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"Vanishing Girls is powerful, provocative, and pulsating with verve. Karin Schaeffer is both complex and compelling, and arguably one of the strongest female figures in contemporary crime fiction - and her absolute strength of will is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit." --John Valeri, Hartford Books Examiner

"Vanishing Girls is about murder, but mainly, it's the story of a haunted woman determined to get to the heart of secrets of a most heinous sort.  Readers of thoughtful mystery will surely enjoy this series." --Kristin Centorcelli, Criminal Element

"The plotting and timing of this story is absolutely perfect; the author does an incredible job keeping the reader's interest and making it completely impossible to solve the mystery. The building of danger and the 'up in the air' ending makes this a story that die-hard suspense fans will absolutely love." Amy Lignor, Suspense Magazine

"Another fluid and pacy read...with a heady mix of intelligently placed characters and a well-structured plot....[In] a rollercoaster of a finish Lief ties the story incredibly well and does a magnificent job of good old fashioned storytelling and giving us a few well-placed red herrings along the way." --Milo's Rambles

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“Katia Lief skillfully weaves a complex tale of an emotionally scarred central character, nail-biting suspense, and a diabolical killer that will grip you until the very last page. I can’t wait for the next Detective Karin Schaeffer thriller.” (Richard Montanari on YOU ARE NEXT)

“I can always count on Katia Lief for gripping, twist-filled psychological suspense.” (Wendy Corsi Staub, NYT bestselling author)

“Vanishing Girls is powerful, provocative, and pulsating with verve.” (Hartford Books Examiner)

“Author Katia Lief takes her readers on a whirlwind ride, overflowing with mystery layered upon mystery, ending in an unusual but gratifying finale. Readers will want to read more of this talented writer’s work.” (New York Journal of Books)

“Lief pens a diabolically brilliant story and takes us on an amazing, wild ride.” (Terri Ann Armstrong author of Morning Menace and Executive Editor for Suspense Magazine)

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Former cop-turned-p.i. Karin Schaeffer receives the call meant for her detective husband Mac on a Sunday night:  two females found on a Brooklyn street.  The first is an eleven-year-old girl, the apparent victim of a hit-and-run.  But it's the second body that truly chills the blood--a young corpse bearing the grisly, unmistakable signature of a serial slayer who has eluded the NYPD for years.

But there's something frightening different about these latest atrocities--a kink that is leading Schaeffer's unofficial investigation down strange and twisting alleys where nothing is as it originally seems.  And the haunted p.i., who once lost everything to a psychopath, is suddenly facing the darkness once again...when the horror strikes too close to home and those she loves are in danger of vanishing forever.
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Product Details

  • Series: Karin Schaeffer (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062095046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062095046
  • ASIN: 0062095048
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katia Lief is the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of several novels, including THE MONEY KILL, book 4 in the acclaimed Karin Schaeffer thriller series published by HarperCollins. Katia teaches fiction writing at The New School for Social Research. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chels on July 5, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There are some mystery novels that are impossible to put down. This is the latest book in the You Are Next series and it is fantastic. Vanishing Girls is enticing and surprising. The mystery starts when Karin Schaeffer takes a call meant for her detective husband who is sick with a bad case of the flu. Two women have been killed in Brooklyn and the perpetrator might be the notorious "Working Girl Killer" who has been murdering prostitutes in Manhattan for the last two years. As Schaeffer further investigates, she begins to wonder if this isn't the Working Girl Killer, but a copycat. The next murder is close to her home, and the pressure is on to solve the case before the killer can strike again.
The characters are all interesting and keep you on your toes and the plot is enticing. Anyone could appreciate this novel and enjoy reading. To fully understand all the characters and previous occurrences, readers should get the first books in the series. I give this novel five out of five stars.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 12, 2012
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This is my first book by Katia Lief. The book gives quite a few sudden shockwaves for those of us adrenaline junkies, and overall a quite enjoyable read. The narrative is well crafted and suspense is like `live current' throughout many chapters. The main character - Karin Schaeffer - is richly moulded and, I am sure that most people will identify with her character. The ending is slightly disappointing, as it is rather predicable and fans of this type thriller will find the ending all too familiar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kreative Kris on January 10, 2014
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This is the 3rd book in the Karin Schaeffers story's
Karin and Mac have a a house keeper called Chali to help look after there son Ben, while both of them do the PI work,she is saving money so that her daughter Dathi can Come to live in the States
Billy who you remember from the last book getting shot is having flash backs of the shooting and he calls Mac, but Mac has flu and so Karin goes to see to him and while there a young girl has been hit by a car and another working girl had been killed.
The young women are all prostitute at the same time the young girl family is dead and Chali worked from the once babysitting. she tries to tell Karin but never got to tell her, the next day she dont turn up for work and karin waits and then goes to find her only to find her dead.
This book as lots of twist and turns to it and you wont be able to put the book down
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By Gloria Feit VINE VOICE on December 26, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Karin Schaeffer, ex-NYPD and now a private detective, working with her husband at MacLeary Investigations, in the newest book by Katia Lief, becomes embroiled in the hunt for a serial killer dubbed The Working Girl Killer. As you might guess, the victims have all been killed in the same manner, with the same exact type of weapon, and were all prostitutes. Seven young women had been found dead across Manhattan, then two in Brooklyn.

At 38, Karin is now seeking an undergraduate college degree in forensic psychology. She has not had an easy time of it, having survived the murder of her first husband and her daughter six years ago, and just recently had a miscarriage. She dotes on their little boy, Ben, though still grieving for her losses. As the book opens, Ben receives a text from Billy Staples, a detective at their local precinct in Brooklyn and Mac's closest friend, from a crime scene that Billy believes to be where the serial killer has left his latest victim. Eerily, a little girl is found badly injured several blocks away after what is believed to be a hit-and-run.accident. The cops feel the two things could somehow be connected, as the location and timing seem to rule out coincidence.

Billy had been fighting his own demons. He has been hunting this killer for over a year. At the same time, Mac and Karin believe he is having hallucinations, suffering from PTSD after a horrifying incident when the woman he loved had tried to kill him, instead leaving him blinded in one eye; he had been forced to shoot her dead. The current investigation triggers all his symptoms again, and envelops Karin as well to a very personal degree.

It is an interesting plot, telling a very dark tale that stayed with this reader for quite a while after turning the last page.
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Once again, thank you to Amazon for, first, keeping track of what I like to read and, second, including this Katia Lief book among choices I browsed one day recently, putting it into my cart until I had a chance to see if our local library had it. They did, and I was able to download the book into my Nook. I loved it! Katia has created a cast of characters, some introduced in her first book, which will be my next of hers to enjoy (I'm sort of reading backwards and yet not). Karin Schaeffer, from intimations in this book, has suffered some serious trauma; that will be revealed when I read book one. She's worked in law enforcement, as has husband Mac. Now Karin, who just can't help herself, becomes involved in what looks to be human trafficking and perhaps a serial killer, and the story takes off in such a way that, with each twist and turn, Lief takes her reader on what almost amounts to a rollercoaster ride of a story. This is another of those books that, in revealing too much, is going to ruin the read for you. Let me just say that once you become involved in this story, you'll find it very hard to put the book down. Once you're finished, either go back to the previous two Karin Schaeffer stories (or maybe you've already read them) but definitely move to her latest, which is even better. This series reminds me of that of author Linda Castillo, where you'll finish the book and just wonder how long you have to wait before there's MORE! Katia is a very talented writer and storyteller; she also uses the language well. You won't be disappointed.
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