Published by Minotaur Books on August 20, 2013
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Former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk works as a private contractor, tracking down and recovering children who were kidnapped by their own estranged parents. He only has one rule: he won’t touch stranger abduction cases. He’s still haunted by the disappearance of his own daughter when she was just a child, still unsolved, and stranger kidnappings hit too close to home.
Until, that is, six-year-old Lindsay Sorkin disappears from her parents’ hotel room in Paris, and the French police deliver Simon an ultimatum: he can spend years in a French jail, or he can take the case and recover the missing girl. Simon sets out in pursuit of Lindsay and the truth behind her disappearance. But Lindsay’s captors did not leave an easy trail, and following it will take Simon across the continent, through the ritziest nightclubs and the seediest back alleys, into a terrifying world of international intrigue and dark corners of his past he’d rather leave well alone.
I got the chance to read this new novel by Douglas Corleone and while it was outside of my usual genres I couldn’t pass up the chance to read what looked like an incredibly thrilling novel. Needless to say, I’m glad I didn’t! This was a tense and exciting book that I could not put down. I read through the entire night with no regrets.
Former US Marshal Simon Fisk specializes in tracking down children kidnapped by their parents. He travels around the world to save and bring these kids home, and it’s a noble (if sometimes illegal) job. Things are going great until he’s stopped in Paris and put in jail. The stipulation for his release? To find a child. Except Fisk doesn’t deal with stranger abductions–they’re too close to home considering what happened to his daughter many years ago. But he isn’t given a choice, so he takes the job to find six-year-old Lindsay Sorkin.
The search for Lindsay takes Fisk across Europe in a pulse-pounding, thrilling adventure that delves into the world of human-trafficking for sex, drugs, and organs. Nothing in this book is what it seems at first glance, and nothing is truly predictable leaving the final showdown a surprise in many ways.
This was a fantastically written book, with no non-essential filler to make it longer or to throw you off the trail. The false clues are there not just for the reader, but for Fisk himself to follow and stumble through but everything builds together to create the complete picture of what happened to Lindsay and what her family has to do with her disappearance. I would highly recommend it, even if this one is outside your comfort zone, or maybe especially if it is. Take a chance and you won’t regret it.