This police-procedural mystery story, published in late 2017, already has several four star reviews on amazon.com. It describes how Shane Notfarg, a middle aged, female Afro-American detective in San Diego County is assigned the case of missing man, Arthur Flynn, in late 2008. (Do a Google search of Shane Notfarg and see how readily it leads to the book and the author, Pat Muir). Flynn has disappeared from a fishing camp on the Russian River in northern California, and his belongings were stolen from his campsite, suggesting foul play. His car is found fully stripped in Compton and forensics determines that it contained his dead body. Shane investigates his camp site neighbors and suspects one of them who has a criminal record and lives near Compton. But she cannot figure out how he carried out the murder. She learns Flynn had stumbled upon a money laundering operation and works with the Drug Enforcement Administration to get evidence that will dismantle the operation and convict the persons responsible.
But Flynn's body is not recovered and it isn't until 2015 that Shane discovers what happened to him and who arranged to kill him in a surprising ending. The novel also comments in passing on law enforcement's desire to seize a suspect's assets before a conviction and also on the prejudice Shane encounters as a black women in a male dominated environment.
Pat Muir has also authored "Stories To Entertain You...If You Get Bored On Your Wedding Night" and "The Numbers Man." These books are available on Amazon.com, Nook and Smashwords
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Table of Contents
Chapters 1-6. Shanisha Notfarg, known as Shane, a detective in the San Diego County Sherifff office, is assigned the case of Arthur Flynn, who went missing from a fishing camp in Northern California in late 2008. Shane interviews Flynn's neighbors and his boss. She finds Flynn was unhappy at having to pay alimony to his ex-wife Marge, now living with her wealthy boyfriend, Larry.
Chapters 7-11 Shane discovers thieves stole Flynn's belongings. His car is found stripped in Compton not far from the thieves' home. Shane arrests these thieves when forensics determines the car's trunk had contained a dead body having Flynn's DNA.
Chapters 12-14 Flynn had written a letter to the DEA alleging that Larry was a money launderer. The DEA had dismissed the letter, believing Flynn was embittered against Larry. Shane discovers that an attempt had been made to kill Flynn by blowing up his home. Shane discovers fellow campers had used a stolen car. The car is located with difficulty and found to have a fingerprint of a vicious felon involved in the attempted explosion of Flynn's home.
Chapters 15-17 The DEA agree to cooperate in investigating the alleged money laundering operation. Shane and her partner determine Larry operates many cash generating businesses, all without any criminality. They believe money to be laundered is brought into Larry's office but they are unable to determine how. is is done.
Chapters 18-37. Read how Shane cracks the money laundering case. It leads to a witness being murdered and eventually to a body being found seven years later. Only then is Shane able to ascertain what happened to Flynn and prevent a further murder.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book, however it did drag in spots.
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite What Happened to Flynn by Pat Muir follows Afro-American detective Shane Notfarg as she is given a missing persons case to follow. Arthur Flynn disappeared in 2008, leaving his neighbor to look after his house and cat while he went fishing. He never returned. Why did he take $10,000 to the fishing camp where he disappeared from? That’s the first question Notfarg needs to answer. Then his car turns up, stripped but with evidence that a dead body had been it – but where is the body? The DNA matches Flynn. Notfarg starts investigating the campers who were at the camp but it will be seven long years before she discovers the truth. Along the way she uncovers money laundering that Flynn blew the whistle on to the DEA, murder, theft, child pornography, forgery and more; the outcome of the case will raise more than a few eyebrows. What Happened to Flynn by Pat Muir is a real twister of a story. Not only do we have all the elements of a possible murder mystery, we have the criminal elements of the money laundering, forgery and more added into the mix. This is an intriguing story, full of twists and turns; what starts out as a mundane missing persons case turns into something much more. The twists in the plot will keep you on your toes all the way as it races toward a very surprising ending – I don’t think you’ll guess it. Pat Muir has written a very clever story, an easy but involved read with a great deal of methodical action and some great characters. While Pat Muir has developed her characters very well, she has done an exceptional job with the main protagonist and, although the book centers around a missing man, you feel his presence very strongly throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed this incredible story!
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite What Happened to Flynn by Pat Muir combines sleuth with mystery to create a pulsating and suspenseful reading experience. It’s been just a week since Detective Shane Notfarg located a missing person in two days. Now her boss wants her to investigate another missing person. What looked like a simple disappearance quickly turns into an investigation that will take many years to close. Follow this indefatigable detective as she examines a series of clues and evidence, considers different suspects and works her way to solving a complex murder case. Pat Muir knows what it takes to keep readers engaged from the beginning of a story to the end. The story starts with a moment of crisis, a conflict, which in this case is a missing person. From the very first page, serious questions are raised and readers begin to anticipate what will happen. The conflict becomes intense as the plot moves forward, punctuated by red herrings and suspenseful moments that fuel the reader’s interest in finding out what happened to Flynn. I love stories with exciting dialogues and this author knows how to bring life into conversations, using them to explore character development and to move the plot forward. The reader doesn’t feel like the dialogue is forced, but is necessary. The prose is beautiful too and the first person narrative has a strong effect when it comes to point of view. The reader has to keep on guessing as the investigation moves from one suspect to the next, wondering who could have killed Flynn. This is a work of great entertainment, a skillfully told story.