Author: Aljean Harmetz

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Book:Off the Face of the Earth

Off the Face of the Earth

Aljean Harmetz

When eight-year-old David Greene climbs through his bedroom window and walks to a nearby suburban mall, he intends only to give his mother Drew a scare. But on this Southern California evening, David’s game turns into every parent’s worst nightmare.

Denver’s abduction of David is practiced and nearly perfect. A friendly “stranger” masking a deeply confused and dangerous mind, Denver woos David with stacks of baseball cards, swiftly undermining the boy’s trained responses. When David accepts the offer of a ride home, he disappears—off the face of the earth.

As the hours pass, Drew’s emotions escalate, from anger at her son’s disobedience to fear, to stunned disbelief when she realizes David is not with his father or friends. He’s gone. All too soon, the Sherwood Police charge a local schizophrenic…[more]

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