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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (Jan. 25 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440241367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440241362
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,658,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Compton's bleakly authentic debut procedural set in Minneapolis features Sheriff's Det. Sarah Pribek, who specializes in missing-person cases. Sarah's partner and mentor on the force, Genevieve Brown, retreats to near-catatonia after her daughter is raped and murdered. Compounding this tragedy is the escape of perpetrator Royce Stewart, aka Shorty, who slips the clutch of justice on a technicality. Sarah's husband of two months, Mike Shiloh, a detective with the Minneapolis Police Department, is scheduled to leave on a four-month training stint with the FBI. When Shiloh turns up missing, Sarah finds herself investigating the disappearance of her own husband. Because there are no clues in the present, she sets out on a long and twisted journey into her husband's murky past. Compton tells her story slowly and deliberately, allowing the reader to discover Sarah's secrets as well as Shiloh's, revealing both as complicated, unpredictable characters with dark former lives. Interviews with Shiloh's disaffected family in Utah turn up a sister, Sinclair, who is a deaf poet and university instructor. Even though Shiloh had never mentioned her existence, she proves pivotal to the story and provides vital background clues that point Sarah back home to Minneapolis. There, Genevieve rouses herself and joins Sarah in the Shiloh investigation, which veers in an unexpected direction and leads the two of them to a confrontation with the evil Shorty. Readers looking for perky heroines with sassy girlfriends and humorous man problems would best be advised to seek their mysteries elsewhere. Compton's world is complicated, shadowy and violent, with little cheer and only the barest traces of hope and resolution. Look for Sarah to appear in a sequel, but don't expect it to be easy for anyone. This is first-class, serious crime fiction.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

This nail-biter of a debut novel takes off from this proposition: If, as crime experts hold, the first 36 hours in a missing-persons investigation are crucial, what happens after that window has slammed shut? Minneapolis sheriff's detective Sarah Pribek, who sometimes works on missing-persons cases, sees her cop husband off on his trip to the FBI Training Academy in Quantico. He never makes it, but Pribek, not expecting to hear from him during the first flurry of training anyway, doesn't realize things have gone terribly wrong till days--and opportunities--have passed. Compton skillfully weaves together strands of Pribek's life--her husband's disappearance, her best friend's grief over a murdered daughter, and her own foray into saving a suicidal teen--into a complex, shocking whole. From the first scene--a teenage girl teetering on a railway trestle over the Mississippi--to the harrowing resolution, Compton uses suspense as a powerful propellant. Connie Fletcher
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By Dan Stone on June 6 2004
Format: Hardcover
First of all, I really wanted to read this book after reading the editorial "book jacket" description. But just 25 pages into the book, something wasn't right. The author is an amateur writer who states the obvious again and again, incorporates inane dialogue and never fully gets the reader to give a damn about what happens to any of the characters. I can honestly say that there is not one character in the book that I liked. The main character, Sarah, is one dimensional and downright cold. Her conversations with her husband, Shiloh (the cop who "goes missing" and is the focus of the book) read like two distant relatives. Her cop partner, Genevieve, is equally as cold and unfeeling with zero dimension. Why these two would be "friends" is beyond me except that "like attracts like" I suppose. While I read a great deal of thriller/mystery fiction, I guessed the big "twist" midway in the book. However, without giving anything away, the author seems to be leading the reader to the conclusion that Shiloh committed an even bigger crime than he did (i.e., the murder of another younger character in the book). Why else would the author continue to tell us about his "penetrating glances" at the young girl during their Christmas Eve dinner? But this is just one of MANY false stops the author throws into the book. We are forced to read endless tidbits of other missing persons cases that Sarah dealt with but only ONE of them is mentioned as having meaning toward the end of the book and even that one is a kind of "Who cares?" In fact, "Who cares?" basically describes this entire book. When I wasn't cringing at the dialogue or rolling my eyes and groaning at the awkward plot points, I was counting the pages until the misery would be over. How this book EVER received such stellar editorial reviews is beyond me! Did they read it???????
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By A. McCaskill on May 12 2004
Format: Hardcover
I found this book an overall disappointment, although there aren't any glaring errors or omissions to point to. The writing isn't horrible, the plot is fairly well-crafted, the denouement isn't embarrassingly telegraphed, but the characters don't seem to have enough depth to them, so that I felt completely detached throughout the reading. The author may have been attempting to delineate the characters with broad strokes, but in my opinion there is not enough backstory given to enlist sympathy or empathy for any of the characters. The few episodes meant to demonstrate the husband's quirky, unique personality seem merely to paint him as distant, which makes it difficult to share his wife's distress. It is equally difficult to mourn the loss of the police detective's daughter when we know next to nothing about either the detective or the daughter.
My impression is that this was a meticulous first effort that just didn't manage to rise above mediocrity. Perhaps experience will be the necessary additional ingredient.
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By SDRTX on March 25 2004
Format: Hardcover
The debut novel of Jodi Compton takes much of its pages to introduce the new characters in this first book of her series. Sheriff's Detective Sarah Pribek comes home one morning from a trip to find her husband of two months, Michael Shiloh, gone. She did not think too much of it since he was starting his FBI training at Quantico. Only when the FBI calls to ask why he did not show up and Sarah finds his packed duffel bag under the bed does she realize that he is really missing. Sarah usually specializes in missing person cases so she puts her skills to personal use. Much of the story is told in flashback where we learn of Michael's background, the case that brought Michael and Sarah together and of their early courtship. Intertwined into the story is also another plot point of Sarah's partner, Genevieve, who is on compassionate leave after the murder of her daughter. The characters were well developed and interesting. The story really kept me reading. The ending was weak and not in keeping with the rest of the book, but it did spoil my enjoyment of the overall story. I will look forward to the next book in this series.
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By A Customer on March 14 2004
Format: Hardcover
First, kudos to any author who can get published and Ms. Compton deserves much praise for her writing style and deft plotting devices. I can understand why she was able to sell this series featuring Sarah Pribek -- we quickly care about this character and get involved in her gut-wrenching search for her missing husband.
I will not retread the plot points mentioned in other reviews, but I echo those who were disturbed by the radical change in prose and plot of the second half -- it's as if two different authors were at work. The last fifteen pages are especially weak and forced, as if someone was writing on deadline. I have a feeling these were not the original pages when Ms. Compton first submitted her manuscript. Too much of the final act seemed to be strictly from Pribek's narration afterwards instead of the reader being there as discoveries were made. Things were just a bit too tidy.
This is an author I want to read about two or three books from now because by then she'll be the master of her craft. This first effort shows promise, but also some warts.
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Format: Hardcover
Although this novel does not achieve what the publisher claims in the dust jacket, a thriller impossible to put down, it is clear to me that the writer has talent and will probably deliver a much better work given another chance.
Sarah Pribeck is a detective that cares about her job, finding missing persons. She has been out of a partner since Genevieve's daughter was raped and murdered and the killer got away on a technicality. Genevieve is having a really tough time dealing with her daughter's loss and Sarah finds herself disoriented when her husband, Shiloh, disappears on the weekend he was supposed to travel to Quantico, to start the FBI program as a new trainee. Through the first moments of the search we realize how important Genevieve is to Sarah, since the latter keeps going back to the tips and recommendations the former provided in the past. With the time running against her and without being able to convince Genevieve to help, Sarah finds herself taking a plunge into Shiloh's past in the search for clues to solve the mysterious disappearance, finding a myriad of things she did not know about the man she has been married to for two months.
There are several things that Compton does astoundingly well; for example the description of the characters and their emotions. I also find interesting the fact that the author focuses on creating a thriller with no romantic undertones; one can get tired of the formula used by many in which a female heroine is drawn to a "strong male" in the setting of a mystery thriller. Where I find a major flaw is in the way that the story is structured, the action keeps stopping for long intervals to go back to events from the past, which in my opinion severely cuts the intensity the book has. With the quality of her writing and the good development of the characters, the author can reach much higher heights that the one she achieved in this first novel.
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