This is an amazing read! It starts during the Christmas holidays, but quickly moves south to Mexico where a businessman who (ironically) helps retrieve kidnapped victims is himself kidnapped. Gagnon's series protagonist, FBI agent Kelly Jones, shares the spotlight with two security/soldier/hero-type brothers, one of whom is her fiancee, and the shifting points of view of those characters helps build the suspense. KIDNAP AND RANSOM is relentlessly paced.... it NEVER stops! And just when you think it can't get any worse, of course, it does. I couldn't put it down. Btw, the research and details read like a Tom Clancy novel. I really don't know how she did it. If you're into thrillers, Mexican drug cartels, and kidnapping schemes, you need to read this book.