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Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Negotiator - romance

Author: Dee Henderson
Title: The Negotiator    
Publication Date: 2000, 2001
Number of Pages: 296 (319 with chapters from other titles)
Part of a Series: yes, O’Malley Series Book 1, 6 books in series and 1 prequel

Subject Heading(s):
  • Christian fiction
  • Government investigators-fiction
  • Hostage negotiators-fiction
  • Romantic Suspense fiction
Geographical Setting/ Time Period: Modern day Chicago, Illinois
Main Character(s):
  • Kate O’Malley-calm hostage negotiator
  • Dave Richman- FBI special agent
Plot Summary: Kate O’Malley is called in to handle a hostage negotiation at a bank where Dave Richman happened to be a customer at the time of the hostage taking. After the crisis is averted Kate and Dave are both part of the investigation. Kate begins receiving threatening messages on her answering machine and Dave becomes protective. An airplane is blown up and the perpetrator called in a warning ahead of the explosion which mentions Kate’s name. Kate has to relive a troubled childhood and work through some issues in order to find the culprit. The family she created in the orphanage rallies around her as well as her new friend Dave and her co-workers. She explores her feelings towards God and Dave throughout as well as new developments in her adopted family.
Appeal: Quick paced, lots of action, realistic, family ties, Christian redemption, strong characters, soul searching
Brief quote: “Kate flexed her fingers, forced to bury all her emotions into that one gesture. She would give her next paycheck to be able to go outside for about ten minutes and pound something. She not only had a cop in her midst, she had a would-be hero who wanted to give her backseat advice!” (pg. 20)
Prizes or Awards: none
Similar Works:
  • Word of Honor by Terri Blackstock Christian, romantic suspense
  • Sinner’s Song by, Nancy Mehl Christian, fast paced, suspense
Reviewer’s Name: Erin Bedford
 The Negotiator (The O'Malley Series #1)

Adapted from Saricks, Joyce G. and Nancy Brown. Readers= Advisory Service in the Public Library 2nd.  Chicago: ALA, 1997.

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