Steal Away

Steal Away

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by Katharine Clark, Multivoice
     
 

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In Clark's scary and absorbing first novel, Rachel and Stephen Stark are already uneasy partners in a troubled marriage when David, their nine-year-old son, is snatched off the street in broad daylight -- his shiny red bicycle lying on the side of the road the only clue to his disappearance. The unusually subtle and complex story that unfolds as they begin the… See more details below

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In Clark's scary and absorbing first novel, Rachel and Stephen Stark are already uneasy partners in a troubled marriage when David, their nine-year-old son, is snatched off the street in broad daylight -- his shiny red bicycle lying on the side of the road the only clue to his disappearance. The unusually subtle and complex story that unfolds as they begin the desperate search for David marks Clark as a talent to watch.

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Combining suspense and nuanced characters in an absorbing read, first-timer Clark gives a new twist to every parent's nightmare—-the disappearance of a child. When nine-year-old David Stark disappears on his way home from school, his parents, Stephen and Rachel, are naturally distraught. They'd taught him a secret password so he'd never accept rides from strangers, yet for some reason it hadn't worked; and he'd abandoned his new bike, something else he was unlikely to do. The couple, once close, are now estranged, and as they struggle to find David, all the underlying problems in their marriage come to the surface. The two are still grieving, in their different ways, for their first son, Jonah, who died at five months from a genetic disease carried by his father Stephen. Rachel, an artist, has found solace in David, her work, and visits to Jonah's grave, while Stephen, a lawyer who loves David no less intensely, has resorted to affairs. While the police look for his son, Stephen now, ignoring Rachel's wishes, hires an organization that specializes in finding lost children. Rachel, intuitive by nature, tries ESP, sometimes successfully, to learn David's whereabouts. The couple is further tried not only by the arrival of a letter suggesting that Rachel be tested for AIDS, since the sperm donor for David has developed the disease (Stephen had a vasectomy after Jonah's death), but also by Stephen's confession to having had an affair with Rachel's sister Miranda (and by Stephen's anger at his wife's emotional reaction). The case begins to break when Rachel, brave, resourceful, and fiercely determined to find David, learns who the sperm donor was (a New York doctor). Though many twists,turns, and nailbiting moments remain as David's danger increases, Rachel's intuition will finally come to the rescue.

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Combining suspense and nuanced characters in an absorbing read, first-timer Clark gives a new twist to every parent's nightmarethe disappearance of a child. When nine-year-old David Stark disappears on his way home from school, his parents, Stephen and Rachel, are naturally distraught. They'd taught him a secret password so he'd never accept rides from strangers, yet for some reason it hadnt worked; and he'd abandoned his new bike, something else he was unlikely to do. The couple, once close, ar

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ISBN-13:
9781423359357
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
07/11/2008
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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