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

    Confess, Fletch by Gregory McDonald

Fletch, now newly engaged and happily living out his days in Italy, finds himself embroiled in yet another scandal. His soon-to-be father-in-law has been kidnapped and is now presumed dead, and the priceless collection of rare art that belongs to his fiancée's family has been stolen

Year: 1976
Genre: Kidnapping

    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

    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

    Hostage by Robert Crais

Hostage is a blistering stand-alone thriller with superb characters in crisis, multistranded plotting, and pitch-perfect Southern California sensibility.

Year: 2001
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

    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 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

    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

 

TitleAuthorSeriesTags

A Dangerous Man Robert Crais Elvis Cole and Joe PikeWitness Protection
Confess, Fletch Gregory McDonald Fletch
Darkest Fear Harlan Coben Myron Bolitar
Die Trying Lee Child Jack Reacher
Early Autumn Robert B. Parker Spenser
God Save the Child Robert B. Parker Spenser
Home Harlan Coben Myron Bolitar
Hostage Robert Crais
Looking for Rachel Wallace Robert B. Parker Spenser
Mona Lisa Overdrive William Gibson Sprawl Trilogy
Nine Dragons Michael Connelly Harry BoschHong Kong
No Second Chance Harlan Coben
Snatch Gregory McDonald
The Far Side of the Dollar Ross Macdonald Lew Archer
The Instant Enemy Ross Macdonald Lew Archer
The Last Detective Robert Crais Elvis Cole and Joe Pike
The Moving Target Ross Macdonald Lew Archer
U is for Undertow Sue Grafton Kinsey Millhone