Thriller, Psychological Thriller
In this compelling thriller, Larry Crane takes readers back in history, weaving together the stories of two abducted girls—one factual, one fictional—as a framework to explore questions of truth, justice, character flaws, and marriage.
After a stranger abducts Marcella and Gavin’s young daughter, Hannah, on her way to school, the couple struggles not only with the horror of her loss, but also with their utter helplessness. They hire a private detective and try to get on with their lives—moving halfway across the country to New Jersey in search of a new start.
Once in New Jersey, however, Marcella becomes obsessed with the infamous Edgar Smith, accused of murdering a young girl—and with finding out the truth about his involvement in the crime.
As Marcella’s investigation takes her deeper into the heart of the mystery, new information about Hannah’s disappearance comes to light and calls into question Marcella and Gavin’s ability to face the truth about themselves, their marriage, and their daughter’s disappearance.
Missing Girls is a blisteringly smart novel that weaves together mystery, thriller, true crime, and alternate history into a fast-paced psychological drama.
This book is free on Kindle Unlimited! Want the paperback?
Use the coupon code HRASM2D2 on the Createspace link below to get the paperback for only $7.95!
“Come over here and sit by me and talk,” Gavin said. “Do I have this right? You’re going to walk out of here, get a room, and in essence, start throwing spitballs at this guy from fifty miles away?”
“Shut up!” Marcella stood in front of him and glared into his eyes.
“Okay okay. I’m sorry. Forget that. Listen. Listen to me. You don’t know what you’re going to do? Well, let’s think it through. We put our minds to something and we can come up with—I don’t know what. I mean, you could go to him. Go to the cocksucker right there in his cell. Confront him, eyeball-to-eyeball. And then come home and tell me about it.”
Marcella turned her back on him and walked away. “Go to him?”
“Go to him.”
“To his jail cell?”
“Confront him?” She turned to look at him again, hands on her hips.
“Eyeball-to-eyeball. This is good. We’re talking it out. We’re considering all the possibilities, no matter how crazy they seem. It’s good. I like it.” Gavin patted the bed beside him, beckoning.
She kept her distance. “And he will see me because—?”
“You’re not exactly interrupting his busy day, Marce.”
Gavin puffed his cheeks and exhaled loudly. “Well—I don’t know— but the beauty of it is that you’ve got the crazy bastard behind bars where he can’t wring your …”
“He’s smart. He’s quick. He’s written his own appeals. He has a novel out. He’d make mincemeat of me.” Marcella turned again and went to her dresser and fussed with her hair as if she were heading out somewhere.
“Smart? He’s been in the slammer for ten years.”
“Mincemeat? Look, you’re just going to spit in his eye so to speak, that’s what I’m saying. I mean, on behalf of Victoria, right?
“Oh God. I don’t like the way you said that.”
“As usual, you’re an immense help to me.”
“Shit, what does that mean?”
Marcella turned back to him and approached slowly. “You know, I guess I could try to trick him. To get him to …”
“Get him to what?” Gavin asked, grinning nervously again. “Look, forget trickery. Stick with the—I mean, go for the balls. The man’s in irons. Get what you want, by any means. What do you want from him? Revenge? Shouldn’t someone else be getting revenge? Never mind that. Get in his face. Call him a pussy. Spit on him. Come home happy. I mean, happiness is revenge, Marce. The best there is.”
“Just don’t go.”
“You just said go to him, now you’re saying don’t go.”
Gavin closed his eyes and collapsed backward onto the bed. “Listen! I don’t want you leaving. Leaving is too—irreversible.”
“I’m in motion, and it feels good.”
“The man’s a murderer, for Chrissakes!”
“Revenge. You’ve hit the nail absolutely right on the head. I couldn’t articulate it. But you could. It’s what I want. It’s what I need.”
About the Author:
Larry Crane graduated from West Point. He then commuted to Wall Street in New York City for nearly twenty years. The author of the thriller, A Bridge to Treachery and Baghdad on the Wabash and Other Plays and Stories, he lives on the coast of Maine with his wife Jan.
Interview with Author Larry Crane:
What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager?
As a child I read all the sports related books in the school library.
Can’t remember titles but I remember a lanky basketball player named Slats Packard. As a high school sophomore I particularly enjoyed the dog eared copy of Battle Cry that made the rounds of my horny teen friends.
Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you?
While serving in the Army in Vietnam, I was taking a correspondence
course in writing from the University of Iowa Writers Program. The
instructor was very supportive. He was the originator of my notion that I could write half-way decent stories. I didn’t follow up with his
suggestion that I apply at Iowa when I got out of the Army. I had a
family and didn’t see how I could afford that. But, the inspiration
What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?
Missing Girls is my favorite. I think I built on the experience of my
first book: A Bridge to Treachery, and took the psychological dimension of the characters much further.
What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to?
I think readers of A Bridge to Treachery will get a real boot out of the
sassy young woman Sydney Winkler. In Missing Girls, I expect readers to connect with Marcella. She’s brave, smart and determined to uncover truth. She goes right into the lion’s den.
What can readers expect from you next?
Missing Girls started out as a full length stage play. I built on what I
thought was a compelling story: a woman daring to enter the world of dangerous men, specifically a prisoner on death row. I have other plays in the drawer that I’ve thought of adapting to the novel form, one a comedy about people working in a bank that is located just below a leaky ice skating rink on the top floor of their building. Another is a play about a family gathering at the homestead on the banks of the Wabash River for a reunion of sorts upon the recovery of a son who went missing in Vietnam. Name of the play: Baghdad on the Wabash.
Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most?
People liking suspense and thrillers, and wanting to feel emotions.
Now that we’ve talked about the books, let’s get to know you as the author! What are your favorite books now as an adult? Television shows? Movies?
As for books, my favorites include Preservation Hall by Scott Spencer,
Deliverance by James Dickey, all of Hemingway, LeCarre. I watch a lot of TV and have pigged out on several series: Big Love, Six Feet Under,
Breaking Bad, Homeland, Masters of Sex, and Last Tango in Halifax to
name a few. I love movies. One Eyed Jacks ( an old Marlon Brando),
Bridget Jones Diary, My Brilliant Career, Tootsie, An Education, Silver
Linings Playbook to name a few (who said I like strong women? Most of Woody Allen’s movies, particularly the ones that he does not act in.)
If you could meet one author–from any time era–who would it be and what would you talk about?
I’d like to talk to Hemingway if I could get him to come down to my
level, but I’d probably be slobbering all over the place about why he’s
so taken with bull fighting, and he’d walk out of the room.
How would you describe your life in ten words or under?
A smorgasbord of obsessions, sports, military service, orienteering,
writing, and family.
What is your favorite place to visit?
I like to visit my daughter Debbie and her husband Tom at their mountain house in North Carolina.