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Then She Vanished (A Roland Ford Novel) Audio CD – Unabridged, August 11, 2020
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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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"The plot is suspenseful and Parker’s writing is first rate.”--Associated Press
"T. Jefferson Parker brings the twists in his latest thriller."--San Diego Union Tribune
“The plot is as well crafted as it is thought provoking. Parker writes with confidence, insight, and real humanity.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"T. Jefferson Parker’s fourth Roland Ford mystery lodges the detective firmly in the crosshairs once again."--Bookpage (starred review)
“Parker’s incisive character portraits and smooth, confident prose make his latest thriller taut and engaging.”--Kirkus Reviews
“The atmospheric SoCal setting provides a brilliant contrast to what Ford calls a “republic of violence,” rife with grievances and a gun in every hand to address them.”--Booklist
Praise for The Last Good Guy
"[An] adrenaline-charged adventure."—New York Times Book Review
"A twisty cautionary tale that will leave readers pondering the damage done in the name of misguided religious fervor and patriotism and yearning for more good guys like Ford to bring justice to our world."—Los Angeles Times
"Parker tells the tale in tight, vivid prose that at times borders on the lyrical."--Associated Press
Praise for Swift Vengeance
“Non-stop action…[T. Jefferson Parker’s] new series succeeds not only in entertaining but also in challenging readers to ponder the circle of vengeance unleashed by the Iraq war and America's seemingly endless war on terror.”—Associated Press
“Roland Ford is a compelling hero: financially comfortable but not emotionally complacent, empathetic and equipped with the training and inclination to vanquish wickedness.”—Wall Street Journal
“Parker remains one of our finest novelists…a powerful tale rich in both character and story that makes Roland Ford the modern-day equivalent of John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee.”—Providence Journal
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“Parker is the poet of American crime fiction, and The Room of White Fire absolutely proves why.”—C.J. Box
"Ford's assignment, as he redefines it, becomes much more complex than tracking down a missing person. His noble goal is not only to find Hickman but to heal him."—Wall Street Journal
"Parker deftly builds the tension from suspense to menace to an overwhelming sense of dread. The result is a fast-paced, beautifully written thriller."—The Washington Post
About the Author
- Publisher : Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (August 11, 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0593211790
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593211793
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.07 x 1.1 x 5.87 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,492,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.