24 Hours (novel)
Cover of the first edition
|Published||New York, Putnam, 2000|
Joe Hickey is a serial criminal working to extort money from wealthy doctors by kidnapping their children under a 24-hour ransom deadline designed to minimize police involvement. In what he decides will be his final kidnapping, he abducts Abby Jennings, child of Dr. Will Jennings, whom Joe Hickey blames for his mother's death. Abby has diabetes and her parents begin to panic that she will die if they cannot rescue her in time.
In 2002, Iles wrote the screenplay 24 Hours from his novel of the same name. This script was subsequently rewritten by director Don Roos and renamed Trapped (2002 film) to avoid confusion with the then-current television series, 24. At the request of the producers and actors, Iles then rewrote the script during the shoot.
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