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'Detour'
By: James Siegel
(Hardcover / 352 Pages / Warner Books / ISBN: 0446531855 / $23.95)

Description: From the bestselling author of 'Derailed' comes the adrenaline-charged story of one man who must be-tray everything he believes in to save his family. Paul and Joanna desperately want to have children, but their failure to conceive almost ends their marriage. Instead, they decide to adopt and arrange a trip to Colombia to bring home a baby girl. Joelle is everything they've hoped for. To help them ease into parenthood, a nanny has been sent. When they return one night, they discover to their horror that the baby waiting for them isn't Joelle.

Verdict: The question resonating throughout the latest spine-tingler from James Siegel is "Just how far would you go, what would you risk to save the person you love?" Stage, film and television actor Holter Graham gives an accomplished reading to this story of a man caught in a life or death struggle. Paul and Joanna Breidbart are a devoted married couple. Their lives are happy and complete save for the absence of a child. The waiting list to adopt a child in America is lengthy, so they decide to fly to Colombia to adopt a baby there. Their happiness is all too brief as Joanna and the baby are kidnaped; they're in the hands of drug dealers who will stop at nothing to achieve their ends. Paul is told that in order to secure the release of his wife and baby he must smuggle cocaine worth millions into the U.S. and turn it over to a mysterious person in New Jersey within one day. If he does not do this, Joanna and the baby will both die. But, when Paul arrives at the meeting site in New Jersey the house has been destroyed. What will he do and where will he turn in order to save his wife and child? Siegel, the author of 'Derailed' which Miramax has optioned for a major motion picture, delivers his story a bit like gunfire, in staccato bursts. And, it's frightening. If a fast-paced thriller laced with memorable characters is your pleasure, 'Detour' is for you.
Reviewed by Gail Cooke

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