"A room without books is like a body without a soul." - Cicero

Sunday, May 24, 2009

City of the Sun by David Levien

Twelve-year-old Jamie Gabriel gets on his bike and delivers newspapers in his neighborhood. One morning, somewhere en route, he disappears without a trace.

It is fourteen months later, and for his parents, Paul and Carol, the tragic situation has become unbearable. With the frustration of dead ends and the police force that cannot (or will not) find Jamie, they are on the verge of giving up all hope they’ve ever had. And on top of it all, their marriage has fallen apart.

The Gabriels are finally given a name of a private detective who may be their last chance to find answers.

When Frank Behr is asked for their help, he refuses. But Paul and Carol need closure and Paul pleads. He gives in, but there aren’t any promises to a good result. He works on the case and later has Paul’s partnership – but between it all, Behr is haunted by memories in his past and he can’t possibly ignore them.

They are on a mission to find out the truth about that very morning Jamie vanished. Finding out the truth just might kill them…

I happened to see this book in the library just sitting on a desk and it was screaming, “pick me, pick me.” (Okay, maybe not literally.) This is a new author for me, and I was impressed. It held my attention from page 1 to page 452. (LOL…it was large print). It was emotional, suspenseful, and just plain great.

It’s fast-paced, and I read it in a day. I liked the plot, the way the author wrote, the characters, etc. No complaints! Read it.

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