The Missing by Tim Gautreaux

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A masterful novel set in 1920s Louisiana, The Missing is the story of Sam Simoneaux, a floorwalker at a New Orleans department store. When a little girl is kidnapped on Sam’s watch he is haunted by guilt, grief, and ghosts from his own troubled past. Determined to find her, Sam sets out on a journey through a world of music and violence, where riverboats teem with drinking and dancing, and where dark swamplands conceal those who choose to live by their own laws. With the fate of the stolen child looming, The Missing vividly depicts an America lurching away from war, where civilization is only beginning to penetrate the hinterlands, and a man must choose between compassion and vengeance.


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About Tim Gautreaux

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Born and raised in Louisiana, Tim Gautreaux is Writer-in-Residence at Southeastern Louisiana University. His work has appeared in Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, and Zoetrope, as well as the O. Henry and Best American short-story annuals. His first novel, The Next Step in the Dance, won the 1999 Southeastern Booksellers Award, and he has also published two collections of short fiction.
 
Published March 3, 2009 by Vintage. 385 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The New York Times

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This novel’s protagonist survived his family’s massacre as a child, and now he searches for a missing girl.

Apr 05 2009 | Read Full Review of The Missing

The Guardian

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Gautreaux curdles up an opera of real fear as Sam encounters another tortured victim of the Cloats - a heavily armed, mutilated sheriff whose father was a watch-maker: "I was left for years with boxes of used watch parts, little steel gears, balance wheels, winding stems, case hardened screws - I...

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The Washington Post

Tim Gautreaux's new novel is set right after World War I, but so much of his peripatetic story involves the adventures of an old Mississippi riverboat that it's hard not to think of Mark Twain.

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The Telegraph

The sometimes hapless Sam can be pleasingly crass: when he hears how talented the missing girl is, he tells her parents, “I’d steal her myself.” Even the abductors are comic dolts, more banal than evil, like tamer versions of the hired kidnappers in the film Fargo.

Apr 27 2009 | Read Full Review of The Missing

Bookmarks Magazine

Julia Reed Washington Post 4 of 5 Stars "Tim Gautreaux’s new novel is set right after World War I, but so much of his peripatetic story involves the adventures of an old Mississippi riverboat that it’s hard not to think of Mark Twain.

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The Bookbag

The only newsworthy thing about this book is that it absorbs with setting, characters and above all gripping plot so confidently that I have to recommend this book to all most heartily.

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