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The Year We Disappeared: A Father - Daughter Memoir Kindle Edition

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Grade 9 Up—On August 31, 1979, tough cop John Busby was shot at close range while driving to work on Cape Cod. Bleeding profusely with the lower half of his face blown off, he realized that somebody wanted him dead, and identified a brazen local bully as the culprit, an arsonist with whose family Busby had clashed on the job. John and his daughter, Cylin, who was nine at the time of the shooting, recount the year that followed in alternating chapters, incorporating candid commentary and sometimes-disturbing detail about a crime that never resulted in arrests. With the entire Busby family under 24-hour police protection, John began the reconstructive surgeries that would stretch for years, while Cylin and her two brothers tried to cope with guards accompanying them to school and the resulting social isolation. John Busby is frank about the corruption in the local police department that let his attacker intimidate anyone he chose, and bluntly describes his frustration and need for revenge in the months following the attack. Cylin speaks with a voice of innocence shattered as she struggles to comprehend what happened to her family and why her friends have abandoned her. When the town balked at the continuing expense of providing personal protection and the constant fear brought the family to the breaking point, the Busbys went into hiding, seeking a return to some semblance of normalcy. The page-turner pace is frequently interrupted by awkwardly placed flashbacks to moments in John's police work, but, ultimately, this is a story of survival and triumph.—Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
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Before August 31, 1979, nine-year-old Cylin’s biggest worry was avoiding her grumpy neighbor. Then her family’s life changed forever when her father, a Cape Cod policeman, was shot on his drive to work. Horribly injured, with most of his lower jaw blown away, John Busby somehow managed to stop his car and run for help. Although John was convinced he knew his attacker’s identity, the investigation mysteriously stalled, and the Busby family was given 24-hour protection during the long experimental effort to reconstruct John’s face. Eventually the family went into hiding, starting over in another state. In alternating chapters, John and Cylin Busby tell the story of John’s ordeal and the devastating impact on his family. John’s laconic, just-the-facts-ma’am style underscores the horror he was enduring, while Cylin’s perspective drives home the fear and emotional misery the family suffered. The appalling physical injuries may deter the squeamish, but this riveting story will stay with readers, particularly its message that John’s anger and desire for revenge were the hardest wounds to heal. Grades 9-12. --Lynn Rutan

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  • File Size: 443 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1599904543
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (April 10, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VW3KRS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Format: Hardcover
I preordered this book back in June and had forgotten about it until it arrived in my mailbox. I started reading it last night and am almost halfway through it. I grew up on Cape Cod, and never heard of this until a few years ago when the suspected shooter's wife was murdered. This story hits really close to home, because my father was a police officer, and my worst fear was that he would get hurt/killed at his job. This family is amazing. The hell that they went through, and the complete miscarriage of justice is appalling. There is no question that this case was completely bungled/covered up.

John Busby is an advocate for extending the statute of limitations on crimes against police officers. A few years ago, the brother of the suspected shooter admitted he was the driver while his brother shot Officer Busby, but because the statute of limitations had run out, he could not be charged.

Ironically, the suspected shooter has been in a mental institution because he suffers from dementia since 2001. Some call it poetic justice. Amazing and haunting, don't miss this book.
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By T. Maciel on September 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I grew up in Falmouth during the time of 'Ray Meyers'. I remember the people in this book. I remember the pain of losing a friend that was murdered during this. I never knew many of the details about this time. Officer Busby and his daughter gave me those details in this book and helped me put order to the confusion from that time. I could not help but cry reading this book. I have to say I liked the way he and his daughter took turns writing the chapters. This book is a great perspective from a child's point of view when faced with awful, life-altering tragedy. Her perspective reminded me of how parents always tried to hide things from children back then. Officer Busby's story reminded me how truly horrible things happen to truly good people. He also reminded me why parents try to shield their children from those horrors.
This book is a testament to a family's strength of character and love for one another. They are the type of people we ought to look upto and use as role models, not folks who are celebrity for celebrity sake. This family never, never wanted any of this. They faced this with such strength and resilience that I can only stand in awe and complete respect for them.
For those who might find it interesting 48 Hours Mystery will be doing this story sometime in February of 2009. I would suggest you read this book and then watch the story.
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Format: Hardcover
Officer John Busby was on his way to work as a police officer on Cape Cod when he was ambushed from a moving vehicle. The injuries he sustained that day in 1979 resulted in months and months of painful reconstructive surgery and healing. Beyond the physical injury was the damage done to his family: he, his wife and three children were forced to live under heavy police protection, as the would-be killer might come after any of them at any time.

This tale of a family whose life is turned upside-down is told as a memoir, the chapters alternating between John's recollections and those of his daughter, Cylin, who was nine years old at the time of the events. This format works well, as we see the same chronology seen through different eyes: the rage and pain of the father, and the confusion and dismay of his young daughter.

The Year We Disappeared does contain some rather disturbing description of the shooting and the injuries sustained, and for some young readers this may be hard to take. But overall, this book is suitable for, say, tenth grade to adult. The writing is direct in a refreshing way: reading it, we feel as though we're getting the unadorned truth, not a literary effort. Cylin's writing, especially, is evocative, bringing in elements of childhood to which I could easily relate. That helps bring the family to life on the printed page.

This is a tale of adversity and of survival, with a good dose of suspense, since every bump in the night is a potential source of terror. Still, this isn't a thriller -- it's the story of a family determined to survive, together. It's well worth reading.
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This is the story of a father and daughter who endure the trauma of a horrific shooting. John Busby was a Falmouth, MA police officer who stood up to the wrong bad guys and paid for it. He was mercilessly shot in the face and almost killed. This is the story of his recovery and the impact on his family. The story is told from his perspectiive and also from the perspective of his daughter, Cylin. I liked this format because it helped me understand how the adults in the household felt about their situation, but also how the children coped. Their story was eye opening to me because it gave me a whole new perspective about the sacrifices that police officers and other public servants sometimes have to make for the benefit of the public. I wished there had been more support for the Busbys, especially within the police department itself. This is a worthwhile read.
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Format: Hardcover
This book was incredible. I could not put it down! When I finally finished it on one Sunday, my husband asked me "Are you finished? You haven't talked to me all weekend!"
It captured my interest as my family lived near, Reine's corner, the trash truck depot, the junk yard and the Busy's. I knew the selectmen and some of the officers mentioned.
This should become a movie! It reminded me of the type of story as "The Client".
The Busby's were so brave, I didn't realize what they were living through as my school bus drove passed their house each afternoon. I remember all of a sudden a tall stockade fence appearing around the house. I am still amazed at how Polly continued school through all of this!
Great reading!!
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