“Vanished” (Book 1—Private Justice) by Irene Hannon (A Revell Blog Tour)

A Tenacious Reporter…  A Skeptical PI…
And a Secret That Will Shatter Lives!

VanishedReporter Moira Harrison is new on the job in St. Louis, but she’s no rookie to investigative reporting. She knows how to dig for answers and get results. But when she hits a pedestrian on a rainy night in a wooded area—only to have both the victim and the good Samaritan who stopped to assist disappear—she turns to P.I. Cal Burke, an ex-homicide detective, to help her sort out the puzzle. Cal is more than a little skeptical of her story, especially since the police have dismissed it. But as clues begin to surface, bringing them closer to answers, the danger mounts. Because someone doesn’t want this mystery solved—and will stop at nothing to protect a shocking secret that will destroy a life built on lies.

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Endorsements:

A riveting storyline…one of those addictive books that once started, compels you to shut out the world till you reach the very last page.
New York Journal of Books 

Hannon’s intricately developed characters struggle with complex moral issues, bringing into question whether the ends ever do justify the means. An engaging, satisfying tale that will no doubt leave readers anxiously anticipating the next installment.
Publishers Weekly

Double-RITA winner Hannon begins a new romantic-suspense series, and this novel’s fast-paced plot and compelling characters (including a surprisingly complex villain) make it an excellent suggestion for inspirational-fiction fans as well as readers who enjoy Mary Higgins Clark’s subtly chilling brand of suspense.
Booklist

With the intense mixture of romance, mystery, darkness, and suspense, the author has done a great job introducing some truly interesting characters, including a ‘bad guy’ that will completely surprise readers. Enjoy!
Suspense Magazine

IreneIrene Hannon is a bestselling, award-winning author who took the publishing world by storm at the tender age of 10 with a sparkling piece of fiction that received national attention.

Okay…maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But she was one of the honorees in a complete-the-story contest conducted by a national children’s magazine. And she likes to think of that as her “official” fiction-writing debut!

Since then, she has written more than 40 romance and romantic suspense novels. Her books have been honored with two RITA awards—the “Oscar” of romantic fiction—and she is a six-time finalist for that prestigious honor. Her books have also won a Daphne du Maurier award, a Carol award, a HOLT Medallion, a National Readers’ Choice Award, a Retailers Choice Award and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. One of her novels was also named by Booklist as one of the top 10 inspirational fiction books of 2011.

Irene, who holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full-time. She is happy to say she has no regrets!

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and singing.  A trained vocalist, she has sung the leading role in numerous musicals, including “South Pacific,” “Brigadoon,” “Oklahoma” “The King and I” and “Anything Goes.” She is also a soloist at her church.

When not otherwise occupied, Irene and her husband enjoy traveling, Saturday mornings at their favorite coffee shop and spending time with family. They make their home in Missouri.

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My Review:

If you are a fan of Irene Hannon, you are in for one power-packed suspense story!

Reporter Moira Harrison finds herself lost in a torrential downpour on Highway 94 out of Augusta.  Though not technically needing glasses to drive, she reaches for her purse to find them.  The purse gets hooked, and she glances over for just a second to find them.  Upon returning her eyes back to the road, a woman is in the middle of the road waving for her to stop.  Hydroplaning and losing control, she ends up hitting the woman and slamming into a tree, causing her temple to impact the side window.

She reaches to find her phone to call 911 when she hears a male voice asking her if she was okay.  He cautions her to watch for glass as she searches.  She feels a jab on her thigh, and the man brushes off the glass.  He tells her that he’ll call 911 and go check on the woman.  But both he and the woman disappear.

She’s dizzy and passes out, awakening an hour later.  With no emergency help there, she calls 911. Upon their arrival she tells what happened, but they find no evidence of a woman getting hit, and claim she must have hit a deer.

Knowing she didn’t hit a deer, she asks an ex-homicide private detective, Cal Burke, at Phoenix Inc., to check out her story.  But upon meeting the receptionist, she’s having second thoughts.  Reluctantly, the Phoenix group takes her case pro bono, with Call as lead investigator.

This is where the story takes on multiple, mind-bending twists and scenarios, with Moira’s life ending up in danger.  Someone wants her silent!  And it’s mostly Cal’s job to keep her safe.  Their budding romance sizzles between the dangerous scenarios and circumstances.  But don’t be fooled by the romance; this is one power-packed book of suspense that keeps the pages flying to the end.

As always, Irene’s characters are real and complex, making for a tight, riveting story.  The suspenseful twists are mind-boggling and a challenge to figure out before the end of the story.  I’m certainly looking forward to her second in the Private Justice series coming out in the Fall of 2013!

This book was provided by Donna Hausler, Publicity Assistant/Blog Tour Coordinator, of Baker Publishing Group.  No monetary compensation was received.

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