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by Daniel Palmer
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Kensington, 2013 (2013)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Daniel Palmer, author of the thiller Delirious, is back again with another novel to keep you on the edge of your seat. Put Stolen on your must read list. At the top! Suspense, outright fear, intrigue, deception, debilitating illness, fraud, as well as a heartless fiend using the Internet to terrorize.

Life is going great for John Bodine and his wife Ruby Dawes until ... John finds a melanoma on the sole of Ruby's foot! Checking with the insurance company, they find that they are not covered except for $12,000 which the company feels is, according to their policy, all they are obligated to pay. Ruby's treatment could cost up to $300,000.

Not having such a sum stashed away, in desperation, John decides to borrow someone else's identity in order to get another insurance company to pay to save Ruby's life. Unfortunately, the man whose identity John steals is aware of what John is attempting. Rather than turning John in to authorities for fraud, he forces the couple to play his game. He wants to turn the two of them into criminals.

Through the Internet, he guides them into criminal behavior, each time to more serious crimes. John battles with the whole idea, but the thought of losing Ruby for the lack of proper medication is not an option to him.

Stolen has a very clever plot that becomes more and more suspenseful with each page. Even though John is breaking the law, the reader wants him to win. He's battling impossible odds, but tries so hard not to harm anyone. The characters are spot on. And the plot really works. It's a good read and I look forward to more of Palmer's work.

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