Monday, September 10, 2012
The Vanishing Point - VAL MCDERMID
Hachette New Zealand - 11 September 2012 / RRP $39.99
It's every parent's worst nightmare...
Stephanie Harker is travelling through the security gates at O'Hare airport, on her way to an idyllic holiday. Five-year-old Jimmy goes through the metal detector ahead of her. But then, in panic and disbelief, Stephanie watches as a uniformed agent leads her boy away – and she's stuck on the other side of security, hysterical with worry.
The authorities, unaware of Jimmy's existence, just see a woman behaving erratically; Stephanie is brutally wrestled to the ground and blasted with a taser gun to restrain her. And by the time she can tell them what has happened, Jimmy is long gone.
But as Stephanie tells her story to the FBI, it becomes clear that everything is not as it seems with this seemingly normal family. What is Jimmy's background? Why would someone want to abduct him? And, with time running out, how can Stephanie get him back?
A breathtakingly rich and gripping psychological thriller, The Vanishing Point is perhaps Val McDermid's most accomplished stand-alone novel to date.
About the Author
Val McDermid (left with NZ crime writer Vanda Symon) is a top 10 bestseller, translated into more than 30 languages, with over 10 million books sold worldwide. She has written 25 bestselling novels, most recently The Retribution.
She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the the Stonewall Writer of the Year Award. In 2011, Val was the recipient of the Pioneer Award at the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger. This followed her induction into the Hall of Fame at the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards in 2009, the same year in which she was elected to an Honorary Fellowship at St Hilda's College, Oxford.