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3.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 5 3.37 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter de Jonge Narrator: Tina Benko Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780061896569
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A Beautiful Woman, Missing

New York City, 2005. Thanksgiving weekend. A topless Kate Moss peers down from a billboard over rain-spattered Houston Street. Escaping a troubled past, Francesca Pena came to the city and reinvented herself. At New York University, her beauty and charisma are the envy of her privileged pals, yet none knows the real Francesca—who, after a night of drinking, is now missing.

A High-Stakes Gamble

Detective Darlene O'Hara of the Seventh Precinct and her partner, Serge "K." Krekorian, set out to find Pena. But when the case turns high-profile and Homicide is called in, O'Hara—who has an eighteen-year-old son she saddled with the name Axl Rose O'Hara, and whose binge drinking exacerbates the massive chip on her shoulder—refuses to let go. Risking both her and K.'s careers, she defies NYPD brass and Homicide legend Patrick Lowry to secretly pursue her own investigation.

A Desperate Chase—and a Chilling Twist

Following a deadly trail that leads from NYU's ivory towers to Brooklyn tattoo parlors, from a skanky strip club to a whitewashed boutique run by a Korean madam, O'Hara closes in on her prey. But she has to move fast, because Lowry and the NYPD are about to make a devastating mistake that will leave the real killer free.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This novel is an absolute knockout and a half.”

    James Patterson

  • “Startling plot twists…In the noirish, character-driven vein of Dennis Lehane or Michael Connelly.”

    New York Times

  • “Tough, skillful, sophisticated entertainment. When the crime-fiction aficionados set out to pick their best first novel of the year, Shadows Still Remain will be a contender.” 

    Washington Post

  • “The first solo effort by James Patterson’s coauthor (Beach Road) delivers enough twists and turns for any thriller reader…Here’s hoping that we see O'Hara again.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/13/2014

    " I read this in one day, too. Really liked it! I wouldn't mind another book with Darlene O'Hara. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Tarbox | 2/11/2014

    " Not bad, although the main character's struggle with alcohol seems extraneous and false--too stereotypical a character flaw for a strong female lead, with not much explanation for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 1/18/2014

    " NYU co-ed Francesca Pena disappears one Thanksgiving weekend. When her horribly mutilated corpse is found, NYPD homicide digs in. Detective Darlene O'Hara is this case's maverick investigator: of course she drinks too much and is smarter than all her superiors! Short chapters, snappy dialogue, red herrings, and more--blurbed by Lehane and Patterson. I'd definitely read this author again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristyn | 1/15/2014

    " I wish I could give half stars. This would get three and a half. It kept me guessing and it was a quick read but I didn't find the main character very authentic. A little flat, but the story was pretty good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 TJ | 1/7/2014

    " I tried to read this, but just too much. Too many bad cliche's and bad dialogue. So I gave up "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mat | 12/29/2013

    " Decent thriller (police procedural). Saw it blurbed in NYT. Nice twist at end. Would make a fine beach (aka light) book, diverting but not a masterpiece. (3.5 stars) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/13/2013

    " Fluffy airplane thriller. I read it in a single gulp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 9/14/2013

    " I read this in 2 settings....couldn't put it down-really satisfying mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 9/6/2013

    " Decent detective crime novel - Not very captivating, but I liked the main character, how short and quick-to-read the chapters were and the twist at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 8/24/2013

    " I loved the saucy Darlene O'Hara. Excellent writer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 8/23/2013

    " This was a really good book, hope to see more from this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 8/23/2013

    " I don't know, maybe I am getting tired of tough female detectives! And the book is definitely on the dark side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie | 8/16/2013

    " Liked that it was only 275 pages long & I couldn't put it down. It is a murder mystery novel w/a woman cop as the main character. I do read longer books but can't resist murder mysteries no matter how short as long as it isn't preditictable... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 7/22/2013

    " Gritty, well thought out, held my interest throughout. I also enjoyed the background info presented at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/17/2013

    " This was an excellent start to a series that I'll continue to avidly follow! Great characters, twists, & a trail thru NYC! I think I'd say "I really, really liked it!" I should probably give it a rating of 4.5! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 12/29/2012

    " I'd already read this authors collaborations with James Patterson so when I found this book in my local library I thought I'd give it a go. A good read with a decent plot, but basically just your run of the mill average crime novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skip | 10/15/2012

    " NYC police detective Darlene O'Hara investigates the vicious slaying of an NYU student, Francesca Pena, who seems to be a popular girl from an underprivileged background, who has flourished; however, O'Hara's dogged determination uncovers a seedy story, inclduing the murderer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 9/21/2012

    " Wasn't sure if I'd like this book, but I was immediately engaged by the main character - a NY woman detective - who jeopardises her job to unravel a murder - excellent twist at the end and very enjoyable - "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 7/10/2012

    " I liked this book, it was the first time in a while I wasn't ahead of the mystery. It completely surprised me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Sledge | 5/24/2012

    " Nice quick little read. Enjoyed the twists and string female lead. Wonder what the bookgroup will have to say.3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Erhardt | 2/24/2012

    " Whoa -- so did NOT see the end coming! Or the end after the end! If only there were a sequel.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 8/31/2011

    " 3 1/2. hard-working, likable, and flawed female detective who had a son at a young age (naming him axl rose!, interesting involved plot, mysterious tattoo, good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Bryan | 7/18/2011

    " NYC police detective Darlene solves murder case while on suspension. Francesca Pena was tortured and killed. Book whizzed by and i enjoyed it except for the very ending. Felt there was still more mystery to solve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skip | 4/17/2011

    " NYC police detective Darlene O'Hara investigates the vicious slaying of an NYU student, Francesca Pena, who seems to be a popular girl from an underprivileged background, who has flourished; however, O'Hara's dogged determination uncovers a seedy story, inclduing the murderer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 2/8/2011

    " 3 1/2. hard-working, likable, and flawed female detective who had a son at a young age (naming him axl rose!, interesting involved plot, mysterious tattoo, good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/25/2011

    " This was a really good book, hope to see more from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/8/2010

    " Whoa -- so did NOT see the end coming! Or the end after the end! If only there were a sequel.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 6/29/2010

    " I enjoyed this quick-read mystery. Yes, some of the writing is a little cheesy, but what good police procedural doesn't have some cringe-worthy material. This was good enough to make me want to finish in a day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/5/2010

    " A decent crime/mystery. Interesting that it was written entirely in present tense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/28/2010

    " A great first novel by a name you may recognize from his co-authored books with James Patterson. 'JP' may get a run for his money out of this guy! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeannie | 1/7/2010

    " This book was just okay. I'm always looking for new authors but was disappointed in this book. Not exactly sure why I was disappointed but the writing wasn't up to par with some of the more well known writers like Kellerman, Grisham, Cornwell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 1/3/2010

    " Not bad, although the main character's struggle with alcohol seems extraneous and false--too stereotypical a character flaw for a strong female lead, with not much explanation for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/14/2009

    " WP end-of-2009 list

    Fast-paced detective thriller/murder mystery set in NYC and involving an NYU student. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/20/2009

    " I read this in 2 settings....couldn't put it down-really satisfying mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 10/14/2009

    " Decent detective crime novel - Not very captivating, but I liked the main character, how short and quick-to-read the chapters were and the twist at the end. "

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About the Author
Author Peter de Jonge

Peter de Jonge has coauthored three New York Times bestsellers with James Patterson: Beach Road, The Beach House, and Miracle on the 17th Green. He has been a reporter for the Associated Press and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. His work has appeared in Best American Sports Writing, National Geographic, Harper's Bazaar, Details, and Manhattan, Inc. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Tina Benko’s Broadway appearances include Irena’s Vow, Top Girls, The Real Thing, Not About Nightingales, and Hedda Gabler. She toured internationally as Desdemona/Othello in the concert-play Desdemona. Her off-Broadway credits include Tales from Red Vienna, The Little Foxes, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Marie and Bruce, Wintertime, and LifeGame. Her numerous film and television credits include The Avengers, Ugly Betty, and three seasons on Showtime’s Brotherhood.