The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid

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“[McDermid’s] work is taut, psychologically complex and so gripping that it puts your life on hold.”—The Times (UK)

“Masterfully handled, and McDermid’s ability to wrong-foot the reader remains second to none: highly recommended.”—The Guardian (UK)

From one of the finest crime writers we have, The Vanishing Point kicks off with a nightmare scenario—the abduction of a child in an international airport. Stephanie Harker is in the screening booth at airport security, separated from Jimmy Higgins, the five-year-old boy she’s in the process of adopting, when a man in a TSA uniform leads the boy away. The more Stephanie sounds the alarm, the more the security agents suspect her, and the further away the kidnapper gets. It soon becomes clear nothing in this situation is clear cut. For starters, Jimmy’s birth mother was a celebrity—living in a world where conspiracy and obfuscation are excused for the sake of column inches. And then there are the bad boys in both women’s pasts. As FBI agent Vivian McKuras and Scotland Yard Detective Nick Nikolaides investigate on both sides of the pond, Stephanie learns just how deep a parent’s fear can reach. And the horrifying reality is that she has good reason to be afraid—for reasons she never saw coming.

“The Vanishing Point . . . is marked by [McDermid’s] trademark stunners, including a climax that packs a vicious punch. And readers are again left to marvel at her ingenuity.”—Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch

“McDermid knows crime, but more importantly, she knows the dark side of men and women and the havoc they can wreak on each other’s lives. . . . The Vanishing Point is a stand-alone and does it ever. . . . Th[e] opening is shocking, edge-of-your-seat unnerving and violent on different levels. The reader is immediately drawn in by Harker’s overwhelming panic and fear. It’s taut, smart, vivid writing.”—Victoria Brownworth, Lambda Literary (online)

About Val McDermid

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Val McDermid is the author of twenty-five previous best-selling novels, which have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold over ten million copies worldwide.
Published October 2, 2012 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 449 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Fiction

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Against all expectations, London ghostwriter Stephanie Harker becomes friends with her latest subject, bad girl reality show star Scarlett Higgins, only to become caught up in a scheme that leads to the abduction of Scarlett's little boy.

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Putting her series characters Tony Hill and Carol Jordan on the back burner temporarily, McDermid (The Retribution) delivers a solid stand-alone combining the high-stakes hunt for a missing child with

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The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid, The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne, Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay and Slaughter's Hound by Declan Burke

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While the book requires some patience initially as McDermid sets up the elements of her story, the reader’s indulgence is ultimately rewarded as every block is skewered before being knocked over and kicked to the curb.

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Mcdermid hits a home run with The Vanishing Point, a transcontinental stand-alone thriller filled with smooth storytelling that skewers the .

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All the well-earned tension rapidly deflates as we go back more than five years to when Stephanie took on a ghostwriting gig for reality TV star Scarlett Higgins, a manipulative, mouthy girl from the Leeds housing estates who parlayed her brief TV fame into impressive celebrity involving lots of ...

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Huntington News

She's calmed down somewhat by sympathetic FBI Agent Vivian McKuras who learns about the relationship between Stephanie and Scarlett and how the ghost writer is in the process of adopting Jimmy in accordance with Scarlett's will.Dying of cancer, Scarlett, a reality TV star who, alienated from her ...

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Curious Book Fans

I’m sure McDermid could get along very nicely indeed just by knocking out a new Tony Hill book each year, but every now and again she likes to challenge herself – and her readers – by producing a stand-alone novel, in much the same way that Ruth Rendell periodically gives herself a break from wri...

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