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am not finished yet. In fact, only half-way through. You can't (or shouldn't) "review" a book like this. You should read it, become completely immersed to the point that you give up sleep, eating, and working in order to go through the palpable terror of being at the mercy of the evil kidnapper and at the mercy of the genius of Greg Iles. I have read a lot of his books. He is, overall, outstanding. I have only read one which I found disappointing. It doesn't matter which one. I want an endless ...more
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.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Wow! What a roller coaster of a thrill ride! This book had me hooked from the first page. Would have given it five stars, but the ending seemed sort of abrupt. I would have liked to see what happened with the kidnappers and the family in the long run.....
Kori Campbell
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good. I read this bitch in two days. Greg Iles is freaking awesome!
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
A really fast moving thriller. I loved the idea of it...a group of kidnappers select a victim every year to pull off the perfect kidnapping - they always get away with the money & the child is released unharmed, sadly the same can't be said for the mother. This time the plan goes awry as the kidnappers didn't reckon on the determination of Will & Karen to rescue their daughter Abby.

It's a good action packed read though I'm not sure I can see the plan....or rather the rescue...working i
Bev Taylor
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
that is the time allotted to will and karen jennings to give 200k$ to the kidnappers of their daughter, 5 year old abby and she will be returned alive

will has made his name in medicine but the chief kidnapper hickey is a man to be reckoned with. this is the 5th time he has made this move and in each instance the kidnappings have never been reported because the amounts r small and there is no need for hostage negotiators. also they have been threatened in no uncertain terms not to alert the auth
Deb Hicks
I have now read every Greg Iles book written. This is the only one that I had missed until now. Good thing I didn’t read this one first because I may not have read another one. His Penn Cage series are some of the best mystery novels out there, this book did not even begin to compare. I can’t believe it was written by the same author. If this is the only Iles book you’ve read, don’t stop here. This does not compare to his later books.
The perfect child kidnapping scheme does not work out as planned. The book takes place in a 24 hour period, hence the title (no relation to Jack Bauer and the TV Series). It is interesting, as it details the perfect plan and its impact on the various principals, you can see why it should work. Parts of the ending are predictable, parts are not. Overall, it is an enjoyable ride.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another new Author... This book was a Movie back in 2002. Excellent Writer!!! First book in a long time that is not based on Serial Killers, however there are Murders... Book based on Ransomes!!!
Grant Callen
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Best piece of fiction I’ve read all year. Had me riveted from the first page. Iles delivers another thriller.
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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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