Helpless

Helpless

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From the acclaimed author of Delirious comes a fast-paced, electrifying, and timely thriller where the greatest threats lie beneath a small town's peaceful veneer. . .

Tom Hawkins is an ex-Navy Seal turned high-school soccer coach, struggling to forge a good relationship with his teenage daughter, Jill. It's no easy task given the poisonous influence of his ex-wife, Kelly. It gets even tougher when Kelly is found dead in suspicious circumstances.

"If Palmer's second thriller doesn't generate tingling spinal columns, then nothing will." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Moving back to Shilo, New Hampshire, to raise Jill, Tom ignores the whispers about his possible involvement in Kelly's death. Then an anonymous blog post accuses him of having an affair with one of his young players. As the allegations escalate to shocking proportions, implicating him in a sexting ring, Tom realizes he's being targeted by insidious, elusive enemies. Now the only way to protect his daughter is to reckon with the secrets in his past and unravel a web of greed, betrayal, and desperation that stretches far wider than he could have ever imagined. . .

"Palmer scores again with a terrific thriller that has it all." - Library Journal (starred review)

"A compelling and deeply puzzling thriller." -- The Associated Press

"Warning: once you start reading this novel, you will not stop!" --Lisa Gardner

"Slam-dunk readable." --Andrew Gross

"A high speed thriller." --Lisa Scottoline
Publisher: New York : Kensington, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780786022687
9780758246653
Branch Call Number: Thriller P PBK
PAL
Characteristics: 409 pages ;,24 cm

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ChristchurchLib Mar 11, 2013

"Former Navy SEAL Tom Hawkins's past is returning to haunt him, but it's really his present that's the problem. Now a soccer coach, Tom's been implicated in a child pornography ring, accused of his ex-wife's murder AND of sleeping with one of his soccer players, and is unsurprisingly the current target of his high-school daughter's hatred. Meanwhile, that past? It takes the form of a former buddy and his drug-smuggling operation. And his former high school nemesis is the cop in charge of the case surrounding his ex-wife's death. Someone's clearly out to get him - but who? And why? Figuring it out is half the fun - while the other half is a plot so intricate (but terrifyingly plausible) that your head will spin." March 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=609367

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