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The More They Disappear    by Jesse Donaldson order for
More They Disappear
by Jesse Donaldson
Order:  USA  Can
St. Martin's, 2016 (2016)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Here's a noir mystery about drug (primarily OxyContin) dealing and abuse, and corruption in spades in small town Marathon, Kentucky. Sheriff Lew Mattock is busy grilling at 'a bash of a party' when he's shot and killed. It becomes his chief deputy Harlan Dupee's job to find the killer.

The perp is revealed to readers early on, a very confused teen, a drug addict who hates her parents and dreams of a better life. But it's clear from the beginning of this story that there's not much hope of that for anyone involved. And the violent chain of interactions and intimidation that led to the killing links right back to the sheriff.

However, Harlan, generally perceived as rather slow, is a good man and determined. 'Lew had catered to Finley County's rich and powerful, but Harlan cared more about the people eking out a living along the fringes', the same people he grew up with. He investigates his ex-boss's death but tries to look out for the unfortunates and do preventive policing.

The More They Disappear is a rather dark and depressing read, but very well developed and interesting nevertheless.

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