Author: Mo Hayder
Publisher: Grove Press
Release Date: 2011-02-01
Jack Caffery and Flea Marley continue to share the spotlight, with their partnership developing into a sort of Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs relationship (with more sexual tension and as often as not working at cross-purposes). It picks up six months after the conclusion of Skin, with Flea’s team in departmental crosshairs, their bonuses at risk and her leadership in question. She is still covering up the death of Misty Kitson for her brother (Caffery witnessed her disposing of the body, and is keeping his distance), and this backstory is filled in as you go along. The main plot is about child abduction—a carjacker wearing a Santa Claus mask who steals the car of a vicar’s wife, with her 11 year old daughter in the backseat, from a parking lot. Caffery is called in to investigate and is confident the car was the target and the girl will be returned, until Flea reminds him of two other open cases with similar MO, both with young girls in the cars. Then creepy taunting letters start arriving, presumably from the perpetrator. Caffery consults with the Walking Man, the eccentric homeless billionaire whose daughter was abducted and murdered (with whom Caffery has a special bond because his brother suffered the same fate) who warns him that “this one is cleverer than anyone you’ve ever dealt with.” When the car from the carjacking turns up, the mud in its tires is mixed with certain metals that suggest it was at a garage or factory, a needle in a haystack but that Flea remembers a factory site her team had searched that matches the specs perfectly. They find tire tracks and footprints and know they are in the right place, but the carjacker has scored through his footprints with something sharp, outwitting forensics, and has deliberately made many different sets of prints leading in all directions into the woods so they won’t know where to search. Flea realizes belatedly that a piece of nylon rope at the site could easily be a mooring rope and returns to find that just outside the area they’d searched was a disused canal. She gets Caffery and her team out to search it, finding barge-mooring spikes that match the footprints’ score marks. The canal runs partly through an unstable underground tunnel, which is already partly collapsed and threatens to cave in further when a train passes by. Flea puts herself and her number two man at risk to break through a rockfall searching the tunnel but comes up empty. She and Paul Prody (a detective on Caffery’s team) both get reamed out for wasting time and money, and end up bonding at a pub. Coincidentally, Prody was the traffic cop who’d breathalyzed her six months earlier when she pretended to have been driving the car that killed Misty Kitson. Flea confesses to him, finally, that her brother was driving. Another girl goes missing in a carjacking, and is returned a few hours later. No one can figure out why the carjacker knows where the traffic cameras are, but he and the stolen cars are never caught on film. The first girl’s baby tooth is slipped into an apple pie made for the distraught parents by a neighbor. The family of the second girl is moved to a safe house, but a taunting note at the new location requires them to be moved again. A tracking device on their car explains how the jacker knew where they were—problem is, the car was never out of police custody, so it must be someone with police access. Suspicion centers on a handyman who got the job with a stolen identity and murdered a girl when he was a teenager. Prody’s office was recently painted and the handwriting of a “wet paint” note on his desk matches the carjacker’s taunting letters. In disgrace, Prody is sent to break the news to the family of the second girl. A storage unit rented by the handyman for the last 11 years connects to a secret passage that contains the body of the girl he murdered years ago, and Caffery believes it connects to the canal they searched earlier. Meanwhile, Flea, not knowing what Caffery has found, has been going back to investigate the canal herself. One night she realizes that the hidden parts of the tunnel are accessible by the airshafts and, leaving a message for new friend Prody, goes back to check it out. Prody and the family of the second girl are drugged and the girl disappears again. At this point, it’s pretty clear Prody is the carjacker, but the suspense of watching him elude Caffery is terrific. Flea is trapped in a tunnel cave-in, but manages to squeeze through the hatch on a barge into an intact section of the tunnel. She is injured and losing a lot of blood, and the only person who knows where she is Prody, who checks on her and then leaves to “get help.” In the denouement, the victims’ families and Caffery separately realize what they have in common—they are all connected to Prody’s divorce through his kids’ school (and one of the fathers is having an affair with Prody’s ex-wife). Rather than being a pedophile or child-killer, he is exacting revenge on the parents he blames for ruining his life by enacting their worst fears. Caffery sets up a sting with a cop standing in for the wife’s lawyer and a doll for her newborn, and they follow the car to the tunnel where Prody has trapped Flea inside an inaccessible part of the barge, taunting her through the hatch. Using materials from a chemical explorer’s lamp left to her by her father, Flea blows the hatch open, in the process impaling Prody on the barge hull, just as Caffery’s team arrives. Flea is incoherent from blood loss and hypothermia, Prody is breathing his last, and the girls are still missing. Just as Caffery and his team are decamping to figure out if he’s hidden them in another location, Flea (from a medivac far overhead) telepathically tells Caffery where the girls are. They find the pit Prody created in the canal wall, the two girls hidden inside a storage trunk, terrified but alive. In the final scene, the Walking Man tells Caffery that it was Flea’s brother who hit and killed Misty Kitson, and Caffery heads toward the hospital to reconcile with her, the secret still safe between the two of them.
Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 2009-05-19
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
The first in New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant's breathtaking dystopian sci-fi saga, Gone is a page-turning thriller that invokes the classic The Lord of the Flies along with the horror of Stephen King. In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: on your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else. . . . Michael Grant's Gone has been praised for its compelling storytelling, multidimensional characters, and multiple points of view.
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: 2010-01-18
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event—an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle. With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.
Author: Fanny Howe
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 2003-04-30
This collection of new poems by one of the most respected poets in the United States uses motifs of advance and recovery, doubt and conviction—in an emotional relation to the known world. Heralded as "one of our most vital, unclassifiable writers" by the Voice Literary Supplement, Fanny Howe has published more than twenty books and is the recipient of the Gold Medal for Poetry from the Commonwealth Club of California. In addition, her Selected Poems received the 2001 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for the Most Outstanding Book of Poetry Published in 2000 from the Academy of American Poets. The poems in Gone describe the transit of a psyche, driven by uncertainty and by love, through various stations and experiences. This volume of short poems and one lyrical essay, all written in the last five years, is broken into five parts; and the longest of these, "The Passion," consecrates the contradictions between these two emotions. The New York Times Book Review said, "Howe has made a long-term project of trying to determine how we fit into God's world, and her aim is both true and marvelously free of sentimental piety." With Gone, readers will have the opportunity to experience firsthand Howe’s continuation of that elusive and fascinating endeavor.
When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.
A thrilling, thought-provoking novel from one of young-adult literature s boldest new talents. January 29, 2035. That s the day the comet is scheduled to hit the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter outside their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise s drug-addicted mother is going, they ll never reach the shelter in time. A last-minute meeting leads them to something better than a temporary shelter a generation ship, scheduled to leave Earth behind to colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But everyone on the ship has been chosen because of their usefulness. Denise is autistic and fears that she ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister? When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?
Psychologist Alex Delaware and L.A.P.D. detective Milo Sturgis investigate the bizarre case of two students whose claims of abduction are revealed to be a hoax, a case that takes an odd turn when one student is found murdered and the other vanishes.
What would you do if you found yourself living in the aftermath of the greatest holocaust imaginable? How would you feel, thinking only you and your companions survived, and how would you live in such an environment? This is the story of a young man, his girlfriend, and a young female companion, who suddenly find themselves living in a world totally different from anything they could ever have imagined. Why the impossible happened and why they survived that fateful Saturday night in mid-September is not as important as the relationships among these three survivors with each other and with others they encounter on their journey in search of a new life. As the year ends, they have seen both the best and the worst of humanity but with faith in themselves and with the love and support of each other they look forward with renewed hope to the New Year and beyond. Read about their experiences and feel their emotions in this romantic, uplifting, and moving story by first-time fiction writer Gerald Otten.
Author: Mo Hayder
Release Date: 2011-01-24
Genre: Caffery, Jack (Fictitious character)
Night is falling in the West Country as murder detectiveJack Caffery arrives to interview the distraught victim ofa carjacking. What he hears horrifies him. The car was taken byforce, and in the back seat was a passenger. An eleven-year-oldgirl. Who is still missing. Before long the jacker starts to communicate with the police.And Caffery becomes certain that he is planning to takeanother car. And another child. Who is the carjacker? How is he choosing his targets?And--most urgent of all--can Caffery find the child before it'stoo late?
Author: Nova Ren Suma
Release Date: 2013-03-21
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these visions, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And . . . is she next? Through Lauren’s search for clues, things begin to unravel, and when a brush with death lands Lauren in the hospital, a shocking truth changes everything. With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautifully visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost.
Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2012-04-17
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Struggling with the aftermath of the September 11 attacks and sniper shootings throughout the Washington, D.C. area, Craig and Lio consider a possible romantic relationship that is complicated by Craig's ex-boyfriend, Lio's broken family and the death of Lio's brother. By the author of Invincible Summer.
From the bestselling author of Alone and The Killing Hour comes a thriller that goes from heartbreaking to heartstopping in the blink of an eye.… When someone you love vanishes without a trace, how far would you go to get them back? For ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, it’s the beginning of his worst nightmare: a car abandoned on a desolate stretch of Oregon highway, engine running, purse on the driver’s seat. And his estranged wife, Rainie Conner, gone, leaving no clue to her fate. Did one of the ghosts from Rainie’s troubled past finally catch up with her? Or could her disappearance be the result of one of the cases they’d been working– a particularly vicious double homicide or the possible abuse of a deeply disturbed child Rainie took too close to heart? Together with his daughter, FBI agent Kimberly Quincy, Pierce is battling the local authorities, racing against time, and frantically searching for answers to all the questions he’s been afraid to ask. One man knows what happened that night. Adopting the alias of a killer caught eighty years before, he has already contacted the press. His terms are clear: he wants money, he wants power, he wants celebrity. And if he doesn’t get what he wants, Rainie will be gone for good. Sometimes, no matter how much you love someone, it’s still not enough. As the clock winds down on a terrifying deadline, Pierce plunges headlong into the most desperate hunt of his life, into the shattering search for a killer, a lethal truth, and for the love of his life, who may forever be…gone. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Gail Rae Rosensfit
Publisher: Research & Education Assoc.
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Study Aids
REA's MAXnotes for Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind MAXnotes offer a fresh look at masterpieces of literature, presented in a lively and interesting fashion. Written by literary experts who currently teach the subject, MAXnotes will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the work. MAXnotes are designed to stimulate independent thought about the literary work by raising various issues and thought-provoking ideas and questions. MAXnotes cover the essentials of what one should know about each work, including an overall summary, character lists, an explanation and discussion of the plot, the work's historical context, illustrations to convey the mood of the work, and a biography of the author. Each chapter is individually summarized and analyzed, and has study questions and answers.