When Zoe Pendergast is kidnapped and a $1 million ransom is demanded, Zoe’s friends and coworkers embark on a zany scheme to raise the money in two days. The result is a madcap adventure that will capture your heart and leave you with aching sides from laughing at the antics necessary to pull off the switch of the century. But that’s only the beginning.
In short, Zoe works for A.P.R., an upscale firm specializing in design services. When the kidnapper demands the outrageous fee for her return, a plan is hatched to switch a golden museum piece (the priceless mask of Agamemnon) for a bronze fake.
This loveable comedy/mystery/drama would do well as a three-act play somewhere Off-Broadway. Loaded with snappy dialogue, it constantly put me in mind of a radio broadcast from the Thirties, complete with sound effects and plenty of wise-guy repartee. The scene where two of Zoe’s friends from the office simulate an impending baby delivery on the museum steps is a particular highlight.
Events take a serious turn, however, as the swap of money for Zoe — set to take place at a blacks-only club in Boston Commons — is botched and a wild melee ensues. And, in the middle of the action, someone is shot and rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
Does Zoe ever gain her freedom? Does the wounded man — who holds the key to Zoe’s whereabouts — ever recover? And what about A.P.R.’s bid to design an historic showplace for Agamemnon’s mask?
You’ll just have to download this enthralling bit of fiction-based-on-fact and find out for yourself. Five stars to A.P.R., and a warm welcome to debut storyteller Candy St. James.