For Aloysius Tucker, taking his nine-year-old cousin Maria sledding is all about frozen toes and hot coffee in the warming house. It shouldn't involve chasing after Maria as she's led into a long black car by a stranger in a Bruins jacket. But by the end of the crisp December morning Maria is gone, her mother is dead, and her fathermafia don Salhas been arrested for murder.
Sensing blood in the water, would-be successors to Sal's criminal empire square off, agreeing on nothing but the idea that Sal's blood relative, Tucker, needs to be eliminated. Searching for Maria through sub-zero days and nights, Tucker persists even as his relentless efforts draw him into a deadly crossfire between every power-hungry crook in Boston.
"Daniel is more than generous with the violence, guilt, tweets, craft brews, and compassion."Kirkus Reviews
"[An] enjoyable if complex third book of murder and mayhem with a...satisfying whirlwind of a resolution."Publishers Weekly
"The third Tucker outing features a gripping plot and engaging characters who are sure to satisfy readers of Vincent Lardo, Joseph Finder, and John Hart."Library Journal
"By any measure, [Child Not Found] is a terrific book. It's got a gripping plot, characters so real you can feel them, and a narrative voice that grips you by the heart and won't let go. A terrific read!"John Gilstrap, author of Friendly Fire and the Jonathan Grave thriller series
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 raydanielmystery.com/.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.