A warm summer Saturday. An amusement park. David Harwood is glad to be spending some quality time with his wife, Jan, and their four-year-old son. But what begins as a pleasant family outing turns into a nightmare after an inexplicable disappearance. A frantic search only leads to an even more shocking and harrowing turn of events. Until this terrifying moment, David Harwood is just a small-town reporter in need of a break. His paper, the Promise Falls Standard, is struggling to survive. Then he gets a lead that just might be the answer to his prayers: a potential scandal involving a controversial development project for the outskirts of this picturesque upstate New York town. It's a hot-button issue that will surely sell papers and help reverse the Standard's fortunes, but strangely, David's editors keep shooting it down. Why? That's a question no longer at the top of David's list. Now the only thing he cares about is restoring his family. Desperate for any clue, David dives into his own investigation - and into a web of lies and deceit. For with every new piece of evidence he uncovers, David finds more questions - and moves ever closer to a shattering truth.
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by Linwood Barclay
by Alexander Hartung
by Aaron Elkins
by Ivan Doig
"Linwood Barclay plants himself firmly in Harlan Coben territory with this thrill-a-minute roller-coaster ride. From the moment journalist David Harwood and his family enter an upstate New York amusement park, terrible things begin happening. His 4-year-old son, Ethan, is taken. His wife, Jan, disappears. The police begin to suspect foul play, and Harwood is the prime suspect. Listeners will swear there are other actors in the recording booth with Jeffrey Cummings. His energetic tenor offers a great range of voices--from credible-sounding women and children to gruff policemen, sleazy businessmen, and elderly fathers. David's doing a story opposing a privately owned prison. Jan isn't all she's alleged to be. As the puzzle pieces fall into place, Cummings's performance makes the listening exciting and fun. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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