The Nightmare Thief by Meg Gardiner

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Autumn wants something special for her twenty-first birthday. She has the sports car, the apartment, and the private college. Now she wants excitement. She’s going to get it. Daddy has signed up Autumn and her friends for the “ultimate urban reality” game: a simulated drug deal, jailbreak, kidnapping, and manhunt. Authorities know all about it.

That’s why they’re disregarding the cries for help. How convenient for a gang of players taking it to the next level. They’re playing for real. When forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett and her partner, Gabe Quintana, are pulled into the game, the stakes are raised. After all, nobody wants to spoil Autumn’s fun. And nobody is leaving this party alive.  

About Meg Gardiner

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MEG GARDINER is the author of nine previous novels, including the Evan Delaney series, whose China Lake won the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. Originally from Santa Barbara, she now lives with her family in London.
Published July 21, 2011 by Signet. 363 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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Another freelance kidnapper plans to grab Autumn and company from Haugen’s clutches, ransom Autumn and make short work of the supporting cast—one of whom has the bright idea of jumping the bad guys, turning a routine fake-kidnapping-turned-real into a fight for survival against armed criminals, r...

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Book Reporter

Edgar Award-winning mystery writer Meg Gardiner has not one but two stellar series: one featuring forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett, and another with investigative reporter Evan Delaney.

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Reviewing the Evidence

As the pair struggle to keep the group of spoiled kids alive in the woods, back in San Francisco, journalist Evan Delaney has teamed up with Jo's sister Tina and pocket-rocket homicide detective Amy Tang.

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Spoilt rich girl Autumn receives a 21st birthday surprise like no other: her father has booked the ultimate adventure experience with an urban reality game company that aims to make the impossible possible.

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Portland Book Review

Author Meg Gardiner, in her newest book The Nightmare Thief, takes readers on a thrilling ride through city streets and into the treacherous Tuolumne County wilderness.

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Florida Times-Union

With her new Jo Beckett thriller, "The Nightmare Thief," she has upped the satisfaction factor by adding her other series character, Evan Delaney, to the mix.

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