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A young girl is abducted. This gripping novel portrays authentic police work, as well as the strength and support of family and friends.show more

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  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 120 x 200mm | 210g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192716913
  • 9780192716910

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When ten-year-old Kate Prescott, "New Hampshire's most famous runaway," turns up missing yet again, police aren't worried - but they should be. She has always reappeared before, but seeing a set of tire tracks next to Kate's footprints at the roadside convinces retired police officer Aggie Bates that this time her disappearance wasn't voluntary. Soon Aggie has the local police chief convinced as well; drawing on their experience and a few bits of evidence, they construct a portrait of the kidnapper, one Harry Bemis, and slowly but surely close in on him. The author presents Bemis' point of view with something close to sympathy - he feels that he hasn't done anything very wrong, just found a replacement for his own daughter, who was stolen years ago. Readers will be chilled by this man who considers himself a victim of circumstance, not malicious but able to justify everything he does with his own twisted logic. In the end, Bemis stands off the police from his gasoline-soaked room until Kate herself and her older sister wrestle him down. Taut plotting, self-reliant characters, and a scary psychological portrait make this a real page-turner. (Kirkus Reviews)show more