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From Publishers Weekly

A terrifying woman-in-jeopardy plot propels Gardner's latest thriller, in which child advocate and PI Lorraine "Rainie" Conner's fate hangs in the balance. Rainie, a recovering alcoholic with a painful past (who previously appeared in Gardner's The Third Victim, The Next Accident and The Killing Hour) is kidnapped from her parked car one night in coastal Oregon. The key players converge on the town of Bakersville to solve the mystery of her disappearance: Rainie's husband, Quincy, a semiretired FBI profiler whose anguish over Rainie undercuts his high-level experience with kidnappers; Quincy's daughter, Kimberley, a rising star in the FBI who flies in from Atlanta; Oregon State Police Sgt. Det. Carlton Kincaid; local sheriff Shelly Atkins; and abrasive federal agent Candi Rodriguez, who specializes in hostage negotiation. Gardner suspensefully intercuts the complicated maneuvering of this bickering team with graphic scenes of Rainie bravely struggling with her violent, sadistic captor. When the rescuers make a misstep, he raises the stakes by snatching a troubled seven-year-old foster child named Dougie, who's one of Rainie's cases. The cat-and-mouse intensifies, as does the mystery of the kidnapper's identity. Sympathetic characters, a strong sense of place and terrific plotting distinguish Gardner's new thriller.
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From Booklist

At the center of this mix of police procedural and psychological thriller is Lorraine "Rainie" Conner, an ex-cop with a drinking problem whose car is found abandoned on a country road in Oregon on a particularly rainy November night. Leading the missing-person search is Carlton Kincaid, a no-nonsense state cop who'd rather be home with his wife and infant son. The search team calls in Pierce Quincy not because he's a former FBI profiler but because Rainie is his estranged wife, their marriage having come to a halt when her drinking resumed after 15 years of sobriety. Next on the scene is Quincy's daughter, Kimberly, who--you guessed it--is an FBI agent (or "feebie") working out of the Atlanta office. All these great minds converge to try to solve the mysterious disappearance of Rainie. Could she have been so depressed over her failed sobriety and marriage that she turned a standard-issue Glock on herself? As friendships build and mysteries unfold, Gardner keeps the suspense cranked high. Recommend this to fans of Lee Child. Mary Frances Wilkens
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (January 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553804316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553804317
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

New York Times #1 bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics and twisted plots into a streak of thirteen bestselling suspense novels, including her most recent release, Catch Me.

Readers are invited to get in on the fun by entering the annual "Kill a Friend, Maim a Mate" Sweepstakes, where they can nominate the person of their choice to die in Lisa's latest novel. Every year, one Lucky Stiff is selected for Literary Immortality. It's cheaper than therapy, and you get a great book besides. For more details, simply visit Lisa's website.

Lisa lives in New England with her family, as well as two highly spoiled dogs and one extremely neurotic three-legged cat.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on July 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Gone is the newest thriller by Lisa Gardner and the first book I have read by this author. The book feels fresh and alive and there is no need to have read previous books to enjoy this book. Rainnie Connor has problems. She had an abusive childhood and currently is haunted by past cases and has a drinking problem.

She disappears while on a latenight drive, and team is formed to find her. Leading the team is Quincy, her estranged husband. The novel cuts back and forth between scenes of the police trying to find suspects, Quincy reaching out to his FBI agent daughter to help him find his wife, and of Rainnie in the hands of the kidnapper.

The are plenty of twists and turns in this fast paced novel. Rainnie is haunted by a past case of a murdered girl and her mother. I don't know if that was from a previous Gardner novel, but just the brief description it got in this book haunted me.

Gone is an exciting kidnapping mystery. The excitement comes from the characters and their situations, not the plot's ultimate outcome.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tucker Andersen VINE VOICE on April 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book written by Lisa Gardner that I have read, and I enjoyed it immensely. It involves a backstory from her previous novels, but the necessary information is integrated in a way that allows GONE to work well as a standalone story. While the plot alone would only rate three or four stars, the author's method of narrating the story combined with the detailed development of very interesting characters combined and the inclusion of several interesting philosophical aspects to raise my enjoyment to an unqualified five stars. In addition, the compressed time frame in which the action occurred made the tension palpable.

The story begins on Tuesday, 12:24 a.m. PST on a dark and rainy night in Bakersville, OR.; the reader is sharing the thoughts of Lorraine (Rainie) Conner as she awakens from an apparently recurring nightmare which elicits such dread that she has to stifle the "visceral scream" which is deep in her throat. (This is experienced through the author's use of italics, a very effective technique both for providing insight regarding and also connection with Rainie and her husband Pierce Quincy by letting us inside their minds.) The story is told in brief segments all of which are identified by the time of their occurrence and are usually in chronological order although the reader has to be alert for the occasional out of sequence segment in addition to the flashbacks which are interspersed.

The story next shifts to Sergeant Detective Carlton Kincaid, Major Crimes, Portland office of the Oregon State Police (OSP) being awakened by his wife when he receives an official phone call at 2:47 a.m.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By clifford on June 13, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Gardner book that I have read. I think that if you start with the first book in the series instead of this one, you might have a more satisfying experience. Gardner tries to set this up as a story where you dont have to read previous titles, but the characters have already been fully explored, so she wastes little time going in to depth with her protagonists.

I guess that past titles in this series, Quincy a retired??? FBI profiler was the main character. Here the story revolves around Quincy, his wife Rainie, and his daughter Kimberley. To tell you the truth, I cant remember how many books I have read since the mid-80's where the protagonist is a profiler or a cop who deals with serial killers. And through the profilers great work, the bad guys take up the challenge and make it their business to come after the main character. This is such an over used plot line, I cant forgive Gardner for using it.

Their is a lot of good going on in this book. The writing, when it breaks out, is crisp and taught. I appreciated Gardner's ability to make the pages hum along at times. I think that she could learn something from reading her contemporaries work. I think she might be lost in the Patricia Cornwell, Philip Margolin, James Patterson, Thomas Harris train of thought. Looking a a writer such as Harlen Coben and his stand alone novels might benefit her plot structure. He uses one character, follows him straight through to the end, no change of focus. He has actually used some simlar plot devices as you would find in Gone, but they are contemporary enough so that they dont feel over used. However, I dont see Gardner changing her style ever. I think she is set in her ways. And I am not going to go out of my way to try another one of hers.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer S. on March 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This was my first Lisa Gardner book. I really don't read much fiction, but I have found myself with more time on my hands than usual, so I thought why not. I was really intrigued by the cover, and the title certainly grabbed. Just one word - "Gone!" I like that. I believe that sometimes less, is more.

As far as the storyline, it certainly held my interest. I did notice some negative reviews. Myself though, I haven't read enough fiction to be too serious of a critic. To me, the story was a combination of interesting, suspenseful, and even nerve-wracking. Some good ingredients for a book like this. I really enjoyed Gone, and I will read more from Lisa Gardner.
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