Missing Persons

  • by Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by Becket Royce
  • 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Missing Persons is a major novel of contemporary suspense and horror, combining the shock and tension of A Stranger Is Watching with the gritty realism of The Blue Knight - a story of terror, loss, and love that unlocks the nightmares lurking behind the façades of ordinary lives.
Could it happen to you? Severn Gamble's wife walks into the Justice Building of a major Northwestern city to pick up some typing - and never comes out. ("Margot?") No one has seen her. ("Margot!") She has disappeared. ("Margot!") And the nightmare begins.
Gamble starts to hunt for her, joined by two police officers - Johnny Boon, case hardened, cynical, and with a wife who's just walked out on him; and Tally Wickham, young, pretty, smartass, and as compatible with Boon as oil and water. Together and separately the three of them undertake a search for Margot Gamble, a search that soon becomes obsessional, as others begin disappearing, too, beginning with a child and ending no one knows where. "God, please God, let her be alive. And God...let her not be in pain...."
Never faltering, thick with vivid characterization, and building to one of the most terrifying climaxes in years, Missing Persons is a new masterpiece of suspense, a novel to hear and remember and dream about on dark nights.

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What the Critics Say

"Missing Persons is a powerhouse yarn, guaranteed to steal your own life for a hair-raising, goose-pimpling weekend. The kind of book to get lost in." (Thomas Thompson, author of Blood and Money and Serpentine)
"Jack Olsen begins with an ordinary situation that quickly turns into an extraordinary nightmare. He brings to the contemporary suspense novel an elegance in writing not often found in this genre, writing that is incisive, fastpaced and dramatic." (Nelson DeMille, author of By the Rivers of Babylon and Cathedral)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

EXCELLENT MYSTERY VERY WELL NARRATED!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes...it is a good book!


What was one of the most memorable moments of Missing Persons?

When Severn finds Margot...how the police treated that situation was really wrong!


Have you listened to any of Becket Royce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no, but I totally would and hopefully will!


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I practically did...it was a slow starter...but it hooked me...I wanted to know what was happening to all these people that were missing!


Any additional comments?

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

When Margot goes missing from the Justice building on her birthday her husband is bound and determined to find her! The Cops are NO help and he has no one to turn too! Well she is not the only one that is missing and people start to vanish one by one in or around this building! Tali and Boon are partnered up to investigate these disappearances and one of the missing happens to be Boons estranged wife, but he keeps that secret...will they find these people in time, and will they live to tell about it???

Good story and excellently narrated!!

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- anne

Missing persons

This excellent book deftly walks the line that joins the genres of mystery, thriller and, horror, with just a feeling of fantasy elements tossed into the mix for spice. The author handles all of these elements so well that it is hard to classify this book, and, in fact, it is one of those stories that probably shouldn’t be put into any one “box”. The plotting is incredibly tight, and despite its twists and turns, logical within the context of the story. The elements of the mystery are carefully placed, and the reader is kept guessing not just about who did what, but how, and, on occasion, even *if* anything was done. This, of course, serves to heighten the tension until the climax, which, BTW, is astounding.

Even the “villain” of the piece is a dramatic surprise, because not only is that the last person one would expect, but the motivations are so unique that they come as a complete surprise, and yet, they are supported by the entire structure so well, that the reader can accept them, and the villain, entirely.

The characters could have been off the shelf stereotypes, and a few of them seem to be so at first, but they are beautifully developed, so that, very soon, the reader invests in them, and at least this reader came to care about them. The writing is tight and tense, yet that tenseness is supported by almost lyrical descriptions of the settings and environment that creates a fascinating whole.

In short, this is an extremely satisfactory read, and one that will stay with me far longer than most escape fiction. The narrator did a superb job, also, with excellent phrasing, expression, and voicing. Her characters’ voices were unique, and she knew when to change her rate of reading speed to subtly increase or decrease the tension., yet the narration was never over the top or distracting from what was being narrated. In short, a perfect “marriage” of voice and word.

I give both book and narrator a full 5 stars.



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- Shoshana Hathaway

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2015
  • Publisher: Crime Rant Classics and Notorious USA