Vanishing Girls

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Harper Collins, Jun 26, 2012 - Fiction - 368 pages
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“I can always count on Katia Lief for gripping, twist-filled psychological suspense.”
 —Wendy Corsi Staub

“Mesmerizing….Your heart will be pounding.”
—Lisa Gardner

When Katia Lief first introduced readers to her protagonist, haunted ex-New York City cop Karin Schaeffer, in the chilling mystery masterwork You Are Next, she immediately established herself as a modern thriller and romantic suspense writer on a par with Alex Kava, Lisa Gardner and other masters of the contemporary spine-tingler. Lief moves to the head of the class with Vanishing Girls, as the apparent reemergence of a fiendish serial killer on the night streets of Brooklyn threatens to destroy everything and everyone Karin loves…again!


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Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite
Karin Schaeffer has become a private detective after serving as a police woman. She has had a rough past but her life as the wife to Mac and mother to
young Ben seems blissful. But now her husband Mac is down with the flu. Karin's friend, Billy, a black police detective, has spent a year chasing down the Working Girl Killer, someone who has murdered seven prostitutes. Then, the murdered body of another "working girl" is discovered and, to top it all, the badly injured body of a young girl, Abby Dekker, is found nearby, struck down by a passing car. Her wealthy parents' mutilated bodies are discovered in their nearby apartment. Things get much worse as Chali, Karin's babysitter for little Ben, is found in her bathtub, killed in the same manner as the prostitutes. Innocent Chali is not a hooker but a single mother looking forward to assuming custody of her daughter Dathi, who lives in India. Karin works with Billy and his partner, "Dash", to find out who and what are behind these killings.
"Vanishing Girls" is a well-written and well-edited police thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Main character Karin Schaeffer is totally believable. She is a hard-working investigator who makes her way through evidence that points to high-powered men and their South American fun and games. Billy, sassy-mouthed Dash, and even Mac with his high-fevered flu are well-created and add to the story. The story's plot line grows step by step to its conclusion and thriller fans will want to add this series by Katia Lief to their list of thrillers to follow.


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Born in France to American parents, KATIA LIEF moved to the United States as a baby and was raised in Massachusetts and New York. She teaches fiction writing as a part-time faculty member at the New School in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

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