The Missing

By Tim Gautreaux
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307454683, 375pp.)

Publication Date: March 9, 2010

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A masterful novel set in 1920s Louisiana, "The Missing "is the story of Sam Simoneaux, a floorwalker at a New Orleans department store. When a little girl is kidnapped on Sam's watch he is haunted by guilt, grief, and ghosts from his own troubled past. Determined to find her, Sam sets out on a journey through a world of music and violence, where riverboats teem with drinking and dancing, and where dark swamplands conceal those who choose to live by their own laws. With the fate of the stolen child looming, "The Missing "vividly depicts an America lurching away from war, where civilization is only beginning to penetrate the hinterlands, and a man must choose between compassion and vengeance.

About the Author
Tim Gautreaux's work has appeared in "Harpers,"" The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Story," and the three most recent editions of" Best American Short Stories," His novel "The Next Step in the Dance" won the 1999 SEBA Book Award. He is a writer in residence at Southeastern Louisiana University. He lives in Hammond, Louisiana.
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