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The Missing

Tim Gautreaux

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction

An enthralling tale of abduction, guilt and redemption set in Jazz Age Louisiana, unanimously acclaimed by the critics.

Louisiana is the setting for this riveting tale of a kidnapped child and the man on her trail - Sam Simoneaux, who feels honour-bound to help find her. Leaving his stalwart wife behind, he works his passage on a pleasure steamer up the Mississippi, entering a wild world of jazz, moonshine and lawlessness. It is a journey that will lead Sam to confront not only violent criminals but his own past, and to make some hard decisions about the value of vengeance.

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Praise for The Missing

  • Remarkable...a rip-roaring adventure novel with a true depth of feeling - Stephen Amidon, Sunday Times

  • A beautifully written, enthralling saga . . . a compelling novel - James Urquhart, Independent

  • Gautreaux writes action-packed novels that stand out for the extraordinary calibre of their prose - Andrew Rosenheim, The Times

  • Has the impact of a book twice its length . . . a dramatic, theatrical meditation on law and lawlessness - Alan Warner, Guardian

  • Tim Gautreaux's redemptive novel is a joy to read - Barclay McBain, Herald

  • Gautreaux brings a long-gone era to life in lush, fresh detail . . . this novel about the intricacies of the human heart has a great, beating one of its own. Life may be harsh and fleeting, but the missing are still missed. - Heather Thompson, Sunday Telegraph

  • Tim Gautreaux has managed to write a fine novel about a child's abduction without making it too upsetting. This isn't to say that the book is lightweight; nor does it duck the fear and trauma of the events it narrates. It has all the insight and metaphors you could wish for, but you end up zipping through it . . . impressively thrilling, and pleasingly complete - Tom Payne, Daily Telegraph

  • Gautreaux writes with sustained grace and creates memorable characters . . . What really sets THE MISSING apart, though, is his remarkable ability to realise the period . . . a rare and rather uncanny achievement: a novel about the South in the early Twenties that reads as though it was actually written there and then - John Dugdale, Literary Review

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Tim Gautreaux

Born and raised in Louisiana, Tim Gautreaux lives there with his wife an is writer in residence at Southeastern Louisiana University. His work has appeared in Harper's, the Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Zoetrope, Prize Stories: The O: Henry Awards, and Best American Short Stories. Acclaimed as 'one of the best writers to have emerged in the 1990s (Kirkus reviews), his novels are The Next Step in the Dance, which won the 1999 SEBA Book Award, the hugely acclaimed The Clearing, and The Missing. He has also written two collections of short stories, published in one volume.

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