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THE MISSINGS [Kindle Edition]

Peg Brantley
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Book Description

Aspen Falls, Colorado.
Secrets within a community.
Secrets within a family.

Detective Chase Waters finds himself working the most interesting case of his career—one that comes closer to home than he could ever imagine.

Are the mutilated bodies of young men and women the result of cult… or commerce?

"No sophomore slump here after Ms. Brantley's first successful outing—RED TIDE….Another 'unputdownable'." — Jack Quick, Reviewer

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  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bark Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (October 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009R3T2FU
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior thriller October 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Peg Brantley's THE MISSINGS is a superior thriller that details, among many other things, the unique vulnerability of America's undocumented population--in this case the vulnerability caused by their understandable reluctance to involve the police in their lives. When murder victims--eviscerated and then tossed aside like trash--begin to show up in a small Colorado town, police detective Chase Waters has to battle a closed community and the prejudice of some members of his own force to solve the killings, which--it turns out--are a byproduct of yet another ethical issue, one that we as a society will probably debate for yrars.

Great pace, fine writing, solid characters, and fine construction. Brantley has the goods.
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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Missings, better than the first book October 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Review of "The Missings" by Peg Brantley

I proofread a preview copy of "The Missings" for Ms. Brantley with no intention of writing a review. I got so tied up in the story that I had to back up occasionally to force myself back into editing mode. Ms. Brantley's handling of the Latinos in this story is outstanding. I have discovered in my travels in Mexico that the poorer Mexicans would answer any questions with "sí" because if they gave a wrong answer they got jumped on my the more affluent in their society. This behavior has carried over into the US by the illegals who have formed the barrios in our country. Ms. Brantly captures this in her descriptions of the people on "the other side of the tracks" avoiding anything to do with law enforcement or even people outside their society. Her handling of bigotry against "those people" even by Mexican Americans is very well presented and adds to the plot.

Ms. Brantley also captures the deep depression of those who lose a loved one before their time, which is woven into the plot.

Besides the above, the story moves along swiftly. One does not want to wait to find out what happens in the next step. I am not well informed on law enforcement but it seemed to me to be very realistic. She actually points out that "hey, we are not on CIS here". Five stars all the way and as good as her "Red Tide" is, this one is even better, much better!
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE MISSINGS - don't miss this book! January 14, 2013
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Peg Brantley's second book, THE MISSINGS, shows that her debut effort, RED TIDE, wasn't a fluke. Ms. Brantley takes the contemporary issue of undocumented immigration and gives it a chilling twist to tell a story of what happens when a vulnerable group of people come up against the forces of unrelenting greed and privilege. She combines the whodunnit and whydunnit of her story with interesting characters with compelling stories of their own. In fact, I would love to see her give some of the supporting cast their own books. I think that there is more to be said about them, and I would look forward to hearing it. She also shows a strong sense of "place" in her description of the Colorado setting. I am no expert on police procedures, but the investigation felt authentic from the police standpoint. All in all, an excellent book and well worth your time.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who was killed? Why? It's a mystery October 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very good read. Peg Brantley is an author to keep your eye on.

Detective Chase Waters has a number of dead bodies in the morgue with no name and surgical incisions on their bodies. How can he solve their murders if he doesn't know who they are?

Under the radar, a Mexican community of both legal and illegal people keep a secret. Some of their own are missing. They whisper quietly among themselves about "the missings" but no one contacts the police. They fear the police as they once feared the police in their native Mexico.

Sr. Detective Chase Waters and his team must find who murdered the "missings". No one knows (or will tell) their names. The murdered are expertly eviscerated in one place and their bodies dumped elsewhere. How can Chase find the killer or killers? Who would benefit from these murders? It seems to be a serial killer, but other things don't quite fit.

A young woman contacts Chase because her sister is missing. Unfortunately, her sister turns out to be one of the missings. The young woman wants revenge for her sister's murder. So she helps Chase navigate the silent, frightened world of the illegal. She helps open the doors that lead to a harrowing tale.

Peg Brantley has expertly woven this story into a very good read. It's rich in detail and brings to light some of the problems of being an Illegal. No one knows who you are. Does anyone care? Gently, but persistently Chase and his team, including the young woman, collect the details one by one: those that are not spoken of out of fear and those inferred by the little bits and pieces he learns.

There are many paths in this book. All of them are interesting. All of them lead to the murderer. Peg keeps the resolution of the mystery tight. You won't know how the murderer is caught until the end of the tale.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow, slow, slow start January 8, 2013
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Because I finished the book (took me about two months of starting and stopping), I'm giving two stars, which is more than generous. Besides the extremely slow start, there were too many characters, very poor character development, and too many under-developed sub-plots. The entire first half of the book could be condensed into one or two chapters. The second half had a better flow, but the constant chapter/scene changes were poorly done and distracting. Fairly well edited as far as grammar and punctuation. I don't recommend this book, and I have little interest in reading another by this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
Ms. Brantley does a wonderful job of story telling. She keeps the reader engaged and connected to her characters. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ray Klotz
4.0 out of 5 stars Very thought provoking
A scary book because I am certain things like this do happen in the real world, not a fiction world.
Published 2 days ago by Virginia R. Clevenger
4.0 out of 5 stars these were new & well thought out characters.
This is the first book of peg Brantley's that I have read & really liked the characters in it. I hope she writes another book & fleshes out one of the characters in this book. Read more
Published 13 days ago by flipper52
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope your not busy
You will not want to put this book down. You will neglect everything in order to finish this book. I would highly recommend this book. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Amanda Grimes
5.0 out of 5 stars On the edge
This book was fast paced; good explanations of things. Kept you wondering how far things would go. Also wonder if these things happen in today's world.
Published 24 days ago by P H
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
entertaining for the price
Published 26 days ago by BlingThings
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely paced story, easy read
I liked this one. Easy read, no heavy handed contrivance, just steady character and plot development. Perfect for a beach or curled up in the afghan.
Published 1 month ago by Laura Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I like cop stories I also like medical stuff and suspense this book had it all
I also liked the interaction between the cop and his wife
Published 1 month ago by micki knoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Published 1 month ago by Gail M Lipomi
4.0 out of 5 stars The Missings
The book was an enjoyable read. The plot is up to date and timely. Would have been 5 star but parts of the plot was too predictable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer Ward
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A Colorado native, Peg Brantley is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime. She and her husband make their home southeast of Denver, and have shared it with the occasional pair of mallard ducks and their babies, snapping turtles, peacocks, assorted other birds, foxes, a deer named Cedric and a bichon named McKenzie.

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