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In Lisa Gardner's thriller featuring troubled law enforcement consultant Lorraine "Rainie" Conner (The Next Accident, The Third Victim, et al.), she asks the question: When the love of your life vanishes, how far would you go to get him or her back?
When retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy gets a phone call in the middle of the night, his worst fears become reality. Rainie, his estranged wife, has been kidnapped. After her car is found on a rural Oregon road with its driver's door open and engine idling, the Oregon State Police -- headed by overworked Sergeant Detective Carlton Kincaid -- receive a cryptic message from the unidentified abductor demanding money. Quincy immediately enlists the aid of his daughter Kimberly, an ambitious FBI agent based in Atlanta, and teams up with Kincaid and a local sheriff named Shelly Atkins in a race against time that could very well end in disaster. Rainie, meanwhile, is blindfolded and tied up "someplace dank and forgotten, where fat spiders weave huge masterpieces of sticky lace and small animals come to die." But as she battles with emotional and physical collapse, she comes to a stunning realization about herself…
Gardner's Gone is noteworthy in large part for her brilliantly realistic character development. There are no black-and-white characters here -- only shades of gray. Protagonists like Conner and Quincy are dealing with just as many painful "issues" as their adversaries -- the difference being their ability to overcome their problems and become survivors, not victims. Fans of emotionally charged thrillers should pick up a copy of Gone before it's, well, gone. Paul Goat Allen