Wednesday, December 09, 2009
THE NIGHT MONSTER by James Swain (Ballentine)
It's been a long time since I stayed up past my bedtime reading a thriller, but I did it last night.
Jack Carpenter is no longer a police detective, but he's still doing the same job: tracing and rescuing missing persons. For nearly 20 years he's been haunted by an abduction he witnessed but couldn't stop, that of a young college coed by a monster of a man.
When Jack investigates a man who is filming his daughter Jessie's Florida State basketball team, the man and his partner attack him. Jack realizes the partner is the abductor he's been seeking for years. When Jackie's teammate is taken from her hotel room, he's sure of it.
Jack's search for the missing Sara is complicated, treacherous, and long. The story unfolds as in a newspaper account, not like a movie. Jack Carpenter's commitment to his job makes the journey realistic and worthwhile.
If you've not read this great thriller writer, you owe it to yourself to put him at the top of your TBR pile!
In accordance with FTC full disclosure, this book was provided by the publisher.