The Dispatcher [NOOK Book]

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From the author of the award-winning debut crime novel Good Neighbors-a white-knuckle thriller about the lengths a man will go to for his daughter.

The phone rings. It's your daughter. She's been dead for four months.

So begins East Texas police dispatcher Ian Hunt's fight to get his daughter back. The call is cut off by the man who snatched her from her bedroom seven ...
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Overview

From the author of the award-winning debut crime novel Good Neighbors-a white-knuckle thriller about the lengths a man will go to for his daughter.

The phone rings. It's your daughter. She's been dead for four months.

So begins East Texas police dispatcher Ian Hunt's fight to get his daughter back. The call is cut off by the man who snatched her from her bedroom seven years ago, and a basic description of the kidnapper is all Ian has to go on. What follows is a bullet-strewn cross-country chase from Texas to California along Interstate 10- a wild ride in a 1965 Mustang that passes through the outlaw territory of No Country for Old Men and is shot through with moments of macabre violence that call to mind the novels of Thomas Harris.


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Editorial Reviews

Sunday Times (London)
"Reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's tales of vengeance, The Dispatcher is an impressively accomplished performance that never strains for mythic power but nevertheless acquires it."
Financial Times
"The breathless pace virtually demands a single-sitting read. . . . Over the past few years a new generation of crime writers has come perilously close to recreating the jaded mindset of the classic noir thrillers, but no one has succeeded quite like Jahn. . . . [He] leads the new noir pack with a series of palm-sweating situations that pay homage to the classics of the genre while feeling entirely fresh."
The Guardian
"Reads at a cracking pace [and] is a one-sitting, fist-in-mouth read."
Dylan Jones
"A cross between Richard Ford and James Patterson . . . I guarantee that if you pick this up, then everything else in your life will immediately be pushed to the margins. . . . If you only read one book tomorrow, make it this one."
Big Issue
"A nerve-shredding thriller with plenty of energy and a tight plot."
We Love This Book
"Tense, thrilling. Jahn has written a real page-turner, well crafted with convincing characters and an involving plot."
Rhian Davies
"Near pitch perfect . . . An adrenaline-pumped storyline and one that will leave you with your lower jaw resting on your chest. I don't believe anyone else is offering Jahn's insight and style of writing today. . . . [His] clipped and economical prose is to the bone. . . . Make sure you allocate sufficient hours to read in one sitting."
Daily Mirror
"Talk about page-turning . . . Jahn is the fastest rising star in the ever-competitive crime fiction world."
Library Journal
The opening of this dark thriller grabs readers as Ian Hunt, a police dispatcher in Bulls Mouth, TX, gets a call from his dead daughter. Kidnapped when she was seven years old and presumed dead after seven years, Maggie, now 14, briefly escapes her captors and calls her father, sending Ian on a frantic quest to find her. The grotesque couple who snatched Maggie lead him on a chase across the Southwest. Jahn, a screenwriter whose previous novels (e.g., Good Neighbors) are based on well-known true crimes, uses shifting points of view to reveal the thoughts and emotions of characters on both sides of the law. Several graphically described murders, including Ian's own torture of a witness, provide a grim backdrop as he goes to lengths to regain his daughter—and perhaps redeem himself. VERDICT The constant use of the present tense, several unlikely or unexplained incidents, and some banal philosophy hinder what is surely a cinematic tale (No Country for Old Men, anyone?) of desperate acts and desperate people who repulse rather than intrigue us.—Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
Kirkus Reviews
Seven years after his daughter vanishes from her bedroom, and two months after he's finally agreed to a funeral for her, a Texas police dispatcher gets a phone call that turns his world upside down. Unlike his ex-wife Debbie, Ian Hunt never gave up hope that their daughter, who was only seven when someone sliced the screen in her bedroom window and carried her off, might still be alive. So when a frantic young woman calling herself "Sarah…No, my name is Maggie, Maggie Hunt" phones 911 and says that she's just escaped from the man who's been holding her prisoner, Ian is ready to leap into action. Unfortunately, Henry Dean spots her and snatches her again before she can identify him to her father. But a trick of fate is about to lead Chief Todd Davis, of the Bulls Mouth Police Department, and Tonkawa County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Finch, who just happens to be Debbie's second husband, straight to Dean's door. Not even the bloody showdown that follows can slow down Ian once he's scented his quarry and confirmed that the precious daughter he left in her brother's care while he and Debbie went on a married-folks' date is alive and looking for him. A scene as harrowing as anything in Good Neighbors (2011) offers graphic proof that he'll stop at absolutely nothing to track her down. Bullets and pages fly furiously as Ian pursues Dean, his fragile wife Beatrice and Maggie across the Southwest to Kaiser, Calif., where a final confrontation with Dean and his equally well-armed brother Ron awaits. "This isn't how it was supposed to happen," think Jahn's luckless characters over and over again. Wrong. For fans of action-packed suspense, this is exactly how it's supposed to happen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101559314
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 579,905
  • File size: 360 KB

Meet the Author


Ryan David Jahn grew up in Arizona, Texas, and California. He finished school at sixteen, worked several odd jobs, and spent time in the army before moving to Los Angeles, where he worked in television and film for several years. His first novel, Good Neighbors, won the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger Award, and his novel The Dispatcher was longlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. Translation rights to his books have been sold in twelve languages. Jahn lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Jessica, and two daughters, Matilda and Francine.
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  • Posted January 5, 2012

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    An Explosive edge of your seat thriller

    Ian Hunt is a shell of the man he once was his life changed for the worse seven years ago when his daughter Maggie was kidnapped from her bedroom, she was seven years old and the fallout didn’t stop with the kidnapping. Working as a police dispatcher Ian receives a call that will once again change his life. What would you do if you got a call from your dead daughter, Ian will have to answer that question and face the consequences that go with it.
    Maggie Hunt has lived the last seven years of her life in a Nightmare World, the people who took her keep her locked away, scared and often in harms way until one day they leave the door unlocked and she escapes, makes a crucial 911 call before she is recaptured and the nightmare starts all over again. But now she has something that she hasn’t had in a long time, she has hope. Hope that her daddy will rescue her, hope that he will not rest until she is in the loving arms of the family that she was ripped away from.
    What would you do?

    Mr. Jahn gives us a thriller that’s as good as I’ve ever read, a plot of a world that no parent, in fact no one wants to get up close and personal with. His dialogue will take us into the seedier side of life and death with no holds barred, where his narrative is brutally beautiful and his scenes come alive to his readers. His characters will shine from his slightly noir-ish Ian to his sadistic villains and to the magic of Maggie and all the others as well as he clearly and succinctly lets us into their hearts and their minds. He takes us on a journey where the outcome is always just out of our reach, but reach we must.
    If you like the writing of Michael Connelly, Andrew Gross or Nelson DeMill, you will love Ryan David Jahn, if you need that edge of your seat, nail biting drama where the bloodier and guttier the better you’ll love this novel. And then just keep asking yourself, What would you do?

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Must read

    Storyline is terrific. Every parent should read this book. Holds your interest till the end.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2013

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    A missing child considered forgotten, something bad that happene

    A missing child considered forgotten, something bad that happened and is now in the past, a buried memory.

    Ian Hunt is a small time cop in a sleepy police department in East Texas. His daughter Maggie was fourteen years old when she was kidnapped from their home. Ian blamed himself for not being there that night. Out of the blue, a phone call comes in from Maggie, she's alive and needs her father to come and save her, save her like he failed to do the first time around.

    I randomnly came across this book at the bookstore, got intrigued by the story and decided to give it a shot. I was hooked right away, the writing is excellent and the bad man is really bad.

    The book is compared to "No Country to Old Men", with moments of macabre violence that calls to mind the writing of Thomas Harris (author of "Silence of the Lambs"). The names Quentin Taratino and the Coen brothers are also mentioned with the style of this book. In my opinion the violence in this book is on those levels, the bad guy is believable on every level.

    I would highly recommend this book to fans of Dennis Lehane's Kenzie & Gennaro series.

    A enthralling cat & mouse game across the country between a determined father and those willing to go to any length for what they want.

    If your interested in reading this novel, do not base your opinion off the poorly written synopsis but rather the glowing reviews.

    Based off this novel, I look forward to reading Jahn's debut novel Good Neighbors: A Novel.

    How far would you be willing to go for your child?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

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    I loved this book! Working as a Dispatcher myself I have received calls similar to this. I have even taken a 9-1-1 call from my own child that was involved in a car accident. You never know who is goin to be on the other end. Was glad to see someone write a book about the true first respomders. Hope to read more in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Very Good Book!

    Very good book would of liked to see the ending a little different. but worth the money to purchase.

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    Not a bad read but not worth the money.

    Not a bad read but not worth the money.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

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    A Modern Day Western

    The Dis­patcher by Ryan David Jahn is a fic­tional thriller which takes the reader from ­Texas to Ari­zona. I could not put this book down, it moves fast and furi­ous.

    Dis­patcher Ian Hunt wears a uni­form but does not con­sider him­self a police man. One day Ian answers a 911 call only to real­ize he is talk­ing to his daugh­ter who has been abducted from his home seven years before.

    Going on a bul­let rid­den chase from Texas to Cal­i­for­nia, this macabre, vio­lent ride in a 1965 Mus­tang will pit a man against him­self, the dessert, the law, the abduc­tor and any­thing that comes between him and his daughter.

    I could hardly put down The Dis­patcher by Ryan David Jahn (web­site). The first chap­ter, where Ian Hunt answers a 911 call only to real­ize he is talk­ing with his daugh­ter who was kid­napped sev­eral years before was the per­fect start to this excit­ing book.

    Read­ing this book I had a clear image of a Coen Broth­ers / Quentin Taran­tino movie in mind. The char­ac­ters are gritty, well defined and for a few pages I thought I could even smell them. The scenery, con­sist­ing mainly of the desert, is per­fect and the plot is tight and moves fast.

    This is a story about a man doing every­thing pos­si­ble to save his 14-year-old daugh­ter from a weird cou­ple. Mr. Jahn man­ages to cre­ate an atmos­phere of ten­sion and unpre­dictabil­ity as sus­tain­ing that sense for the major­ity of the book.

    The plot is told from a view point of three peo­ple, Ian Hunt, his daugh­ter Mag­gie and her abduc­tor. The fury of this book and the fear which the authors man­age to cap­ture some­how jus­tify the twisted logic many of the char­ac­ters have.

    The grief that Ian feels after his daugh­ter been abducted is heart wrench­ing, we watch Ian’s life and fam­ily fall apart. We are wit­nesses to the way he destroyed his rela­tion­ship with his teenage son and Ian’s weak attempts to res­ur­rect it.

    Mag­gie, four­teen and abducted for sev­eral years, is a spunky girl who has noth­ing to lose. The character’s strength was admirable and filled with desperation.

    Henry sim­ply wants to make his wife happy – oth­er­wise he is a total scum­bag. The most fas­ci­nat­ing part of this book was giv­ing this mon­ster or a man some human qualities.

    Many books are about the rela­tion­ship chil­dren have with their moth­ers, but this one is about a father and daugh­ter. Maybe that’s why this book really hit all the right cords with me. I couldn’t imag­ine any­thing hap­pen­ing to my daugh­ter and I know I’ll go to the ends of the earth for her (despite that she has been a bit fresh lately / 7 going on 17).

    The Dis­patcher is a mod­ern day west­ern, a bat­tle between two men pro­tect­ing their families

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    So SO

    Fair. Slow in places. Needs more action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Really enjoyed the book.

    The book had an interesting structure and pace. The story was told from several points of view and had interesting characters. Worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    good story, hard to follow

    It's not a bad book. It's a little hard to follow with all the jumping around.

    It's like they'll change chapter, or even location with no warning what so ever. Where most books will show a bit of a break, even if in the same chapter, this one will just change paragraph, leaving your wondering if you missed something.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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