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Vanishing Act

Barbara Block

ISBN 1575663260
Publish Date 9/1/1998
Format Hardcover
Categories Kensington, General
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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.

About Barbara Block:

Barbara Block is the author of the Robin Light Mystery Series, Twister, In Plain Sight, Scent of Murder, and Vanishing Act. Her upcoming release, Endangered Species, will be available in September of 1999. She was recently named one of Booklist's Top Five Lesser Known Female Sleuths so, hopefully, a wider audience will discover her through the thrills of Endangered Species. A longtime freelance writer, Barbara has produced numerous feature articles and reviews in addition to her novels. When she's not writing, Barbara somehow finds the time to run a catering business specializing in desserts.

Barbara holds a BA in Spanish from New York University and an MA in Spanish from Columbia University. She has also studied at Hunter College and the School of Visual Arts. An avid traveler, Barbara has toured extensively through both Europe and Latin America.

As a youth, animals were among Barbara's many interests. Her childhood was crowded with pets of every kind that included a type of alligator known as a caiman. The caiman took up residence in the family bathtub, much to the guests' dismay. Her love for creatures has not dissipated over the years. Indeed, her deep interest in animals has led her to be a "mother" to dogs, cats, ferrets, Burmese pythons, and monitor lizards. Included in the zoo were three male Homo sapiens of her own.

Originally from New York City, Barbara Block has made Syracuse her home for twenty-five years.


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