Around this time every year the Mystery Writers of America present the ‘Edgar Awards’ (named after Edgar Allan Poe), and award which is widely acknowledged to be the best in the Mystery genre. Previous winners of this prestigious award include Agatha Christie, Dick Francis and Truman Capote. This year the award for best novel has been awarded to ‘Gone’ by Mo Hayder.
In Gone, Hayder’s seventh novel, and the fifth to feature her popular murder detective Jack Caffrey, the scene is set in early winter, in the West Country. Caffrey is brought in to interview the victim of a car-jacking. So far, so routine. But this incident is different. This time the car was taken by force, and on the back seat was a passenger, an eleven year old girl. She is still missing.
Before long the car jacker himself starts to communicate directly with the police, and Caffrey knows this wasn’t a one-off. He will strike again – another car with another child on the back seat. Even scarier still is the fact that the car jacker seems to be one step ahead of the police, no matter how quickly they pursue him.
In a race against time, Caffrey must track and find his criminal, before more innocent victims become another notch on the dashboard…