Warren Adler, author
The caller made it clear-$10 million or her daughter's head. The power of unintended consequences sends the privileged life of prominent anti-war activist Sarah Raab crashing down around her. Fear and terror take hold and Sarah turns to former CIA operative Carl Hellmann, a man she has only just met and who stands against everything she has been fighting for. How could this happen? Why would a terrorist group target her family? Confusion turns to fear and anger as Sarah faces the shocking truth lying beneath the surface of her life. And though Carl's interrogation methods violate everything Sarah believes in, they may be the only way to save her daughter's life. Faced with horrific choices, Torture Man takes the reader on a torturous weekend where Wall Street kickbacks, deceit, corruption, and jihad collide on the Upper East Side of New York City.
A chance encounter between stranded travelers offers an interesting take on the inherent conflict between security and freedom in Adler’s (The War of the Roses) novel of ideas, which evolves into an exciting thriller. Idealist Sarah Raab, the head of the New York office of Rights Abuse Watch International, is desperate to get home from Washington, D.C. When her flight is cancelled, she ends up sharing a cab to Union Station with a stranger, Carl Helman, who generously pays for her Amtrak ticket. During their trip together, Sarah learns that Carl, who sees himself as a warrior-savior engaged in the “ultimate war between powers of light and darkness,” has a very different view of the world, which Adler later reveals derives from his experience as a counterinsurgent devoted to battling terrorists. Carl’s skills come in handy after Sarah’s 11-year-old daughter, Rachel, is abducted, making the tension between ends and means all too real for her. The plot takes some unexpected turns en route to a dramatic and satisfying conclusion. (BookLife)