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The disappeared (edition 2009)

by M. R. Hall

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Member:KAzevedo
Title:The disappeared
Authors:M. R. Hall
Info:New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Collections:Fiction, Read in 2012, Read but unowned
Rating:**1/2
Tags:Series, Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller

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  johnrid11 | Feb 12, 2016 |
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  johnrid11 | Feb 12, 2016 |
Jenny Cooper is a UK coroner who agrees to open an inquest on two young Muslims who disappeared years previously. Her battle to find the truth is obstructed from all sides - the families who just want the past to remain so; the families who are too caught up in grief to see how they damage their cause; the security services who seem to have a stake in the outcome; the police who perhaps did a less than stellar job in investigating the disappearances at the time. This is a bleak book where every character has flaws and demons that attack their ability to do the right thing, make them lie or push them to the edge of madness with the 'heroine' perhaps the most dysfunctional of them all. The workaday start to the story - well, workaday for someone who deals in dead people - builds slowly to a complex interplay of psychological and actual violence with plenty of twists, although none of these are out of context. As life often is, the ending is satisfying, final and with loose ends that do not all make sense. ( )
  pierthinker | Sep 8, 2013 |
Hall seems to be a frustrated psychiatrist or perhaps a wannabe pharmaceutical sales rep - his constant refrain is his protagonist's need for medications to keep her anxiety under control. While he refers to the deadening effects such drugs often have, he minimizes the frustrations patients often experience with this. And he incorporates psychotherapy into the narrative but with no explanation of the synergy between talk therapy and psychopharmaceuticals. All of this rather burdens what would otherwise be an excellent novel of mystery or suspense dealing with issues of ethnic prejudice, cultural and generational conflicts, terrorism and the balance between national security and justice. Only the final line draws me toward Jenny Cooper's next case. ( )
  amac121212 | Feb 7, 2011 |
Some things are peculiarly English – like Inquests, Coroners Courts, and young Muslims who, although they may be second generation British, rebel against their upbringing and their country to become Islamic fundamentalists.

To all appearances Nazim Jamal was just another hothead who vanished into a Middle Eastern terrorist training camp: only his mother is convinced of his innocence, and she manipulates Severn Vale District Coroner Jenny Cooper into investigating her son’s disappearance before declaring him legally dead.

Although Jenny is an unnecessarily irritating character, this is an interesting book and quite an eye-opener into the political machinations endemic to the post 9/11 British secret service. ( )
  adpaton | Mar 23, 2010 |
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During her six months as coroner for the Severn Vale District, Jenny Cooper had known only a handful of corpses remain unidentified for more than a day or two.
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'You're a temptation, that's what you are', McAvoy said. 'A sweet and beautiful temptation as dark and damned as I am. I can't even touch your hand for fear-'

'Of what?' Jenny said.

He shook his head again. 'Let's talk about something else.'
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Nazim Jamal and Rafi Hassan vanished without a trace. The police revealed that the students had been under surveillance, and that it was likely they left the country to pursue their dangerous ideals. Seven years later, Nazim's grief-stricken mother is still unconvinced. Could coroner Jenny Cooper hold the key to the disappearance?… (more)

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