Stealing People (Charles Boxer – 3) by Robert Wilson
(Excerpt from Goodreads) In the space of 32 hours, in a well-planned and highly organized operation, six billionaires’ children are taken off the streets of London in a series of slickly well-executed kidnaps. The gang demands £25 million per hostage for ‘expenses’ – not ransom.
And when your child goes missing, you need Charles Boxer: a man with little left to lose who’ll stop at nothing to save families suffering what he has.
The wealthy parents of the missing children know that Boxer will do more than police can – but that doesn’t mean the law will leave it to him. Intelligence agencies are all interested in the kidnaps because in each case the parents are related to people in power in the various countries involved. Soon the investigation goes beyond the corridors of power and the boardrooms of big corporations – and to far darker corners. Even more worryingly for Boxer, and his ex-wife Mercy, it threatens to lead back to their own lives, too.
But still nobody knows what this mysterious kidnap gang ultimately want and, if they have a cause, what the hell is it?
In one day, six children of billionaires from different countries are kidnapped throughout London. The kidnappers are asking for £25 million for expenses, not ransom. Charlie Boxer gets asked by one of the parents to find their kid. Then Charlie learns that his ex-wife, DI Mercy Danquah is working the kidnappings. Things get tough for both Charlie and Mercy as they become targets. Then the CIA and MI5 get involved. It seems these kidnappings are part of a bigger plot involving rouge spies, terrorists, and politics.
This is an action packed political thriller. Charlie is the perfect person to look into the kidnappings. He is willing to do what needs to be done to get the kids. But he is not the only one looking into the kidnapping and tension runs high when we start looking into the War on Terror and the wars in the Middle East.
The only thing that got to me was that there was a huge list of people in this story and I was confused at times trying to keep track of who was who. Beyond that I really liked the story and recommend this to anyone that likes good political thrillers. I will definitely be looking into the other books in the Charles Boxer series.
I received Stealing People for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.