The Disappearance [NOOK Book]

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He used to relish putting suspects in jail, but in his latest case, Luke Garrison—now a defense attorney—will stop at nothing to save a man accused of murder

During a sleepover with her two friends, Emma goes missing. The owners of a local news network, her parents have money and power. As the police scour the city, Emma’s father offers a $250,000 reward for his daughter’s ...
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Overview


He used to relish putting suspects in jail, but in his latest case, Luke Garrison—now a defense attorney—will stop at nothing to save a man accused of murder

During a sleepover with her two friends, Emma goes missing. The owners of a local news network, her parents have money and power. As the police scour the city, Emma’s father offers a $250,000 reward for his daughter’s safe return. Eight days after the abduction, two hikers find her. Emma has been dead for days.
 
After a year’s fruitless search, the police make an arrest, picking up the network’s star anchorman. As Emma’s father brays for blood, Luke Garrison is the only person who dares to stand in his way. Once a merciless District Attorney, Luke became a defender after mistakenly sending a man to the gas chamber. Now he will let no one—not even a bereaved father—rush justice. But is he doing the right thing, or is he fighting to set a killer free?
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Editorial Reviews

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Kidnapping, murder, lawyers, and the rich: These are the ingredients that catapult The Disappearance into the big leagues of bestselling fiction. The Disappearance is a stunning and dramatic legal thriller about a wealthy family with a missing child and a trial lawyer with a dark and painful past.
Entertainment Weekly
Freedman keeps readers turning pages deep into the night.
Chicago Tribune
Plenty of twists and turns in this portrait of corruption and evil in a small town.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After forays into the coming-of-age (The Obstacle Course) and PI (House of Smoke) genres, Freedman seems to have settled back, with last year's Key Witness and this new novel, into the sort of rambunctious legal thriller that made his reputation with his debut, Against the Wind. That book has been his high water mark, critically and commercially, and his new novel is unlikely to match it, despite a powerful premise, exciting plotting both in and out of the courtroom and Freedman's usual muscular prose. The opening here is immensely gripping: a teenage girl is apparently kidnapped from her Santa Barbara, Calif., bedroom during a slumber party, her wealthy family deals with the devastation of her disappearance, her body is found and, a year later, a hotshot TV newscaster is arrested for the killing. Freedman handles this sensitive material--obviously inspired by the real-life kidnap-slaying of Polly Klass--freshly and with appropriate gravity. He takes a turn toward the routine, however, when he introduces his hero, attorney Luke Garrison, whose very contrariness--he's a former DA who has fled to the woods in shame over a past failure, who rides a hog and sports a goatee and a ruby stud in his ear--makes him just one more dashing antihero. Luke agrees to defend the newscaster, plunging himself and his hot-blooded girlfriend/assistant into an adrenalized investigation and trial full of false leads, twists and brushes with death, all of which Freedman handles skillfully, other than pointing a blatant finger at the dead girl's father as the real culprit. So the ultimate unmasking of the killer comes as no big surprise, although Freedman's lurid handling of it is surprising--and, some might say, exploitative, as this talented writer turns what begins as a worthy re-imagining of a brutal tragedy into a histrionic page-burner. Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club and Mystery Guild selections. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In the latest from the best-selling author of courtroom thrillers, a former prosecutor, devastated after learning that he has sent an innocent man to his death, reluctantly returns to court to defend a TV newscaster accused of murdering a teenaged girl.
Library Journal
In the latest from the best-selling author of courtroom thrillers, a former prosecutor, devastated after learning that he has sent an innocent man to his death, reluctantly returns to court to defend a TV newscaster accused of murdering a teenaged girl.
Entertainment Weekly
Freedman keeps readers turning pages deep into the night.
Lesley Dunlap
I have enjoyed other J. F. Freedman books including Against the Wind and Key Witness. His plots are well-crafted, the suspense is taut, and he gets the legal details right....One of the author's trademarks is that his heroes are flawed and difficult to like....In spite of a slow beginning, once the story gets going it is impossible to put down. Fans of legal thrillers will want to check out The Disappearance.
The Mystery Reader.com
Kirkus Reviews
Routine by-the-numbers legal procedural by one of the better craftsmen of the genre. Freedman (Key Witness) applies his formula—burned-out legal eagle takes a case that no one else wants—to the luxurious California suburb of Montecito, where bubbly 14-year-old Emma Lancaster is snatched out of her bedroom by a mysterious intruder. Her father, Doug, the somewhat boorish owner of local television stations, and her slightly ditsy society mom, Glenna, are horrified—especially when Emma's rotting corpse appears in a nearby stream. The cops are mystified until the dead girl's key chain turns up in the backseat of a Porsche belonging to Joe Allison, a womanizing local newscaster who works at one of Doug's TV stations. Only circumstantial evidence ties Allison to the crime, until the girl's friends reveal that Emma was pregnant when murdered and that Allison is the likely father. With everyone in southern California screaming for Allison's head, Luke Garrison, a former crusading Santa Barbara district attorney who lost his career to the guilt he suffered after he got an innocent man executed, reluctantly agrees to defend Allison. Garrison, with the help of Riva Montoya, his spunky girlfriend (and former drug-dealer's moll), comes to believe that Allison just might have been framed, especially when the ex-D.A. himself begins receiving mysterious death threats. It's no surprise when Garrison rallies and successfully acquits his client. Freedman's contrived plotting, so easily forgiven in his better books, seems trite here, as the villain conveniently unhinges, stalking Garrison with a high-powered rifle, and leaving pistol-packing Riva the chance to save the day. Still,despite a jocular, cliched narrative in which 'news spreads like wildfire,' and more than one character 'goes ballistic,' Freedman on an average day is usually better than most.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480424005
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 438
  • Sales rank: 62,135
  • File size: 889 KB

Meet the Author


J. F. Freedman is the New York Times bestselling author of Against the Wind, The Disappearance, House of Smoke, and In My Dark Dreams, among other titles. He is also an award-winning film and television director, writer, and producer. He lives in California. 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2004

    Well Written

    This is the second J.F. Freedman book that I read and both were enjoyable and both were hard to put down. Half way through this book, I thought I knew the who the real killer was and then a twist would come and you would believe that person was responsible. It was a great who done it!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Captivating

    Very enjoyable book, easy read. I thought this book was entertaining and easy to read. It kept you guessing until the end and I kept changing my mind on who the killer was, but when they are revealed in the end, it is a surprise. I thought the author developed the characters well and made you feel along with them. The plot is good and you are never bored. I thought it was a very good read and would recommend it to anyone wanting to find a thrilling book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2002

    I Love J. F. Freedman

    I am almost finished with this book, and I can't put it down. I love the way this man writes. This time, he goes along, making this observation and that, this conclusion, but, No!, maybe? - who done it??? I will not go to bed tonite till I have my answer. I have almost read my way through all Mr. Freedman's works. He really got my attention with the first of his that I read, The Obstacle Course. What an ending!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2001

    Fascinating!!

    The characters, dialogue and plot are first rate. Anyone who likes crime mysteries will love it. It was even better than 'House of Smoke', and that's saying something!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2001

    Just Awesome!

    As an avid mystery/drama novel fan, I must say, that this book was able to capture my attention like no other I have read in a very long time! It keeps you turning pages nonstop, until you finish reading it in ONE DAY!! ...like I did!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2000

    A Great Whodunit Suspence

    This was the first suspence book I've ever read that I could'nt put down. J.F.Freedman is a wonderful author and I really enjoyed the way he built up the suspence and the evidence so high that you get to thinking its anyone mentioned and refuse to put the book down untill you find out the killer. A real page turner.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 1999

    Always Wanting More

    This book was very well written and kept me wanting to read on and on. It was very hard to put down.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Page turner!

    Exciting legal thriller that reminded me of a John Grisham novel. Great characters, lots of twists. I highly recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Predictable

    This book was slow moving and sadly predictable. It was obvious who the killer was from the very beginning so the suprise ending was no surprise at all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Loved It

    This book was well worth reading. Kept my interest all the way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 1999

    The Never-Ending Story . . .

    This book was so SLOW. The surprise ending is NOT worth the drudgery of having to wait, and wait, and wait, for something to happen to bring you closer to the conclusion. I found this reading tedious and disappointing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    The Disappearance

    ;This book was hard to put down. A wonderful mystery of things not being what they seemed. Always kept me guessing. Highly recommend it for anyone loving good mysteries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    A Good Read!

    Throughly enjoyed this book from start to finish.
    Great late night reading!

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Highly recommend.

    I couldn't put it down. I was holding my breath several times and I loved the characters. I definitely want to read more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Well written... This is the first J.F. Freedman book that I've r

    Well written... This is the first J.F. Freedman book that I've read and I enjoyed it very much. Not only because I lived in SB and all the places were very familiar to me, I thought the characters
    were well developed. The plot was good and kept me interested until the end. I loved all the twists and turns and even though I knew who the killer was, I kept changing my mind, but in the end I was right... Yes, I would recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    You must check it out.

    Well written mystery. I enjoyed reading this book. Would definitely read another book written by this author.

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