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Title:
Most wanted
Author(s):
Scottoline, Lisa,
ISBN/ISSN:
9781250010131 (hardcover)

1250010136 (hardcover)
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Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
438 pages ; 24 cm.
Abstract:
"Lisa Scottoline delivers another searing, powerful blockbuster novel that explores hot-button issues within the framework of an intricately plotted thriller. When a woman and her husband, desperate for a baby, find themselves unable to conceive, they decide to take further steps. Since it is the husband who is infertile, the heroine decides to use a donor. And all seems to be well. Three months pass and she is happily pregnant. But a shocking revelation occurs when she discovers that a man arrested for a series of brutal murders is her donor - the biological father of the child she is carrying. Delving deeper to uncover the truth, the heroine must face her worst fears, and confront a terrifying truth. Most Wanted is sure to be Lisa Scottoline's most discussed, bestselling novel yet"-- Provided by publisher.
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St. Martin's Press, 2016.
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Summary

Summary

"Spellbinding. Another tour de force from Scottoline. It drew me in, in a single breath." -Mary Kubica, bestselling author of The Good Girl

Donor 3319 Profile:
Tall. Blonde. Blue eyes.
Medical Student.
Wanted for Serial Murder.

Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. Unable to conceive, they find themselves facing a difficult choice they had never anticipated. After many appointments with specialists, endless research, and countless conversations, they make the decision to use a donor.

Two months pass, and Christine is happily pregnant. But one day, she is shocked to see a young blond man on the TV news being arrested for a series of brutal murders--and the blond man bears an undeniable and uncanny resemblance to her donor.

Delving deeper to uncover the truth, Christine must confront a terrifying reality and face her worst fears. Riveting and fast-paced with the depth of emotionality that has garnered Lisa Scottoline legions of fans, Most Wanted poses an ethical and moral dilemma: What would you do if the biological father of your unborn child was a killer?


Author Notes

Lisa Scottoline was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 1, 1955. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in the contemporary American novel from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1981. Before becoming an author, she worked as a trial lawyer.

Her first novel, Everywhere That Mary Went, was published in 1994. Her other books include Come Home, Keep Quiet, Every Fifteen Minutes, and Most Wanted. She also writes the Rosato and Associates series and the Rosato and Dinunzio Novel series.

Lisa's title, Daddy's Girl, is a April 2016 New York Times bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Christine and Marcus Nilsson are finally experiencing the joy of parenthood after turning to a sperm bank. But when Christine catches a news update on the capture of a serial killer preying on nurses in the Philadelphia area, she's shocked at the killer's resemblance to a photo she's seen of her baby's donor. Homestead Bank claims they can't reveal Donor 3319's full identity. As the stress takes a toll on her marriage, Christine resolves to discover if her donor is the killer and visits Zachary Jeffcoat in prison. Posing as a freelance journalist, she coaxes Jeffcoat to talk about his background and becomes swayed by his protests of innocence. Unable to turn away from Jeffcoat's pleas, Christine helps him retain Griff, a curmudgeonly veteran of death-penalty law, and volunteers to help Griff investigate the case. Is Christine being manipulated by a dangerously smooth killer, or is she the only one who's recognized an innocent man's plight? A gripping, although often incredible, suburban crime tale told with Scottoline's penchant for humor and soul-baring characterization. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Scottoline remains one of crime fiction's top brand names, with demand for her books a given.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2016 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Christine and Marcus Nilsson, the Connecticut couple at the heart of this uneven standalone from bestseller Scottoline (Every Fifteen Minutes), have decided to use a sperm-bank donor after three years struggling to have a baby. No. 3319's identity is anonymous, but, like many donors, he submitted two photographs-one as a child, one as an adult. While on early leave from her job as an elementary school teacher, pregnant Christine becomes convinced that the donor is Zachary Jeffcoat, who's being called "the Nurse Murderer" in a TV newscast after his arrest. Christine begins her own investigation to determine if the biological father of her child is a serial killer, even if it puts her life and her marriage at risk. The plot is strongest when focusing on the trials of a couple desperate for a child and the psychological ramifications of using a sperm donor. But too often the story sinks to the melodramatic, unredeemed by Scottoline's usual verve for character. Agent: Molly Friedrich, Friedrich Literary Agency. Author tour; 400,000-copy first printing. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Happily married, Christine and Marcus Nilsson tried fruitlessly for a year to grow their family. After visiting a specialist and determining the source of their fertility problems, they decide to get pregnant with the help of an anonymous sperm donor. Though difficult, this decision proves successful, and Christine is soon pregnant. At her good-bye party at the elementary school where she works, Christine finds her attention drawn to a breaking news story on the capture of an alleged serial killer in a nearby town. When the suspect's face flashes onto the screen, Christine is horrified to realize he looks exactly like their donor. Thus begins Christine's desperate search to determine if she is carrying the biological child of a psychopath. Verdict Scottoline (Corrupted; Every Fifteen Minutes) has mastered the art of writing the story of an average mom forced into extraordinary action. Her relatable characters inspire empathy, which lets readers find themselves sucked into typically unbelievable situations. As has come to be expected, this is a page-turner that will satisfy the Scottoline faithful.-Madeline Dahlman, Deerfield P.L., IL © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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