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The countdown begins at noon . . .
A school bus stops at a car crash on an isolated road. The two teachers and their deaf students are immediately captured by three escaped convicts.
Stark against the prairie stands an ancient slaughterhouse that still reeks of decades of spilled blood. It is here that the killers will bring their hostages.
It is here that they will kill one innocent girl an hour, on the hour, until their demands are met


Deaver knits a seamless fabric of tightening tension right up to the explosive double whammy ending
<i>The Times</i>
'A real chiller, seething with violence and heart-stopping tension'
<i>Sunday Telegraph</i>
A gripping, emotional descent into the mind of evil
Anthony Gallagher, Waterstone's
Tension-packed pages take the thriller to a new dimension
Doris Mousdale, Whitcoulls, New Zealand
An authentic and gripping hostage drama
Toby Wrigley, <i>Book League</i>, South Africa
Riveting and sensitively handled
<i>New Woman</i>