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Alone Hardcover – Jan 11 2005

4.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (Jan. 11 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553802534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553802535
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #497,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Three-dimensional characters fill out a riveting story that is like a juicy steak: slow broiled to perfection.... Highly recommended."
Library Journal

"Intricate and suspenseful, ALONE keeps you on the edge of your seat."
Los Angeles Times

"Like all the best suspense novels, ALONE will leave you shaken.... you can't wait to see what happens next."
People Magazine

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"Three-dimensional characters fill out a riveting story that is like a juicy steak: slow broiled to perfection.... Highly recommended."
--Library Journal

"Intricate and suspenseful, ALONE keeps you on the edge of your seat."
--Los Angeles Times

"Like all the best suspense novels, ALONE will leave you shaken.... you can't wait to see what happens next."
--People Magazine

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By Darlene TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 14 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a new author for me, and it is also a book that is first in a series.

I had initially planned to give this one 3.5 stars. For me, the beginning of the book read too much like a police tactical how-to manual...way too much detail and my attention span was beginning to wane. But the action-packed ending upped my rating to 3.75. There are some disturbing issues in the book, so be forewarned.

The narrator, Anna Fields, did a good job.

I plan to read more of this series.

MY RATING: 3.75 stars!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Enjoyed This Psychological Crime Thriller, May 12, 2013
By James A. Anderson "Author" (London, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME) This review is from: Alone (D. D. Warren) (Kindle Edition)
An excellent crime thriller by a very good writer.

This is my first Lisa Gardner novel, but won't be my last. I rather enjoyed this psychological crime thriller with its many twists and turns and a cast of highly interesting characters. A real page turner that kept me reading to find out how it ends.

Bobby Dodge is a Boston SWAT team sniper who shoots and kills a husband holding his wife and son hostage with a gun. But is everything as it seems? Was Bobby manipulated by the wife, Catharine, into killing her abusive husband? His actions face police investigation. She was kidnapped and sexually abused as a child and to complicate matters, her abductor is out on parole and after her and her child, hired by Benefacor X.

Here's where the novel fails a bit because Benefactor X is so obvious you know the culprit almost from the start and Gardner's suspense is lacking here. The end however is very exciting and offers a few surprises.

The book is listed as a D.D. Warren mystery. She is a Boston female detective but is only a secondary character. Bobby Dodge plays a much more prominent part in this novel. I would have liked to have seen D.D. Warren play a larger role in the story. I think she was underused and underplayed by the author.

It is for the above reasons I have given this book 4 stars instead of 5.

Still, overall it was a very good and exciting read and I'd read others by this author.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reason for Reading: I am reading this series but started with book #3, since my sister had the first book it was the perfect opportunity to catch up with the series.

Having read books 3-5 of this series it was a little strange going back to the first book as D.D. Warren is only a very minor character who is only introduced halfway through the book. Obviously, this book did not start out to be the "D.D. Warren" series. Instead the main character is Bobby Dodge, police sniper, who in the later books is D.D.'s partner. Bobby is called out to an intense domestic scene where shots fired have been reported and he makes his first on the job kill. The woman whose life he has saved turns out to be not only a woman in trouble but trouble herself. Bobby is investigated by Internal Affairs to see if his shot was righteous but the dead man's affluent parents file a civil suit against him for murder. While they also file against the widow for custody of the one grandchild whom they've accused of being mistreated by his mother. Bobby gets wrapped up in the widow's life and finds himself embroiled in the middle of a complicated case where people close to the widow start to be violently killed off, one after another.

A very intricate plot with plenty of different angles from which to switch back and forth. The character of Bobby is given a complete background and since having read other books in the series it was interesting to get to know him so much better. A compelling story that deals with multiple themes: police procedural, SWAT teams, serial killer, child kidnapping and murder for hire. All these rolled into one make for an entertaining, detailed plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It was quite strange to find D.D.
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By Te on Jan. 29 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Alone is an amazing crime story. It all began with the death of Jimmy Gagnon, son of Judge Gagnon. Jimmy was killed by State trooper Bobby Dodge who with a tactical swat team was trying to defuse a supposedly domestic abuse hostage crisis. But the judge and his wife believe Jimmy's wife, Catharine Gagnon engineered the crisis to get rid of their son, so they want their only grandson taken from her. They start by suing Bobby Dodge and with that unfolded incidences which invokes Catherine's past as a victim of a pedophile half a century back.

Embroiled in the mystery of the unfolding drama is the lurking presence of the serial rapist, manipulation by the late Jimmy's parents, the helplessness of the grandson, Catherine's calculating nature and Bobby Dodge's determination to resolve the mysteries behind all the deaths around. Alone, Triple Agent Double Cross, Runaway are gripping until the very end. I like books that thrill me until the last pages.
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By lawyeraau TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 26 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When veteran officer Bobby Dodge of the Massachusetts State Police Special Tactics and Operations Team is called out to a hostage situation in progress, little does he know that in a matter of moments his life would change. Seeing a woman with a young child in her arms held at gunpoint, he keeps the gunman in his sight of his scope from fifty yards away, but when the gunman rips the child from the woman's arms and points the gun directly at the woman's head, his finger tightening on the trigger, State Trooper Bobby Dodge does what he was trained to do.

It is that split second action that will raise questions that remain unanswerable until Bobby puts on his thinking cap in a very unorthodox way. Moreover, the beautiful damsel in distress, Catherine Rose Gagnon, has a lot of issues, including a secret past that continues to haunt her. Her child also has issues, but what they are will keep the reader guessing until the shocking finale. Once again, this author has created another intense thriller. Full of surprises and suspense, this fast-paced, intricately plotted book will keep the reader turning its pages.
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