Chris Mooney is the author of nine thrillers, of which Remembering Sarah was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award for Best Novel. His Darby McCormick series includes The Missing, The Secret Friend, The Soul Collectors, The Dead Room, Fear the Dark and Every Three Hours. Chris's latest book is Every Pretty Thing, the seventh Darby McCormick thriller. Chris lives in Boston with his wife and son.
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.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
""The Missing" is an absolutely gripping mix of suspense and mystery. Chris Mooney is a wonderful writer and in his hands this story is compelling, thrilling and touching."
-- Michael Connelly
""The Missing" is the season's most unrelenting thriller. It will keep readers enthralled from its gripping opening chapters to its last shocking page."
-- George Pelecanos
"A masterful thriller; dark and disturbing, with a tearing pace. Mooney writes like a man on fire."
-- Linda Fairstein
"I devoured "The Missing" in one greedy, breathless sitting. This is a scary, breakneck ride with thrills that never let up."
-- Tess Gerritsen
"Scary story. Scary talent.I love this book."
-- Lee Child
"The smart money has long been on Chris Mooney, one of crime fiction's rising stars, and "The Missing" ably demonstrates why this is so. This is a page-turner written with great empathy, filled with strong, resilient characters that the reader will cheer and champion."
-- Laura Lippman