The Nightmare Thief

The Nightmare Thief

by Meg Gardiner

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Autumn wants something special for her twenty-first birthday. She has the sports car, the apartment, and the private college. Now she wants excitement. She’s going to get it. Daddy has signed up Autumn and her friends for the “ultimate urban reality” game: a simulated drug deal, jailbreak, kidnapping, and manhunt. Authorities know all about it.

That’s why they’re disregarding the cries for help. How convenient for a gang of players taking it to the next level. They’re playing for real. When forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett and her partner, Gabe Quintana, are pulled into the game, the stakes are raised. After all, nobody wants to spoil Autumn’s fun. And nobody is leaving this party alive.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101543245
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/21/2011
Series: Jo Beckett Series , #4
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 91,599
File size: 542 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Meg Gardiner previously practiced law and taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Originally from Southern California, she now lives with her family in London. The Dirty Secrets Club is her first novel published in the U.S. She will be promoting The Dirty Secrets Club on a national tour this summer.

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The Nightmare Thief 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In San Francisco reporter Evan Delaney (see Kill Chain) investigates the death of attorney Phelps Wylie as he finds some odd phenomena starting with the corpse found in the Sierras,. Needing help, Evan contacts forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett (see The Dirty Secrets Club) for help. Jo Informs Evan she will perform a psychological autopsy. She begins her analysis and she and her boyfriend Gabe Quintana visit the mine for further information. In San Francisco, twenty-one years old Autumn Reiniger's father gives her a birthday present of playing an Edge Adventures urban reality game. However, a different group abducts Autumn and her friends, demanding her father CEO of Reiniger Capital hedge fund pay twenty-million in ransom money for their safe return. Gabe and Jo collide with the kidnappers and their six spoiled offspring of wealth. The first collaboration between the leads of Meg Gardiner's two series is a terrific thriller though neither Delaney nor Beckett is the prime players. Instead spoiled overly indulged Autumn with her need to connect anyway she can with her distant dad is the star. Readers will enjoy this strong rescue mission attempt as even the affluent have emotional issues though it is difficult to feel much sympathy towards the six as money may not buy happiness but it eliminates the economic detractors that the impoverish face; which make happiness that much harder to obtain. Harriet Klausner
JP1 More than 1 year ago
This is the first Meg Gardiner book that I have read. It is a thriller; I could not put it down. I stayed up last night till beyond midnight to get to the end. The bad guy has an encounter with deadly snakes. Not pretty! So much for the idea that female authors cannot be as gruesome and innovative as male authors. Wow, I would not want to be the villain in one of her books. Not a good outcome. Meg Gardiner was a presenter at the recently concluded Texas Book Festival. I was impressed by her presentation and decided to get one of her books. I done good; I plan to read others.
BookDivasReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've thoroughly enjoyed other works by Ms. Gardiner but I found it very difficult to get into this story. I simply did not enjoy the story line and felt it was too convoluted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book hard to follow, how did the guy get from a wrecked truck across the raging river and up to the road before the (good guys) go there??
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grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Autumn and her friends are in for one hell of an adventure. Or so they thought; on her 21st birthday, her father books an fantasy adventure for her and her friends (hoping it will help her grow up). He had experienced one and thought it would be just what she needed. Except things go wrong and the fantasy becomes reality when the kids are kidnapped for real! The cops were notice din advance that it was a game. But forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett stumbles across the kidnapped kids while investigating another case and now must fight for her life against these trained killers. This thriller is fast paced; no doubt about that. And the action never stops. The characters are well developed and the descriptive narratives of the terrain make you feel part of the story. A very good story.
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This book has a very contrived, unrealistic plot with characters I didn't really care about. Although I've read other books by the author this selection would make me shy away from others in the same series. Can't recommend.