Gone (Jack Caffery Series #5)

Gone (Jack Caffery Series #5)

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by Mo Hayder, Steven Crossley
     
 

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Jack Caffery's newest case seems like a routine carjacking, a crime he's seen plenty of times before. But as the hours tick by and his investigation morphs into a nightmare, he realizes the sickening truth: the thief wasn't after the car, but the eleven-year-old girl in the backseat. Meanwhile, police diver Sergeant Flea Marley is pursuing her own theory of…  See more details below

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Jack Caffery's newest case seems like a routine carjacking, a crime he's seen plenty of times before. But as the hours tick by and his investigation morphs into a nightmare, he realizes the sickening truth: the thief wasn't after the car, but the eleven-year-old girl in the backseat. Meanwhile, police diver Sergeant Flea Marley is pursuing her own theory of the case, and what she finds in an abandoned, half-submerged tunnel could put her in grave danger. The carjacker is always a step ahead of the Major Crime Investigation Unit, toying with their minds in taunting letters, and ready to strike again. As the chances for his victims grow slimmer, Jack and Flea race to fit the pieces together in time.

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Starred review. ""Riveting... Hayder keeps the tension high... The meticulously crafted plot is heightened by Hayder's skillful evocation of mood as she summons the specter of a highly intelligent criminal who is taking great satisfaction from every parent's worst nightmare. A captivating thriller."" - Booklist
""A brilliantly plotted mystery that keeps you guessing not only who the villain is, but what exactly he's after... First-rate mystery that takes full advantage of the wintry, moonlit West Country and the unusual skills of its lady diver."" - Kirkus Reviews
""A carjacking goes from bad to horrifying in Hayder's gripping fifth thriller."" - Publishers Weekly
""A complex, fast-paced, well-written mystery with interesting characters fighting personal and external demons."" - Library Journal
""It's a tribute to Hayder's powers as a suspense writer that she completely turns the over-familiar premise of this novel inside out and upside down. The more pages of Gone that we captivated readers turn, the farther away we get from cliched thriller conventions."" - The Washington Post
""Chilling... Shocks are in store."" - The New York Times Book Review
Marilyn Stasio
…[an] artfully constructed procedural…the visceral thrills don't come at the expense of character. By giving her villain the intelligence to inflict as much emotional as physical pain, Hayder makes him less of a monster and more of a terror.
—The New York Times
Maureen Corrigan
In addition to the creepy intellectual satisfactions of Hayder's plot, the setting here is agreeably terrifying…It's a tribute to Hayder's powers as a suspense writer that she completely turns the over-familiar premise of this novel inside out and upside down. The more pages of Gone that we captivated readers turn, the farther away we get from cliched thriller conventions.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
A carjacking goes from bad to horrifying in Hayder's gripping fifth thriller featuring Bristol Det. Insp. Jack Caffery and Sgt. Phoebe "Flea" Marley (after Skin). When Rose Bradley's car is stolen with her 11-year-old daughter, Martha, inside, it appears to be a routine snatch-and-grab. It becomes clear, however, that the carjacker had his sights set on the girl, not the vehicle, when he begins taunting the police, who scramble to find clues to Martha's whereabouts. Jack soon discovers a pattern of similar kidnappings disguised as car thefts, with the level of violence ratcheted up in each case. As Jack tracks the kidnapper above ground, Flea's search takes her below ground and underwater into a decommissioned canal and tunnel, where she fights to save her own life and that of the kidnapped child. Hayder expertly brings to life the claustrophobia of Flea's dives and the emotional burden of the case on Jack. (Feb.)
Publishers Weekly - Audio
09/02/2013
In Hayder’s thriller, an apparent carjacking quickly reveals itself to involve the kidnapping of a child and possibly murder. Initially, the plot concentrates on homicide detective Jack Caffery’s puzzling inability to make headway in his search for the man nicknamed the Jacker. But, without weakening its solid construction, the novel soon begins alternating its focus from Caffery to the reckless head of the department’s underwater search unit, Sgt. Phoebe “Flea” Marley, who in her zeal to locate the Jacker’s lair, winds up trapped, helpless, and wounded in an abandoned tunnel. Hayder pushes both characters to their limits, and narrator Steven Crossley seems to relish the opportunity to add his own special twist to their emotions. His Caffery speaks with a precise British accent, displaying a range of moods, from depressed and distracted indifference, to frustration, confusion, and desperation. Marley, with her slangy cockney, gives Crossley even more of a workout. He provides her with a vocal swagger as she sets out to regain professional prestige by singlehandedly finding the kidnapped child. The narrator also gives life to the novel’s other highly emotional participants—the weary and resentful cops, the frantic parents, and the wily, demented Jacker. A Grove paperback. (June)
Library Journal
Jack Caffery and Sgt. Phoebe "Flea" Marley, a police diver, return in Hayder's latest thriller. This is the fifth appearance for Caffery, who debuted in Birdman, and the third for Marley. The events of the previous novel, Skin, have eroded their personal and professional relationship, and Marley and her team are under scrutiny. A new case brings them together, and the two struggle with their partnership and with the brutal criminal they face. What appears to be an accidental kidnapping during a carjacking turns more sinister when the child is not released, a pattern of similar attempted incidents emerges, and they receive a letter from the kidnapper outlining what he's done and what he's planning. VERDICT Readers who can tolerate some graphic descriptions of violence (or skim past them) will be rewarded with a complex, fast-paced, well-written mystery with interesting characters fighting personal and external demons. Recommended for those who enjoy Karin Slaughter and John Connolly.—Beth Blakesley, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman
Kirkus Reviews

A carjacker in a clown's mask drives off with an 11-year-old girl in the back seat, drawing DI Jack Caffery of Bristol's major-crime unit into a multilayered plot that also brings back unsteady female police diver Flea Marley.

Hayder's fifth novel to feature Caffery (introduced in Birdman, 1999) tones down the gruesome violence (if not the creepy scenarios), delivering a brilliantly plotted mystery that keeps you guessing not only who the villain is, but what exactly he's after. With his poorly disguised antipathy toward children, Caffery is not the best choice to investigate the disappearance of little girls. But the former Londoner, who's still losing sleep over his brother's childhood disappearance, is comfortable on the missing-person trail. Helped by his unhinged but brilliant street friend, the Walking Man, he is led to a canal with a submerged barge and an odd network of air shafts. That's where Marley (introduced in Ritual, 2008) is on her own mission to make up for a traumatic past—not to mention a recent criminal act in taking responsibility for the death of a woman her drunken brother ran over. The complicated personal history of Caffery and Marley provides a compelling undercurrent, as does Marley's confessed love-hate affair with Caffery and his checkered past. She does something most mystery writers wouldn't with their star protagonist: She has him miss major clues and get outsmarted by the mother of a missing girl. But only, of course, to a point.

First-rate mystery that takes full advantage of the wintry, moonlit West Country and the unusual skills of its lady diver.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781624065255
Publisher:
Dreamscape Media
Publication date:
06/25/2013
Series:
Jack Caffery Series, #5
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author


Mo Hayder's debut, Birdman, was an international bestseller. Her second novel, The Treatment, also a Sunday Times bestseller, won the 2002 WH Smith Thumping Good Read award. Her third novel, Sunday Times bestseller Tokyo, won the Elle magazine crime fiction prize, and the SNCF Prix Polar. She has also written the bestselling Pig Island, as well as three books in the Walking Man series: Ritual, Skin and Gone.

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Steven is one of a select group of readers who have narrated over 400 Audiobooks. Superlatives are many in reviews of his work, for which he is a multi-Earphones Award winner and twice nominated Audie finalist. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and has established an acting career on both sides of the Atlantic in Theatre, Television, Film and Radio Drama performing with distinguished companies in New York and London. He is a member of the internationally acclaimed company Complicite.

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Gone (Jack Caffery Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Lynie More than 1 year ago
Det. Jack Caffery is called out for a carjacking case when he discovers there was an eleven year old girl in the car at the time. With very few leads, he and his team are doing everything possible to find young Martha when there's another carjacking and this one also includes a young girl. Police diver Flea Marley has had some serious problems which led to an estrangement from Jack. Because of her lack of leadership Flea's group has become disorganized and disjointed. Pulling herself and her team together, they start their own investigation into the carjackings hoping to not only find the missing girls but to also prove their dedication and improve her team's reputation. When the "jacker" starts sending notes to the families of the missing girls the police realize this is a much different crime. As they find themselves racing to try to rescue the girls as well as prevent more kidnappings, they realize that the kidnapper knows exactly what they're doing and what their next moves will be. Caffery finds himself even more emotionally involved with the families because of the disappearance of his brother many years ago. Since I had never read anything by Ms. Hayder before, it felt like this was a sequel to another of her books and that the background between Jack and Flea was missing. It took quite a while for all of the bits and pieces of the cause of the tension between them to surface, which made the story drag a little. I liked this book and I enjoyed reading it but I'd recommend that you start with the previous Mo Hayder book so that you'd have the proper background for the protagonists' relationships. Lynn Kimmerle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Jack Caffery books.
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Quite a page-turner here. Lots of twists, turns & suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the previous 4 books in this series and really enjoyed all of them. This one, I think was my favorite. Absolutely couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the 2 latest ones.
bmoruz More than 1 year ago
This was a good book that kept my attention throughout but then wrapped up way too quickly at the end.
Athena002 More than 1 year ago
This was a fast paced, enjoyable and suspenseful read.
tot-woman More than 1 year ago
First time reading Mo Hayder and the book was absolutely outstanding, a page turner, a who dun-it, and I lost a lot of sleep reading it...I couldn't put it down.
pitypalaty More than 1 year ago
Gifted author, good "reads."
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My first book by Mo Hayder, and I was impressed!! This book kept me totally involved....I love her style.
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I hope there are more books to come!
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miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
Someone described Mo Hayder as "easily today’s best writer of visceral and elemental horror." I would say without any qualification, that's an absolute UNDERSTATEMENT. Her writing style is so easy to ready and the tone, to me at least, is what I can only describe as a bit haunting and comes at me in a way that it's impossible to put her stories down. Her characters and their situations from page to page are so real, so life-like, so believable, that the story surrounds me and takes me in so deeply that I just want to crawl through my Nook and become part of that world and interact with those people. This it the fifth of Mo Hayder's books that I have read -- consecutively, by the way (that's how addictive her writing and stories are for me) -- and I look forward to reading everything she's ever written and will continue to write.
Weewop More than 1 year ago
I was unaware this was part of a series however now that I know I need to read the others. I loved this book, it was my first by this author and was very impressed by the storyline, characters and suspense. Highly recommend
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Great series, impatiently waiting for the next book to come out :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the Jack Caffery series I have bought them all. This one was a very good story, love the way she writes and would recommend it for anyone who likes thrillers, murder mysteries, etc.
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So many twists and turns, the book keeps you wondering whats going to happen next
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