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Publisher's Summary

Missing Persons is a major novel of contemporary suspense and horror, combining the shock and tension of A Stranger Is Watching with the gritty realism of The Blue Knight - a story of terror, loss, and love that unlocks the nightmares lurking behind the façades of ordinary lives.

Could it happen to you? Severn Gamble's wife walks into the Justice Building of a major Northwestern city to pick up some typing - and never comes out. ("Margot?") No one has seen her. ("Margot!") She has disappeared. ("Margot!") And the nightmare begins.

Gamble starts to hunt for her, joined by two police officers - Johnny Boon, case hardened, cynical, and with a wife who's just walked out on him; and Tally Wickham, young, pretty, smartass, and as compatible with Boon as oil and water. Together and separately the three of them undertake a search for Margot Gamble, a search that soon becomes obsessional, as others begin disappearing, too, beginning with a child and ending no one knows where. "God, please God, let her be alive. And God...let her not be in pain...."

Never faltering, thick with vivid characterization, and building to one of the most terrifying climaxes in years, Missing Persons is a new masterpiece of suspense, a novel to hear and remember and dream about on dark nights.

©2015 Jack Olsen (P)2015 Gregg Olsen

Critic Reviews

"Missing Persons is a powerhouse yarn, guaranteed to steal your own life for a hair-raising, goose-pimpling weekend. The kind of book to get lost in." (Thomas Thompson, author of Blood and Money and Serpentine)
"Jack Olsen begins with an ordinary situation that quickly turns into an extraordinary nightmare. He brings to the contemporary suspense novel an elegance in writing not often found in this genre, writing that is incisive, fastpaced and dramatic." (Nelson DeMille, author of By the Rivers of Babylon and Cathedral)

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 10-17-15

EXCELLENT MYSTERY VERY WELL NARRATED!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes...it is a good book!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Missing Persons?

When Severn finds Margot...how the police treated that situation was really wrong!

Have you listened to any of Becket Royce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no, but I totally would and hopefully will!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I practically did...it was a slow starter...but it hooked me...I wanted to know what was happening to all these people that were missing!

Any additional comments?

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

When Margot goes missing from the Justice building on her birthday her husband is bound and determined to find her! The Cops are NO help and he has no one to turn too! Well she is not the only one that is missing and people start to vanish one by one in or around this building! Tali and Boon are partnered up to investigate these disappearances and one of the missing happens to be Boons estranged wife, but he keeps that secret...will they find these people in time, and will they live to tell about it???

Good story and excellently narrated!!

Thank You Audiobookblast(dot)com

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Missing persons

This excellent book deftly walks the line that joins the genres of mystery, thriller and, horror, with just a feeling of fantasy elements tossed into the mix for spice. The author handles all of these elements so well that it is hard to classify this book, and, in fact, it is one of those stories that probably shouldn’t be put into any one “box”. The plotting is incredibly tight, and despite its twists and turns, logical within the context of the story. The elements of the mystery are carefully placed, and the reader is kept guessing not just about who did what, but how, and, on occasion, even *if* anything was done. This, of course, serves to heighten the tension until the climax, which, BTW, is astounding.

Even the “villain” of the piece is a dramatic surprise, because not only is that the last person one would expect, but the motivations are so unique that they come as a complete surprise, and yet, they are supported by the entire structure so well, that the reader can accept them, and the villain, entirely.

The characters could have been off the shelf stereotypes, and a few of them seem to be so at first, but they are beautifully developed, so that, very soon, the reader invests in them, and at least this reader came to care about them. The writing is tight and tense, yet that tenseness is supported by almost lyrical descriptions of the settings and environment that creates a fascinating whole.

In short, this is an extremely satisfactory read, and one that will stay with me far longer than most escape fiction. The narrator did a superb job, also, with excellent phrasing, expression, and voicing. Her characters’ voices were unique, and she knew when to change her rate of reading speed to subtly increase or decrease the tension., yet the narration was never over the top or distracting from what was being narrated. In short, a perfect “marriage” of voice and word.

I give both book and narrator a full 5 stars.



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As many as 100,000 missing persons in America

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Jack Olsen passed away in 2002. He became disgusted with the state of "True" crime books, though professionally is best known for his work in that genre. Books like "Doc", "Salt of the Earth", "Predator" and many more.He felt that the writers and publishers were taking too many liberties with the facts.

Olsen turned to fictional "suspense", as in the case of this book "Missing Persons". Olsen was a skilled writer whichever field he chose. This lives up to his reputation.

Add the narration by Becket Royce, it's a winning combination for the listener.

What other book might you compare Missing Persons to and why?

The easy comparison would be to Olsen's other fiction - "Have You seen My Son?". In a passing manner, it reminds me of "Gone, Girl" by Gillian Flynn. Subject, obviously. It too is tightly plotted and feasible.

What about Becket Royce’s performance did you like?

Becket has the ability to summon a character's personality and perspective to her narrative. The bored cop taking a report, the upset husband of the missing woman, the anxiety of the other missing victims.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The phrase "Edge of Your Seat" is in my opinion, overused. In the case of the "Missing Persons" Audible edition, it seems appropriate, in my opinion. So, my reaction was that I found I was involved with characters I wanted things to turn out okay for. And actually, I felt some empathy for the Bad Guy, though I shouldn't admit that. lol

Any additional comments?

This was the second Jack Olsen fictional Audible book narrated by Becket Royce. And I've read most of Olsen's work over the years and a handful of the True Crime Audible versions over the last few months. Always worth the time invested.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you, Ms.Royce.

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An interesting 1980s mystery/thriller

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

~ I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

This mystery/suspense audiobook could also be considered as historical fiction since it is set in 1980. However, since the print version of this audiobook was actually released in 1981, I guess it was originally considered Contemporary Fiction.

Severn Gamble's wife Margot had an errand to run while the couple were on their way to celebrate Margot's 27th birthday. She needed to pick up a package at police headquarters.

Severn stays in the car while Margot runs in to grab the package, but she never comes out.

A mentally handicapped twelve year old is also missing, but no one seems to care. Everyone assumes he has run away.

But, rookie cop Tally Wickham isn't so sure. She is assigned to partner with veteran detective, John Boone who has a massive chip on his shoulder.

Together they must unravel a mystery that gets stranger by the day.

This audiobook is particularly interesting because it was written in the early 80s. During that era the police cared very little about missing persons, even children. In fact, missing persons did not even have its own division, it was considered part of the homicide division. In today's world a missing child would set off an immediate reaction. In the 80s there was no such thing as an Amber Alert.

Some of the vernacular used in this book might throw readers off a bit. Detective John Boone refers to murderers as "fools". That is not a term I have ever heard used in that way before. According to John Boone, "The worst fools come camouflaged in ordinariness."

The character development was very well done and listeners learned enough about Tally, Boone and Severn to care about them.

I enjoyed this audiobook and the narration was exceptional. The pacing and pitch were 'spot-on' and the story never seemed to lag. I rate the narration as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I rate this audiobook overall as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Great storytelling

If you could sum up Missing Persons in three words, what would they be?

Great Suspenseful storytelling

Who was your favorite character and why?

Johnny Boone. John is real. He isn't fake. He's comfortable in his own skin. He makes no excuses. I liked his character very much.

What does Becket Royce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I liked her snarky performance. It fit well with the main characters Tally Wickham and Johnny Boone. I look forward to hearing more from Ms Royce.

Any additional comments?

I received a copy of this audiobook via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review. It was an enjoyable read.

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another good book from this team

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This audiobook stars of calmly with a disapearing wife and then the plot thickens and slowly gets more and more intriguing, ending with suspence . You sympathise with the frustration of the characters whilst the police are doing nothing to help them, and understanding their need to interven.
Another good book by this team -Author Jack Olsen, and narrator Becket Royce for me this did not quite live up to my expectations (neither story or narration) after listening to their Audiobook "Have you seen my son" which was totally brilliant .

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I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchan

What did you like best about this story?

Severn Gamble's wife Margot had an errand to run while the couple were on their way to celebrate Margot's 27th birthday. She needed to pick up a package at police headquarters.
She never comes out! The suspense of, trying to understand, how a lady can go in a judicial building and never come out? Then to find out others have gone missing in the same building, yet none of the detectives give this any importance?

I had to keep reminding myself that this was written in the 80's when missing people were not dealt with the same as today. I just wanted someone to search the building!

What about Becket Royce’s performance did you like?

Becket Royce did a good job, but I felt I may have connected better with the story if it had a male narrator (after all there were more male characters than female). Just a thought.

Any additional comments?

I had trouble connecting with the characters in this book. There's nothing I can point to specifically, but I couldn't get involved with the story.

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This story has it all!

Missing persons is a very captivating mystery/suspense/thriller with very vivid descriptions of everything happening. I was thrilled to the bone by this exellent writing style and superb narration.

We follow Severn Gamble who's desperately searching for his missing wife and in his search we go into his mind with all the negative feelings of fear and anger. At the same time - and despite his fear - he never gives up.

We also follow detective Johnny Boon - very cynical and not very likeable - who doesn't take the missing persons cases seriously. Boon is in for a very mindbreaking journey when he suspects his own wife is missing as well and hasn't just left him for the fourth time. We follow Tally - a female detective who's investigating the case of a missing child and all three of them seems to look in different directions.

The plot is well developed and also spiced with some humor. I found the characters to be so well developed that I didn't question anything in the end. They all have a story, that gets revealed along the way and there are many twists and turns to this story. I'll defenitely want to listen to more from Jack Olsen.

The narrator Becket Royce was lively, entertaining and the same time very calm in her narration. It felt like this was a natural story for her to narrate and she did it very authentic. Becket was great with different voices and accents and she captures the humor of the characters in a wonderful way. She's a new favorite!

*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Brew
  • Atlanta, GA
  • 09-20-16

Missing Persons - Great Mystery Read

This is a great mystery told from three perspectives that intertwine. The narration is excellent with great tone and variation of the characters voices. I loved the 80's time frame, especially the language which was spot on for that time. Really a solid read revolving around the pain and emotion of dealing with a missing person situation. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom

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Great suspense story

This book kept me riveted to my MP3 player all day! There were times I was so frustrated, I wanted to SHAKE some of the characters.

After his wife walks into the Justice Building and never comes out, Severn Gamble is determined to find his wife. However, it is clear that the police aren't even looking, so he's on his own. It's not until five people have disappeared in three days after being in the J-Building that the police get serious about finding them. But by then it may be too late...

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you, Audiobook Boom!)

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  • Yuggoth
  • 11-08-15

Bit of a let down

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Might appeal to more but not very impressed

What will your next listen be?

Philip Kerr Woman From Zagreb

What about Becket Royce’s performance did you like?

Well read Very clear narration

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Missing Persons?

I found the end a bit poor to be honest.Seemed rushed .Not very convinced about the killers motives too