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Stolen Things
A Novel
Large type / large print edition
By (author): R. H. Herron
9780593104392 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense Aug 20, 2019
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.09 x 9.18 x 1.03 in 496 pages Large Print Random House Large Print
When a 911 dispatcher picks up an emergency call to hear her daughter on the line, her worst nightmare becomes reality.

Laurie Ahmadi has worked as a 911 police dispatcher in her quiet Northern California town for almost two decades, but nothing in her nearly twenty years of experience could prepare her for the worst call of her career—her teenage daughter, Jojo, is on the other end of the line. She is drugged, disoriented, and in pain, and even though the whole police department springs into action, there is nothing Laurie can do to help.

Jojo, who has been sexually assaulted, doesn’t remember how she ended up at the home of Kevin Leeds, a pro football player famous for his work with the Citizens Against Police Brutality movement, though she insists he would never hurt her. And she has no idea where her best friend, Harper, who was with her earlier in the evening, could be.

As Jojo and Laurie begin digging into Harper’s private messages on social media to look for clues to her whereabouts, they uncover a conspiracy far bigger than they ever could have imagined. With Kevin’s freedom on the line and the chances of finding Harper unharmed slipping away, Laurie and Jojo begin to realize that they can’t trust anyone to find Harper except themselves, not even the police department they’ve long considered family…and time is running out.

Story Locale: California

THRILLING, TWISTY STORY WITH AN EMOTIONAL HEART: Stolen Things is a page-turning thriller with twists around every corner, but at its core it is the story of the unbreakable bond between a mother and her teenaged daughter.

TIMELY ISSUES: While first and foremost a suspense-filled mystery, Stolen Things does touch upon timely issues like police brutality, race, and sexuality.

REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE: The author was a 911 dispatcher for seventeen years, and draws on her own experiences for the novel.

DEDICATED AUTHOR: R. H. Herron is the pen name of a published author, and Stolen Things is her debut thriller. She’s excited and willing to write under a pen name and do everything she can to build a thriller audience, including creating a new website, Facebook, Twitter, and mailing list under her pen name, but she will also contact her current mailing list in order to draw them over to this new genre.

CROSS PROMOTION: Simultaneous publication with the Dutton hardcover. Also available as an unabridged audiobook from Penguin Audio.

Stolen Things is the first suspense novel by R. H. Herron, the pseudonym of an author who lives and teaches writing in California. For seventeen years she worked as a 911 fire/medical dispatcher, and this book is loosely inspired by actual events.

Author Residence: Oakland, California

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