The troubles some people will endure to get a head...

AMONG THE MISSING follows hot on the heels of THE MIDNIGHT TOUR, Laymon's epic third installment of the BEAST HOUSE series. After writing such a mammoth book, it is only natural for Laymon to take a bit of a break, and release a smaller, more relaxed novel, that will still have you turning the pages as fast as humanly possible.

To say too much about the plot would give away some of the delightful twists and turns hidden within, but needless to say it is the usual Laymon intrigue and thrills, except this time the novel is more crime than horror. That's not to say there isn't the usual splatterings of violence and terror, but it's all done at a slower pace.

Here we are, in rural US of A in a town where everyone knows your name, where the Sheriff and his deputies are related and where terror and violence lays just below the surface. Throw in a liberal dose of police work, car chases, girls in low-cut eveningwear and comedy, and you have a wonderful mix of Laymon meets Fargo. You can't help thinking that this book would make a great independent film. The twists and turns would keep David Lynch on the edge of his seat!

And do you think there's room for AMONG THE MISSING 2? Oooooh yeah... there sure is!

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Reviewed by Steve Gerlach.

Richard Laymon is back, yet again, just a short time after the publication of 'The Midnight Tour'. When I first heard that he had 'Among The Missing' ready to be published, I was amazed, as it was such a short space of time between them. However, when I finally got a copy, I saw how long it was - a measly 218 pages.

It's half past two in the morning in California and a Jaguar is racing along a lonely road. Behind the wheel is Professor Grant Parkington's wife, wearing only a thin and skimpy nightgown. She has left Grant and wants another kind of man.

The man she wants is waiting in the woods. She stops and picks him up and he suggests going to the Bend, where the Silver River widens and there is a beach. It is what some call an ideal place for love.

However, in the morning, a body is found at the Bend and it is missing more than just its clothes...

This is the plot of the latest Laymon and I can safely say that while it is not as long as some of his other novels, it does have some of his trademark things and it is just as good as some of his others. Firstly, a lot of his stories take place over just one night or evening and this is very much similar, with the action being spanned over one day - therefore, the book is packed full of stuff.

He has also taken a leaf out of James Patterson's books and gone for the very short chapters idea, sometimes just as short as a page. This makes easy reading and gives you a chance to break off to do something else for example, rather than having to stop midway through a chapter because they are just so long.

I suppose you could say that there is not a lot of character development, as we don't get to find out much about the characters before they are killed or removed from the picture. This is true, but in a book like this, it does not really make much difference, as it is good anyway.

'The Midnight Tour', Laymon's book before this was great and I adored it. This was not as good but it was still good, if you know what I mean. One of Laymon's best works in my opinion and I cannot wait for the next one.

Reviewed by Luke Croll

Having just finished "Among The Missing" I just had to write to let anyone out there who hasn't read it yet to go out and buy it. It is definitely brilliant and just what you would expect from the master himself. The usual suspense, fast pace and sexy babes are there by the bucketful.

Yet another masterpiece to add to your Richard Laymon collection!

Reviewed by Nigel Magee, Northern Ireland.

Among The Missing is another triumph for the guy who can't write a bad book. More of a return to his early taut thrillers, this crime and punishment tale has echoes of some great noir writers of the past while keeping RL's modern, voyeuristic stylings. Great fun and RL lets more emotion and heart creep in than usual. Bravo maestro.

Reviewed by Monte Morgan.

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