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Monday, February 04, 2008

VANISHING ACT by Todd McCormick

Llumina Press
7915 W. McNab Rd., Tamarac, FL
Genre: Fictional Mystery
Rating: Good
ISBN: 9781595269096, $14.95, 264 pp.

Quoting from the back cover:

"Billionaire James Preston has skipped bail and vanished into thin air. Seen getting on a non-stop flight from New York to Napa, and not getting off, only days before his first scheduled court appearance, he has completely disappeared. Co-founder of the world’s largest software company, Preston looted the company pension fund and ran, a crime that could bankrupt the company and send shock waves through the world if he is not captured.

"Bounty hunter Nick O’Shea specializes in catching rich-and-famous fugitives. But Preston is his most elusive and cunning prey yet. And with only a handful of people aware of Preston’s disappearance, Nick must work almost alone.

"From a remote resort town in Mexico, to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and across the open Atlantic, Nick chases Preston while trying to stay in one piece. Then Sandy, the woman in Nick’s life, gets ensnared in the case and placed in great jeopardy. Out in the open Atlantic, dodging a huge Category Five hurricane, the two chase the crafty and dangerous billionaire who might yet destroy them. A riveting tale of mystery and suspense."

Well, I don’t know that I’d call it ‘riveting suspense’, but the sea tales are excellent, particularly if you’ve ever been to sea in a storm. It’s very clear that Todd McCormick knows his boats and something of the sea. Vanishing Act is a good classic mystery novel, with some light sexual romance added for fun. The story is well-written and well-edited, with the exception of a few minor errors. If you’re a mystery buff, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the chase.

Kaye Trout - February 4, 2008