The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist novel

The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist novel

by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615458564
Publisher: WMG Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Series: Retrieval Artist , #1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov's Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.
To keep up with everything she does, go to kriswrites.com. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (krisnelscott.com, kristinegrayson.com, krisdelake.com, retrievalartist.com, divingintothewreck.com, fictionriver.com). She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.

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The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dknippling on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I was torn on whether I liked this one or not, right until the end.The beginning of the book is based on really, really obvious reader manipulation: it's not just enough that a woman has to leave her whole world behind, but she has to take a last-minute phone call from her fiance, who has no idea. That kind of thing. A little boy who isn't just stolen by aliens, but afraid that the aliens will take his little sister.The other major book that hit me this way was The Hunger Games, which I read 50 pages of and put down: it bugs me when the stakes are already high enough to motivate a character, and the author has to lay extra drama on them. I feel jerked around. "Okay, okay, I'm WITH your character. Get ON with it and stop with the soap opera already."However, once past the very beginning, I got caught up in the mystery, which has beautiful, almost noir-ish twists to it. I was still frustrated with the book, because I felt like it wasn't really going anywhere: a bunch of stuff happened, but so what? Where's the character arc? Where, in fact, IS the Retrieval Artist? But that all came together at the end and paid off.I don't know that I agree with the main character's choice in the lawyer's case - but he wouldn't be as effective a character if he didn't do some things that made me say, "Oh, that's going to cause you problems later on." I liked his partner far better; I'm curious to see what becomes of her later in the series, too.