Ransom by Danielle Steel Dell $62 This thriller is far from Steel's usual romantic fare. The plot works well enough, but the characters are bland and she repeats herself. Peter Morgan is faced with an awful choice: kidnap somebody else's children and demand a ransom or his own children will be murdered - this, after he's just been released from prison after serving four years for cocaine possession. He's not a hardened criminal, just a guy who's down on his luck. Unknown to Peter, the target of the ransom demand has no money. Fernanda Barnes' husband made millions during the dotcom boom, but lost it all and killed himself. Now, she has nothing but debts. Peter and a team of ex-cons plan to kidnap her children - but he isn't sure he's got the guts to go through with it.