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Fair exchange is robbery
Ashford, Jeffrey, 1926-
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New York : Severn House, [2003]

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214 pages ; 23 cm
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Description When Gavin Penfold finished work that evening, he was thinking only of looking forward to an evening drink with his wife before dinner at their beautiful home in the country. But his journey was soon brutally interrupted by men who hijacked his car, gagged and blindfolded him, before wedging him in the back well. One of these mysterious captors drove Gavin's car while the other two guarded him on the journey to he knew not where. On the way, the car hit and seriously injured a woman who then inevitably became involved in the kidnappers' plans. Soon Gavin was forced to learn that in certain circumstances it was easier for the police and the lawyers to believe a lie than the truth.

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Booklist Review

Ashford's latest is a provocative examination of miscarried justice and its consequences. Gavin Penfold, a happily married, well-off computer expert, is kidnapped by three masked men on his way home from work. Using Gavin's car, with Gavin blindfolded and wedged in the backseat, the kidnapper at the wheel hits a woman but, of course, doesn't stop. The kidnappers then force Gavin to drink a bottle of whiskey and deposit him in his driveway, drunk and incoherent. A witness to the hit-and-run identifies the car's license plate, and the police quickly track Gavin down. His pleas of innocence don't impress the police, and in a nightmarish sequence of events, Gavin is tried, convicted, and jailed for the hit-and-run. When he's finally released from prison, nearly destitute and unable to find a job, he swears to track down the kidnappers. The results of his search are both unsettling and darkly funny. A well-crafted, cleverly plotted mystery that will have readers pondering injustice, morality, and right and wrong. --Emily Melton Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

A computer expert's drive home takes a perilous turn after thugs hijack his car and hit a pedestrian. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Ashford's latest psychological thriller (A Truthful Injustice) begins when three men ambush Gavin Penfold, grab his Jaguar, and kidnap him. In their haste, they hit a pedestrian and are forced to change their plans: they make their captive swallow liquor, then put him behind the wheel. The police who stop Gavin, of course, don't believe his story. From a practiced hand. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.