Excerpt from James Patterson’s Unlucky 13

ED kindleThe first day of February, which according to my production schedule, means day one of a new book! I started the first draft of EDS today and am just about 6,000 words in.

I will have an announcement to make in the next few days. Be sure to watch here or subscribe to my mailing list so that you don’t miss it. I am very excited…

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

I am currently reading Unlucky 13 by James Patterson, a Women’s Murder Club mystery. James Patterson is one of the most prolific writers of our time. He received the 2015 Literarian Award: he is a “passionate campaigner to make books and reading a national priority. A generous supporter of universities, teachers colleges, independent bookstores, school libraries, and college students, Patterson has donated millions of dollars in grants and scholarships with the purpose of encouraging Americans of all ages to read more books.” And his books are an incredibly fun read!

David Katz, the young man who had driven the Jeep, had been doing postgrad work in psychology. Besides being shattered, his parents were completely dumbfounded by their son’s unexplained and tragic death. They hadn’t even the slimmest guess as to why David and Lara had been killed.

James Patterson, Unlucky 13

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San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn’t be better.

Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes: Mackie Morales, the most deranged and dangerous mind the Women’s Murder Club has ever encountered.

Reading List: Young Adult Fiction About Sexual Abuse

In the past three months, I have written the first draft of the next two books in the Between the Cracks series, and I am poised to write two more books in a yet-unpublished series over the next six weeks. All researched and outlined and ready to start on Monday, February 1st. I wrote the first book last February, so it’s only fitting!

The time has come to post the next reading list in my series on abuse in young adult literature. This series is comprised of four parts:

I have been putting this list off for a while, because sexual abuse is an uncomfortable topic. It’s hard to talk about, to read about, and to write about. There are a few popular books out right now that focus on sexual abuse, and it is a topic I have explored a number in a number of my books.

My books that include main characters who are or have been sexually abused:

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If you asked Ruby, she’d tell you she’s happy with her life.  She’s tough and independent and doesn’t depend on anyone else.  The road that has led her here has not been easy, and she’s blocked a lot of it from her memory.
But things aren’t as rosy as she would have everyone believe, and the road ahead of her is filled not only with gangs, drugs, and depression, but other challenges that Ruby hasn’t even imagined.

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“You’re a good kid, Henry.”

Everyone knew that he was a good guy; geeky, responsible, hard-working.  Henry has had a lot to deal with in the past.  Now, as he should be focusing on his schooling and preparing himself for the future, he is hindered by abuse, the challenge of raising his baby brother while dealing with his mother’s deep depressions, and the return of a ghost from the past Henry has tried his best to forget.

But it seems that Henry can’t avoid the nastiness of life.  As hard as he tries, it’s one more disaster after another as his life spirals out of control.

Can Henry escape the darkness, or is he doomed to be consumed by it?

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Raised to a life of crime, Sandy is a teenage prostitute, junkie, and con artist. She always joked that her Da taught her a trade, that it hadn’t hurt her to be brought up like she was.
But things keep getting more complicated, more dangerous, and Sandy doesn’t want to admit even to herself that she longs for an honest, normal life.
Even when she tries to change, things don’t go smoothly. Sandy’s past keeps interfering with her new relationships. In the end, if she and her family don’t pull together, Sandy will not be able to escape yet another ghost of her past. Do they have what it takes for her to change her life completely?

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Don’t Forget Steven

He never told what went on behind closed doors. But this time, he can’t remember.

Things never have been easy for Steven. He accepts that, and just makes the best of things. He might not have parents or a happy home. Or enough to eat most days. But at least he has a couple of loyal friends who stand by him and help out when they can. At least he has school, someplace he can go to escape the abuse.

But just when he thought things couldn’t get much worse, they did.

Steven is accused of murder. But that isn’t the worst part. The really bad part is not even knowing if he did it.

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“I don’t plan on getting in any trouble.”

Tamara had thought that when she got out of juvie, things would be easier. But before long, it seems like her life is spiraling into chaos.

If she can’t prove to her probation officer that she is innocent of the allegations against her, she’s going back to prison, and Tamara just can’t let that happen.

 

 

 

The other books that I have picked out are:

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The first ten lies they tell you in high school.

“Speak up for yourself–we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

 

 

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Some girls say no. Some boys don’t listen.

When Grace meets Ian, she’s afraid. Afraid he’ll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses Zac, the town golden boy, of rape, everyone turns against her. Ian wouldn’t be the first to call her a slut and a liar.Except Ian doesn’t reject her. He’s the one person who looks past the taunts and the names and the tough-girl act to see the real Grace. He’s the one who gives her the courage to fight back.

He’s also Zac’s best friend

 

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Scars

Kendra must face her past and stop hurting herself—before it’s too late….

An edgy, realistic, and hopeful novel about a teen survivor of sexual abuse who uses self-harm to cope.

Kendra, fifteen, hasn’t felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially because she still can’t remember the most important detail – her abuser’s identity. Frightened, Kendra believes someone is always watching and following her, leaving menacing messages only she understands. If she lets her guard down even for a minute, it could cost Kendra her life. To relieve the pressure, Kendra cuts; aside from her brilliantly expressive artwork, it’s her only way of coping. Since her own mother is too self-absorbed to hear her cries for help, Kendra finds support in others instead: from her therapist and her art teacher, from Sandy, the close family friend who encourages her artwork, and from Meghan, the classmate who’s becoming a friend and maybe more. But the truth about Kendra’s abuse is just waiting to explode, with startling unforeseen consequences. SCARS is the unforgettable story of one girl’s frightening path to the truth.

 

Excerpt from Hounded

In case you missed it, I released Michelle, Between the Cracks #3 last week! And today, I have an author interview posted on Danielle Lincoln Hannah’s site about the Between the Cracks series. (And incidentally, I just finished draft one of Ronnie, Between the Cracks #5 on Friday.)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

Hounded is the second book I have read by David Rosenfelt in the Andy Carpenter series. A wealthy Defense Attorney who rescues dogs and is married to a private investigator, Andy Carpenter is a funny character who always has something to say. These books always have me laughing out loud.

We get back to the house, and Laurie is waiting for me downstairs. “Ricky is up in his room,” she says.

“Ricky has a room?”

She nods. “The one next to ours. I’m sorry we didn’t talk about this before, Andy, but I knew you wouldn’t refuse Pete.”

David Rosenfelt, Hounded

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Andy Carpenter isn’t sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn’t expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that’s exactly where he arrives—at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Diza. Upstairs are Danny’s now orphaned eight-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie were called to the scene—Pete wants them to take care of the boy and the dog so they won’t get thrown into the “system.” This is already asking a lot, but soon Pete needs another big favor from Andy. Pete himself has come under suspicion for Danny’s murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him…and to find out what really happened in Danny’s house that day.

What’s new? The release of Michelle, Between the Cracks #3 and more!

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You’ve been asking for it! Here it is! Michelle is the much-anticipated sequel to Ruby, Between the Cracks and June & Justin. Ruby was a winner of the Top Ten Best Books For Teens 2015 award by In the Margins, and June & Justin has been nominated for the 2016 award.

Michelle was fighting for composure. “Daddy, you’ll come see us? Right?”

“I love you, honey. You look out for your brother?”

“I will.”

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Fans of Jodi Picoult and S.E. Hinton will love Michelle, award-winning author P.D. Workman’s captivating account of Michelle’s thought-provoking and eye-opening story of poverty, abuse and addiction.

“Daddy… can’t we come with you when you leave this time?”

When Michelle asked to be taken away from her abusive mother, she never expected to lose everyone she loved in the process. They said they would keep her and Kenny together. Her daddy said he would be back. And she never even got to say good-bye to Marcie.

All too soon, they were trying to reunite her with her mother, and Michelle is forced to take to the streets, seeking safety in the gang life.

Michelle is third in the Ruby, Between the Cracks series, a winner of the Top Ten Best Books for Teens 2015.


Praise for Michelle:

–Something about [P.D. Workman’s] writing just blows my mind… I hate when I get too tired to read anymore and I have to wait until the next day.

–It’s a heart-breaking story.

Praise for Ruby, Between the Cracks:

–The Between the Cracks books have been absolutely AMAZING… as soon as I started to read “Ruby”, I just had to keep going.

–I wish I could forget the book Ruby and read it all over again.

–This book is utterly amazing, I find myself having more empathy for children in these types of situations than ever before. My heart seriously yearns for them. I can’t put this book down.

Praise for P.D. Workman:

–Every single one of [P.D. Workman’s] books has spoken to me in ways no one or almost anything else has. And I have found strength in the books I’ve read.

–The way that P.D. Workman writes just flows amazingly and allows the reader to get really invested in a book.


Workman Classic Schoolbooks

What else is new? The Workman Classic Schoolbook editions of the Dave Dashaway Series are now complete! You can get the five books separately (below) or all together in one compendium!

complete kindleThe Complete Aerial Adventures of Dave Dashaway includes:

Dave Dashaway the Young Aviator

Dave Dashaway and His Hydroplane

Dave Dashaway and His Giant Airship

Dave Dashaway Around the World

Dave Dashaway, Air Champion

Workman Classic Schoolbooks are specially designed and annotated for homeschoolers and other self-directed learners. The Dave Dashaway series is especially good for middle-grade boys! Click on the links to read more about Dave’s adventures and the special features built into these books.

Please pass this on to the homeschoolers in your life who may be interested! 

Keep scrolling down for foreign-language translations and some more Young Adult new releases.

Translations

Don’t Forget Steven is out in a couple new translations now! If you or someone you love prefers Spanish or Italian, here is your chance!

Keep scrolling down for more Young Adult new releases.

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Young Adult New Releases

If you’re an avid reader, then even at my fastest, I can’t write enough to feed your habit! Last year I published six books, but I read 115. After you’ve read Michelle and are looking for something else to fill the void, how about one of these January releases by my friends in the community? This is a combination of books, short stories, and an anthology. And, okay, a boxed set published in December. Because, you know, zombies!

Click a cover to jump to it on Amazon.

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Excerpt from Between Families

Take a look at an interview of the main character of my book, Looking Over Your Shoulder! It was a lot of fun to do.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

This weekend I read Between Families by Karin Mitchell. It is a young adult novel that covers similar issues to my books—abuse, addiction, marginalized kids. I will warn you that the language is much more raw than the books I generally choose or highlight here. But it is written by an author who knows her stuff and obviously cares about the subject matter.

She was too drunk to realize how many times she’d already asked so she kept me up the rest of the night. She asked over and over again. She’d seem to wear out and tell me that if anything like that ever happened again, I was to tell her immediately and “I swear-ah, Ah’ll kill ’em.”

Karin Mitchell, Between Families

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12-year-old Seffra knows that her drug-addicted mother isn’t perfect, but they’re family and love each other. Sometimes love isn’t enough, though, and when Seffra moves into an institution, a center with kids from all kinds of backgrounds, she gets a reality check and struggles to accept the control the institution exerts over her every decision.

This realistic account examines institutionalization, shame, sexual abuse, family, and identity and calls attention to the struggles that children of parents with addictions face.

Excerpt from The 5th Wave

In case you missed it, my hubby wrote a very sweet review of his favorite three of my books for our anniversary.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

I’ve read a lot of Orson Scott Card and Ellery Queen over the last year! So even though I just finished another Orson Scott Card and am currently reading an Ellery Queen, I picked something different for today’s teaser. My teaser today is from The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. An intense, alien invasion, end of the world young adult book.

It’s like a cockroach working up a plan to defeat the shoe on its way down to crush it.

There’s no way to know for sure, but I bet the Others knew about the human aliens we’d imagined. And I bet they thought it was funny as hell. They must have laughed their asses off. If they have a sense of humor… or asses.

Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Happy Anniversary, a writing tribute from my hubby

This year, my hubby came up with the most amazing idea for an anniversary present. He wrote a blog about my books! What a sweetheart he is. So, without further ado, here are his words, originally posted at http://flamestr.blogspot.ca/2016/01/more-to-life-than-hockey-tribute-to-my.html


 

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If my wife had told me that I would have read seven books of hers, I would have called her crazy. Not because they are bad books, but simply because I am not a reader. Truth be told, it is a testament to the books.

A while ago, I decided to enrich my life, to include more than just hockey. I wanted a better existence. I started reading her books and could not put them down. Now I have read seven of them.

I thought I would give you my thoughts on my favorite top three. I may do a review of the other four. But as this blog ended up being longer than I thought because of how much I love these three books.

  1. Looking Over Your Shoulder

3D MOCKUP 1A brain-teasing thriller that addresses the very important issue of mental illness. You are sitting there wondering if Abe actually is being watched. This book will keep you on your edge of you seat until the end. It will get you heavily invested into Abe, and it will have you cheering for him from cover to cover.

As you watch Abe, you wonder if he is going to crack and how far. Can he handle the pressure? Will he do something that he will regret? Can he keep his family safe? Can he convince them that he is not going crazy?

What will his wife do? Can she trust him? What can she do when it comes to protecting the family? Can she keep her family from imploding? Can she allow her children to see their father?

Looking Over Your Shoulder emphasizes the importance of family. It reminds us of how grateful we should be for what we take for granted in our lives. It really puts the issue out there: How far would we go to keep our children safe? What would we do when we lose our trust for our spouse? A genuine thriller that will keep you guessing until the end.

  1. Cynthia Has a Secret

cynthia-mockup1This book is so good because it could be real. It shows what could really happen to families if they continue to ignore the real issues. Carmina Knight has everything taken away from her. She has to reevaluate her life and her ideals as she loses her family and her possessions.

You learn how she was raised and it makes you realize what kind of influence you have on your own children. You may not think they listen, but they do. Carmina was raised to believe her parents’ ideals. You learn how Julius Knight’s ideals led his child down the wrong path. It is a chilling reminder that unrighteous dominion is real and how it can affect the family unit.

With every battle she has, you find yourself hoping Carmina can win. It gives you a true understanding of self-worth. As Carmina gets to know and love herself, you are proud of her for what she accomplishes against the odds.

We read of a wonderful mother, Esther Knight, and what mental illness stole from her as she was forced into the shadows of the domineering male in the home. You hope that somehow her influence can shine on Carmina and somehow help her in the end.

You hope as Carmina is forced to live on the streets that she finds a friend to rely on and help guide her through the homeless life. You find yourself wondering if you can trust her friend Toto, or if he will he just use her.

Cynthia Has a Secret is an enticing story that keeps you wanting more, at the same time reminding you how important your role as a father can be. It gives you true insight into what a domineering enforcer can do to a youth’s life.

  1. Questing for a Dream

Questing for a DreamA truly inspiring look into aboriginal life in Canada. Questing for a Dream shows you the prejudice that we as nation have against the Native peoples. As I was reading about Nadie Laplante’s life, I began to learn more about myself.

I recognized the judgments she was facing. I was so upset at the other characters; but at the same time, I remembered the times I saw Natives on the road hitchhiking and how I judged them because of their appearances.

Nadie was a good girl who was raised in a rough life without a mom. She was raised by her grandfather. You watch them struggling together with what the world gives them. You watch Grandfather battle with his demons, and Nadie’s fight against those demons as well.

The only way Nadie could win her battle was by facing them. In order to become whole, you have to remember you are not whole.

Questing for a Dream taught me some of the traditions of Native heritage. I truly had no idea of their beliefs. It gives you a true insight into the Native life. It gave me more respect and taught me to be more careful about judging people on first impressions. Never judge anyone until you have worn their shoes.

For those do not know, I am writing this on my anniversary to my wonderful sweetheart. With fondest regards, I give tribute to her and her writing. She is a wonderful wife and mother with a real gift for writing. I look forward to reading more and more of her books. With each book, I learn to love her talent more.

You can find her at http://pdworkman.com and you can find her books on any of the major online bookstores such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. The links in this blog will take you to Amazon.

Excerpt from Lacy’s End

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

Today’s teaser is from Lacy’s End by Victoria Schwimley. She asked if I would take a look at it, and as it was within my wheelhouse, (YA about abuse,) I decided to take her up on it. I am engrossed in the characters and ready to throttle the antagonist.

She shook her head. “I didn’t call you for me. I made my bed and now I have to lie in it. I called you for Lacy’s sake.” She paused for an instant, remembering the day Lacy had forced the card on her. She looked down. “Lacy shouldn’t have to live like this.”

“I can help you both.” She put her hand over Brenda’s hand. Brenda pulled it back sharply, looking around to see if anything was watching.

Victoria Schwimley, Lacy’s End

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For most of Lacy Waldrip’s life, she and her mother, Brenda have suffered abuse at the hands of the man who is supposed to love them, cherish them, and protect them. To make matters worse, their abuser wears a badge and uses it to keep his deputies from interfering in his right to discipline his women. Both women have accepted, each determined to stay in the relationship to help the other. Then one day, the sheriff goes too far and Lacy and Brenda end up in the hospital where they meet Dr. Allen Petoro. Together with a determined social worker, Angela Martin, Dr. Petoro vows to help the two victims break free of their abuser. However, Sheriff Peter Waldrip isn’t going to let his family go that easily.

2015 in Review

It seems like all of my social networks have been e-mailing me this week with numbers of tweets, pins, and posts that I made in 2015. But social networks are not where I spend most of my time. So I reviewed my production schedule for 2015, and here are the numbers that matter more to me:

Writing and Publishing:

Wrote 5 and a half books:

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  • Mito
  • Questing for a Dream
  • In the Tick of Time
  • Intersexion
  • Chloe, Between the Cracks #4
  • Ronnie, Between the Cracks #5 (in progress)

Published 6 books of my own:

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Published 5 translations of my books:

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Annotated and published 7 classics:

Workman Classic Schoolbooks

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Workman Family Classics

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I posted:

97 blog posts

Reading:

According to Goodreads, I read:

115 books

Awards:

I had one book win a position on the 1015 Top 10 Best Books for Teens Award:

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Ruby, Between the Cracks

And I had three books nominated for the 2016 award:

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Ruby, Between the Cracks was also included on Pivot TV’s Secret Lives of American’s Wattpad Reading List “Personal Transformations.”

 

Excerpt from a Field of Red

I hope you had a great Christmas and are looking forward to 2016! Before my teaser, here are my current promotions! If you are looking for new reads, there are lots of opportunities to fill your Kindle (or the Kindle App on your phone or in your browser!)

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Breaking the Pattern volumes 1-3 are just $0.99 on Kindle. This is part of a eight-author promo; you can see all of the other $0.99 boxed sets here

Deviation is free on Kindle, and is included in this fifty free book listing. (Some weird things are going on with the Kindle listing. If it does not show up as free, let me know!)

I am participating in the Crazy Canuck Blog Hop, which gives you a chance to win a whole stack of free books.

I think that’s all of them that are on today! Pursued by the Past will be offered on Goodreads Giveaway New Year’s day!

Now, on to the teaser! Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

I am reading Field of Red by Greg Enslen, a kidnapping mystery/suspense. It was a bit slow to start, but I am now fully engaged and want to know how Frank is going to ferret out the kidnappers! Frank is a flawed protagonist, not your typically perfect detective.

Tyler didn’t want to take them both, but it was too public to make a scene. The second girl would be able to identify him if he left her behind.

And it was too messy to kill her here.

Greg Enslen, Field of Red

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Ex-cop Frank Harper doesn’t want to get involved. Harper is visiting the small Ohio town of Cooper’s Mill, trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter and a grandson he’s never met. But he finds the town gripped in fear-two young girls have gone missing, taken in broad daylight from a busy street. And the police are coming up blank. But once Harper is drawn reluctantly into the investigation, he’ll stop at nothing to find the girls. And he doesn’t care who gets in the way.