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“Mahler followed Eden into the hallway toward the interview room. At the doorway, he hesitated. He was pretty sure what was coming. Missing persons were loser cases—lonely, dead-end assignments that officers dodged, where you searched for what you didn’t want to find.”
In this second book in the VCI series, Eddie Mahler and his team of homicide detectives investigate the case of a schoolteacher who leaves for work one morning and never arrives. As they probe into the circumstances of the teacher’s disappearance, the detectives uncover disturbing facts about the man’s relationships with students as well as secrets hidden by his wife, son, and daughter.
In parallel with the missing person case, Steve Frames helps the Narcotics Investigation Team interrupt a shipment of heroin and methamphetamines—an effort that has a surprising intersection with the schoolteacher’s disappearance.
Meanwhile Eden Somers is thrust back into the FBI’s hunt for the Highway 60 serial killer, which haunted her in The Silenced Women. While she resists involving herself in the evidence, she is compelled by the revelation that the prime suspect has her personal contact information.
The Day He Left is a fast-paced, immersive mystery that takes us more deeply into the lives of the VCI detectives.
Praise & Reviews
“Compelling and utterly original, both as a procedural and a novel of human frailty, Frederick Weisel’s The Day He Left begins as a missing-persons investigation that blossoms into a much larger story touching all of the players, detectives and survivors alike: a novel written with remarkable compassion and understanding.”
—J.P. Smith, author of The Drowning
“An excellent police procedural . . . Weisel manages to make the minutiae of police work mesmerizing . . . Get in on the ground floor with this series. You won’t be sorry.”—Dana Stabenow, author of the award-winning, best-selling Kate Shugak series
“Frederick Weisel expertly weaves together an intriguing cast of characters in The Day He Left, pulling us along for the ride at breakneck speed. Atmospheric, peppered with humor, laced with suspense, this story kept me on my toes until the very last page.”
—Gina LaManna, USA Today bestselling author