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The Dispatcherby Ryan David Jahn
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A gripping thriller from the acclaimed author of Good Neighbors, perfect for fans of Linwood Barclay and Robert Crais
Los Angeles, 1952. After 13-year-old Sandy Duncan shoots his stepfather and carves a symbol from a comic book into the corpse’s forehead, district attorney Seymour Markley launches a grand jury investigation into the murder, one that could implicate east-coast crime boss James Manning. Also in the frame is the comic book’s creator, Eugene Dahl. When threatening notes appear nailed to his front door, he is lured to a downtown hotel where one of the men who could bring down James Manning is being held. There, Eugene finds the witness murdered, as well as the police officer charged with protecting him, and all fingers point to Eugene. Forced to go on the run, Eugene devises a plan that involves deeds far worse than any of which he’s been accused.
"At the start of Jahn's relentlessly grim vigilante novel, Ian Hunt, a police dispatcher in Bulls Mouth, Tex., receives a phone call from his presumed dead daughter, Maggie, who was kidnapped seven years earlier at age seven by Henry Dean, a twisted and sadistic neighbor who left no clues. The girl has just a little time to speak before she's cut off. Hunt goes on a determined and merciless quest to find Maggie, starting in Bulls Mouth, a truly benighted hamlet replete with faltering businesses and emotionally damaged citizens. The body count is high, but the suspense is minimal, since Jahn (Good Neighbors) keeps the reader privy to Dean's actions and plans. The inept, negligent police are usually drunk, and Hunt's stubborn and inexplicable insistence on not asking for aid in his single-minded pursuit of his daughter and her captor defies logic. Those with an appetite for unrelieved violence and gore will be most satisfied." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From the author of the award-winning debut crime novel Good Neighbors-a white-knuckle thriller about the lengths a man will go to for his daughter.
The phone rings. It's your daughter. She's been dead for four months.
So begins East Texas police dispatcher Ian Hunt's fight to get his daughter back. The call is cut off by the man who snatched her from her bedroom seven years ago, and a basic description of the kidnapper is all Ian has to go on. What follows is a bullet-strewn cross-country chase from Texas to California along Interstate 10- a wild ride in a 1965 Mustang that passes through the outlaw territory of No Country for Old Men and is shot through with moments of macabre violence that call to mind the novels of Thomas Harris.
About the Author
Ryan David Jahn won the Crime Writers Association debut novel prize for Good Neighbors. Born in 1979, he grew up in Arizona, Texas, and California and now lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
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