The Wrong Hostage (St. Kilda Series #1)

The Wrong Hostage (St. Kilda Series #1)

by Elizabeth Lowell

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The latest masterwork from one of the leading writers of suspense . . . New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell returns with a chilling tale of the law gone wrong and a kidnapping that threatens more than one life.

The Wrong Hostage

Orphaned at thirteen, Grace Silva clawed her way out of poverty and violence to become one of the most respected judges on the federal bench. Grace believes in the rule of law -- lives it, breathes it. She has always been buttoned up and buttoned down.

Except once.

Joe Faroe has learned that laws are made by politicians, and politicians are all too human. He believes in the innocents, the ones getting ground up by governments that are too polarized or too corrupt to protect their own citizens. He's been through the political meat grinder himself. It cost him his career, his freedom, and the woman who still haunts him. Since then Faroe has worked outside the rules and politics of government as a kidnap specialist for St. Kilda Consulting, a Manhattan-based global business that concentrates on the shadow world where governments can't go. He is good at his work -- intelligent, confident, ruthless.

Until a friend dies trying to kill him.

Now Faroe is out of the business. Retired. He's through trying to save a world that doesn't want to be saved.

Then Grace comes to him, past and present collide, and Faroe finds himself sucked back into the shadows, tracking a violent killer who holds the life of Grace's son in his bloody hands.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061758782
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: St. Kilda Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 47,386
File size: 731 KB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell has more than eighty titles published to date with over twenty-four million copies of her books in print. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, with whom she writes novels under a pseudonym. Her favorite activity is exploring the Western United States to find the landscapes that speak to her soul and inspire her writing.

Date of Birth:

April 5, 1944

Place of Birth:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


B. A., University of California, 1966

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The Wrong Hostage

A Novel
By Elizabeth Lowell

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Elizabeth Lowell
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060829818

Chapter One

Southern California
La Jolla
Saturday morning

The phone rang four times before Judge Grace Silva pulled her head out of the legal documents she was reviewing.

Maybe it's Ted.


It had been years since she'd cared about her husband -- newly ex-husband -- in any way but as the father of her child. And if there was a persistent personal sadness that she'd failed in marriage, well, she'd just have to live with it. She'd worked hard to make the divorce and all the legalities entailed as civilized and adult as possible.

For Lane.

But she was real tired of getting calls at all times of the day and night asking for Theodore Franklin. Just because he'd kept his legal address as the beach home they'd once shared didn't mean he actually lived with her.

"Hello," Grace said.

"Ah, senora," said a man's voice. "This is Carlos Calderon. I would like to speak to your husband."

Grace didn't bother to point out that Franklin was her ex. If Calderon wasn't close enough to Ted to know about the divorce, she had no reason to announce it.

"Ted isn't here," she said briskly. And he hasn't been here in three weeks, which you damn well should know because you orone of your employees has called every day. "Have you tried his Wilshire office, his cell phone, and his Malibu condo?" Or his bimbo mistress?

"Si, yes, many times."

"Is it something I can help you with?"

Grace expected the same answer she'd gotten for the past three weeks -- a polite thanks but no thanks.

Instead Calderon sighed and said, "Judge Silva, I am afraid you must come to Ensenada immediately."

Her hand tightened on the phone. As a judge, she was accustomed to giving rather than taking orders. "Excuse me?"

"It is your son, Lane."

"What's wrong?" she asked quickly. "Is he in trouble? He's been so good for the -- "

"It is not something to be discussed over the telephone. I will see you in two hours."

"What's wrong?" she demanded.

"Good-bye, Judge Silva."

"Wait," she said. "Give me four hours. I don't know what traffic will be like at the border."

"Three hours."

The phone went dead.


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Wrong Hostage 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is a page turner. No doubt about it. The story is crisp, the dialog is excellent, the suspense is chilling, the romance is great. The characters are so well written that as a reader you start to believe they are actual people. Storyline wise, this could have came right off a Newsweek cover story. Politics, drugs, money. Perfect.
Sunflower6_Cris More than 1 year ago
The first few chapters were hard to get through but then it was easy to follow and finish. Although I've never read Elizabeth Lowell I thought that her writing style for drama and thrillers was great but I don't think she should mix too much romance into her stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Elizabeth Lowell's. Having read all of her recent novels, I thought this was one of the best plots. Although I found the first two chapters difficult to engage, once I got passed that, I couldn't put the book down. Great job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the BEST Elizabeth Lowell novel. You won't be disappointed in the writing, the dialog or the story line. Grace Silva is a California judge whos son is being held in Mexico. With the clock ticking, she contacts St Kilda Consulting to get the help of Joe Faroe. Together they have to unravel her ex-husband secrets and bargain with devils on both sides of the boarder in an attempt to save an innocent child. But will Faroe still help her when he learns Grace has secrets of her own? Elizabeth struck gold with this story line. She hooked you in from page one and tugged at your heart and mind until the last page was turned. Her characters were so real it was scary, and yes there were times I wanted to reach through the book and slap a few people. I couldn't put the book down. I hope to see more St Kilda books.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Federal Judge Grace Silva's husband has given their son to a Mexican drug lord as collateral on some investments. When the money and the husband go missing, Grace is given 48 hours to produce them or her son dies. She calls the only person who can help, Joe Faroe, an agent of St. Kilda (like the FBI, but without rules and government), whom she had a relationship with 16 years prior.The plot is engaging and believable, the characters are well-developed and authentic, and the writing is exceptional. The romantic scenes are hot without being distracting from the plot or cringe-worthy. A first rate novel. Had a hard time putting it down.
Sunflower6_Cris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good book but slow starting...The first few chapters were hard to get through but then it was easy to follow and finish. Although I've never read Elizabeth Lowell I thought that her writing style for drama and thrillers was great but I don't think she should mix too much romance into her stories.
JennieLeigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first Elizabeth Lowell novel. I think I have found a new favorite writer. I've since read a second of her books and liked it as well. It was a nice blend of romance and action/suspense. I didn't spend an inordinate amount of time trying to suspend my disbelief, which is something I appreciated. Not that I won't read books that are flat out over the top. I have read and enjoyed some that were utterly absurd if taken too seriously. But I dislike trying to plod through a book where the writer is taking the characters seriously yet makes a habit of having them do things that are wholly out of character or utterly ridiculous. Neither of these pet peeves was an issue in this book. The characters were likable to me and acted within reason, as far as I was concerned. Judge Grace Silva was a strong woman who saw the world through the black and white lens of the law until circumstances forced her to reevaluate her beliefs. Her journey through this process was believable to me. All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense and I will certainly be reading more of Ms. Lowell's work in the future.
jonahfied on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This hostage story was a bit wearing. I just didn't believe it like I usually believe EL's stories. I still liked the book, but not my favorite.
siubhank on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When federal judge Grace Silva's teenage son Lane Franklin is taken hostage, Grace knows the only man who can help her is a former kidnap specialist, Joe Faroe the very same man Grace spent a passionate weekend with 16 years ago, right before she helped send him to jail. Lane is being detained in a private Catholic high school in Mexico, a school her ex-husband insisted on for the boy. He is being held by Hector Osuna, a drug lord who demands that Grace get the money her ex, Ted Franklin, `stole¿ from him The problem is that Grace has not heard from Ted in more than three weeks, and time is running out for Lane. This book is one of Lowell¿s best mysteries. The characters are very real, the danger will keep your reading. Joe Faroe is such a strong character, that I wished Grace had somehow managed to arrange to with him. Ted had no redeeming features so I had to wonder why Grace married him in the first place. As They used to say in the serial novels, ¿all will be revealed.¿
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real page turner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this! Elizabeth Lowell caught my attention immediately with the prologue. Started rooting for Lane right away. Then felt Grace Silva's terror at what was going on with her son and still trying to think the best of a man she thought would be safest. I like that Joe Faroe even though he has gotten so very cynical still has a kind of twisted sense of humor and his honor intact, still loves the same woman, and even though he is hurt he missed so much of his son's life comes to understands Grace's decisions that were made at the time. Lane is neat kid and makes me hope I do not do anything to hold my kids back.   I love how Elizabeth Lowell has manage to develop the characters so that they still make human mistakes and have normal fears and reactions. And still do whatever needs to be done to solve the problem at hand. The Wrong Hostage is a page turner.... I have stayed up after everyone is in bed to finish reading this book every time I pick it up to read. The easy flow of words makes for smooth reading and keeps my attention. 
jackiefancher More than 1 year ago
Seriously, this needs to be a movie. Would suggest Matthew Mc. for Joe. I was feeling the stress of the chases and the angst of the mother/son issue. I would have thrown the ex to the dogs VERY early in the story.
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I enjoy this book very much,the good guys and the bad guys.Can't have one without the other.
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Oh my! I feel so hot and sexy! And everything in the book was so... whoa!! You should read it!
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SuseNJ More than 1 year ago
OK, but plot seemed to be in discrete sections (separate adventures) thus seeming to jump a lot from situation to situation and lose continuity (and strain credulity). Would have been much more fun if the boy had been in the plot more, with his computer skills (I got the book because I'd read the first chapter, about him!). Not sure I'd read another by her.
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