Darby McCormick

7 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 379 ratings

The Missing Publisher's Summary

Darby McCormick had known Melanie Cruz and Stacey Stephens forever. Best friends since childhood, the threesome had survived high school together. But one night in the woods, drinking beers to celebrate Melanie's 16th birthday, the three unsuspecting teenagers witnessed the grisly murder of a woman. Darby and her friends fled the scene, but they left behind a clue to their whereabouts, which only simplified the killer's revenge. It didn't take long to find them. This time, only Darby survived.

Twenty-five years later, Darby is a crime-scene investigator for the Boston Police Department. When a young woman is abducted from her home in the middle of the night, Darby finds an unexpected witness: a woman dressed in rags hiding behind garbage cans kept underneath the back porch of the victim's house. The woman is dangerously malnourished and is so distraught, so terrified, she believes she is still locked inside a dark prison cell, and that Darby is one of her fellow prisoners.

Darby's investigation reveals that the woman, Rachel Swanson, has been missing for more than five years. And there are others. As Darby tries to get Rachel to talk about the other missing women and the horrors she endured, the killer known as Traveler is brought to light. As the race to find him heats up, Darby finds herself trying to unravel forensic clues about the case while attempting to uncover the existence of a killer who has eluded the police and FBI for more than two decades. A killer who, years ago, introduced Darby to violence and death. A killer who will use every means necessary to protect himself and to keep the missing women from ever being found.

A breathless, gripping read from beginning to end, The Missing is an unforgettable story about a courageous woman whose past has literally come back to haunt her. Told with tremendous style at a breakneck pace, this is thriller writing at its best.

©2007 Chris Mooney; (P)2007 Books on Tape
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  • Book 1

    • The Missing

    • By: Chris Mooney
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 130
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 63

    Darby McCormick had known Melanie Cruz and Stacey Stephens forever. Best friends since childhood, the threesome had survived high school together. But one night in the woods, drinking beers to celebrate Melanie's 16th birthday, the three unsuspecting teenagers witnessed the grisly murder of a woman. Darby and her friends fled the scene, but they left behind a clue to their whereabouts, which only simplified the killer's revenge. It didn't take long to find them. This time, only Darby survived.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well Written, Well Read

    • By Eric on 04-10-07

    Regular price: $35.93

  • Book 2

    • The Secret Friend

    • By: Chris Mooney
    • Narrated by: Regina Reagan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    When Harvard student Emma Hale disappears, her father believes she has been kidnapped. Months pass and the trail goes cold but then her body is found floating in Boston Harbour. A year later, Judith Chen, another student, disappears. Like Emma, she is soon found dead in the river. CSI Darby McCormick is assigned to the case and uncovers a key piece of overlooked evidence, one that brings her into contact with Malcolm Fletcher ...a former profiler, now on the FBI's Most Wanted list.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Like it

    • By Yuvett on 04-26-11

    Regular price: $26.54

  • Book 3

    • The Dead Room

    • By: Chris Mooney
    • Narrated by: Regina Reagan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    A mother and her son have been executed in their home and fingerprint matches show their attacker died 20 years ago. When CSI Darby McCormick is called to the crime scene, it’s one of the most gruesome she’s ever seen. But the forensic evidence is even more disturbing: someone watched the murder unfold – and the killer died in a shoot-out two decades earlier. The deeper Darby digs, the more horrors come to light.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Book, Horrible Production

    • By Selu Winnenberg on 02-02-15

    Regular price: $15.26

  • Book 4

    • The Soul Collectors

    • By: Chris Mooney
    • Narrated by: Regina Reagan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    Ten years ago CSI Darby McCormick investigated a child abduction case. Today, Charlie Rizzo is back and holding his family hostage. He makes only one demand. Bring me Darby McCormick... When Darby arrives to defuse the scene, she finds him horrifically mutilated, with a mask of human skin sewn in place over his own face. Within minutes, a group of men disguised as SWAT officers bursts in and releases deadly gas, killing the Rizzo family and leaving Darby barely alive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • BONE CHILLING, GRUESOME, BUT A PHENOMONAL STORY

    • By Lisa on 02-23-12

    Regular price: $16.31

  • Book 5

    • Fear the Dark

    • By: Chris Mooney
    • Narrated by: Nick Landrum, Patricia Rodriguez
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 77

    Fear grips a town in Colorado as a murderer targets entire families in their own homes. As police and the FBI struggle to contain the situation, they bring in forensic investigator and serial killer expert Darby McCormick. What she finds is a brutal and elusive predator who stays one step ahead of their investigation. As Darby navigates the blood ties and broken promises that divide the locals, she knows all the while the killer is watching, circling his next target: her.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Starts off slow

    • By Sabena on 09-23-16

    Regular price: $22.71

    • Fear the Dark

    • Darby McCormick, Book 5
    • By: Chris Mooney
    • Narrated by: Regina Reagan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Fear grips a town in Colorado as a murderer targets entire families in their own homes. As police and the FBI struggle to contain the situation, they bring in forensic investigator and serial killer expert Darby McCormick. What she finds is a brutal and elusive predator who stays one step ahead of their investigation. As Darby navigates the blood ties and broken promises that divide the locals, she knows that all the while the killer is watching, waiting and circling his next target: her.

    Regular price: $23.34

  • Book 6

    • Every Three Hours

    • By: Chris Mooney
    • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Every Three Hours by Chris Mooney, read by Patricia Rodriguez. Nine a.m. on a freezing January morning. Darby McCormick queues for the metal detectors at Boston Police Headquarters. A man at the front pulls out a 9mm handgun, fires into the air and takes a woman hostage. In his bag is a block of plastic explosive. Throughout the city, homes, offices and cars have been rigged to explode.

    Regular price: $20.65