Missing

Missing Jack Searle is an American widower bringing up his two stepdaughters Lidia and Marina alone in the border town of Laredo after losing his wife to cancer Jack often takes the girls to visit their Mexi

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  • Title: Missing
  • Author: Sam Hawken
  • ISBN: 9781846689420
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jack Searle is an American widower, bringing up his two stepdaughters Lidia and Marina alone in the border town of Laredo after losing his wife to cancer.Jack often takes the girls to visit their Mexican family over the border in Nuevo Laredo Marina, the elder sister, persuades him to let her go there without him one night, to attend a concert with her cousin Patricia JaJack Searle is an American widower, bringing up his two stepdaughters Lidia and Marina alone in the border town of Laredo after losing his wife to cancer.Jack often takes the girls to visit their Mexican family over the border in Nuevo Laredo Marina, the elder sister, persuades him to let her go there without him one night, to attend a concert with her cousin Patricia Jack wants to say no Nuevo Laredo is a very dangerous city, controlled by drug cartels and devastated by violence and corruption But eventually he agrees she s growing up and he has to let her have some independence.Marina and Patricia head out to the concert, but they never come back.A frantic hunt for them begins, with Jack leading the way But this is Nuevo Laredo, and girls go missing all the time here They re lucky to find that a good cop Gonzalo Soler is leading their investigation, but soon the whole police force is suspended due to endemic corruption The army take over the city, and finding the missing girls is not their priority.To survive this nightmare and have any chance of finding Marina and Patricia, Jack and Gonzalo must take the law into their own hands Their efforts to find the girls become and dangerous, and they uncover truths about the city of Nuevo Laredo that neither one of them ever wanted to face.

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    1. A grim book. Not even gritty, grim. Also not a book I would usually read, but the cover art fascinated me and the story at the back cover too. Jack Searle lives in Laredo, Texas, and does his best to bring up his half Mexican stepdaughters by himself, his wife passed away. On weekends Jack takes the girls to visit their family over the border in Mexico. One night, Marina, the elder sister, persuades him to let her attend a concert there with her cousin. The two girls never come back. Faced with [...]

    2. Missing by Sam HawkenA sad book of loss and courage against all odds. I wanted to cry for them and hated the inability of the police in Mexico to do anything.Jack Seale is a stepfather and a construction worker living in Lerado He has two stepchildren who he has to look after because his wife, their mother has died.His wife was from Nuevo Laredo and the girls still had family over the bridge who they visited once a month. On one of the visits his eldest Marina asks to go to a concert in the town [...]

    3. Sam Hawken understands the difference between a gritty engrossing crime novel and the padded, generic plots and no consequence endings that pass as today's thrillers. Missing has hidden depths not just in the realistic portrayals of the characters, but in the desperate reality of the storyline. There are no superhuman heroes here, simply real people faced with real consequences from their actions. Hawken is the real deal and so is Missing, well crafted prose, confident research, and compelling h [...]

    4. I found this book while roaming a bookstore in Texas. It has a cool cover with a sugar skull that caught my attention. It's a mystery/thriller that takes place at the Mexican/Texan border; that caught my attention too. Missing persons, cartels, police corruption, violence, sex workers, murder, human traffickingwhat's not to love? Ok. Maybe, "love" isn't the best choice of when discussing those topics, but I'm really glad I grabbed this one, and I'm interested in reading more from this author.

    5. More underwhelming fiction! If you want to read about the political situation in Mexico buy a non fiction book if you want a crime thriller there are better books out there. Didn't really wow on any level. It killed a couple of hours travelling for which I was grateful.

    6. I was so amazed by this book that I read it in one sitting, I haven't done that in years.I now must think of a really good review to justifies this book.

    7. COPIED FROM SITE: Jack Searle is an American widower, bringing up his two stepdaughters Lidia and Marina alone in the border town of Laredo after losing his wife to cancer.Jack often takes the girls to visit their Mexican family over the border in Nuevo Laredo. Marina, the elder sister, persuades him to let her go there without him one night, to attend a concert with her cousin Patricia. Jack wants to say no - Nuevo Laredo is a very dangerous city, controlled by drug cartels and devastated by v [...]

    8. Quick read, very direct and to the point. Not a lot of extra words, which is sometimes a blessing.And sometimes a curse. At points in the book, it felt almost like Mad-libs. Still, a difficult subject written in a way that was easily digested. I did like the end. (view spoiler)[Because there's not always a happy ending. (hide spoiler)]

    9. Read his first one this was great up to when the girls disappeared then it lost some ooomph. still good tho!

    10. Written by Sam Hawken – Jack Searle lives a quiet life in Texas, near the Mexican border. He earns enough to get by as a builder, looking after his stepdaughters Lidia and Marina. Jack’s wife died of cancer several years ago. Jack and the girls have family over the border in Nuevo Laredo and regularly visit. When Marina wants to go to a concert with her cousin Patricia over in Nuevo Laredo, Jack isn’t happy. It’s a dangerous place, rife with corruption, drug cartels and the violence that [...]

    11. Sam Hawken’s Missing takes readers to the borderlands of the United States and Mexico. Widowed but hardboiled Jack Searle resides with his two stepdaughters in Texas, where he’s a workingman who enjoys a beer when the sun goes down.Despite a strict routine, he retains a curious and sympathetic approach to human nature. That is until his two daughters go missing during a concert while visiting their family in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and Jack is faced with the truly cruel and avaricious side of [...]

    12. I've been a fan of Sam Hawken for a couple of years now, ever since I read his first novel 'The Dead Women of Juarez'. This is Sam's fourth novel and all have been set around the Mexican/American borderland region and deal with the specific problems such as illegal immigrants and human trafficking, drug smuggling and corruption that are specific to that area.In his latest novel Hawken tells the story of Jack Searle, a widower and hard working ex-marine, who is trying to bring up his two stepdaug [...]

    13. Jack Searle’s wife has passed away from cancer so it is up to him to raise her two girls, Marina and Lidia. The girls still have family on the other side of the Mexican boarder so they go back once a month for a visit. On one trip Marina persuades Jack into letting her go by herself so her cousin Patricia and her can attend a concert. The next morning the girls have disappeared.Unfortunately it’s going to be a tough battle to find the girls. The cartel controls the town and it seems all of t [...]

    14. Did I like the main character? Not exactly. Did I like the majority of what happened in this book? Definitely not. Did I know that this was going to be the book that it was? I suspected. Jack Searle lives in Laredo, Texas and is raising his two half Mexican stepdaughters, taking them across the border to visit family. One day his older stepdaughter talks him into letting her attend a concert in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico with her cousin. The two girls are never seen again. Jack tries to let the Mexica [...]

    15. I was attracted to this book –no judgement please- by it’s cover, loving all things associated with Mexico and Day of the Dead. On reading the premise of the story I was looking forward to delving into the corrupt and grisly criminal underworld near the Mexican border.I think the author did a great job of portraying the extent of the problems in this environment, the frustrations faced by honest policemen and the horrors endured by families caught up in it all on a regular basis.For me perso [...]

    16. This book was like a ruined orgasm.I won't say more about the plot than that to avoid spoilers.Star ratings really weren't built for books like this. I give books lots of stars if I enjoyed them in one way or another, either because they were natively enjoyable, because I found them thought-provoking, or because I found some other positive traits in them. I can't really say that applies in this case.But it is well-written. The prose is terse and crafted well, and the more visceral content is eff [...]

    17. This is a wild ride of a book, maybe not great literature but Hawken sure knows how to tell a story.The main characters are the sort that you just want to succeed despite the bleakness and violence to which they are subjected.This story evolved with a tight, addictive narrative. Sometimes I had to put the book down. It was too disheartening and disturbing.I never imagined Mexico was experiencing such violence and lawlessness. The family connections are truly moving but the consequences heartbrea [...]

    18. Jack has two stepdaughters who are Mexican and often takes them across the border to visit relatives. One night Marina goes to a concert in Mexico with her cousin and she doesn't return. Jack, his brother in law and one of the few cops who hasn't been corrupted search for the girls and bite off more than they can chew. This started off slow and I didn't think I was going to get into it but it turned into an incredible story that I couldn't wait to continue with.

    19. Hawken does an admirable job of portraying just how difficult it must be to work the beat in a narco infested town. Missing, was entertaining but also a harsh wake up call. We may read hundreds of fictitious crime stories each year but for the people who live near the US border, these stories of murder of kidnap and ransom are very real and a daily occurrence.

    20. A man searches for his missing step-daughter in Mexico.The basic concept was good but the writing was laboured and the narrative was clunky.Real rating 2.5

    21. Solid mystery/thriller. It's like Dennis Lehane was watching Taken and then sent his first draft to Elroy Leonard who was on a Breaking Bad binge on Netflix. Read it.

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