Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyIn relating the story of how Greene came to make a career of searching for missing persons, the authors also provide commentary on the media hysteria that has evolved from a seemingly national paranoia over abducted children. They maintain that most often missing young persons are like Greene's own son at one time, runaways who ``want us to find them and bring them home.'' Chronicled are cases that have taken Greene all over the country, noting successes in finding runaway minors, children spirited away by a parent or relative and missing adults who regret disappearing, cases often given low priority by police. A divorced mother of two with family problems, Greene surmounted prejudices against her to gain recognition in the male-dominated world of the private investigator. Altruism and perseverance are ingredients of her career tale. First serial to Redbook; film rights to Warner Brothers; author tour. (July)
Library Journal - Library JournalLonging to do something meaningful, Albany, New York, housewife Greene joins the search for three small children missing in the Adirondacks and soon realizes she has a natural aptitude for this kind of work. Greene outlines her instrumental role in the founding of New York's Adirondack Search and Rescue, a group of volunteers trained to find missing people. She describes the use of air scent dogs in search operations, recounts some of her cases (she is now a private investigator in New York City), and shows what her job has cost her personal life. If she is a bit too concerned, too involved, this nevertheless seems right for a woman who lives by her convictions. Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., Ohio
School Library Journal - School Library JournalYA Greene, the foremost finder of missing persons in the country, presents a clear, accurate picture of the life of a private investigator. Her ambitions to be a New York state trooper dashed by a male dominated bureaucracy, she became a wife and mother but was curious about lost persons she read about in the newspaper. This curiosity led her to join the Adirondack search and rescue team. She participated in many rescues throughout the United States, but her search skills were largely unmentioned in press accounts of the rescues. Eventually, she applied for and received a private investigator's license. Along the way, readers experience Greene's personal obstacles, especially the task of locating her own runaway teenage son. This is not the stuff of TV crime storiesno fast action stake-outs, car chases, or guns. These are true life stories that may or may not have a happy ending. Anne Paget, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex .
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