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Boy, 9, Missing

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Boy, 9, Missing

In the tradition of Defending Jacob or Drowning Ruth, this is a suspenseful debut that explores the ramifications of revenge, justice, and the aftermath of a terrible night in the lives of two families.

It should have been just a quiet evening with friends. But Francis lost his brother that night in what was ruled a tragic accident. He's tried to move on in the last twenty-three years, even though his father certainly hasn't. Indeed, his father still blames the lone witness, Sam, the nine-year-old son of friends. Perhaps if Sam would have just said something, anything, about what happened that night, but Sam still seems unable-or unwilling-to utter a word about the accident.

And now, twenty-three years later, Sam's own nine-year-old son has disappeared.

In the tradition of Defending Jacob or Drowning Ruth, this is a suspenseful debut that explores the ramifications of revenge, justice, and the aftermath of a terrible night in the lives of two families.

It should have been just a quiet evening with friends. But Francis lost his brother that night in what was ruled a tragic accident. He's tried to move on in the last twenty-three years, even though his father certainly hasn't. Indeed, his father still blames the lone witness, Sam, the nine-year-old son of friends. Perhaps if Sam would have just said something, anything, about what happened that night, but Sam still seems unable-or unwilling-to utter a word about the accident.

And now, twenty-three years later, Sam's own nine-year-old son has disappeared.

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  • Nic Joseph has been published in a variety of news outlets, including Newsweek, WGNTV.com, and Business 2.0. She spends her days as a communications manager for an independent teaching hospital in Chicago, and her nights writing fiction or watching old mysteries on Netflix.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 11, 2016
    Joseph’s debut is a heart-wrenching chronicle of two families, one with a missing son, the other still reeling from the death of a son years before. In 1992, nine-year-old Lucas Scroll was found dead in a bathtub in his parents’ home in a Chicago suburb. The last person to see Lucas alive was Sam Farr, a classmate who was over for dinner that fatal night. Fast forward to 2015, when Sam’s nine-year-old son, Matthew, has gone missing, and former cop Alex Scroll, Lucas’s father, is the prime suspect. Caught in the middle of the maelstrom is Francis Scroll, now Francis Clarke, Lucas’s older brother. Confronted by the missing boy’s mother, Miranda Farr, Francis doesn’t want to believe that his father is involved, but he can’t be sure. So he sets out to find Matthew and end the newest chapter of a drama he’s tried for decades to leave behind. Only a few forgotten details, which don’t affect the overall storytelling or denouement, mar this page-turner with its haunting, well-developed characters and tantalizing plot. Agent: Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

  • Publishers Weekly "haunting, well-developed characters and tantalizing plot."
  • Sophie Littlefield, national bestselling author and Edgar Nominee "In Joseph's debut thriller, no one escapes the wreckage of a decades-old crime, as secrets and lies imperil the survivors. An intriguing premise, breathlessly executed."
  • Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Missing Pieces "Boy, 9, Missing has a gripping plot, fast-paced action, and memorable characters that you won't soon forget. This riveting debut had me hooked from page one."
  • New York Times bestselling author Michelle Gable "Nic Joseph gives readers an addictive psychological thriller in her gripping debut novel. Exploring unexpected depths in plot, character, and story structure, Boy, 9, Missing is a twisted ride of family and revenge. "
  • Helen Klein Ross, author of What Was Mine "Boy, 9, Missing is a stay-up-all-night suspense tale about a tragedy from which a family and town don't recover. The characters come alive as the story twists and turns, and every one of your guesses about what happens next will be wrong.
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