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Anita Dickason is a retired Dallas Police Officer. During—what she refers to as a phenomenal career—she served as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer, advanced accident investigator, and SWAT entry/sniper. Her fictional works are paranormal, crime thrillers. Characters with unexpected skills—that extra edge for overcoming danger and adversity—have always intrigued her. Adding an infatuation with ancient myths and legends of Native American Indians, and Scottish and Irish folklore has created the backdrop for her characters. As for the plots, well—with twenty-seven years of law enforcement experience, she has an endless supply.
An intricate scheme to abduct the children of the most powerful politicians on Capitol Hill gets disrupted when Kerry Branson, ex-homicide detective turned private investigator, inadvertently rescues one of the victims on a fog-laden backroad in the Piney Woods of East Texas. When Kerry discovers the six-year-old boy is the son of a U.S. Senator kidnapped from his Austin home, her call to the FBI is just the beginning of her problems. Pursued by a ruthless band of mercenaries who seem to know her every move, Kerry is forced into an uneasy alliance with the agent assigned to the case, FBI Tracker Ryan Barr.
As the abductions continue, their search for the children will pit Kerry and Ryan against a formidable adversary who uses his wealth and political power to cloak a psychopathic obsession. His manipulation extends deep into the government even to the Office of the President.
A tight and convincing noir thriller that would transition well to wider mediums, Going Gone is a step change from Dickason’s Sentinels Of The Night and commendably stronger for it. Fast-paced, the supernatural elements are pared-back with the focus on dense realism but her fans will be pleased to see there’s no diminution in the quality of Dickason’s prose or the excitement she generates. The plot is expertly handled and the writing is vivid and energetic with events unfolding in tightly focused chapters that take us to the crux of Dickason’s narrative and here again, she excels at ratcheting up the tension and developing well-nuanced characters. The ex-homicide detective turned private investigator Kerry Branson proves an authentic and intelligent lead whilst well –wrought dialogue brings a cutting edge to her relationship with Ryan Barr and together they work as a model for implacable storytelling. Given her background, it’s not surprising that Dickason is a detail writer and she confidently brings the procedural elements of her story to life whilst tossing us the occasional red herring as she lures us towards a slick denouement.
Sentinels Of The Night rightly raised high expectations of future releases from Dickason and Going Gone has proved them justified. Pure escapism from an exciting new voice in the genre, it is recommended without reservation.