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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (181 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. J. Rozan Narrator: Barbara McCullo Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The secrets of a group of childhood friends unravel in this haunting thriller by Edgar Award winner S. J. Rozan. Set in New York in the unforgettable aftermath of September 11, Absent Friends brilliantly captures the mood of a singular time and place, winding through the wounded streets of New York and Staten Island and into a maze of old crimes, damaged lives, and heartbreaking revelations. The result is not only an electrifying mystery and a riveting piece of storytelling but an elegiac novel that powerfully explores a world changed forever on a clear September morning. Absent Friends is guaranteed to become a classic, a masterful tale about the bonds of friendship, the meaning of truth, and the stuff of heroism. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The novel is elaborately structured, with multiple points of view and frequent flashbacks…Rozan’s story…coalesces into a harrowing elegy that lingers.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “A dense, ambitious novel…an eloquent and profoundly sad story about the heroes who are flawed in a world that needs all the heroes it can get.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A rich, sophisticated view of New Yorkers whose lives, like so many others, were so vastly changed on that September morning.”

    South Florida Sun-Sentinel

  • Absent Friends is a love song to a city stubbornly insisting on moving forward, and is without question one of the year’s standout novels.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Rozan shifts among several narrators and between present and past in this riveting offering…An unforgettable elegy to the clear September morning that forever changed our lives.”


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Robin Campbell | 3/15/2013

    " I was so disappointed with this book and I love all the others that I read. Someone needed to do some serious editing it just went on and on repeating itself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Eileen133 | 10/8/2012

    " It was a little hard for me to keep up with the characters and the time switches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jason | 12/31/2011

    " It took me a couple of chapters to get used to the set up of the book-but once I got used to it, I tore through this engrossing story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janine | 10/3/2011

    " Interesting characters. I plan to read more Rozan. "

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About the Author

S. J. Rozan is the author of the acclaimed novel Absent Friends in addition the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series, including Winter and Night, which won the Edgar, Nero, and Macavity Awards for Best Novel, and was nominated for the Shamus, Anthony, and Barry Awards. Born and raised in the Bronx, she is an architect in a New York firm and lives in Greenwich Village.