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Stad van de zon by David Levien
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Stad van de zon (edition 2008)

by David Levien

Series: Frank Behr (1)

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"Jamie Gabriel gets on his bike before dawn to deliver newspapers in his suburban Indianapolis neighborhood. He is twelve years old. Somewhere en route, as the October sky lightens, he vanishes without a trace." "Fourteen months later, Paul and Carol Gabriel are on the verge of abandoning all hope. Crushed by frustrating dead ends and exhausted by a police force that cannot (or will not) find their son, the Gabriels finally stumble upon a name - an elusive private investigator who may represent their last chance for answers." "Frank Behr is an enigmatic mountain of a man, a former cop who is reluctant to help - he knows better than to promise the Gabriels a good result. But Paul's plea for closure stirs up old personal demons that Behr can no longer ignore. Going against everything he fears, Behr enters into an uneasy partnership with Paul on a quest for the truth that is, in turn, dangerous ... and haunting."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)
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Title:Stad van de zon
Authors:David Levien
Info:Amsterdam Veen 2008
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:rommelmarkt, bibliotheek

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The good news is that I have found a GREAT new author. The bad news is that he's not just new to me... This is his first novel and it's a really good one. Great characters and a good story. I do hope he's hard at work on the second one. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
There is no way in h*** that this stolen kid would have been that normal after the horrors described in the book had been inflicted.
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  Eternal.Optimist | Aug 22, 2018 |
The first in his Frank Behr series, City of the Sun by David Levien is an American crime novel set in Indianapolis. Frank Behr is an ex-cop, now working as a private detective. He is hired by Paul and Carol Gabriel who are devastated by the disappearance of their twelve year old son. A year has almost gone by since they last saw their son and they have realized that Jamie’s case has been put on the back burner by the police. They are pretty sure that Jamie is most likely dead by now but they are in limbo and need to find out what happened to their son and who is responsible.

Frank painstakingly works the case and follows every lead, he has his own issues that have left him emotionally damaged. Eventually he and the father, Paul start to work together and they discover that Jamie wasn’t randomly grabbed off the streets, but was part of a well planned operation that is run by a local businessman. Behr finds out that the children are taken to Mexico so he and Paul follow the trail and arrive at a remote location in Mexico.

This is an emotionally wrenching story that grabs the reader right from the start, there is a sense of time running short that keeps the pages turning. High in suspense and action, City in the Sun introduces an intense, troubled character that I look forward to learning more of. This read was an excellent launch to the series. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Feb 22, 2018 |
Excellent PI mystery story. Even if the ending is flawed in my mind. A boy vanishes while delivering morning papers. The police have no luck. His father turns to a PI (not the first) and ends up assisting him, uncovering a ring that snatches young boys, and then travels to Mexico to retrieve the boy. I feel it's flawed because the boy survives almost 3 years of captivity undamaged. ( )
  AdorableArlene | Jan 6, 2013 |
A gritty and suspenseful story, City of the Sun is not one for the squeamish. Eleven year old Jamie disappears while on his early morning newspaper delivery round, the police seem unable or even unwilling to do very much, so Jamie's' father Paul eventually hires a PI, Frank Behr. Paul manages to persuade the unwilling Behr to take him along on is investigations and stakeouts. An initially uneasy relationship develops into one of mutual respect as they try to unravel the case.

A gripping story, all the more so as very early it hints at unspeakable possible destinies for young Jamie. Well written, Levien takes the time to give life to all his characters, a devise which while lending a sense of reality to the story also at times inevitably gets in the way of the otherwise fast paced momentum. Such is one's involvement with the plot that one is tempted to skim quickly over such passages to get back to the main event. Of the characters Paul and Behr quickly engage the reader, and Jamie although we meet him only briefly immediately appeals as a decent young lad.

City of the Sun is a moving and involving story, all the more so because of its sense of reality, both in the telling and in the fact that such terrible things do happen in this world in which we live. One thing is certain, whatever the outcome might prove to be, the reader will be unable to put the book down until he learns of Jamie's fate. ( )
  presto | Apr 24, 2012 |
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