A Vanishing of Divas

A Vanishing of Divas

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by Larry Long

Kurt McBride had his eye on celebrity long before his first day in Law College. And his seven-year career has thus far gained him national repute. So when a wealthy socialite contacts him pleading for his help and will pay $4,000 per day plus expenses, McBride sees the opportunity as a giant step up the ladder—even after the widowed woman, Carolie, explains

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Kurt McBride had his eye on celebrity long before his first day in Law College. And his seven-year career has thus far gained him national repute. So when a wealthy socialite contacts him pleading for his help and will pay $4,000 per day plus expenses, McBride sees the opportunity as a giant step up the ladder—even after the widowed woman, Carolie, explains her situation.
Women her age around the country are being abducted and she has proof, she says, that the kidnappers are after her too. All the victims, like her, have nothing in common except having been coeds at Northwestern University in the late sixties. But Carolie points out that all were also sorority girls and opines that now someone spurned by a sorority in those days is exacting revenge. The police are dubious.
Carolie gives Kurt a list of seven names, certain that one of them is the culprit. But Kurt no sooner takes the case than his fiancé is murdered. He believes the coed kidnapper is trying to scare him off the case and grows even more determined to bring the murdering cutthroat to justice.
Accompanied by a long-time law enforcement colleague, he begins probing the lives of Carolie’s suspects—until Carolie herself disappears. Her second in command dismisses Kurt, declares the mission a failure. To avenge his fiancé and redeem his reputation, Kurt and his colleague must hunt down and stop the kidnapper on their own.
Certain that the case is about something far more serious than a sorority snub forty years ago, Kurt’s pursuit of, and escape from, the abductor takes him from the streets of Chicago to small town Nebraska to the Sonoran Desert. Bruised and battered, he gathers all the clues to the kidnapper-killer’s identity… but will anyone take his word against such a powerful individual?

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Larry Long
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Kurt McBride Mysteries , #3
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Larry Long is a 1962 and ’63 graduate of the University of Nebraska. He has been writing professionally all his adult life. In his career he has worked as a writer-producer-director at WMVS/WMVT, Milwaukee; WTTW, Chicago; the Nebraska ETV Network; and Wisconsin Public Television.
Programs he has scripted for those institutions, several featured on PBS, received Midwest (Chicago) Emmys, Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards and Addys among some 100-plus citations for excellence.
He lives and works out of his home in Sahuarita, Arizona, a sun-soaked residential community south of Tucson.

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A Vanishing of Divas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Writefieldservices More than 1 year ago
In his novel, 'A Vanishing of Divas,' Larry Long tells a mystery and suspense story about Kurt McBride, a lawyer who becomes more of a detective when he is hired by a wealthy socialite to protect her from an ominous person who is abducting her sorority sisters from North Western University of which she attended in the 1960s. For Kurt McBride, the events that unfold involve a suspenseful plot consisting of murder, black mail, kidnapping, and the sex slave trade. In 'Vanishing of Divas,' the protagonist Kurt McBride is hired by socialite Carolie Safford from Tucson Arizona to protect her and find the person who is abducting her former sorority sisters. She feels threatened from a letter she received expressing intent on revenge. For McBride, the case becomes personal when he learns of his girlfriend's death resulting from a car explosion. Kurt McBride is a man who once dreamed of being a famous world class lawyer and become a member of the upper class of society. He wanted fame, wealth, and recognition. His journey to uncover the case of the missing divas causes him to reflect on his past ambitions, losses in life, his values, and what is important in life. He is a character with unresolved demons in his own past and undergoes a personal transformation as he faces the many dangers when searching for the person responsible for his girlfriend Clem's death. The plot of the story can be described as a "Who Dunnit?" It is filled with many twists and turns with diverse characters that range from divas with deep secrets, ominous characters, and ruthless characters. The result is a cast of colorful characters that make uncovering the truth a challenge for McBride and the reader. 'Vanishing of Divas' is an engaging page turner with unexpected events that will keep readers asking, who dunnit? It is a fun read with a surprising climatic conclusion. The book is highly recommended to readers who enjoy a good 'who dunnit' mystery. Tracy Roberts, Write Field Services
bwbatlarge More than 1 year ago
Larry Long's A Vanishing of Divas: A Kurt McBride Mystery is a page-turner that will keep readers wholly engrossed from cover to cover. As women from Mississippi to Massachusetts are reported missing, the only link that can be established between them is that they were all graduated from Northwestern University around 1970 and that they were all sorority girls in their college days during the late 1960s. Socialite Carolie Stafford enlists the help of attorney Kurt McBride to investigate, calling him to her Tucson home to assist her in a "life or death matter," worth a fee of $4,000 per day. Carolie believes that she is the next victim, presenting him with a piece of evidence that she received informing her of the fourth murder before it occurred and implicating that she may be next on the list. Although investigating isn't his "expertise," the socialite's handsome fee persuades him to take the case; while McBride believes that it will be an easy case that can be solved before his next tee time, it may end costing him and the people around him more than they ever thought. McBride's hunt for the kidnapper will prove to be incredibly perilous; shortly after accepting Stafford's assignment, his fiancée's car explodes on her way home from the airport and another woman goes missing. As he investigates, tensions mount and the situation becomes hopeless, leaving Kurt desperate to find the culprit after his client disappears, challenging his competence and his honor. Long's story is riveting, leaving readers breathless as the danger increases and the plot thickens, building to a stunning conclusion. Readers will undoubtedly be shocked by the twists in plot and the revelation of the culprit. Long has a unique prowess for creating a plot that keeps readers guessing, showcasing a gift for surprising even those readers who pride themselves on being able to solve a mystery before it is revealed by the author. Truly, a must read for all mystery and crime drama readers.