Title: MISSING PERSONS
Author: JACK OLSEN
Type of Book: AUDIOBOOK – UNABRIDGED
Narrator: BECKETT ROYCE
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
~ I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
This mystery/suspense audiobook could also be considered as historical fiction since it is set in 1980. However, since the print version of this audiobook was actually released in 1981, I guess it was originally considered Contemporary Fiction.
Severn Gamble’s wife Margot had an errand to run while the couple were on their way to celebrate Margot’s 27th birthday. She needed to pick up a package at police headquarters.
Severn stays in the car while Margot runs in to grab the package, but she never comes out.
A mentally handicapped twelve year old is also missing, but no one seems to care. Everyone assumes he has run away.
But, rookie cop Tally Wickham isn’t so sure. She is assigned to partner with veteran detective, John Boone who has a massive chip on his shoulder.
Together they must unravel a mystery that gets stranger by the day.
This audiobook is particularly interesting because it was written in the early 80s. During that era the police cared very little about missing persons, even children. In fact, missing persons did not even have its own division, it was considered part of the homicide division. In today’s world a missing child would set off an immediate reaction. In the 80s there was no such thing as an Amber Alert.
Some of the vernacular used in this book might throw readers off a bit. Detective John Boone refers to murderers as “fools”. That is not a term I have ever heard used in that way before. According to John Boone, “The worst fools come camouflaged in ordinariness.”
The character development was very well done and listeners learned enough about Tally, Boone and Severn to care about them.
I enjoyed this audiobook and the narration was exceptional. The pacing and pitch were ‘spot-on’ and the story never seemed to lag. I rate the narration as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I rate this audiobook overall as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born June 7, 1925, Jack Olsen was the award-winning author of thirty-three books published in fifteen countries and eleven languages. A former Time bureau chief, Olsen wrote for Vanity Fair, People, Paris Match, Readers Digest, Playboy, Life, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, New York Times Book Review and others. His magazine journalism appeared in thirteen anthologies. His books included The Misbegotten Son, The Bridge at Chappaquiddick,, the eco-thriller Night of the Grizzlies, and his monumental study of a Nazi massacre in Italy, Silence on Monte Sole. Three of his works were adapted for the screen, including Have You Seen My Son? on ABC.
Jack Olsen passed away at the age of 77 in 2002.
To learn more about Jack Olsen and about the many books he authored, visit www.jackolsen.com
ABOUT THE NARRATOR:
Becket Royce has narrated many audiobooks. More information can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2736936.Becket_Royce
Or follow her on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/becketroyce