Lockdown: A Novel of Suspense
- Publish Date: 2017-06-13
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Laurie R. King
AÂ community comes together when threatenedÂ by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate,Â tautly plotted novel of rich psychological suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mary Russell mysteries.
Career Day at Guadalupe Middle School: A day given to innocent hopes and youthful dreams. A day no one in attendance will ever forget.
A year ago, Principal Linda McDonald arrived at Guadalupe determined to overturn the schoolâs reputation for truancy, gang violence, and neglect. One of her initiatives is Career Dayâbringing together children, teachers, and community presenters in a celebration of the future. But there are some in attendance who reject McDonaldâs bright vision.
A principal with a secret. A husband with a murky past. A cop with too many questions. A kid under pressure to prove himself. A girl struggling to escape a motherâs history. A young basketball player with an affection for guns.
Even the school janitor has a story he dare not reveal.
But no one at the gathering anticipates the shocking turn of events that will transform a day of possibilities into an explosive confrontation.
Tense, poignant, and brilliantly paced, Laurie R. Kingâs novel charts compelling characters on a collision courseâa chain of interactions that locks together hidden lives, troubling secrets, and the bravest impulses of the human heart.Â
Advance praise for Lockdown
âA riveting story of suspense and tragedy out of the most seemingly mundane ingredients: kids and adults preparing for a day at school. The violence doesnât explode until weâre well into the book, but the lead-up to the explosion has the feel of a brewing storm: we know something is going to happen, even if we donât know what it is. A fine thriller, as timely as it is gripping.ââBooklist (starred review)
The award-winning novels of Laurie R. King are . . .Â
âSharp, inventive and rewarding.ââThe Seattle Times
âAudacious.ââLos Angeles Times
âRousing . . . riveting . . . suspenseful.ââChicago Sun-Times
âImpossible to put down.ââRomantic Times
âBeguiling . . . tantalizing.ââThe Boston Globe
âStunning.ââThe Christian Science Monitor