Dutton, Mar 2005, 25.95, 352 pp.
Psychologist Alan Gregory does not want to get involved in the missing persons case of Mallory Miller, who lives in the same neighborhood as JoBenet Ramsey. The two used to play together as children and now Mallory vanished on the eighth anniversary of JoBenet's death. Circumstances draw a reluctant Alan into the case because his colleague Diane Estevez consulted with her now deceased friend Hannah Grant about a girl who fit Mallory's description coming into the office for a session. The patient was worried about her mother, a schizophrenic living in Vegas apart from her husband and children.
Alan's schizoid patient Bob implies that he knows something about Mallory's disappearance, but patient privilege prevents Alan from saying anything to anyone. Bob disappears and when Diane goes to Vegas to meet with Mallory's mother, she also vanishes. Alan might have to risk losing his license to practice psychology, but he knows he must reveal what Bob and Diane told him to the police to rescue the missing people.
Alan is portrayed as a doctor filled with doubts about what is the morally right thing to do.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner