Taken (Paperback)Dee Henderson
An investigator who knows tragic loss firsthand, and his new client, missing far too long...
Abducted at the age of sixteen and coerced into assisting the Jacoby crime family, Shannon Bliss has finally found a way out. She desperately wants to resume some semblance of normal life, but she also knows she has some unfinished business to attend to. She might have enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time.
When Shannon contacts private investigator Matthew Dane, a former cop, to help her navigate her reentry into society, he quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn't mean her troubles are over. If the Jacoby family learns she is still alive, they'll stop at nothing to silence her.
If justice is to be done, and if Shannon's life is ever to get on track again, Matthew will need to discover exactly what happened to her--even if it means stirring up a hornet's nest of secrets.
About the Author
Dee Henderson is the author of numerous novels, including Taken, Undetected, Unspoken, Full Disclosure, and the acclaimed O'Malley and Uncommon Heroes series. Her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, such as the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and the ECPA Gold Medallion. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois.
Size216 x 140 mm
Number of Pages448 pp
PublisherBaker Book House
Matthew Dane collected change from his pocket as the
elevator settled into place on the sixth floor of the
Bismarck Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. The doors slid
open to a quiet hallway. Most attendees at the conference were
still in sessions on the main level. He stopped in the vending
area and bought a cold soda.
He felt satisfied with how his presentation—Best Practices in
the Dialog Between the Police and Victim Families—had gone.
He thought his opening section had been too long, as most at
this national law-enforcement symposium had heard him speak
before and didn’t need the background, but the overhead slides
designed to lighten the tone had gotten spontaneous laughter
from the audience. He’d made his points without beating any-
one over the head with his advice. Now that his part was over,
he could relax and enjoy the last two days as an attendee.
Married friends had invited him to join them for a late din-
ner. Inevitably, they would also invite a woman to make up
the numbers. His friends were predictable that way. He’d need
to spend part of the evening putting whoever she was at ease.
He’d deal with the situation with some grace—he just hoped
she already knew his life story so he didn’t have to tell it again
over a meal. His wife, Jessica, had died young. He’d get married
again—he knew Jessica would want him to—and he thought
about it occasionally. But he’d be forty-two this year, and his
life already had enough open chapters.
A young woman was sitting on the floor in the hallway outside
his hotel room. She didn’t rise when he drew near, just looked
up at him. She looked...tired. And mildly curious. Her white
shorts showed off long tanned legs, and the sandals revealed
dainty feet with painted toenails. The contrasting pink top was
remarkably sedate, blousy, and pretty. The look suited her and
reminded him of his daughter. For that reason more than any
other he simply offered a casual, “Looking for me?”
She opened an envelope, pulled out a newspaper clipping,
and held it up. “Is this you?"