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An electrifying thriller featuring Eve Rossi, head of a secret division of the FBI—one made up of ex-convicts with extraordinary talents, oversized egos, and contempt for the rules   NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LIBRARY JOURNAL AND SUSPENSE MAGAZINE In the hushed quiet of early morning Manhattan, in front of the towering bronze doors of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, a young woman holds a sign that reads: HELP ME. For one FBI agent, a madman’s terrified hostages, and an entire city, a long and harrowing day is about to unfold. The hostage taker’s identity is unknown. But he knows who FBI agent Eve Rossi is—and everything about her past. Along with her presence, he demands five witnesses: ordinary people with some hidden connection. Defying her superiors, Eve begins a deadly dance with an adversary whose intentions are surely sinister, whose endgame is anything but certain, and whose cunning keeps him one step ahead at every turn. As Eve manages a taut hostage situation, she relies on the combined skills of her team—a secret unit inspired by France’s most notorious criminal and made up of ex-convicts with extraordinary talents, oversized egos, and contempt for the rules. Eve is up against a rapidly ticking clock. But the dangerous man calling the shots has a timetable of his own—and a searing question for his targets: What are you guilty of? As shocking revelations surface, so does another crisis nobody could anticipate—one not even Eve and her team may be able to stop.Praise for Hostage Taker“A high-voltage game of parry and thrust.”—New York Daily News“The perfect blend: an urban thriller as modern as tomorrow’s New York Times, driven by a two-hundred-year-old idea, with a main character to die for. I hope we see plenty more of Eve Rossi and her team.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Personal“The concept is great. . . . The twists are good, and the emotion level climbs higher and higher. . . . Pintoff has serious potential to go into waters already charted by the likes of Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, and Allison Brennan.”—Sarah Weinman, The Crime Lady “Amazing . . . [Hostage Taker] will keep you awake nights. . . . The book boasts a dynamic heroine. . . . You will never look at the beauties of the complicated structure that is St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York quite the same again.”—Liz Smith, New York Social Diary “A high-velocity roller coaster of a thriller!”—Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Skin Collector “A brilliant thriller from a gifted writer . . . Pintoff is one of the best crime writers at work today.”—Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead“A gripping conclusion . . . tense and thoughtful . . . a sharp new crime series.”Nights and Weekends “Pintoff skillfully ratchets up the tension and throws more than one curveball into this twisty, exciting read.”Booklist (starred review) “Strong writing, a well-paced plot, and intriguing characters make this one of the best thrillers of the year. Fans of Lisa Gardner will find much to like here.”Library Journal (starred review)
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An electrifying thriller featuring Eve Rossi, head of a secret division of the FBI—one made up of ex-convicts with extraordinary talents, oversized egos, and contempt for the rules
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LIBRARY JOURNAL AND SUSPENSE MAGAZINE
In the hushed quiet of early morning Manhattan, in front of the towering bronze doors of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, a young woman holds a sign that reads: HELP ME. For one FBI agent, a madman’s terrified hostages, and an entire city, a long and harrowing day is about to unfold.
The hostage taker’s identity is unknown. But he knows who FBI agent Eve Rossi is—and everything about her past. Along with her presence, he demands five witnesses: ordinary people with some hidden connection. Defying her superiors, Eve begins a deadly dance with an adversary whose intentions are surely sinister, whose endgame is anything but certain, and whose cunning keeps him one step ahead at every turn.
As Eve manages a taut hostage situation, she relies on the combined skills of her team—a secret unit inspired by France’s most notorious criminal and made up of ex-convicts with extraordinary talents, oversized egos, and contempt for the rules.
Eve is up against a rapidly ticking clock. But the dangerous man calling the shots has a timetable of his own—and a searing question for his targets: What are you guilty of? As shocking revelations surface, so does another crisis nobody could anticipate—one not even Eve and her team may be able to stop.
Praise for Hostage Taker
“A high-voltage game of parry and thrust.”—New York Daily News

“The perfect blend: an urban thriller as modern as tomorrow’s New York Times, driven by a two-hundred-year-old idea, with a main character to die for. I hope we see plenty more of Eve Rossi and her team.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Personal
“The concept is great. . . . The twists are good, and the emotion level climbs higher and higher. . . . Pintoff has serious potential to go into waters already charted by the likes of Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, and Allison Brennan.”—Sarah Weinman, The Crime Lady
“Amazing . . . [Hostage Taker] will keep you awake nights. . . . The book boasts a dynamic heroine. . . . You will never look at the beauties of the complicated structure that is St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York quite the same again.”—Liz Smith, New York Social Diary

“A high-velocity roller coaster of a thriller!”—Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Skin Collector
“A brilliant thriller from a gifted writer . . . Pintoff is one of the best crime writers at work today.”—Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead
“A gripping conclusion . . . tense and thoughtful . . . a sharp new crime series.”Nights and Weekends
“Pintoff skillfully ratchets up the tension and throws more than one curveball into this twisty, exciting read.”Booklist (starred review)
“Strong writing, a well-paced plot, and intriguing characters make this one of the best thrillers of the year. Fans of Lisa Gardner will find much to like here.”Library Journal (starred review)
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      • content: "The perfect blend: an urban thriller as modern as tomorrow's New York Times, driven by a two-hundred-year-old idea, with a main character to die for. I hope we see plenty more of Eve Rossi and her team."--Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Personal "The concept is great. . . . The twists are good, and the emotion level climbs higher and higher. . . . Pintoff has serious potential to go into waters already charted by the likes of Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, and Allison Brennan."--Sarah Weinman, The Crime Lady "Held hostage by Hostage Taker--Stefanie Pintoff's amazing new thriller . . . [Hostage Taker] will keep you awake nights. . . . The book boasts a dynamic heroine. . . . You will never look at the beauties of the complicated structure that is St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York quite the same again."
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      • source: Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead
      • content: "A high-velocity roller coaster of a thriller! With her razor-sharp prose and keen ear for cop-and-street-speak, Pintoff ingeniously spins this twist-filled tale of a delicious assortment of good guys with less-than-good pasts, marshaled by one of the most compelling protagonists to come along in years. Heroes don't get any better--or come any more fully formed and richly drawn--than Eve Rossi."--Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Skin Collector "Hostage Taker is a brilliant thriller from a gifted writer. Stefanie Pintoff expands her range with this ambitious and masterfully crafted tale, and the result is a tension-filled tightrope walk of a novel. Stefanie Pintoff is one of the best crime writers at work today."
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      • content: "A gripping conclusion . . . tense and thoughtful . . . a sharp new crime series."--Nights and Weekends "Pintoff skillfully ratchets up the tension and throws more than one curveball into this twisty, exciting read."--Booklist (starred review) "Strong writing, a well-paced plot, and intriguing characters make this one of the best thrillers of the year. Fans of Lisa Gardner will find much to like here."--Library Journal (starred review) "Entertaining."
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      • source: John Gilstrap, New York Times bestselling author of the Jonathan Grave thriller series
      • content: "Fast-paced . . . an addictive read."--Kirkus Reviews "Hostage Taker is one of the most exciting and thoroughly engaging thrillers that I have read in years. Reading this book is like riding a rifle bullet: It starts at full throttle and never slows down. A great start to what promises to be a terrific new series."
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        June 1, 2015
        With this entertaining but superficial series opener, Edgar-winner Pintoff (Secret of the White Rose and two other historicals featuring Det. Simon Ziele) shifts to present-day Manhattan. On the day of the Rockefeller Center tree lighting, a man barricades himself and an unknown number of hostages inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral and requests as negotiator FBI agent Eve Rossi, who’s on bereavement leave following her stepfather’s death. Over the next hours, Eve and her Vidocq team—a group of criminals who chose law enforcement rather than prison—confront a hostage taker who has shown his willingness to kill and wired the historic cathedral with explosives. Their efforts are undermined by Eve’s ambitious, politically motivated boss and a church hierarchy that values the building over people’s lives. Pintoff tosses out crumbs of mystery related to Eve’s stepfather that may be developed in further installments, but references are too cryptic to engage most readers. Still, those seeking a light late-summer read will be satisfied. Agent: David Hale Smith, DHS Literary.

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        June 15, 2015
        After a brutal hostage taker invades St. Patrick's Cathedral, a team of misfits led by the emotionally damaged Eve Rossi takes charge in this fast-paced thriller. Although known for period crime novels, Pintoff successfully transitions to the present when she recruits the reluctant FBI profiler Eve Rossi to help defuse a mystifying hostage situation at the iconic New York City landmark. The city's Christmas season is brought to a standstill as Eve negotiates with a mysterious man whose demands seem nonsensical. He wants five individuals brought to the scene to act as "witnesses" to the ensuing events. Eve's reluctant to get involved: she's still mourning the death of her beloved stepfather, a former CIA operative. But she grudgingly comes back to work when the hostage taker asks for her by name. The first order of business is to re-establish her old team, a special secret squad known as the Vidocq Unit. The members are an eclectic group of criminals saved from long prison terms by virtue of their assignment to the unit. But, as the hostage crisis drags on, moving closer to the deadline, things start going wrong, and for one team member, a personal issue becomes entangled in the crisis itself. Pintoff's reliance on the tired trope of a band of misfits coming together under a charismatic leader isn't especially innovative or well-done; Rossi's team could be straight out of cliched network television. And Rossi herself isn't really all that charismatic. In fact, even though she's touted as a crack negotiator, readers will marvel at the bad calls she makes and the very human fallout that results. But the characters aren't really the stars of Pintoff's novel; instead, it's the cathedral, with its complicated history, complex structure, and religious significance. Readers won't be dazzled by the forgettable Rossi or her team of scalawags, but the galloping storyline and behind-the-scenes view of St. Patrick's make this an addictive read.

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        Starred review from July 1, 2015

        Pintoff switches pace, mood, and genre with this contemporary thriller that is as strong as her award-winning historical mysteries featuring Det. Simon Ziele (Secret of the White Rose). What starts as a shooting outside of Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan quickly and frighteningly devolves into a complex hostage situation. At stake are not only the lives of the hostages but the fate of the most iconic church in the country. Eve Rossi, FBI agent and burned-out negotiator, is called back to work and has limited time and options to defuse the situation. How do you negotiate with someone who won't tell you what they want? And to do so with the mayor, the Catholic Church, and the global media watching you? Eve's choice is to bring back her unconventional team, made up of ex-convicts with unusual talents. With their help, she may just be able to succeed. VERDICT Strong writing, a well-paced plot, and intriguing characters make this one of the best thrillers of the year. Fans of Lisa Gardner will find much to like here.--Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Starred review from July 1, 2015
        Eve Rossi is an FBI hostage negotiator with a troubled past. Her last negotiation didn't end well, and, shortly thereafter, her stepfather, a retired CIA operative, passed away. She is on leave when she receives orders to return to work; someone has taken several people hostage at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. The hostage taker has wired explosives to his hostages and to every known entry of the building. The church is panicking about losing even a pane of stained glass, but Eve is worried about the hostages, especially as they start to die. She calls in her old team, Vidocq, a group of career criminals with unique skills. (Each member of the team is introduced via FBI reports interspersed throughout the novel.) News updates also break up the chapters and the tension as the story propels forward. The chief suspect is a cop on suspension; Eve establishes contact with him, but his demands are puzzlingall he wants is for the FBI to round up five specific people to bear witness. Eve's team is working against a tight timetable to try to find these people and to determine what, if anything, they have in common with the hostage taker. Pintoff skillfully ratchets up the tension and throws more than one curveball into this twisty, exciting read.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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TERROR STRIKES AN ICONIC CHURCH--AND BRINGS A CITY TO ITS KNEES.

In the hushed quiet of early morning Manhattan, in front of the towering bronze doors of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, a young woman holds a sign that reads: HELP ME. For one FBI agent, a madman's terrified hostages, and an entire city, a long and harrowing day is about to unfold.

The hostage taker's identity is unknown. But he knows who FBI agent Eve Rossi is--and everything about her past. Along with her presence, he demands five witnesses: ordinary people with some...
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