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by Jan Burke

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

2006 Contemporary Mystery Nominee

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The nightmare scenario of missing children is the backdrop of this complex and horrifying new thriller by a master of suspense. The elaborate and cult-like dynamics of one wealthy family drag investigative reporter Irene Kelly into a nightmare. Burke intricately plots and elegantly weaves her multiple storylines into an unforgettable page-turner. This book will leave an indelible imprint!

While working on a follow-up
to old missing-children stories, Irene meets Caleb Fletcher, the new apprentice of her forensic anthropologist friend Ben Sheridan. He has quite a story to tell: Five years ago his father, Richard, was brutally murdered and his 3-year-old sister disappeared. Mason, Caleb's older brother, was convicted of the crimes, but Caleb
is sure he's innocent.

Meanwhile, the discovery of human remains in the mountains opens up another old child-abduction case when it turns out that a father who was accused of stealing his son was actually murdered. As Irene digs into the story, members of the wealthy and vast Fletcher clan keep turning up. Coincidence, or something more sinister? As always, Irene won't stop until she uncovers the truth. (SIMON AND SCHUSTER, Oct., 384 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Published: October 2006

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