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The Missing: A Thriller Hardcover – March 20, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atria (March 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743463803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743463805
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,711,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of this competent but unoriginal thriller from Mooney (Deviant Ways), it's 1984 and teenager Darby McCormick is hanging out in the woods with her friends Melanie Cruz and Stacey Stephens when they stumble across a man killing a woman. Darby calls the police, which sets in motion events that lead to Stacey being murdered and Melanie abducted. Fast forward to 2007: Darby, with a doctorate in criminal psychology, is working as a crime scene investigator for the Boston Crime Lab. When Darby finds herself investigating another missing girl, Carol Cranmore, she vows to find the perpetrator and save Carol. The fiendishly clever killer is always two steps ahead, while Darby and her handsome partner, Jackson "Coop" Cooper, must struggle with the usual bureaucratic snafus, disbelieving supervisors and obstructive FBI agents. There are twists and turns aplenty, but they're all based on familiar formulas, including the final, de rigueur chase through the killer's basement torture chamber. (Mar.)
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About the Author

Chris Mooney is the critically acclaimed author of Deviant Ways, World Without End, and Remembering Sarah, which was nominated for the Barry Award and the Edgar Award for Best Novel. He lives in Boston with his wife and son. For more information, visit

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Customer Reviews

It wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't anything new or exciting.
Like Deviant Ways, this novel is extremely fast paced and filled with an array of interesting characters.
Wayne C. Rogers
Another book I couldn't put down-I wish I had had the time to read this at one sitting.
Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes Haws

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Wayne C. Rogers on March 26, 2007
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After three very long years, the author of Deviant Ways, World Without End and Remembering Sarah is finally back with a new book--The Missing. When Chris Mooney's Deviant Ways was published back in 2000, I considered it one of the best novels to have been written about serial killers. For me, it was equal to anything that Thomas Harris or James Patterson had written up to that date. The book was fast paced with edge-of-your-seat suspense and filled with intriguing characters that the reader wanted to learn more about. It was a winner in every sense of the word. Well, Mr. Mooney's newest novel also deals with a serial killer. This time it's the Traveler, a killer who's moved around the United States during the last two decades, leaving a multitude of missing women behind.

In 1984, while strangling a woman to death in the woods around Belham, Massachusetts, the Traveler is unexpectedly seen by three teenage girls. He later tracks down the teenagers and kills two of them, but the third one (Darby McCormick) barely manages to escape his vengeful wrath. That incident haunts Darby for the rest of her life and is one of the primary reasons that she becomes a crime-scene investigator for the Boston Police Department. Darby is working hard and enjoying her life. That is until she's assigned to work a new case that involves a teenage girl being forcibly taken from her home by an unknown killer. While working the crime scene, Darby finds an emaciated woman hiding beneath the porch of the victim's house and soon discovers that the killer has done this many times before. What Darby doesn't realize is that the Traveler is back in town and that he has his eyes dead-set on her. This is a man who doesn't like to leave behind unfinished business, even if it happened over twenty years ago.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In 1984 best friends Darby McCormick, Melanie Cruz and Stacey Stephens are hiking in the woods when they accidentally observe a man killing a woman. Darby calls the police as her hero her father "Big Red" is a cop, but though her dad promised he would catch the killer, the culprit was never caught.

The impact of the horrific crime scene remains with Darby almost as much as her adulation of her late dad; she obtains a doctorate in criminal psychology and becomes a Boston Crime Lab crime scene investigator. Her current case feels a bit like déjà vu as she and her partner Jackson "Coop" Cooper search for clues to the whereabouts of a missing girl, Carol Cranmore. This investigation quickly ties back to what happened when she was sixteen as Stacey is a murder victim and Melanie is among THE MISSING leaving a terrorized Darby in a constant state of panic that she is next.

This is fun Reagan Era police procedural filled with twists and turns as Darby begins to unravel the truth about a serial killer and her father, whose statue of greatness has begin to crumble in her mind. The story line is action-packed and filled with twists, but also contains typical sidebars of the sub-genre like the brass as always bungling, stumbling and interfering. The serial killer crowd will enjoy Chris Mooney's exciting thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MRose on June 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I do not know how Chris Mooney or the publisher got all these top notch thriller/suspense authors to give this book such praise. I thought the plot was very disjointed, I didn't give a lick about one character. Some of the plot twists were absurd. And it is obvious they wanted to push this book through to its publication date, as the end came nearer the typos and grammatical errors occured on almost every page.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale on May 26, 2007
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The author was born and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts and attended college at the University of new Hampshire and in his own words "tried to study, of all things computer science" and was less than successful at it. He quickly switched his major to English with the emphasis on creative writing. He now lives just outside Boston with his wife and son and is at work on his second novel in the Darby McCormick series.

It is always nice to find a new author and Chris Mooney is certainly new to me and although I am an avid reader of virtually anything, thrillers are not the first thing that I would pull off the book shelf. What a pleasant surprise, the book is well written, well structured and the characters are not only well rounded, but believable. In a book of this type it is always a temptation for the author to include as much gratuitous sex, violence, blood, you name it, they include it, as possible. But this novel strikes a good balance and is all the more scary and thrilling because of that.

When CSI Darby McCormick finds an emaciated woman, clearly not in her right mind hiding at the scene of a violent kidnap, she runs a DNA test to identify the woman. The resulting test confirms that the woman was the victim of an abduction that occurred over five years ago. She has somehow managed to escape from the clutches of the person or persons who have kept her caged up.

With a teenage girl also missing and the woman seriously ill Darby find herself with a plate full of trouble and little time to find where the raving woman has been incarcerated before someone else fall victim. When the FBI butt in on the case it some becomes clear that a serial killer has been on the prowl for years and they are certainly not going to stop now . . .
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