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    The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald

Like many Southern California millionaires, Ralph Sampson keeps odd company. There's the sun-worshipping holy man whom Sampson once gave his very own mountain; the fading actress with sidelines in astrology and S&M. Now one of Sampson's friends may have arranged his kidnapping.

Year: 1949
Genre: Hardboiled DetectiveKidnappingPrivate Eye

    King's Ransom by Ed McBain

When a wealthy businessman is faced with a kidnapping, the ransom could ruin his biggest deal ever--unless Detective Steve Carella can find the culprits before the kidnapping turns to murder.

Year: 1959
Genre: KidnappingPolice Procedural

    The Far Side of the Dollar by Ross Macdonald

Private investigator Lew Archer is looking for an unstable rich kid who has run away from an exclusive reform school--and into the arms of kidnappers. Why are his desperate parents so loath to give Archer the information he needs to find him? And why do all trails lead to a derelict Hollywood hotel where starlets and sailors once rubbed elbows with two-bit grifters--and where the present clientele includes a brand-new corpse?

Year: 1965
Genre: KidnappingPrivate Eye

    The Instant Enemy by Ross Macdonald

Generations of murder, greed and deception come home to roost in time for the most shocking conclusion ever in a Lew Archer novel. At first glance, it's an open-and-shut missing persons case: a headstrong daughter has run off to be with her hothead juvenile delinquent boyfriend. That is until this bush-league Bonnie & Clyde kidnap Stephen Hackett, a local millionaire industrialist.

Year: 1968
Genre: KidnappingMissing PersonPrivate Eye

    God Save the Child by Robert B. Parker

Appie Knoll is the kind of suburb where kids grow up right. But something is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Kevin Bartlett disappears. Everyone thinks he's run away -- until the comic strip ransom note arrives.

Year: 1974
Genre: Hardboiled DetectiveKidnapping



Got ItWant ItRead ItYearTitle

-- -- --1949 The Moving Target   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1959 King's Ransom   by Ed McBain
-- -- --1965 The Far Side of the Dollar   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1968 The Instant Enemy   by Ross Macdonald
-- -- --1974 God Save the Child   by Robert B. Parker
-- -- --1978 The Switch   by Elmore Leonard
-- -- --1980 Early Autumn   by Robert B. Parker
-- -- --1980 Looking for Rachel Wallace   by Robert B. Parker
-- -- --1985 Snatch   by Gregory Mcdonald
-- -- --1988 Mona Lisa Overdrive   by William Gibson
-- -- --1995 Riding the Rap   by Elmore Leonard
-- -- --1998 Die Trying   by Lee Child
-- -- --2000 Darkest Fear   by Harlan Coben
-- -- --2002 The Janson Directive   by Robert Ludlum
-- -- --2003 Frumious Bandersnatch   by Ed McBain
-- -- --2003 No Second Chance   by Harlan Coben
-- -- --2003 The Last Detective   by Robert Crais
-- -- --2008 First Daughter   by Eric Van Lustbader
-- -- --2009 Nine Dragons   by Michael Connelly
-- -- --2009 U is for Undertow   by Sue Grafton
-- -- --2012 The Comedy Is Finished   by Donald E. Westlake
-- -- --2012 The Thief   by Clive Cussler
-- -- --2014 Robert Ludlum's The Janson Option   by Paul Garrison
-- -- --2015 Robert Ludlum's the Geneva Strategy   by Jamie Freveletti
-- -- --2016 Home   by Harlan Coben
-- -- --2016 Razor Girl   by Carl Hiaasen
-- -- --2017 The Romanov Ransom   by Clive Cussler
-- -- --2019 A Dangerous Man   by Robert Crais
-- -- --2019 The Oracle   by Clive Cussler