Vanished ~ by Joseph Finder

I’ve read two of Finder’s novels prior and I loved one (Company Man)  and didn’t much care for the other (Paranoia).  I wasn’t going to read any more but this one caught my eye for some reason – on sale at Audible,  perhaps.  ? –   Anyway I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised.

by Joseph Finder
2009/ 395 pages
read by Holler Graham 10h 42m
Rating:   A / crime 

Nick Heller’s brother,  Roger,  is missing.  He and his wife Lauren had a date night and while Lauren was smacked,  Roger disappeared.   When Lauren regained consciousness in the hospital there was no evidence of him anywhere.  What happened to him?  Where was he?

With his mother in the hospital,  Gabriel, Laura’s 14-year old son and Roger’s stepson, places a phone call to  his uncle Nick who arrives pronto to help find his brother.   After that,  well,  things get complicated.

Nick is a trained spy who works for Special Forces seeking out embarrassing information and the dark secrets of powerful people.  This this time it looks like the dangerous head of a huge international corporation is involved,  at least according to something Roger said to Lauren earlier – Roger found something incriminating.  They might want him out of the way.   So,  where is Roger?

One twisty thread is that the father of Roger and Nick is doing a long prison sentence  for big-time corporate fraud.  He’s not a nice guy.   I’m not going to say any more except that Nick has been highly trained and has skills and talents way beyond your average street cop.  He’s also very smart,  determined, and willing to get into the physical parts of a risky  chase.

The plot is good,  the characters are really well done, the writing is smooth.  The only downside is that the thriller aspect – the chase scenes – take over.   That said,  yes,  I’ll read book 2 in this series.   But Company Man is still better.

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