Vanishing Act by Barbara Block
(Robin Light Mysteries)

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Robin Light's client was in his prime: mid-twenties and all-American. But Bryan Hayes was no happy-go-lucky guy. For four months he had been looking for his sister, Melissa, a college sophomore who waved goodbye outside her dorm and disappeared without a trace. Everyone from the university's head of security to the dean and the police have their theories about what happened to her. And so does Bryan. He's blaming it on frat boy charmer, Tommy West, Melissa's ex-boyfriend.

But Robin is developing a theory of her own. If Melissa met with foul play, why did she take her clothes, her purse, and her cash? If it was such a well-planned vanishing act why is Tommy so reluctant to talk? And why does Jill Evans, Melissa's best friend and fatal victim of a bizarre accident, keep figuring into the picture? It's all as baffling as Melissa's disappearance. Combing the campus for clues, Robin has suddenly found herself moving to the head of the class, and closer to the most challenging mystery of her career. Where it will lead she is afraid to guess, but the secret pasts of a surprising array of suspects are about to come to light, placing Robin in deadly jeopardy. . .and forcing her into a desperate gamble for the truth.

 

About Barbara Block

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Block lives with her three sons and a variety of pets.
 
Published September 1, 1999 by Kensington Books. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Thus begins a round of interviews with Melissa’s dormmates and other connections—excluding, of course, her last year’s roommate Jill Evans, who’d fallen to her death from a third-floor window.

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