Gone in Seconds by Ed James
review copy; 356 pages
Max Carter series #2
Gone in Seconds by Ed James is a recommended suspense novel and the second in the FBI Agent Max Carter series.
Wealthy couple and new philanthropists Landon and Jennifer Bartlett
are out at a benefit when their five week old son, Ky, is stolen from
his crib. The couple is beside themselves, so perhaps the fight between
Landon and his brother Chase is understandable, or is it? FBI Agent Max
Carter investigates child abduction cases and he is called in to find
young Ky, but the case seems to have more angles than is obvious at the
start. There may be some kind of tie to the Russian mafia, and could the
brother's dubious business deals somehow be connected to the
Readers will know right from the start that a young woman named Kaitlyn
has kidnapped Ky, although we don't know why. She seems to care for the
baby, but she seemingly has little planned as far as her escape beyond
the kidnapping. We don't know the why until later in the novel and then
it makes some sense. She also has some mysterious helper assisting her in her escape.
The story will hold your attention, especially as you will want to
know why the baby was taken and also some explanation for everything
that is going on in the novel. There is a lot more going on than just a
kidnapping. This is also a definite second in a series and James does
little to assist a new reader jumping into the series at book two.
Jumping into book two will mean you are missing background information
and helpful character development. Additionally, Max isn't a very
likeable character and I'm thinking book one would likely add some more
depth and humanity to his character.
My review copy was courtesy of Bookouture.