Versatile and prolific, King not only finds time for two successful mystery series but also manages to produce the occasional stand-alone gem. Fans will discover that this gripping tale shares certain locations and characters with Folly (2001), but her hero and subject are unique to this novel. At its simplest, this is the story of a man who helps rescue women and/or children from dangerously abusive men. King's lengthy, brilliantly executed backstory of Allen Carmichael's experiences in Vietnam, his disastrously unhappy return home and his eventual discovery of his "calling" showcase some of her finest writing. Now in his early 50s, Allen is ready to retire from his dangerous vocation, to settle on his remote island and perhaps serve as a consultant to those who continue the struggle. But his last rescue, that of a 12-year-old boy trapped in a horrible situation, continues to haunt him. And when reports reach him that loose ends from that case may be unraveling, he's compelled to check it out since his actions may have endangered others. King captures perfectly the contradictions of combat: the exhilaration and the horror, the isolation and the camaraderie. The niche Allen eventually finds, the one that allows him to function more or less successfully, offers almost the same mix of extreme emotions. This novel of harrowing suspense and wrenching resolution should earn King plenty of accolades.
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Alan Carmichael, who has devoted his life to rescuing abused children, takes on one last case-with devastating consequences. The latest from multi-mystery-award winner King.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I've come to love Laurie King's literate, thoughtful and humanistic takes on mystery and suspense. KEEPING WATCH didn't let me down one bit. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Carolyn Bright
I love Laurie R. King and have eagerly awaited each of her novels. And enjoyed each one greatly. This one however could have used some major pruning. Read morePublished on March 26 2004
Too difficult to follow, too obvious, and too full of stereotypes. Get from your library.Published on July 3 2003 by plum9195
KEEPING WATCH is a remarkable achievement. Laurie King intertwines a first-rate story of war in Vietnam with a contemporary suspense story about rescuing a twelve-year old from... Read morePublished on May 18 2003 by charles falk
Since there are already several glowing and wonderfully written reviews here, I will keep mine short and sweet. This is Laurie R. Read morePublished on May 17 2003 by Menagerie
If I were as good a writer as Laurie King, I would have the right words at my fingertips to do this novel justice. Read morePublished on May 13 2003
I'm a big fan of Laurie R. King's "Kate Martinelli" series; and bought this book to see what else she can write. Read morePublished on May 6 2003 by L. Quido
Her in-the-mind characterization of what it is like to be an American soldier/warrior in Vietnam is so believeable, and so disturbing. I liked that part the best. Read morePublished on April 26 2003 by Peter L. Swinford
Laurie King has gained herself an enthusiastic new fan. If all of her books are as well crafted as KEEPING WATCH, I'll be digging through library shelves to find every one. Read morePublished on April 13 2003 by Bookreporter