When Gabriel Ash's wife and kids were kidnapped four years ago by Somali pirates, his life spiraled out of control. He left his job working for the British government and moved to a small town where he descended into near madness. But with the help of his dog, Patience, and his friendship with young police officer Hazel Best, his focus returned. So when he discovers that his wife is still alive, Ash is once again filled with hope and fear. Hope that he has another chance to find her and their two young sons; fear that, in trying, he may bring about their deaths. Hazel is deeply worried for Ash. But even she is unprepared for what Ash seems willing to do to secure the safety of his wife and children. In fact, nothing is as it seems and loyalty, friendship, and family bonds will be called into question. When Ash learns who was behind the events that wrecked his life and his sanity, even the resourceful Hazel might not be able to keep him from getting hurt. How much is Ash willing to sacrifice in order to bring his family home and bring justice to those responsible? Jo Bannister's police procedurals are widely praised for outstanding plotting and suspense, and their brilliant and compelling characterization. Buying Freedom, the third novel in the series following Deadly Virtues and Perfect Sins, is an engrossing novel from "one of the undersung treasures of the mystery genre." -The Chicago Tribune
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"Jane Copland narrates this third Gabriel Ash mystery with the compassion and subtle humor it deserves. When Ash, a security analyst for the British government, tackles the challenging job of dealing with Somali pirates who are hijacking cargo ships, he becomes a victim himself when his wife and two sons are kidnapped. Copland skillfully portrays Ash's desperation and gratitude when rookie cop Hazel Best helps him--at a cost to herself. Several fascinating subplots, along with the detailed police work that accompanies a complicated crime, are equally well rendered. Listeners will most enjoy Polish landlady Mrs. Popakovich, whose "tough kindness" is admirable and streetwise, and Saturday, a homeless kid whom Best befriends. Many other appealing characters as well--including Patience, a dog--make this mystery particularly engaging. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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