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The Chain

(2019)
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You are a parent. Your phone rings. You answer it. It's a panicked stranger.

They tell you that they have kidnapped your child.

The stranger then explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger.

Their child will be released only when you kidnap a new child.

Your child will be released only when, after you kidnap the new child, that child's parents kidnap yet another child.

And most importantly, the stranger explains, if you don't kidnap a child, or if the next parents don't kidnap a child, your child will be murdered.

You are now part of The Chain.

It's something parents do every morning: Rachel Klein drops her daughter at the bus stop and heads into her day. But a cell phone call from an unknown number changes everything: it's a woman on the line, informing her that she has Kylie bound and gagged in her back seat, and the only way Rachel will see her again is to follow her instructions exactly: pay a ransom, and find another child to abduct. This is no ordinary kidnapping: the caller is a mother herself, whose son has been taken, and if Rachel doesn't do as she's told, the boy will die.

Rachel is now part of The Chain, an unending and ingenious scheme that turns victims into criminals - and is making someone else very rich in the process. The rules are simple, the moral challenges impossible; find the money fast, find your victim, and then commit a horrible act you'd have thought yourself incapable of just 24 hours ago.

But what the masterminds behind The Chain know is that parents will do anything for their children. It turns out that kidnapping is only the beginning.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"This book is jaws for parents." - Don Winslow


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Hardback Editions

July 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 0-316-42538-9 / 978-0-316-42538-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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July 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 0-316-53126-X / 978-0-316-53126-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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July 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Chain: The unique and unforgettable thriller of the year
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 1-4091-8958-9 / 978-1-4091-8958-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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Paperback Editions

March 2020 : UK Paperback

Title: The Chain: The unique and unforgettable thriller of the year
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 1-4091-8960-0 / 978-1-4091-8960-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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July 2019 : Australia Paperback
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 0-7336-4251-9 / 978-0-7336-4251-7 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Hachette Australia
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July 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Chain: The unique and unforgettable thriller of the year
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 1-4091-8959-7 / 978-1-4091-8959-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

July 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 1-5491-2240-1 / 978-1-5491-2240-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


July 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Chain Lib/E
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
ISBN: 1-5491-5314-5 / 978-1-5491-5314-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulholland
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


July 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon   


July 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Availability: Amazon   


July 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon   


July 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Availability: Amazon AU   


July 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


July 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


July 2019 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Chain
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Availability: Amazon AU   


July 2019 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Chain: The unique and unforgettable thriller of the year
Author(s): Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK