Book 5 in the Jack Swyteck series (2006)
Jack Swyteck’s new girlfriend, Mia, is keeping secrets from the love-struck Miami attorney, not the least of which is a wealthy and powerful husband. Then Mia is kidnapped by a manipulative abductor who makes a chilling ransom request, “Pay me what she’s worth.” Now Jack’s the one under the gun, since Mia’s spouse has decided his unfaithful wife is worth nothing. Time is of the essence, and if Jack picks the wrong number, Mia could end up like the kidnapper’s other victims: dead.
FBI agent Andie Henning is tracking a ruthless kidnapper plaguing south Florida, one who’s out to prove that all human life can be valued in dollars and cents. But at every turn, he has slipped through her net. This time he’s taken the wife of one of the state’s richest horse breeders and is asking a ransom of $1 million. The stakes go up when Andie finds the woman — dead.
Enter Jack Swyteck. He has a new girlfriend, Mia, and life is good — until she goes missing. Then Jack gets a one-two punch: he discovers that his lover is married, and her rich husband gets a ransom demand that pegs Mia as the kidnapper’s latest victim. Worst of all, her husband knows all about her affair with Jack, and he decides to pay the kidnapper exactly what his cheating wife is worth: nothing. Feeling deceived, Jack at first resists getting involved. But as secrets about Mia’s strange marriage and mysterious past unfold, Jack is in for a twisty ride that may bring him face-to-face with a madman.