Child Not Found

Child Not Found

by Ray Daniel


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738742311
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 06/08/2016
Series: A Tucker Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,298,468
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: Up to 12 Years

About the Author

Ray Daniel (Framingham, MA) writes first-person, wisecracking, Boston-based crime fiction. His story Driving Miss Rachel (published in Blood Moon by Level Best Books) was chosen as a 2013 distinguished short story by Otto Penzler, editor of The Best American Mystery Stories 2013. Daniel's work has been published in the Level Best Books anthologies Thin Ice, Blood Moon, and Stone Cold. Terminated is Ray Daniel's first novel. For more information, visit him online at

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fencerdoug More than 1 year ago
Tucker is back in Child Not Found by Ray Daniel. Tucker takes his cousin Sal’s daughter sledding, and all hell breaks loose. In a story that includes a Boston Marathon day bombing survivor, kidnapping, murder, lies, theft, betrayal, sex, high finance, adultery, gang wars, mafia machinations, we accompany Tucker as he stumbles and drinks his way through it all. The story that takes place largely in Boston’s North End, a neighborhood long associated with the Italian mob. Mr. Daniel brings us some old friends: Jael, the beautiful and deadly Israeli assassin; Sal, Tucker’s cousin who is also a mob boss; Special Agent Bobby Miller, Tucker’s old college friend who is now with the FBI, and various other characters from the previous installments. Tucker acquires a new girlfriend but the question raised by his last two adventures is: will he still have a girlfriend by the end of the book? I must say I am happy to have found the violence less sadistic and gruesome in this novel than the previous ones. Which isn’t to say that there is not a significant body count. This reviewer counts eleven bodies from memory, and acknowledges that there may be more. As previously, the plot is wonderfully convoluted with twists and turns that are continually surprising, but which make sense in the context of the story. The feeling one gets is similar to that experienced when reading Chandler, or Hammett. Anyone who has read the Maltese Falcon, or The Big Sleep will see similarity in the complexity of the plot, and the surprising twists and turns it takes, not unlike the streets of the North End. I enjoyed this thoroughly, and recommend it highly. Tucker is usually funny, often stupid, sometimes brilliant, but always trying to do the right things for the right reasons. Buy this book and judge for yourself. Oh, I almost forgot, if you haven’t read the short story Communion by Ray Daniel, it is worth the fifteen minutes it takes to do so, before you read this book. It is certainly not necessary, but it is a wonderful story, and it is the seed that germinated into this novel.