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Gone Hardcover – January 31, 2006
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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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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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Gone continues the relationship of Quincy and Rainie, though this is the first time I've met them. Apparently they met at a crime scene, Quincy is 'the best of the best', criminal profiler, and Rainie is an unacknowledged alcoholic. Rainie is kidnapped and held for ransom, but Quincy is unconvinced as the kidnappers stated motivation. Gardner really explores what makes both of these fascinating characters tick. She makes me want to read more of her books in order to explore them both further, but the story wasn't a 'have to get to the ending' sort of suspense.
I really like the character of the local sheriff, named Shelly. I wanted to know more about her, and maybe that will happen. She's so real, and brave, and inspiring, that she deserves her own story. Maybe Gardner's given her one and I just haven't gotten to it yet.
Quincy is the sort of man every woman dreams of and it's frustrating to watch Rainie abuse him. He's so wonderful that you just know he had to be written up by a woman. Quincy's daughter Kimberley shows up and she's a great female character and role model. Love her and her boyfriend Mac.
I would have to say that the secret to Gardner's success is that she writes such real, and appealing characters that we can't stand to see them in jeopardy. Gardner then writes to most intriguing and surprising plot twists, leaving her readers no choice but to spend some sleepless hours wondering if their new 'friends' make it out alive. Combine this with ending that don't always wrap things up nicely, but leave room for the human factor, and you've got a formula that sells books by the thousands, creating fans like me who will read anything she writes.
The crimes this time are against children. The perpetrators inflict horrific damage. Each for their own personal reasons. The crimes haunt those who pursue the criminals and lead to unhealthy coping in some cases. New characters join the team. Former participants take on New roles. The reader has many options to consider and cannot be certain of the outcome until the very end.
A strong recommendation for reading this book is giving end.
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