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The author's original intent for "Escape!" was a fast-paced romantic thriller suitable for escaping boredom while flying on a coas... Weiterlesen
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The author's original intent for "Escape!" was a fast-paced romantic thriller suitable for escaping boredom while flying on a coast-to-coast airliner. While gazing at the rolling landscape beneath the wings, Henderson imagined a hot fugitive couple running from cold contract killers, while eluding pursuit by the FBI and every other law enforcement agency along their 2000-mile route from Lake Michigan to the Pacific Ocean. Among the plot's surprises was one for the author: the unexpected emergence of the assertive and spicy Elissa Bennett Pope as the story's brightest star.

Elissa is the daughter of Italian-American parents in Chicago's wealthiest suburb, groomed from puberty to marry a multi-millionaire like Patrick Livingston Pope, heir to Chicago's Pope Machinery empire. Unfortunately, her prize had become a pugilist, beating her to pulp from time to time. Her desperate urge for freedom ended in a bitter divorce, and she escaped with just enough resources to become an independent real estate broker, property manager, and - for personal therapy - a summer stock theatrical performer.

When California architect Grey Harper arrived in peaceful Lake Forest to convert a former military base into a $60 million luxury housing development, Elissa's agency found a suitable cottage for him to rent. It was while meeting in that cottage that a strange intruder set in motion Elissa's most hectic escape ever - running with Harper for their lives, for more than 2000 miles in a Mercedes-Benz roadster, to a clifftop climax at Harper's spectacular home in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

Throughout the journey, Elissa is never quite sure whether Harper is just a brilliant architect with a California tan, water-blue eyes surrounded by crinkles whenever he smiled, a masculine voice and a wry sense of humor - or a widower with a dark past, accused by the FBI of murdering his Chicago client to cover-up a major screw-up. Elissa's survival is at stake in either case, and she must always rely upon her own wits and courage and cash, every minute of every day - and night!

Online reader reviews of this novel have all posted four or five stars, including this brief comment: "If you're looking for a fun read, you've found it! The pace and twists rank right up there with Dan Brown but with better developed characters and a more realistic (but no less exciting!) plot, making this a book that's hard to put down." (Posted by MariC on Amazon)


David Emil Henderson began his "journey in journalism" with national consumer magazines, writing exclusive interviews with Henry Fonda, Barbra Streisand, Robert Preston, Charlton Heston, and other stars of stage and screen, along with a broad range of news and features. A move to newspapers put him in charge of news and editorial pages of a Time, Inc.-owned chain of Chicago area newspapers that had won state and national first place awards for General Excellence. He took those skills to Montana and swept the state press association's top awards for news, editorials, features, columns, use of photos, and best advertising idea -- all in his first year as editor and publisher. A decade later, he extended his cross-country adventures to California, as marketing vice-president for a San Francisco Bay Area newspaper group jointly held by Gannett, The Tribune Company, Media News Group, and The New York Times. Henderson now owns a company in Northern California and Montana, publishing fiction and nonfiction books and periodicals by himself and other writers. For many decades, Henderson also practiced Architectural Design and construction, creating new and remodeled residential and commercial structures in Illinois, Montana, Wyoming, and California.


Titel: Escape!
Untertitel: A Romantic-Suspense-Thriller
EAN: 9780692612880
ISBN: 978-0-692-61288-0
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Pine Tree Press / Pine Tree Arts
Genre: Erzählende Literatur
Anzahl Seiten: 342
Veröffentlichung: 01.01.2016
Jahr: 2016
Auflage: Edition 8.5
Untertitel: Englisch