The Dispatcher: A Novel

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The Dispatcher: A Novel

Format:  Paperback,

351 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Dec 2011

ISBN-13: 9780143120704

ISBN-10: 0143120700

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From the author of the award-winning debut crime novel "Good Neighbors"-a white-knuckle thriller about the lengths a man will go to for his daughter.

" The phone rings. It's your daughter. She's been dead for four months. "

So begins East Texas police dispatcher Ian Hunt's fight to get his daughter back. The call is cut off by the man who snatched her from her bedroom seven years ago, and a basic description of the kidnapper is all Ian has to go on. What follows is a bullet-strewn cross-country chase from Texas to California along Interstate 10- a wild ride in a 1965 Mustang that passes through the outlaw territory of "No Country for Old Men" and is shot through with moments of macabre violence that call to mind the novels of Thomas Harris.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Dec 2011
ISBN-13: 9780143120704
ISBN-10: 0143120700
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 351
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 9780143120704

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Review by Library Journal (2012-01-01)

The opening of this dark thriller grabs readers as Ian Hunt, a police dispatcher in Bulls Mouth, TX, gets a call from his dead daughter. Kidnapped when she was seven years old and presumed dead after seven years, Maggie, now 14, briefly escapes her captors and calls her father, sending Ian on a frantic quest to find her. The grotesque couple who snatched Maggie lead him on a chase across the Southwest.

Jahn, a screenwriter whose previous novels (e.g., Good Neighbors) are based on well-known true crimes, uses shifting points of view to reveal the thoughts and emotions of characters on both sides of the law. Several graphically described murders, including Ian's own torture of a witness, provide a grim backdrop as he goes to lengths to regain his daughter-and perhaps redeem himself.

Verdict: The constant use of the present tense, several unlikely or unexplained incidents, and some banal philosophy hinder what is surely a cinematic tale (No Country for Old Men, anyone?) of desperate acts and desperate people who repulse rather than intrigue us.

-Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

From the author of the award-winning debut crime novel Good Neighbors-a white-knuckle thriller about the lengths a man will go to for his daughter.

The phone rings. It's your daughter. She's been dead for four months.

So begins East Texas police dispatcher Ian Hunt's fight to get his daughter back. The call is cut off by the man who snatched her from her bedroom seven years ago, and a basic description of the kidnapper is all Ian has to go on. What follows is a bullet-strewn cross-country chase from Texas to California along Interstate 10- a wild ride in a 1965 Mustang that passes through the outlaw territory of No Country for Old Men and is shot through with moments of macabre violence that call to mind the novels of Thomas Harris.

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