GONE is the fifth book in the FBI Profiler series from The Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner. WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOVE VANISHES WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO GET THEM BACK? If you love Tess Gerritsen and Karin Slaughter you'll love Lisa Gardner.
It's 2am on a rain-beaten stretch of road near Bakersville, Oregon when a car is found abandoned, the door wrenched open, the engine running, the headlights on full-beam. The driver, Rainie Conner, is nowhere to be found.
Ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy will not rest until he's found his estranged wife, and, together with his daughter, FBI agent Kimberly Quincy, he knows he will have to comb every facet of his wife's life since they separated if he is to understand what happened to Rainie.
Could the troubles of her past have caught up with her? Or is her disappearance connected to the horrifying cases they'd been working on? All Quincy knows as the clock ticks down is that he is in the most desperate hunt of his life...
For 300-some pages, Gardner (The Perfect Husband) keeps readers spellbound not just by her plot but by the beautifully realized character of Massachusetts police sniper Bobby Dodge. He meets his match in Catherine Gagnon, who as a girl was snatched, raped and nearly murdered. Now she's the wife of erratic, rich Jimmy Gagnon and mother of perpetually ill four-year-old Nathan. When Bobby kills Jimmy during a hostage situation at the Gagnons, he does it to save Catherine and Nathan. But was it a righteous shoot, or did Catherine engineer the killing? Judge James Gagnon and his wife, Maryanne, think Bobby murdered their son out of lust for Catherine. As other people start dying, very messily, and the DA and cops come down hard on Bobby, Gardner keeps the tension high and the pace fast. But resolution comes in what may be the clunkiest chase crafted by a pro this year: "Bobby processed everything at once. Three open doorways, three bedrooms. He ran by the first, then the second, and came sprinting into the third just in time to see Maryanne staggering back." Ten pages later, so many characters have run into so many rooms, it's amazing that the right person finally gets his head blown off by the right avenger. But Garner then ends with a neat postlude offering one more twist; her fans will feel requited.