Miss­ing: A Pri­vate Novel

The Sun (Malaysia) - - THE RIGHT READ -

Au­thors: Kathryn Fox

Pub­lisher: Grand Cen­tral Pub­lish­ing

ISBN: 9781455568147 James Pat­ter­son &

PAT­TER­SON TEAMS up with Aussie crime au­thor Fox to in­tro­duce read­ers to Craig Gisto and the Pri­vate Syd­ney agency, whose staff has two cases to in­ves­ti­gate in this novel.

The first in­volves a sur­ro­gacy scam, a mur­dered wo­man and a miss­ing baby.

Gisto’s agency is ac­cused of neg­li­gence when a cou­ple hires Pri­vate to run a back­ground check on a wo­man who has vol­un­teered to be their sur­ro­gate.

Within hours of turn­ing over the re­port, she is mur­dered, and her baby ab­ducted.

Gisto and his team have few leads to un­ravel the scam, but are de­ter­mined to find the miss­ing in­fant.

The sec­ond case in­volves a miss­ing CEO. Gisto prom­ises the CEO’s daugh­ter El­iza Moss that his elite team at Pri­vate Syd­ney will try to find her fa­ther.

Af­ter all, as a high-pro­file head of a re­search com­pany, Eric Moss shouldn’t be dif­fi­cult to find.

How­ever, it soon be­comes clear that Eric has made some very pow­er­ful en­e­mies.

And they aren’t the only ones on the hunt. Some peo­ple, too, want Moss to stay “lost”, while oth­ers just as ruth­lessly want him found.

De­spite at­tempts at in­tim­i­da­tion, Gisto re­fuses to back off, es­pe­cially when threats are made against the miss­ing man’s daugh­ter.

The chap­ters are short, and a sense of im­me­di­acy keeps the pace mov­ing quickly. The plot is well-crafted and not en­tirely pre­dictable, and spiced with some smaller sub­plots. An in­ter­est­ing read. – MLM

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