It’s the most important case in Morton Farrier’s career as a forensic genealogist—the search for his own biological father. Harley “Jack” Jacklin disappeared days after a fatal fire erupted at his Cape Cod home on Christmas Eve in 1976. In Missing Man, Morton travels to Massachusetts from England to find his elusive American father and resolve the 40-year-old mystery.
This is Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s sixth novel to feature the exploits of British forensic genealogist Morton Farrier, but the story is presented as a stand-alone volume and it’s a quick read. Much of the author’s background research into The Missing Man came from his two-week trip to Massachusetts. As Goodwin’s readers have come to expect, he thoroughly investigates the environment of his characters and lets their stories unfold through chapters that alternate between past and present, weaving tales of intrigue as Morton Farrier plots his research. The Missing Man does not disappoint. Goodwin creates vivid scenes with solid storytelling and authentic dialogue.
The Missing Man. By Nathan Dylan Goodwin. Softcover (2017), 131 pp., $7.99. Available from Amazon (affiliate link).
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