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Publisher's Summary

On a soft summer night, she vanishes. With her friends sleeping nearby, with her parents’ wealth and power guarding her, someone walks into her bedroom and takes 14-year-old Emma Lancaster away. That is the first crime.

Eight days later, abduction becomes murder. Police hunt for the killer; a year later, they make an arrest. With an outraged town crying out for blood, powerful media tycoon Doug Lancaster vows to see his daughter’s accused murderer convicted and put to death.

Only one man stands in his way. Once a hard-driving, take-no-prisoners DA, Luke Garrison sent a defendant to the death chamber—only to discover that he was innocent. Now a defense lawyer, Luke is faced with the toughest decision of his life. If he plays it right, it could give him back his life. If he’s wrong, he could die. And a killer could walk.

©1998 J. F. Freedman (P)1999 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Plenty of twists and turns in this portrait of corruption and evil in a small town.” (Chicago Tribune)
“Freedman keeps readers turning pages deep into the night.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“Completely engrossing…. You won't want to put this book down for a second.” (Detroit News and Free Press)

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Truly great legal thriller...

This is a great mystery for a legal thriller with just a few minor flaws. It features a great main character with a great storyline.

I wish more had been exposed about the defendant. His personality was never revealed and his character wasn't developed at all. And the abrupt and overdone ending was a tad disappointing as well. Still, the conflict of a returning exD.A. to defend a client against his protege and the police force he'd worked with for years is a new angle for me.

Patrick Cullen was outstanding, he is responsible for taking my rating from 3 to 4 stars.

Though Freedmans works are older, this one is 1999, they seem to be new to audible. I'm definitely gong for a third novel of his, so stay tuned...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't put it down!

The book started out as a mystery, with a supposed kidnapping, but it turned out to be an excellent courtroom drama. The book and narration were both excellent, in my opinion. On one occasion, I found myself listening for about 6 hours straight while I went about my daily routine (I'm retired). Some books are long, but only just interesting enough to keep you hooked for the long run. When finished, one isn't convinced they were worth the time. Others are long, but so engrossing that one is sad to see them end. This is one of the latter!! Well done.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Where's Dick Hill when you need him?

I thought the story was very good but the narrator's monotone delivery put me to sleep more than once.

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  • jmpn
  • Maine
  • 05-27-16

Awesome!

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I could not wait to get up the morning, throw my sneakers and hit the road to listen to this. So GOOD! I thought the narrator was going to be a problem but I got used to him...

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  • Kaaren C
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 05-02-16

Twists & Turns - Couldn't stop listening

Where does The Disappearance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I don't do reviews very often. This was worth the time to review it and say how great a listen it was.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think all the characters were interesting and well developed within the course of the book

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Worth the price of admission!

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This is the worst reader I have come accross.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick Cullen?

Scott Brick or anybody else

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The reader ruined this audio book. Could not finish it.