Winner of the Endeavor Award
"...one of the top science fiction sagas in recent years."
-Midwest Book Reviews
Whose rules does Detective Miles Flint live by?
Humans and aliens have formed a loose government called the Earth Alliance, with treaties that guarantee humans are subject to alien laws when on alien soil. But alien laws often seem senseless, and minor violations draw outrageous punishments-from death to the loss of a first-born child.
Miles Flint grapples with three cases that have collided: a stolen space-yacht filled with dead bodies, two kidnapped human children, and a human woman on the run to avoid alien prosecution, trying to become one of the Disappeared. Flint must enforce the law-giving the children to aliens, solving the murders, and arresting the woman for running from the legal system. But how can he enforce laws that are unjust? How can he sacrifice innocents to a system he's not sure he believes in? How can Miles Flint do the right thing in a universe where the right thing is very, very wrong?
This is Flint's first adventure in the 15-book series, the story that turns him from a police detective in the Armstrong Dome on the Moon into a Retrieval Artist.
"Part CSI, part Blade Runner, and part hard-boiled gumshoe, [Retrieval Artist] Miles Flint would be as at home on a foggy San Francisco street in the 1940s as he is in the domed lunar colony of Armstrong City."
-The Edge Boston
"Rusch has created an entertaining blend of mystery and sf, a solid police drama that asks hard questions about what justice between cultures, and even species, really is."
"It feels like a popular TV series crossed with a Spielberg film-engaging."
"The Disappeared is a very readable, very thought-provoking novel that lives up to every expectation we have of Rusch and her considerable talents. Buy and enjoy."
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.