Then She Vanished: A Roland Ford Novel, Book 4 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
What if the client who's hired you can't be trusted...and the woman you're looking for doesn't want to be found? With Then She Vanished, three-time Edgar Award winner and New York Times best-selling author T. Jefferson Parker delivers a new and pulse-pounding thriller.
Private Investigator Roland Ford has taken a job for a fellow Marine and a rising politician, Dalton Strait. Strait is contending with unexplained bombings of government buildings in his district...but that is not why he hired Ford. Strait's wife, Natalie, has gone missing, leaving behind a cryptic plea for help. Strait has made many enemies during his time in politics - including some of his own family members - all of whom could be looking for revenge. But as Ford digs into the details of a troubled marriage, Natalie's disappearance becomes more and more complicated.
Meanwhile, the bombings in the city intensify, with a mysterious group known only as the Chaos Committee claiming responsibility. Ford soon learns that the seemingly random attacks may be connected to the case he's on - and suddenly, his hunt for a missing woman might decide the fate of an entire city.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 33 minutes|
|Author||T. Jefferson Parker|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 11, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #119,122 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#709 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#5,364 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Books)
#8,867 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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Roland's investigation is a linear, straightforward one, not unlike those of the other Parker's Spenser, investigations in which the PI 'goes around and asks people questions.' This is not a thriller, not an action/adventure and not really a mystery, per se, though we are anxious to see the final results of Roland's investigation and have a number of our own questions answered.
The setting is north San Diego, in general the Fallbrook area, where Jeff Parker lives, and his representations of it are always spot-on. Roland's 'irregulars', the renters on his farm/ranch return and Roland himself finds some romantic action with one of his employer's relatives, a now-legal cannabis farmer/marketer who is falling afoul of one of the Mexican cartels.
My friend and fellow mystery writer, the late Frank McConnell, used to say that we read books like Chandler's for a single line, the line that encompasses all of the experience and pain and wisdom that constitute the story. Hence, we look for great one-liners as one of the hallmarks of the genre. Here I counted six. Here is one:
"Nothing is slower than time.
"Or louder than silence" (p. 264).
And how's this for description—
"A long silence as the invisible weights of blame and forgiveness shifted on their invisible pulleys" (p. 187).
Jeff Parker is a modern master who makes everything look easy. That is so very hard to do. THEN SHE VANISHED is as smooth as a mountain lake and sometimes just as deep.