Title: Vanished (Private Justice Series #1)
Author: Irene Hannon
I’ve recently been in the mood to read action/suspense/thrillers, so I picked this one up to read and wasn’t disappointed. Set in modern day Missouri, this is one novel that will keep you riveted to your seat, keep you from doing your chores and entertain you completely!
Cal Burke has retired from the police force, but he now runs a private detective company along with his two best friends. He still keenly feels the loss of his wife five years ago to a hit-and-run accident that he knows was no accident, but he couldn’t bring down the guilty party. His guilt over not protecting his wife weighs heavy on his heart. He meets Moira Harrison and listens to her story. He doubts anything will come of his initial foray, but decides to do an initial investigation. He likes Moira, but is not looking for a relationship. Moira has experienced a very strange event and decides to see if this detective can help her solve the mystery. Initially, things look grim for discovering any clues to the woman in the middle of the road. Soon, however, things look up from an investigative standpoint and the case gains momentum with more and more pieces of the puzzle falling into place as well as Moira falling in love with Cal. Can he get over the loss of his wife to begin a relationship with Moira? Is Dr. Blaine really the humanitarian he appears to be or is he too good to be true? Is there someone else tampering with nursing home patients Dr. Blaine visits and their care? As Moira and Cal hone in on the guilty person, the suspense and action ramp up, arriving at a tension-filled showdown.
I read this in a day because I couldn’t put it down. I liked the characters and how they interacted with each other. I especially liked the rapport between the three detectives at Phoenix, Inc. They were all about seeing justice served and protecting their clients as well as each other. The romance between Cal and Moira was just the right touch too. I even enjoyed the villain. I look forward to reading the next book in the series titled, Trapped. I will be reviewing it here soon, so stay tuned for another action book review as I’m on a roll!
My rating is 5 stars.