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New York, NY : Quercus, 2014.
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9781623651022
1623651026
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868885473
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07:45am. A monk lies dead in Snowdonia, a knife protruding from his throat. A young family is being held at gunpoint in a house in Wimbledon. The mission has begun. 08:56am. A London Underground train is stationary in a tunnel, four hundred passengers trapped inside. All efforts to communicate with it have been met with silence. 09:15am. DCI Ed Mallory has just started his day. The Met's top hostage negotiator - despite having been blinded thirteen years earlier - Mallory is about to discover that, today, an underground train is not the only thing on the line. - (Baker & Taylor)

Blinded by a grenade blast early in his career, hostage crisis negotiator Ed Mallory uses his acute sense of hearing and penetrating insights into the criminal mind during a showdown with a religious psychopath in the subway tunnels beneath London. - (Baker & Taylor)

Blinded by a grenade blast early in his career, unconventional hostage crisis negotiator Ed Mallory uses his acute sense of hearing and penetrating insights into the criminal mind during a high-stakes showdown with a religious psychopath in the subway tunnels beneath London. By the author of The Fixer. - (Baker & Taylor)

The London Times called Baptism "a tense blockbuster with worryingly credible characters."

In this modern-day thriller set in the subway tunnels beneath London, DCI Ed Mallory of the London police faces the greatest challenge of his brilliant, if somewhat unconventional, career as a hostage crisis negotiator. Blinded in a grenade blast during the course of only his second official negotiation, Mallory has over the ensuing years developed other faculties to compensate for the lack of sight, including an acute sense of hearing and penetrating insight into the twisted workings of the criminal mind. Driven and obsessive, Mallory now faces a high-stakes showdown with a psychopath who combines religious fanaticism and a chilling disregard for human life. Will Mallory's skills be enough to save London from a baptism by blood?

- (Grand Central Pub)

The London Times called Baptism “a tense blockbuster with worryingly credible characters.”

In this modern-day thriller set in the subway tunnels beneath London, DCI Ed Mallory of the London police faces the greatest challenge of his brilliant, if somewhat unconventional, career as a hostage crisis negotiator. Blinded in a grenade blast during the course of only his second official negotiation, Mallory has over the ensuing years developed other faculties to compensate for the lack of sight, including an acute sense of hearing and penetrating insight into the twisted workings of the criminal mind. Driven and obsessive, Mallory now faces a high-stakes showdown with a psychopath who combines religious fanaticism and a chilling disregard for human life. Will Mallory’s skills be enough to save London from a baptism by blood? - (Random House, Inc.)

Author Biography

Max Kinnings was born in Shropshire in 1966. He attended Shrewsbury School before studying criminology at the Polytechnic of Central London. Prior to writing fulltime, Max worked in the music and entertainment industries for twelve years devising advertising and marketing campaigns for music festivals, tours, comedy shows and West End theatre productions. His first novel,Hitman, was published in 2000 and described by The Times as "a highly accomplished, confident first novel."Daily Mirror called The Fixer, published in 2002, as a "fascinatingly off the wall... a funny and stylish thriller." A collaboration with actor/comedian, Rik Mayall, resulted in Max co-writing, as an uncredited ghost-writer, Rik's spoof autobiography,Bigger Than Hitler--Bigger Than Christ which spent six weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller list.

A number of screenwriting projects followed with commissions from various television and film producers including Granada Television. In 2009, Max wrote the libretto for the musical,Hooked, which ran in London (Theatre 503), Edinburgh (Fringe) and at the Greater Orlando Actors' Theatre.

Inspired by the experience of being trapped in the Tube train behind the one in which Jean Charles de Menezes was tragically shot, Max wrote the first of a series of thriller novels featuring hostage negotiator, Ed Mallory.Baptism was described by The Times as "a tense blockbuster with worryingly credible characters." It has been optioned by award-winning director/producer, Phil Hawkins. Kinnings lives in Oxford with his family. - (Grand Central Pub)

Max Kinnings was born in Shropshire in 1966. He attended Shrewsbury School before studying criminology at the Polytechnic of Central London. Prior to writing fulltime, Max worked in the music and entertainment industries for twelve years devising advertising and marketing campaigns for music festivals, tours, comedy shows and West End theatre productions. His first novel,Hitman, was published in 2000 and described by The Times as “a highly accomplished, confident first novel.”Daily Mirror called The Fixer, published in 2002, as a "fascinatingly off the wall . . . a funny and stylish thriller.” A collaboration with actor/comedian, Rik Mayall, resulted in Max co-writing, as an uncredited ghost-writer, Rik's spoof autobiography,Bigger Than Hitler — Bigger Than Christ which spent six weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller list.

A number of screenwriting projects followed with commissions from various television and film producers including Granada Television. In 2009, Max wrote the libretto for the musical,Hooked, which ran in London (Theatre 503), Edinburgh (Fringe) and at the Greater Orlando Actors’ Theatre.

Inspired by the experience of being trapped in the Tube train behind the one in which Jean Charles de Menezes was tragically shot, Max wrote the first of a series of thriller novels featuring hostage negotiator, Ed Mallory.Baptism was described by The Times as “a tense blockbuster with worryingly credible characters.” It has been optioned by award-winning director/producer, Phil Hawkins. Kinnings lives in Oxford with his family. - (Random House, Inc.)

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In this high-adrenaline thriller, a London tube train is taken over by religious zealots who want to die and take everyone with them. Tommy and his sister have big plans to kill everyone on board the train by flooding the tunnel, thus creating the titular "baptism." Ed, the lead negotiator, possesses a unique skill set: he is blind but has the ability to detect deep levels of meaning in the timbre of voice, and what he hears when he talks to Tommy is truly frightening. Even without nuance, the facts are bad enough: Tommy is killing anyone who enters the tunnel, and, with the body count soaring, MI5 has pulled back. Ed is convinced that Tommy's religious beliefs are stronger than anything a negotiator could offer, so he's forced to look for another solution. With lots of violence, steadily building tension, and an exciting finale, this one will find eager readers among James Patterson's fans. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

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