Stolen by Daniel Palmer


5 Critic Reviews

Readers should note that Palmer...sets a high bar for serial killer brutality.
-Publishers Weekly


"In Stolen, Daniel Palmer updates a classic premise, the ordinary man thrust into an extraordinary situation, and the result is a twisting, suspenseful chiller of a book." --William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob

The future looks bright for Boston couple John Bodine and Ruby Dawes. John's online gaming business is growing, and they're talking about starting a family. But when Ruby receives a life-changing diagnosis, and their cut-rate insurance won't cover the treatment she desperately needs, John makes a risky move. He steals a customer's identity and files a false claim for Ruby's medication.

The plan works perfectly--until the customer in question contacts John with a startling proposition. If John and Ruby play a little game he's devised, he won't report their fraud. The rules of Criminal' are simple: commit real crimes. But if they fail, there will be deadly consequences. John assumes it's a sick joke--until people start dying.

With each round, the crimes get more twisted. John and Ruby can't disappear--and they can't go to the police. Their only option is to keep playing, while trying to outwit a psychopath who has no intention of letting them leave this game alive...

Praise for Daniel Palmer's Helpless

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

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

"A high speed thriller." --Lisa Scottoline

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

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


"Not just a great thriller debut, but a great thriller, period." --Lee Child

"A solid, well-constructed thriller, nicely convoluted and definitely suspenseful." --Booklist

"A roiling plot, insightful characters, clear, intelligent writing. What more could you ask for in a novel?" --Steve Berry

"Techno-savvy thriller fans will enjoy this psychological mind-bender." Library Journal

About Daniel Palmer

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Daniel Palmer spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer, helping to build first generation websites for Barnes & Noble and other popular brands. An experienced musician and songwriter, Daniel has recorded two CDs and licensed his songs for commercial use. A graduate of Boston University, Daniel lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children.
Published April 30, 2013 by Kensington House Pub Ltd. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
on Mar 03 2013

Never dull, but feels more forced with each outlandish scene.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Mar 04 2013

Readers should note that Palmer...sets a high bar for serial killer brutality.

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RT Book Reviews

Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Jun 01 2013

This is Palmer’s third novel, and he already exhibits the skills of a master craftsman.

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Booklist Online

Below average
Reviewed by David Pitt on Jun 01 2013

Definitely weaker than the author’s excellent debut...and about on par with its weaker follow-up...

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Reviewed by Margaret Marr on Jun 01 2013

Suspenseful and over-the-edge thrilling, Stolen will leave you breathless, anxious, and clawing at the pages to get at what’s going to happen next.

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