Grace Silva is a woman in control and she loves the safety of the law. She is a Federal District Court Judge currently up for an appointment to the appellate court. She is the mother of 16 year old Lane Franklin, who has had a few bumps, but is a smart kid and seems to have turned a corner at the Catholic boarding school that he started last term. Also, the ink on her divorce from a long loveless 16 year marriage is dry. She has it all together, right?
She does until she gets a call from her son’s school down in Ensenada. Her son is being held hostage by the most notorious “narcotraficate” in Mexico, known as the Butcher. What does he want? Well, money obviously, but he also wants her X husband whom no one has seen or heard from in weeks.
All bets are off for this former “by the book” judge as she attempts to rescue her son. She must confront a world that is so different from the life she has been determined to lead. In this shadow life you shoot first and ask questions later and power, drugs, fear and money rule, not the law.
Her X is no help. In fact, since he learned that he was not the biological father of their son years ago, he has barely given the boy the time of day. So it isn’t like he is going to lift a finger to help him now and him trading his life for Lane’s isn’t even worth asking.
Still, there is the real father. He doesn’t even know that he is a father, yet he might be just about the only man that could save Lane and learning the news will make it even more important to him.
Silvia Grace has 48 hours to save her son’s life. The clock starts now……
The Wrong Hostage is a nice thriller with interesting characters in a world that you think only exists in action movies and just enough romance and parental love to make it all seem worth fighting for.
The Wrong Hostage by Elizabeth Lowell
Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Avon (April 24, 2007)