by: Thomas Hall
Genre: Mystery; Crime
Publisher: Brighton Publishing LLC
Date of Publication: July 19th 2013
Six-year-old Eric Allen vanishes into thin air one rainy morning after his dad drops him off at school. Detective Dave Munoz and FBI agent Craig Walker are called in to solve the case. But how can they even know where to begin, without a single witness or a shred of evidence?
As they increasingly become convinced that the bright, handsome youngster has been kidnapped, the two lawmen also come to realize that it’s not only Eric’s life that hangs in the balance, but also that of the boy’s distraught father. Jonathan Allen is still grieving the mysterious death of his wife a few months earlier; now, the disappearance of his son threatens to destroy what’s left of his world.
Munoz and Walker grimly and painstakingly piece together a complex puzzle. Their investigation draws them into a tangled web of dark secrets and sinister activity that seems to stretch from some of New England’s seamiest neighborhoods to some of its most posh addresses.
As the days pass, the likelihood of finding Eric alive rapidly diminishes. And it seems that the people who might have helpful information about the child’s disappearance keep turning up dead. Can the two lawmen crack the case before it’s too late? Can they find where little Eric Allen has been hidden?
Author Thomas Hall takes readers on a tour through New England’s roads less traveled, including its red-light districts, quiet suburban neighborhoods, and even its hallowed halls of justice. Along the way, Hall pauses periodically to pull back the picture-postcard facades and reveal startling secrets behind closed doors in the lives of seemingly ordinary citizens.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I would like to thank the author for sending me a hard copy of this book for my honest review. Once I opened this book and started reading, I did not want to put it down. This novel deals with the hard issue of child abduction and child porn without being graphic to make a person feel uncomfortable reading the story. The characters are well written and the plot is very good. The ending has you wondering if there is going to be a series involving Walker, Munoz and Stansky, that would be great as they all work well together and are very talented at what they each do. I look forward to reading more from Thomas Hall in the future.
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