Library Journal ranks Barbara Block's intrepid amateur sleuth Robin Light, "right up there with the tough-guy detectives," and after the publication of The Scent Of Murder Booklist proclaimed that Robin Light "will soon have outgrown the category of Lesser Known Female Sleuths." Now, this pet store owner and part time crime solver returns to track a missing college girl, only to be taught a deadly lesson: that the dangers of higher education can often be triggered by the lowest of human instincts.
Robin Light's client was in his prime: mid-twenties and all-American. But Bryan Hayes was no happy-go-lucky guy. For four months he had been looking for his sister, Melissa, a college sophomore who waved goodbye outside her dorm and disappeared without a trace. Everyone from the university's head of security to the dean and the police have their theories. And so does Bryan. He's blaming a couple of snakes. One's a nine-foot python. The other is its owner, Melissa's ex-boyfriend Tommy West—a frat boy and a real charmer.
But Robin is developing a theory of her own. Finding the evidence to back it up is another story. If Melissa met with foul play why did she take her clothes, her purse, and her cash? If it was such a well-planned vanishing act why is Tommy so reluctant to talk? And why does Jill Evans, Melissa's best friend and fatal victim of a bizarre accident, keep figuring into the picture? It's all as baffling as Melissa's disappearance.
Combing the campus for clues, Robin has suddenly found herself moving to the head of the class, and closer to the most challenging mystery of her career. Where it will lead she is afraid to guess, but the secret pasts of a surprising array of suspects are about to come to light, placing Robin in deadly jeopardy, and forcing her into a desperate gamble for the truth.
A legion of fans will agree, Vanishing Act keenly displays the sharp wit, gritty atmosphere, and gutsy female sleuth that have catapulted its author into the forefront of the mystery scene. Taut, compelling, and cleverly offbeat, this is Barbara Block at her best.
About the Author:
An ex-Manhattanite, Barbara Block lives in Syracuse, New York, with her three sons, three dogs, and one cat. Past pets have included a variety of reptiles and other exotic wildlife. Barbara is currently at work on her next Robin Light mystery.