By Kim Wozencraft
(St. Martin's Paperbacks, Hardcover, 9780312289591, 352pp.)
Publication Date: February 7, 2006
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When a Texas drug-dealer is charged with a grisly murder of three teenagers, police officer Diane Wellman knows the case is built on a lie. She was first on the scene. She saw. And now those who framed an innocent man have set Diane up for a fall as well--one that could cost the idealistic young woman not only her freedom, but her life.
Political activist Gail Rubin, crucified for the crimes of others, has been nursing revenge behind the walls of New York's Sundown prison for eighteen years. She finds common ground with her desperate new cell mate. Neither has anything left to lose. They want justice. And they'll risk everything to get it…
Between escape and absolution, Diane and Gail are on the lam, testing the boundaries of trust. Fugitives, they struggle to stay one step ahead of the law as they journey through a nightmare of revenge and redemption in their quest to settle the score. There's no turning back.
KIM WOZENCRAFT is author of three previous novels, The Catch, Notes from the Country Club, and the internationally best-selling Rush, which was made into a feature film starring Jennifer Jason Leigh. Her work has appeared in The Best American Essays, Texas Monthly, the Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, and numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She was executive editor at Prison Life magazine, has written for HBO Films, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University. She lives in New York with her three children.
Please visit her Web site at www.kimwozencraft.com
"Wozencraft writes with nervy brilliance…the novel switches from procedural to prison story to escape novel…without losing momentum. A chiller."--Booklist
"Gripping…a great story that is very hard to put down."--Star Phoenix (CN)
"Wozencraft has a remarkable talent…her characters come alive on each page…the book will keep readers guessing to the end. Wanted is hard to put down."--Tulsa World
"[A] powerful thriller."--YRB (Yellow Rat Bastard)
"It's impossible not to remember the hit movie Thelma and Lousie when reading Wanted."
--Times Union (Albany)
"For addicted crime novel readers desperate for a fix, here's some methadone."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Writes with equal authority and pathos about their opposing worlds…a deftly told jailbreak caper that provokes thought and goose bumps."--People
"[A] straightforward, satisfying thriller…Wanted boasts impressively authentic detail…Wozencraft's plainly spoken, richly populist style serves the material well, and the story moves faster than a speeding police car."--Entertainment Weekly
"Wozencraft's knack for nonstop action will keep readers engaged from the very first page."
"[A\ well-crafted surprise ending."--Texas Monthly
"Fast and literate suspense…gripping all the way."--Kirkus Reviews
"This is writing so powerful it will blow you away. Kim Wozencraft's characters step right off the page as living, breathing people, in a slam-bang thriller that doesn't let up until the final page."
--Tess Gerritsen, author of The Sinner
"A perceptive character study of two troubled souls on the lam, Wanted is unpredictable and absorbing. Kim Wozencraft sure knows how to craft a crime novel."
--Perri O'Shaughnessy, author of Presumption of Death
"Wanted is a top-notch read from a first-rate author. Kim Wozencraft has what it takes to go all the way. She writes like an angel carrying a .45 Magnum, and Wanted is a twin turbo of a novel. It should come with seat belts. Kim Wozencraft is back, with a vengeance."
--Keith Ablow, author of Murder Suicide
"Thelma and Louise are a couple of schoolgirls next to the pair of heroines who tear through Kim Wozencraft's Wanted. A high-speed emotional thriller that grabs you from the start, it's also a white-hot indictment of what passes for justice in the United States---where crooked cops, malicious prosecutors, and a dystopian bureaucracy destroy more lives than all the drugs on the street. Gail and Diane's desperate bid to outrun the shock troops of a sociopathic society is at once terrifying, exhilarating, and inspirational. These are two powerful women refusing to bow down to the tin god of jurisprudence gone insane. You'll never stop rooting for them."
--Ian Spiegelman, author of Everyone's Burning