Vanished (Private Justice Series #1)

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"Hannon's intricately developed characters struggle with complex moral issues, bringing into question whether the ends ever do justify the means. An engaging, satisfying tale that will no doubt leave readers anxiously anticipating the next installment."—Publishers Weekly

"Double-RITA winner Hannon begins a new romantic-suspense series, and this novel's fast-paced plot and compelling characters (including a surprisingly complex villain) make it...

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Overview

"Hannon's intricately developed characters struggle with complex moral issues, bringing into question whether the ends ever do justify the means. An engaging, satisfying tale that will no doubt leave readers anxiously anticipating the next installment."—Publishers Weekly

"Double-RITA winner Hannon begins a new romantic-suspense series, and this novel's fast-paced plot and compelling characters (including a surprisingly complex villain) make it an excellent suggestion for inspirational-fiction fans as well as readers who enjoy Mary Higgins Clark's subtly chilling brand of suspense."—Booklist

A tenacious reporter. A skeptical PI. And a secret that will shatter lives.

Reporter Moira Harrison is lost. In the dark. In a thunderstorm. When a lone figure suddenly appears in the beam of her headlights, Moira slams on her brakes—but it's too late. She feels the solid thump against the side of her car before crashing into a tree on the far side of the road.

A man opens her door, tells her he saw everything, and promises to call 911. Then the world fades to black. When she comes to, she is alone. No man. No 911. No injured person. But she can't forget the look of terror she saw on that face in the instant before her headlights swung away. And she can't get anyone to believe her story—except maybe a handsome ex-homicide detective turned private eye, who reluctantly agrees to take on the case.

As clues begin to surface, it becomes obvious that someone doesn't want this mystery solved—and will stop at nothing to protect a shocking secret.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the first of her new Private Justice series, Hannon (Deadly Pursuit) introduces us to Moira Harrison, a Pulitzer-nominated reporter who finds herself in the midst of her own mystery after an automobile accident she is involved in leaves her searching for a victim who has vanished. Harrison turns for help to Cal Burke, a retired homicide detective who has partnered with Jim Devlin, a former undercover ATF officer, and Connor Sullivan, an ex-Secret Service agent, to establish Phoenix Inc., a detective agency where the pursuit of justice seems to trump either the viability of a case or a client’s ability to pay. Intrigued by strange coincidences she has uncovered, the PIs agree to take on Harrison’s case despite the lack of solid leads. Details emerge slowly, creating a suspenseful thriller that allows the reader to develop theories along with the detectives. Romantic tension underlies Harrison’s and Burke’s relationship from the moment they meet, but the mystery remains central to the well-crafted plot. Hannon’s intricately developed characters struggle with complex moral issues, bringing into question whether the ends ever do justify the means. An engaging, satisfying tale that will no doubt leave readers anxiously anticipating the next installment. (Jan.)
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Driving home through a thunderstorm, reporter Moira Harrison gets lost and, after swerving to avoid hitting a pedestrian, runs into a tree. Right before she blacks out, a stranger opens the car door and tells Moira he'll call for help. Confusion ensues when she wakes and finds herself still alone in the car, no help in sight. She tries to tell others what happened that night, but nobody seems to believe her, including the police. Can it be that someone is trying to keep what happened that night a secret? VERDICT This fast-paced, suspenseful series debut novel is typical Hannon ("Guardians of Justice" series), a blend of action and romance, and is sure to please her fans. Recommend it also to those who enjoy titles by Dee Henderson.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800721237
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Series: Private Justice Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 154,848
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Irene Hannon is the author of more than 35 novels, including the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, a HOLT Medallion, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. Booklist also included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.

For more information about her and her books, Irene invites you to visit her website at www.irenehannon.com.

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VANISHED

A NOVEL
By IRENE HANNON

Baker Publishing Group

Copyright © 2013 Irene Hannon
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8007-2123-7


Chapter One

What a lousy night to get lost.

Moira Harrison peered through the April rain slashing across her windshield. Even at full speed, the wipers were no match for the torrential onslaught. The faint line bisecting the narrow strip of pavement—the only thing keeping her on the road and out of the ditch filled with churning runoff immediately to her right—faded in and out with alarming frequency.

Tightening her grip on the wheel with one hand, she cranked up the defroster with the other. Fogged-up windows were the last thing she needed. As it was, the high-intensity xenon headlights of her trusty Camry were barely denting the dense darkness of the woods-rimmed rural Missouri road. Nor were they penetrating the shrouding downpour.

So much for the premium she'd paid to upgrade from standard halogen.

She spared a quick look left and right. No light from house or farm broke the desolate blackness. Nor were there any road signs to indicate her location. Maybe a St. Louis–area native would be better able to wend his or her way back to civilization than a newcomer like her, but she doubted it. Dark, winding rural routes were confusing. Period. Especially in the rain.

With a sigh, Moira refocused on the road. If she'd known Highway 94 was prone to flooding and subject to sudden closure, she'd never have risked subjecting herself to this poorly marked detour by lingering for dinner in Augusta after she finished her interview.

Instead, she'd have headed straight back to the rented condo she now called home and spent her Friday evening safe and warm, cuddled up with a mug of soothing peppermint tea, organizing her notes. She might even have started on a first draft of the feature article. It wouldn't hurt to impress her new boss with an early turn-in.

A bolt of lightning sliced through the sky, and she cringed as a bone-jarring boom of thunder rolled through the car.

That had been close.

Too close.

She had to get away from all these trees.

Increasing her pressure on the gas pedal, she kept her attention fixed on the road as she groped on the passenger seat for her purse. Maybe her distance glasses were crammed into a corner and she'd missed them the first time she'd checked.

Five seconds later, hopes dashed, she gave up the search. The glasses must still be in the purse she'd taken to the movie theater last weekend. That was about the only time she ever used them—except behind the wheel on rainy nights.

It figured.

The zipper on her purse snagged as she tried to close it, and Moira snuck a quick glance at the passenger seat. Too dark to see. She'd have to deal with it later.

Releasing the purse, she lifted her gaze—and sucked in a sharp breath.

Front and center, caught in the beam of her headlights, was a frantically waving person.

Directly in the path of the car.

Less than fifty feet away.

Lungs locking, Moira squeezed the wheel and jammed the brake to the floor.

Screeching in protest, the car fishtailed as it slid toward the figure with no noticeable reduction in speed.

Stop! Please stop!

Moira screamed the silent plea in her head as she yanked the wheel hard to the left.

Instead of changing direction, however, the car began to skid sideways on the slick pavement.

But in the instant before the beams of the headlights swung away from the road—and away from the figure standing in her path—one image seared itself across her brain.

Glazed, terror-filled eyes.

Then the person was gone, vanished in the darkness, as the vehicle spun out of control.

Moira braced herself.

And prayed.

But when she felt a solid thump against the side of the car, she knew her prayers hadn't been answered.

She'd hit the terrified person who'd been trying to flag her down.

The bottom fell out of her stomach as the car continued to careen across the road. Onto the shoulder. Into the woods. One bone-jarring bounce after another.

It didn't stop until the side smashed into a tree, slamming her temple against the window of the door to the accompaniment of crumpling metal.

Then everything went silent.

For a full thirty seconds, Moira remained motionless, hands locked on the wheel, every muscle taut, heart hammering. Her head pounded in rhythm to the beat of rain against the metal roof, and she drew a shuddering breath. Blinked. The car had stopped spinning, but the world around her hadn't.

She closed her eyes. Continued to breathe. In. Out. In. Out.

When she at last risked another peek, the scene had steadied.

Better.

Peeling her fingers off the wheel, she took a quick inventory. Her arms and legs moved, and nothing except her head hurt. As far as she could tell, she hadn't sustained any serious injuries.

But she knew the person she'd hit hadn't been as lucky—a person who might very well be lying in the middle of the road right now.

In the path of an oncoming car.

Her pulse stuttered, and she fought against a crescendo of panic as she tried to kick-start her brain. To think through the fuzziness.

Okay. First priority—call 911. After that, she'd see what she could do to help the person she'd hit while she waited for the pros to arrive.

Plan in place, she groped for her purse. But the seat beside her was empty. Hadn't her purse been there moments before?

With a herculean effort, she coerced the left side of her brain to engage.

The floor.

Her purse must have fallen to the floor while the car was spinning.

Hands shaking, she fumbled with the clasp on her seat belt. It took three jabs at the button before it released. Once free of the constraint, she leaned sideways and reached toward the floor—just as the driver-side door creaked open.

With a gasp, she jerked upright. A black-shrouded figure stood in the shadows, out of range of her dome light.

Her heart began to bang against her rib cage again as a cold mist seeped into the car.

"I saw the accident. Are you all right, miss?"

The voice was deep. Male. And the only clue to his gender. The monk-like hood of his slicker kept most of his features in shadows.

But she didn't care who he was. Help had arrived.

Thank you, God!

"Yes. I ... I think so. I banged my head against the window, and I'm a little dizzy. But ... I hit someone on the road. I need to call 911. And I need to help the other person."

The man leaned a bit closer, and she glimpsed the outline of a square jaw. "You've got a nasty bump on your temple. Moving around isn't a good idea until the paramedics check you out. I'll help the person you hit." He tipped his head and looked across her. "Is that blood on the passenger seat?"

As Moira shifted sideways to look, she felt a jab in her thigh. "Ow!"

"Watch the broken glass. Lean a little to the right." The man restrained her with one hand on her upper arm as she complied. "Hold on a second while I brush off the seat."

He was silent for a moment, and she shivered as the wind shifted and the rain began to pummel her through the open door, soaking through her sweater.

"Okay. I think I got most of it."

He released her, and she collapsed back against the seat. As he retracted his hand, she caught a quick glimpse of his gold Claddagh wedding ring. The same kind her dad wore.

Somehow that comforted her.

"Stay put." He melted back into the shadows, beyond the range of the dome light. "I'll call 911 and check on the other person. Give me a few minutes."

With that, he closed the door.

Alone again in the dark car, Moira tried to keep him in sight. But within seconds he disappeared into the rain.

As the minutes ticked by and the full impact of what had happened began to register, her shivering intensified and her stomach churned.

She could have been killed.

And she might have killed or seriously injured someone else.

Wrapping her arms around herself, Moira closed her eyes as a wave of dizziness swept over her.

At least help had arrived.

With that thought to sustain her, she let the darkness close in.

Why was she so cold?

Why did her head hurt?

Where was she?

Moira struggled to lift her eyelids, then blinked into the darkness.

What was she doing in her car?

Clenching her fingers around the wheel in front of her, she nudged her brain into action until, bit by bit, the mind-numbing grogginess dissipated. She'd hit someone on the rain-slicked pavement. Her car had spun out of control. She'd slammed into a tree—and banged her head against the window.

But someone had stopped. A man. He'd said he would check on the victim and call 911.

Moira frowned and looked around.

There was no sign of any emergency equipment. Nor of her Good Samaritan.

Lifting her arm, she tried to read the time on her watch. Too dark. She fumbled for the dome light. Flipped it on. Squinted. The hands were fuzzy, but it looked like ... 9:30?

She'd been out cold for more than an hour?

No way.

She checked her watch again, angling it a different direction.

9:30.

How could that be? Unless her eyes were lying to her, the police should be here by now. An hour was plenty of time for help to arrive. Even in the rain. Even on a deserted road in no-man's-land.

Despite the lingering sluggishness in her brain, she came to the only possible conclusion—and the jolting truth shut down her lungs.

The man had never called 911.

He'd simply left.

But ... why stop at an accident scene if you didn't intend to help?

And what about the person she'd hit? Was he or she still lying in the road? Or in a ditch on the side? Perhaps gravely injured?

A surge of adrenaline shot through her, tripping her pulse into double time.

Breathe, Moira! Stay calm.

Forcing herself to keep inhaling and exhaling, she snagged her purse from the passenger side floor and dug for her phone. Once she had it in hand, she opened the glove compartment, silently thanking her father for drilling into her the importance of keeping a working flashlight in the car for emergencies.

Tonight certainly qualified.

As she shoved her door open with her shoulder, she punched in 911. At least the rain had slowed to a steady drizzle.

She lurched to her feet while the phone rang, clinging to the door when the ground tilted beneath her feet.

"911. What is your emergency?"

The question registered, but she was too busy trying to stay upright to answer.

"911. Please state the nature of your emergency."

She tightened her grip on the door and focused on forming the words. "Car accident."

"Are there injuries?"

"Yes." Moira leaned against the door, trying to orient herself.

"I'm dispatching an ambulance and the police as we speak."

"I-I don't know where I am."

"We have your location from the GPS in your phone, ma'am."

"Oh. Right." She knew that.

"How many vehicles are involved?"

"One." And it was on the wrong side of the road, she realized. Facing the direction from which she'd come.

"Can you describe the nature of—"

She didn't wait for the rest. Now that she'd placed the emergency call, she needed to find the person she'd hit.

Pushing off from the car, she scrambled up the small embankment toward the road. Her flashlight picked up the skid marks at once, and she worked her way back to the spot where she'd begun to slide, all the while looking for signs of the victim.

But no one was lying in the road.

No one was lying in the ditch.

No one responded when she called out.

She stopped in the middle of the road, flummoxed. This didn't make sense. The person had to be here somewhere.

Retracing her steps, she continued to search until she heard the distant, welcome wail of a siren. Finally. Help was on the way.

She staggered to the side of the road, above her car. Maybe a police officer whose head wasn't pounding and whose vision wasn't going in and out of focus would have more success locating the person she'd hit.

The patrol car slowed as it approached and pulled onto the shoulder. Leaving on the headlights and the flashing light bars in the front and rear windows, a youngish cop slid out. With a glance at the bashed-in back fender of her car, he crossed to her.

"I'm Deputy Davis, ma'am." After giving her a quick sweep that lingered on her temple, he took her arm and started to guide her toward his vehicle. "Why don't you sit down? An ambulance is on the way."

She held back. "No. We need to keep looking."

"Ma'am?" He paused, clearly puzzled.

She moistened her lips, trying to think coherently despite the throbbing in her head. "I hit someone."

Twin furrows appeared on his brow as he scanned the wooded area. "We don't get too many pedestrians around here, ma'am. This road isn't even used a whole lot by drivers. Are you sure it wasn't an animal? A deer, maybe? We have a lot of those."

"I know what a deer looks like, Deputy." She jerked her arm free of his and took a step back. If he wasn't going to help her search, she'd continue alone. "It was a person."

"Okay." He held up his hands, palms toward her, in a placating gesture. "Man or woman?"

"Woman. I think."

He tilted his head. "You think?"

Moira caught her lower lip between her teeth. "It was dark. I only got a glimpse of her in my headlights, and she was wet. But from the build, and her eyes ... yes, I'd say it was a woman."

"All right." He gestured toward his car again. "Why don't you sit and I'll take a look?"

From his tone, she could tell he was humoring her.

And she didn't like it.

But as long as he was willing to continue the search, she'd go along with him. Because she needed to sit. Fast.

Fortunately, she reached the patrol car at the same moment her legs buckled.

He made a grab for her and eased her down on the passenger side. "The ambulance will be here any minute. In the meantime, stay put. I'll be right back."

"That's what the other guy said too."

He cocked his head. "What guy?"

Oh yeah. She'd forgotten to mention that.

"A man stopped after the accident. He said he'd check on the woman I hit and call 911. I must have blacked out after that. When I came to, he was gone."

"Was it another motorist?"

"I don't know. He just appeared out of nowhere."

Deputy Davis's headlights were behind him, leaving his features shadowed, but Moira had no trouble reading the skepticism on his face.

"Look, I'm not making this up." She glared at him. "There was a man here."

"Okay. We'll talk more in a minute."

He closed her door, and she watched through the rain- spattered window as he examined the skid marks with his flashlight. Checked the embankment on her side of the narrow road and the ditch on the other. Planted his free hand on his hip and stared into the empty darkness.

The throbbing in her head intensified.

He'd come up as empty as she had.

But how could that be? She hadn't imagined the woman on the road. Her unsuccessful evasive maneuver was what had sent her skidding into a tree.

Based on the deputy's expression when he rejoined her, however, he wasn't buying her story.

Pulling open her door, he shrugged. "I don't see anything, ma'am." As another distant siren floated through the air, he gestured to her temple. "Head injuries can do strange things to the memory. And visibility was poor. Was this ... person ... running across the road?"

"No. I glanced away for a second to zip my purse after I felt around for my glasses, and when I looked up again, she was standing in the middle of the road, waving her arms."

His eyebrows rose a notch. "You have glasses you weren't wearing?"

Uh-oh. Big mistake. That admission would make her story even less credible.

She shifted in the seat. Time for damage control. "I have a pair for distance that I wear on occasion. As it turns out, I left them at home. But I can see well without them. They just enhance my night vision a little."

Though he didn't comment, his silence communicated a lot.

A gust of wind blew a spray of chilly drizzle through the door, adding another layer of cold dampness to her already-wet clothes. Moira shivered and wrapped her arms around herself. A real hug would be better, but this would have to do. Hugs had vanished from her life as surely as the figure in her headlights. The romantic kind, anyway.

"Where is home?" The officer shifted sideways to block some of the rain.

"St. Louis. Brentwood." Her teeth started to chatter. "It's a s-suburb."

"I'm familiar with it." The siren was close now, and he angled toward the approaching vehicle. "We'll have some help for you in a minute. What brought you out here tonight?"

"I was in Augusta."

(Continues...)



Excerpted from VANISHED by IRENE HANNON Copyright © 2013 by Irene Hannon. Excerpted by permission of Baker Publishing Group. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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    Every 'review' is a plot spoiler by these rude ppl bragging how they got they book for free for 'unbiased' review. That right away tells me its a biased review, then its a mile long which tells me it reveals the entire story. I do not read these uber long plot reveals, but having to scroll thru them i always see something that ruins the book. We have the overview which tells us enough detail to catch our interest. We do not need your cliff note dissertations telling us what else happens, rewriting the book in your words. Please, be considerate of other readers. Let us read the book for ourselves. Do not spoil the book for us. You read the book, let us have that same enjoyment.

    11 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    I have long enjoyed Irene Hannon's romantic suspense -- so I pre

    I have long enjoyed Irene Hannon's romantic suspense -- so I preordered this one, and with each new book I wonder if she'll be able to recapture that perfect mix of engaging story and characters I enjoy getting to know. Vanished does both of those. The heroine, Moira Harrison, gets lost in a thunderstorm and loses control of her car when someone appears in front of it. After the accident she tries to find the person she hit, but that person had vanished. As an investigative reporter, she can't let the matter go, even when the police can't find evidence she hit anyone. So she turns to a private investigator for help.

    Thus launches a story. Relatively early on, we know who the bad guy is, so it seems a forgone conclusion that they'll get him. But the bad guy is a powerful figure with so much good you wonder if he could really be it. But there's plenty of bad mixed in to make me want him to get caught. Then there's the romance. The book is heavy on that ala Dee Henderson, and it's a very satisfying part of the book. 

    Those who love romantic suspense that's heavier on the romance will enjoy this read. I can't wait to read the stories of the other investigators -- they are great heroes in waiting.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Loved it

    I could hardly put this book down. I absolutely loved it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    Fantastic suspense, drama and romance are packed into Vanished,

    Fantastic suspense, drama and romance are packed into Vanished, book #1 in the Private Justice series by Irene Hannon. The attention to detail and research for Vanished makes this one a winner. The hero, Cal was tough and still tender, the perfect combination. I felt pity for Dr. Blaine, but at the same time mad as his storyline was developed. Moira was a honest and very likable heroine from the start of the book. She knew what she saw and did not give in until the truth came out. Vanished is a keeper. Thanks for the enjoyable read Irene. Excellent book that I give 5 out of 5 stars.

    I received this book from Net Galley and Baker Publishing for my honest review.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    Picture yourself driving down a dark windy road during a torrent

    Picture yourself driving down a dark windy road during a torrential rainstorm. Just as you lose control of your vehicle a terrified face appears in your windshield. You hear a thunk as your car keeps going. When your car finally comes to a stop against a tree you are surprised as a man approaches, promising to call 911 and look for the woman you hit. Before you know it, you pass out. When you awaken it's to silence. No police, no ambulance, rescuer, and strangest of all --no victim. When you report what happened to the police they are dubious at best, and after a cursory look, they decide there is nothing to pursue.




    This is reality for Moria Harrison who isn't sure where to turn, but knows she can't give up looking. Her investigative journalist instincts tell her that she wasn't wrong, there was definitely a victim. Unable to pursue the case on her own, Moriah hires Phoenix Private Investigators, and specifically Cal Burke. Because he really believes her, Cal is willing to take the case even though Moriah has no way to pay the fees.




    And I am not going to give away any more details, because I really want you to read this book.




    It's no surprise that Irene Hannon has written another 5 star page-turner. Every book Irene has written has been top quality, and Vanished is no exception. While the suspense in this and each of her novels is riveting, it is the characters that always draw me to Irene's books. It is easy to feel like these are people you know and care about going through life-altering and incredibly scary events. The only drawback to reading vanished was that it ended. I wanted to keep getting to know the characters and to be a part of their lives for much longer. Knowing Irene Hannon's penchant for series books I am hoping we will be able to do just that.




    This book was provided to me by the publisher. Any and all opinions rendered are my own.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    Reporter Moira Harrisons is lost. In the dark. In a thunderstorm

    Reporter Moira Harrisons is lost. In the dark. In a thunderstorm. When a confusing detour places her on a rural, wooded road, she's startled by the sudden appearance of a lone figure caught in the beam of her headlights. Though Moira jams on her brakes, the car careens across the wet pavement--and the solid thump against the side of the vehicle tells her she hit the person before she crashes into a tree on the far side of the road. A dazed Moira is relieved when a man opens her door, tells her he saw everything, and promises to call 911. Then everything fades to black. When she comes to an hour later, she is alone. No man. No 911. No injured person lying on the side of the road. But she can't forget the look of terror she saw on the person's face in the instant before her headlights swung away. The person she hit had been in trouble. She's sure of it. But she can't get anyone to believe her story--except a handsome former police detective, now a private eye, who agrees to take on the case.
    Irene Hannon has done it again. Vanished is a book one in a new series called Private Justice. She has kept the reader on the edge of each page, ready to keep flipping to the next. I loved the reference of one of the characters from a previous series and how she incorporated that in, every so briefly.
    One portion I was a bit disappointed in was one of the choices the main character made towards the end of the book. It set up an easy-to-figure-out-what's-going-to-happen section of the book. That was a bit of a let down, but the twist at the end wasn't expected, and honestly, was a bit gruesome.
    Overall, a fantastic book and I'm looking forward to book two in this new series.
    Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
    Revell Books sent me this complimentary book to review. All thoughts and words are my own. 

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    When Moira wrecks her car on wooded back roads one rainy night,

    When Moira wrecks her car on wooded back roads one rainy night, no one can find evidence of the terrified woman or Good Samaritan she claims to have seen. The police think she's suffering a head trauma, but Moira knows what she saw. A friend connects her with a private detective who is intrigued by her case. As evidence comes to light and the situation becomes more bizarre, they must work together to uncover the facts—before more people are hurt.

    After discovering Irene Hannon's first romantic suspense series in 2011 (and devouring it!), I'm definitely a fan of her work! I was excited to begin a new series from her and it was a great way to start off the New Year!

    Vanished provides the perfect blend of mystery/suspense, romance, and just plain ol' good story! While it doesn't start off as action-packed as some of Hannon's other books, the story moves along at a good pace and definitely piqued my interest early on. I loved the way the personal story lines played such a major role, so Moira and Cal are struggling to resolve personal issues as well as solve the mystery. The other private detectives were great as well, and I look forward to getting to know them throughout the rest of the series. I wholeheartedly recommend Vanished! [4.5 stars]

    Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    I received a free copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    If you are a fan of Irene Hannon, you are in for one power-packe

    If you are a fan of Irene Hannon, you are in for one power-packed suspense story!

    Reporter Moira Harrison finds herself lost in a torrential downpour on Highway 94 out of Augusta. Though not technically needing glasses to drive, she reaches for her purse to find them. The purse gets hooked, and she glances over for just a second to find them. Upon returning her eyes back to the road, a woman is in the middle of the road waving for her to stop. Hydroplaning and losing control, she ends up hitting the woman and slamming into a tree, causing her temple to impact the side window.

    She reaches to find her phone to call 911 when she hears a male voice asking her if she was okay. He cautions her to watch for glass as she searches. She feels a jab on her thigh, and the man brushes off the glass. He tells her that he’ll call 911 and go check on the woman. But both he and the woman disappear.

    She’s dizzy and passes out, awakening an hour later. With no emergency help there, she calls 911. Upon their arrival she tells what happened, but they find no evidence of a woman getting hit, and claim she must have hit a deer.

    Knowing she didn’t hit a deer, she asks an ex-homicide private detective, Cal Burke, at Phoenix Inc., to check out her story. But upon meeting the receptionist, she’s having second thoughts. Reluctantly, the Phoenix group takes her case pro bono, with Call as lead investigator.

    This is where the story takes on multiple, mind-bending twists and scenarios, with Moira’s life ending up in danger. Someone wants her silent! And it’s mostly Cal’s job to keep her safe. Their budding romance sizzles between the dangerous scenarios and circumstances. But don’t be fooled by the romance; this is one power-packed book of suspense that keeps the pages flying to the end.

    As always, Irene’s characters are real and complex, making for a tight, riveting story. The suspenseful twists are mind-boggling and a challenge to figure out before the end of the story. I’m certainly looking forward to her second in the Private Justice series coming out in the Fall of 2013!

    This book was provided by Donna Hausler, Publicity Assistant/Blog Tour Coordinator, of Baker Publishing Group. No monetary compensation was received.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

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    VANISHED by Irene Hannon is an intriguing inspirational romantic

    VANISHED by Irene Hannon is an intriguing inspirational romantic suspense. Another hit for this author. Filled with mystery,suspense,faith,moral issues,secrets and love. Follow reporter Moira Harrison and ex-homicide detective turned PI(Private Eye), Cal Burke on a hair raising adventure of moral issues,medical issues,murder,finding the truth and justice. Fast paced,from beginning to end. Does the end justify the means or is everyone accountable for their own behavior. When Moira hits someone with her car on a dark,deserted, highway, than the victim disappears, she is determined to find answers which leads her not only into trouble,but in a fight for her life. Cal is determined to save Moira and find answers. As they struggle with their own demons,their attraction to each other, they find shocking secrets. A must read for anyone who enjoys suspense,mystery,medical and moral issues. Ms. Hannon writes compelling stories with the feel of real life situations. With strong characters both male and female,intriguing plots and riveting stories, you will not go wrong with "Vanished". I can hardly wait for the next installment in the "A Private Justice". Received for an honest review from the publisher. For more details visit the author's website,Revell,a divison of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More.

    “Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

    RATING: 4.5

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addition and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

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    Irene Hannon in her new book ¿Vanished¿ Book One in the Private

    Irene Hannon in her new book “Vanished” Book One in the Private Justice series published by Revell Books takes us into the lives of Reporter Moira Harrison and Cal Burke, a retired homicide detective

    From the back cover: A tenacious reporter. A skeptical PI. And a secret that will shatter lives.

    Reporter Moira Harrison is lost. In the dark. In a thunderstorm. When a lone figure suddenly appears in the beam of her headlights, Moira slams on her brakes–but it’s too late. She feels the solid thump against the side of her car before crashing into a tree on the far side of the road.

    A man opens her door, tells her he saw everything, and promises to call 911. Then the world fades to black. When she comes to, she is alone. No man. No 911. No injured person. But she can’t forget the look of terror she saw on that face in the instant before her headlights swung away. And she can’t get anyone to believe her story–except maybe a handsome ex-homicide detective turned private eye, who reluctantly agrees to take on the case.

    As clues begin to surface, it becomes obvious that someone doesn’t want this mystery solved–and will stop at nothing to protect a shocking secret.

    Play word association with me please. What word comes to mind when I say “Thriller”? Most of you answered Irene Hannon and while that is really a name as well as two words you are absolutely correct. I think this is Irene Hannon’s best work so far and this book is just the beginning of the new series. With “Vanished” Ms. Hannon has given us a thriller that becomes more and more exciting until the last hundred pages which is an extremely wild ride. All I can say is imagine going on a roller coaster; the beginning of the ride is nothing until you get to the top and experience that first drop then it is nothing but twists, turns, upside down loops until the ride ends. This is what Ms. Hannon does to us as readers with this book.

    This is a fun read, it is a fast read, however I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down. Ms. Hannon is an excellent writer and knows how to twist your nerve endings as she tightens the suspense. I recommend this book, and everything else that Ms. Hannon has written, highly!!

    If you missed the interview for “In Harm’s Way” and would like to listen to it and/or would like to hear the previous interviews where we discussed the first and second books of The Heroes of Quantico series please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

    Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

    ¿Vanished¿ is yet another amazing suspense book from Irene Hanno

    “Vanished” is yet another amazing suspense book from Irene Hannon and Revell! The mystery is really intense, and I had trouble putting this book down for school and meals! Enjoy Christian suspense? Have you read and loved anything by Lynette Eason? If so, it’s guaranteed you’ll enjoy this one. I can’t wait to read the next book (“Trapped,” coming in October). There’s not a slow minute in the entire book. Prepare to have your heart pound – you’ll be wowed. “Vanished” is a must-have book, more than worth buying!
    “Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
    **Revell sent me a copy of this book as part of the blog tour for it. I was not required to post a positive review. All opinions in this review are my own. I received no other compensation for reviewing this book.**


    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2013

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    Wow a powerful book, keeps you turning the page....need to find

    Wow a powerful book, keeps you turning the page....need to find the answers!
    When the title says Vanished...it unfortunately means vanished. The poor soul who is taken away, is not missed by anyone. How very sad.
    Can you imagine being on a dark road in the middle of a horrible thunderstorm, one that you really can't see where you are going? Then out of no where you see a frightened woman on the road? You swerve and hit a tree. You remember someone telling you that help is coming? There is some glass on the seat...you feel it?
    When help does arrive, there is no woman, and the police think that the concussion makes her believe there was someone there. Unfortunately, Moira Harrisons, was nominated for a Pulitzer, and is no slouch as an investigative reporter. She gets the name of a Private Investigator. Meeting Cal Burke is a changing point for her. He is a with three partners, and runs an upscale PI firm. What both Moira and Cal don't expect is a bit of romance.
    This book will keep you on pins and needles all the way to the end. Enjoy!

    I received this book Revell Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Really Enjoyed!

    First time reader of Irene Hannon books. Wonderfully surprised. Couldn't put the book down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Great book!

    I was intrigued when I read the summary of this book so decided to buy it. I'm glad I did! A mystery with a twist -- you know who the bad guy is throughout most of the book, so you see what is going through their mind too. Looking forward to book #2.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    What a Nice Surprise............................................

    What a Nice Surprise...................................................



    I think I have found a new favorite author in Irene Hannon. "Vanished" is the first book of hers I have read--but it certainly will not be the last. It is so refreshing to find the kind of mix of romance and suspense I found in this book--no sexual encounters and many references to God and the Christian faith. And the suspense was good--like putting pieces into a jigsaw puzzle until the last one was in place 30-40 pages from the end. A VERY enjoyable read and I am looking forward to #2 in the Private Justice Series in September 2013.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Loved this book!

    You've got to love a page turner, and Vanished is one! Loved the characters and can't wait to read more about them as this series continues. Loved the pace, the details, the excitement, the (clean) romance angle...a very well written story that leaves you wanting more! Bring on the next in this series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Vanished is correct

    When I tried to open this it opened to the front page and then there was nothing. This also happened with Gone. I think it is unfair that I pay for these books and they don't down load. Other than this I love my Nook and reading books on it. Barbara Levering

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    excellent story

    Excellent story not to heavy but not just fluff. A little romance no harsh language. You can figure out some of what will happen but getting there is a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    It was fine.

    My first Irene Hannon book. The suspense was ok. Good enough book, but forgettable as soon as it was over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    No try, do...This novel didn't even try

    I don't know why I read this. Characters were trite, really disliked the "church/God" stuff. Plot was predictable and the authors lack of really getting what it is like to be on the shooting end of a gun was pathetic. She needs to take some lessons from Michael Connelly.

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