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3.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 5 3.48 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. F. Freedman Narrator: Patrick Cullen Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781455175253
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A shocking crime … an explosive trial … an electrifying novel of suspense

On a soft summer night, she vanishes. With her friends sleeping nearby, with her parents’ wealth and power guarding her, someone walks into her bedroom and takes fourteen-year-old Emma Lancaster away. That is the first crime.

Eight days later, abduction becomes murder. Police hunt for the killer; a year later, they make an arrest. With an outraged town crying out for blood, powerful media tycoon Doug Lancaster vows to see his daughter’s accused murderer convicted and put to death.

Only one man stands in his way. Once a hard-driving, take-no-prisoners DA, Luke Garrison sent a defendant to the death chamber—only to discover that he was innocent. Now a defense lawyer, Luke is faced with the toughest decision of his life. If he plays it right, it could give him back his life. If he’s wrong, he could die. And a killer could walk.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Plenty of twists and turns in this portrait of corruption and evil in a small town.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Freedman keeps readers turning pages deep into the night.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Completely engrossing…You won’t want to put this book down for a second.”

    Detroit News and Free Press

  • “Filled with pathos and grit…top entertainment.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Freedman builds tension with his characteristic skill, and he creates, piece by careful piece, a highly disturbing reality.”

    Santa Barbara News-Press

  • “A powerful premise, exciting plotting both in and out of the courtroom…an adrenalized investigation and trial full of false leads, twists and brushes with death.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This one has all the marks of a bestseller: high-octane action, shattering suspense, tense courtroom drama, steamy sex, and a roller-coaster ride of unexpected surprises. Stock up.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 1/13/2014

    " Just okay, the murderer was easy to guess so the book just leaves you with the question...'why are these characters so dumb?'...oh yeah...for the drama. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Davies | 1/12/2014

    " Decently written, although it often read as a script. There were not a great deal of character development outside of the main character. I definitely felt the need to find out 'whodunnit', but it definitely was not a book I felt compelled to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista Donels | 10/3/2013

    " It was a good easy read but I figured it out halfway through. "

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

    " The author keeps the book exciting and interesting throughout. The premise of the story was unhappy but I pretty much enjoyed it otherwise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 6/2/2013

    " This book has many twists and turns. I enjoyed reading it and liked the main character Luke Garrison. I certainly look forward to Freedman's books that feature Luke again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 1/22/2013

    " Good read with lots to peak your interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Grover | 1/4/2013

    " This held my interest from page one to the very end. A surprise ending to me. Very Good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 11/10/2012

    " The Disappearance was a good, quick read. It has great court drama and dialogue. Though the story was a bit predictable there was enough going on to keep at least a small sense of drama and mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 3/27/2012

    " I'm loving it so far..... :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 3/16/2012

    " I woke up at 2:45 am to finish this book...I just had to know "who done it". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil Hodge | 11/4/2011

    " Similar to some of Grisham's works. Probably not quite as good, but still very enjoyable, and I'll read more of Freedman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/25/2011

    " This was on the free cart outside the library. It was worth what I paid. The end. :P "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 2/21/2011

    " This is one of the best written books I have read. It is a mystery, and it maintains the mysterious plot until the end. I will start looking for this man's other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 12/13/2010

    " I recently read another book by this same author. I thought The Disappearance would continue with character's from the previous story. I have to say I was a little disappointed that it didn't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/2/2010

    " One of the best books I have read. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 10/26/2010

    " I was initially reluctant to read this because it had a good review from the SB News Press.
    But it was an entertaining enough read. I'll have to check out some of Freedman's other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 9/5/2010

    " Good read with lots to peak your interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 11/6/2009

    " I woke up at 2:45 am to finish this book...I just had to know "who done it". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 10/8/2009

    " This is one of the best written books I have read. It is a mystery, and it maintains the mysterious plot until the end. I will start looking for this man's other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 8/6/2009

    " I'm loving it so far..... :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 6/5/2009

    " Very quick read, good story line. A crime/courtroom drama. Couldn't put it down once I
    started this a;though I did manage to guess the final outcome before it happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chana | 2/4/2009

    " The author keeps the book exciting and interesting throughout. The premise of the story was unhappy but I pretty much enjoyed it otherwise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 9/4/2008

    " The Disappearance was a good, quick read. It has great court drama and dialogue. Though the story was a bit predictable there was enough going on to keep at least a small sense of drama and mystery. "

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About the Author

J. F. Freedman is the New York Times bestselling author of Above the Law, Key Witness, House of Smoke, The Obstacle Course, and Against the Wind. He lives in Santa Barbara.

About the Narrator

Patrick Cullen (a.k.a. John Lescault), a native of Massachusetts, is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works in theater.