A car collector looking for a place to store his vintage Studebakers stumbles across a name carved in a wooden beam from a century-old building. Just a quarter-mile away, the skeletal remains of a young woman are found outside a homeless camp.
The investigation that Corrigan starts as a favor for his old friend quickly becomes a nightmare beyond anything he could have imagined. As the body count rises, the mystery becomes ever deeper, until it takes on a life of its own.
For three decades, children have been vanishing without a trace, until Corrigan uncovers the terrible truth. And nothing comes without a cost.
Relationships are torn apart, and at times even nature works against Corrigan and his small team of investigators as they chase down obscure clues from the cold case files. Chasing leads across five states over six months, Corrigan faces the greatest challenges of his investigative career.
The author leads his readers into the minds of those who prey upon children in this highly-charged, emotional investigation, skillfully weaving his fiction into a background of fact involving some well-known cases of child abduction and captivity.
“This is a topic that grabs your heart,” says Baysinger. “There is nothing more tragic than the taking of a helpless child. Doing research for this novel led me through the experiences of survivors Elizabeth Smart, Jaycee Dugard and others, and the triumph and tragedy of their stories cannot leave you without emotion.”
As in his previous novels, El Camino and Deadly Gold, the author buffers the overall darkness of Corrigan’s cold case investigations with light-hearted vignettes involving the characters and their sometimes comical adventures.
“For me, this novel has its roots in Spokane, where I grew up,” the author explains. “In 1959, a little girl named Candy Rogers was kidnapped and murdered. It was hardly the first time that such a thing had happened, but it was the first one I’d heard about. So in a sense, it was the end of my childhood innocence.”
Missing and Exploited is entertaining, while acknowledging the seriousness of the topic. The bottom line on the author’s commitment is, literally, the bottom line. Ken Baysinger has pledged to donate to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children twenty-five percent of his first year royalties for this novel.
Missing and Exploited is Ken Baysinger’s third—and arguably his best—novel in his acclaimed Corrigan mystery series.
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