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The Vanishing Point

Val McDermid.
Publisher Atlantic Monthly  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9780802120526
Pages/Publication Date 438/2012
Daedalus Item Code 42793
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The winner of a CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, Val McDermid puts her Gold Dagger–winning sleuths Hill & Jordan to the side to offer this gripping stand-alone thriller about a stolen child. When British television celebrity Scarlett Higgins learned that she was dying of cancer, she made her ghostwriter, Stephanie Harker, the guardian of her son Jimmy. But a mix-up at a security checkpoint at Chicago's O'Hare airport gave someone—a man in a TSA uniform—the chance to lead Jimmy away unnoticed, while Stephanie's unintelligible panic only made her a suspect in the security screeners' eyes.

"McDermid handles the various strands of the story with consummate mastery, and the reader is swept along to the story's genuinely shocking denouement."—Irish Independent

"A solid stand-alone combining the high-stakes hunt for a missing child with the dark underbelly of celebrity culture. Usually content to work behind the scenes, ghostwriter Stephanie Harker's world changes when she signs on to write reality-TV star Scarlett Higgins's autobiography. A brash former contestant from the fictional British show Goldfish Bowl, Scarlett has made a career out of being outspoken. Stephanie and Scarlett develop an unlikely friendship, and Stephanie grows attached to Scarlett's son, Jimmy, whose father is a fame-crazed DJ.... Stephanie and Scarlett's often tumultuous relationship is glimpsed in flashbacks, juxtaposed with the present-day search for Jimmy, hampered both by the fact that he's not Stephanie's son and the slickness of a kidnapper who leaves no tracks.... Larger-than-life Scarlett is a chance for McDermid to explore a different kind of ugliness than she tackles in her series novels."—Publishers Weekly

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