Radio Houstoned: Mark Gimenez

Listen to Mark Gimenez discuss his latest book The Abduction with Night & Day editor Olivia Flores Alvarez on Radio Houstoned.

Mark Gimenez is nothing if not modest. The author says his first debut novel, The Color of Law, “did well.” Ah, Mark, it was a New York Times bestseller, was a big hit in the UK, sold over 400,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into a dozen languages. Even for an “Ah, sucks” Fort Worth boy, that at least counts as doing “very, very well,” don’t you think?

Now the former lawyer is back again with another thriller, The Abduction.

Read more about Mark Gimenez and his new novel, The Abduction after the jump ...

This time Gimenez’s lead character is Ben Brice, a grizzled 60-year-old Vietnam vet who drinks himself to sleep each night. When his granddaughter is kidnapped, Brice leaps into action, his old soldier skills coming in handy. Brice suspects that ghosts from his past have come to haunt him and that his granddaughter’s kidnapping is nothing more than insurance that he’s paying close attention. He is. And that may not be such a good thing for the kidnappers.

Getting his granddaughter back won’t be easy, not only does Brice have to battle the kidnappers, he also has to find his way around his estranged son and the mob of FBI agents assigned to the case. The FBI doesn’t want the old timer getting in their way. None of that stops Brice from launching his own rescue mission. Gimenez’s writing is explosive, fast-paced and filled with unexpected plot twists that keep readers guessing right up the last page.

Early reviews of the book in the UK include phrases like “impossible to put down,” and “definitely not one to miss.” Gimenez will read from The Abduction today at 6 p.m., but don’t’ expect him to give away the ending. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www.murderbooks.com. Free. — Olivia Flores Alvarez

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