Derailed

Derailed

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
A fateful encounter with a married woman on the Long Island Railroad leads to disaster for middle class ad executive Charles Schine after a rendezvous at a sordid hotel leads to a brutal attack, blackmail, a would-be hitman, and murder.

Blackwell North Amer
Every day Charles Schine rides the 8:43 to do the job he has done for over a decade in a New York advertising agency. With a wife and an ill child who depend on him, Charles is not a man who likes changes or takes risks ... until he is late for his regular train - and sits down across from the woman of his dreams.
Her name is Lucinda. Like Charles, she is married. Like Charles, she takes the train every day to work in New York City. Her train is the 9:05, and tomorrow she will be on it again - and so will Charles. For there is something about Lucinda, the flash of thigh beneath her short skirt, the way every man on the train is eyeing her, something about this time of the morning that will make Charles take a chance he shouldn't take, break a vow he shouldn't break, and enter a room he should never enter.
In a matter of days, a flirtation turns to a passion, and Charles and Lucinda are drawn into the dark side of the American Dream. In a matter of weeks, Charles's life is in shambles. A man is dead. A small fortune is stolen. Charles's home is violated and everything violently spirals out of control.
But Charles is about to discover that once you leave the straight and narrow, getting back on track is the most perilous journey of all. And for Charles, that journey - of lies, terror, and deception - has just begun.

Baker
& Taylor

A fateful encounter with Lucinda, a married woman, on the Long Island Railroad leads to disaster for middle-class ad executive Charles Schine after a rendezvous at a sordid hotel leads to a brutal attack, blackmail, a would-be hitman, and murder. By the author of Epitaph. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, c2003
ISBN: 9780446531580
0446531588
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 24 cm

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Jun 29, 2016

I read the actual book (not at the library). Perhaps not for the faint-of-heart. It was an excellent thriller - Charles desperately trying to extricate himself from a psychotic scam artist and his associates. Suspense and action never falters throughout.

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