Crime Fiction > Kidnapping

    A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais

Joe Pike didn't expect to rescue a woman that day. He went to the bank same as anyone goes to the bank, and returned to his Jeep. So when Isabel Roland, the lonely young teller who helped him, steps out of the bank on her way to lunch, Joe is on hand when two men abduct her. Joe chases them down, and the two men are arrested. But instead of putting the drama to rest, the arrests are only the beginning of the trouble for Joe and Izzy.

Year: 2019
Genre: Buried PastKidnappingWhats New

    Darkest Fear by Harlan Coben

In his seventh Myron Bolitar thriller, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben brings us his most astonishing--and deeply personal--novel yet. And it all begins when Myron's ex tells him he's a father . . . of a dying thirteen-year-old boy.

Year: 2000
Genre: KidnappingMissing Person

    Die Trying by Lee Child

Jack Reacher is an innocent bystander when he witnesses a woman kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight. In the wrong place at the wrong time, he's kidnapped with her. Because this mysterious woman is worth more than Reacher ever suspected. Now he has to save them both--from the inside out--or die trying...

Year: 1998
Genre: Kidnapping

    Early Autumn by Robert B. Parker

A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own.With a contract out on his life, he heads for the Maine woods, determined to give a puny 15 year old a crash course in survival and to beat his dangerous opponents at their own brutal game.

Year: 1980
Genre: Kidnapping

    Frumious Bandersnatch by Ed McBain

The kidnapping was audacious, there were plenty of witnesses... But no one attending the dazzling launch party for up-and-coming pop idol Tamar Valparaiso knew what they were seeing when, halfway through her performance, masked men whisked the sexy young singer off a luxury yacht and into a waiting speedboat. Steve Carella and the detectives of the 87th Precinct faced with time as their enemy in the race to find Tamar's abductors -- before the rising star is extinguished forever.

Year: 2003
Genre: KidnappingMusicPolice Procedural

    God Save the Child by Robert B. Parker

Appie Knoll is the kind of suburb where kids grow up right. But something is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Kevin Bartlett disappears. Everyone thinks he's run away -- until the comic strip ransom note arrives.

Year: 1974
Genre: HardboiledKidnapping

    Home by Harlan Coben

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager.

Year: 2016
Genre: KidnappingMissing Person

    King's Ransom by Ed McBain

When a wealthy businessman is faced with a kidnapping, the ransom could ruin his biggest deal ever--unless Detective Steve Carella can find the culprits before the kidnapping turns to murder.

Year: 1959
Genre: KidnappingPolice Procedural

    Looking for Rachel Wallace by Robert B. Parker

Rachel Wallace is a woman who writes and speaks her mind. She has made a lot of enemies—enemies who threaten her life. Spenser is the tough guy with a macho code of honor, hired to protect a woman who thinks that code is obsolete.

Year: 1980
Genre: KidnappingPrivate Eye

    Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson

Into this world comes Mona, a young girl with a murky past and an uncertain future whose life is on a collision course with internationally famous Sense/Net star Angie Mitchell. Since childhood, Angie has been able to tap into cyberspace "without" a computer. Now, from inside cyberspace, a kidnapping plot is masterminded by a phantom entity who has plans for Mona, Angie, and all humanity, plans that cannot be controlled . . . or even known.

Year: 1988
Genre: CyberpunkKidnapping

    Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly

After what seems like a routine murder investigation, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch finds himself in Hong Kong facing the highest-stakes case of his life: bringing his kidnapped daughter home.

Year: 2009
Genre: Kidnapping

    No Second Chance by Harlan Coben

When his child is taken, a father will stop at nothing to get her back in this explosive, white-knuckle thriller from bestselling author Harlan Coben.

Year: 2003
Genre: Kidnapping

    Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

A lovable con woman and a disgraced detective team up to find a redneck reality TV star in this raucous and razor-sharp new novel from Carl Hiaasen. Merry Mansfield, the eponymous Razor Girl, specializes in kidnapping for the mob. Her preferred method is rear-ending her targets and asking them for a ride. Her latest mark is Martin Trebeaux, owner of a private beach renourishment company who has delivered substandard sand to a mob hotel. But there's just one problem: Razor Girl hits the wrong guy.

Year: 2016
Genre: KidnappingMissing Person

    Snatch by Gregory Mcdonald

The comic genius behind the Fletch and Flynn books, Gregory Mcdonald also penned the two brilliant kidnapping novels appearing here for the first time in three decades - and the first time ever in a single volume.

Year: 1985
Genre: HardboiledKidnapping

    The Comedy Is Finished by Donald E. Westlake

The year is 1977, and America is finally getting over the nightmares of Watergate and Vietnam and the national hangover that was the 1960s. Aging comedian Koo Davis, friend to generals and presidents and veteran of countless USO tours to buck up American troops in the field. The self-proclaimed People's Revolutionary Army, who've decided that kidnapping Koo Davis would be the perfect way to bring their cause back to life...

Year: 2012
Genre: Kidnapping

    The Far Side of the Dollar by Ross Macdonald

Private investigator Lew Archer is looking for an unstable rich kid who has run away from an exclusive reform school--and into the arms of kidnappers. Why are his desperate parents so loath to give Archer the information he needs to find him? And why do all trails lead to a derelict Hollywood hotel where starlets and sailors once rubbed elbows with two-bit grifters--and where the present clientele includes a brand-new corpse?

Year: 1965
Genre: KidnappingPrivate Eye

    The Instant Enemy by Ross Macdonald

Generations of murder, greed and deception come home to roost in time for the most shocking conclusion ever in a Lew Archer novel. At first glance, it's an open-and-shut missing persons case: a headstrong daughter has run off to be with her hothead juvenile delinquent boyfriend. That is until this bush-league Bonnie & Clyde kidnap Stephen Hackett, a local millionaire industrialist.

Year: 1968
Genre: KidnappingMissing PersonPrivate Eye

    The Last Detective by Robert Crais

While Lucy is away on business and her ten-year-old son, Ben, is staying with Elvis, the boy vanishes without a trace. When the kidnappers call, it's not for ransom, but for a promise to punish Cole for past sins he claims he didn't commit. With LAPD wrestling over the case and the boy's estranged father attempting to take control of the investigation, Cole vows to find Ben first. But Cole's partner, Joe Pike, knows more about this case than he has said.

Year: 2003
Genre: KidnappingPrivate Eye

    The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald

Like many Southern California millionaires, Ralph Sampson keeps odd company. There's the sun-worshipping holy man whom Sampson once gave his very own mountain; the fading actress with sidelines in astrology and S&M. Now one of Sampson's friends may have arranged his kidnapping.

Year: 1949
Genre: HardboiledKidnappingPrivate Eye

    The Oracle by Clive Cussler

n 533 A.D., the last Vandal ruler in North Africa consults an oracle on how to defeat the invading Byzantine army. The oracle tells the king that a high priestess cast a curse upon the Vandal Kingdom after a sacred scroll was stolen. In order to lift the curse, the scroll must be returned to its rightful home. But the kingdom falls before the scroll is found, leaving its location a great mystery...until a current day archeological dig, funded by Sam and Remi Fargo, uncovers some vital clues.

Year: 2019
Genre: AdventureKidnappingTreasure Hunt

    The Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell

In 1918, a ransom of enormous size was paid to free the Romanovs from the Bolsheviks, but, as history knows, the Romanovs died anyway. And the ransom? During World War II, the Nazis stole it from the Russians, and after that--it vanished. Until now. When a modern-day kidnapping captures the attention of husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo, the couple soon learn that these long-lost riches may be back in play, held in trust by the descendants of a Nazi guerrilla faction called the Werewolves.

Year: 2017
Genre: KidnappingTreasure Hunt

    The Thief by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott

On the ocean liner "Mauretania," two European scientists with a dramatic new invention are barely rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency's intrepid chief investigator, Isaac Bell. Unfortunately, they are not so lucky the second time. The thugs attack again-and this time one of the scientists dies. What are they holding that is so precious? Only something that will revolutionize business and popular culture-and perhaps something more.

Year: 2012
Genre: 1910sKidnappingPrivate Eye

    U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton

Michael Sutton arrives in Kinsey Millhone's office with a story to tell. When he was six, he says, he wandered into the woods and saw two men digging a hole. They claimed they were pirates, looking for buried treasure. Now, all these years later, the long-forgotten events have come back to him--and he has pieced them together with news reports from the time, becoming convinced that he witnesses the burial of a kidnapped child.

Year: 2009
Genre: Cold CaseKidnappingPrivate Eye


TitleAuthorSeriesGenres & Tags

A Dangerous Man Robert Crais Elvis Cole and Joe PikeBuried PastKidnappingWhats New, Witness Protection
Darkest Fear Harlan Coben Myron BolitarKidnappingMissing Person
Die Trying Lee Child Jack ReacherKidnapping
Early Autumn Robert B. Parker SpenserKidnapping
Frumious Bandersnatch Ed McBain 87th PrecinctKidnappingMusicPolice Procedural
God Save the Child Robert B. Parker SpenserHardboiledKidnapping
Home Harlan Coben Myron BolitarKidnappingMissing Person
King's Ransom Ed McBain 87th PrecinctKidnappingPolice Procedural
Looking for Rachel Wallace Robert B. Parker SpenserKidnappingPrivate Eye
Mona Lisa Overdrive William Gibson Sprawl TrilogyCyberpunkKidnapping
Nine Dragons Michael Connelly Harry BoschKidnapping, Hong Kong
No Second Chance Harlan Coben Kidnapping
Razor Girl Carl Hiaasen KidnappingMissing Person
Snatch Gregory Mcdonald HardboiledKidnapping
The Comedy Is Finished Donald E. Westlake Kidnapping
The Far Side of the Dollar Ross Macdonald Lew ArcherKidnappingPrivate Eye
The Instant Enemy Ross Macdonald Lew ArcherKidnappingMissing PersonPrivate Eye
The Last Detective Robert Crais Elvis Cole and Joe PikeKidnappingPrivate Eye
The Moving Target Ross Macdonald Lew ArcherHardboiledKidnappingPrivate Eye
The Oracle Clive Cussler Fargo AdventuresAdventureKidnappingTreasure Hunt
The Romanov Ransom Clive Cussler Fargo AdventuresKidnappingTreasure Hunt
The Thief Clive Cussler Isaac Bell Adventures1910sKidnappingPrivate Eye
U is for Undertow Sue Grafton Kinsey MillhoneCold CaseKidnappingPrivate Eye