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Published:April 9th, 2010 10:11 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Chris Jordan, Author of Taken

Judyth Piazza chats with Chris Jordan, Author of Taken

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)


When caterer Kate Bickford`s 11-year-old son, Tomas, vanishes after his Little League game in Fairfax, Conn., she races home, hoping to find him. Instead, she discovers a mother`s worst nightmare.

No parent believes it can happen to them-their child taken from a suburban schoolyard in the gentle hours of dusk. But as widowed mother Kate Bickford discovers, everything can change in the blink of an eye. One minute her lanky, amazing, maddening Tommy is begging for ice cream. Then in a terrible instant, he`s gone.

Opening the door to her Connecticut home, hoping to find her son, Kate comes face-to-face with her son`s abductor. He wants money. All she has. And if she doesn`t follow something he calls The Method, the consequences will be gruesome.

Her comfortable life collapses as precious seconds tick by, and Kate is horrified to uncover the terrible, world-shattering secret she and her son share with a killer who will stop at nothing....

A Brief Biography

Rodman Philbrick grew up on the New England coast, where he worked as a longshoreman and boat builder. For many years he wrote mysteries and detective novels. The Private Eye Writers of America nominated two of his T.D.Stash series as best detective novel and then selected Philbrick`s `Brothers & Sinners` as Best Novel in 1993. Writing under the pen name `William R. Dantz` he has explored the near-future worlds of genetic engineering and hi-tech brain control in books like `Hunger`, `Pulse`, `The Seventh Sleeper`. And `Nine Levels Down`.

Inspired by the life of a boy who lived a few blocks away, he wrote `Freak The Mighty`, the award-winning young-adult novel, which has been translated into numerous languages and is now read in schools throughout the world. The book was adapted to the screen in 1998 as `The Mighty`, starring Sharon Stone, Gillian Anderson, James Gandolfini, Kieran Culkin, and Elden Henson.

Philbrick, a screenwriter as well as a novelist, is the author of a number of novels for young readers, including `The Fire Pony`, `Max the Mighty`, `REM World`, `The Last Book In The Universe`, `The Journal of Douglas Allen Deeds` and `The Young Man And The Sea`. His recent novels for adults include `Dark Matter`, `Coffins`, and `Taken`. He and his wife divide their time between Maine and the Florida Keys.

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