The Girl Who Wasn’t There

Mysterious Book Report No. 437

by John Dwaine McKenna

A man named Sydney O’Keefe has just been paroled after serving a ten year jolt in an upstate New York maximum security prison for a quadruple homicide he didn’t do, as the electrifying, propulsive and gritty new novel from prolific crime fiction author Vincent Zandri opens at a family resort in northern New York’s Adirondack Mountains near Lake Placid.

The Girl Who Wasn’t There, (Oceanview Publishing, $26.95, 297 pages, ISBN 978-1-60809-396-0) begins at a lakeside beach, where eleven year old Chloe O’Keefe is building a sand castle with a new friend, as both pairs of doting parents look on.  But when Syd and his wife Penny go back their cabin for a few moments, Chloe goes missing without a trace.  After hours of frantic searching . . . the police are called in, something Syd’s reluctant to do.  He knows that as a newly released ex-convict, he’ll be the primary suspect in his daughter’s disappearance.

As the search for the missing girl casts a wider and wider net without results however, O’Keefe suspects that the gangster he was associated with—his old crime boss—Mickey Rabuffo is behind the abduction.

The police are pretty sure that O’Keefe himself, a man with a history of prison violence is the reason his daughter is missing, and most likely dead.  And although the circumstantial evidence all points to Syd, he knows that it’s his past which has come back to haunt him. The only way to keep his family from being killed, is for O’Keefe to take the law into his own hands and dispense some of his own rough justice, exposing a conspiracy of epic dimensions in the process.  With more twists, turns and switchbacks than a Catskill Mountain back road, The Girl Who Wasn’t There, will entertain readers from the first page to the last sentence!


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