8/series. Another Mallory novel (tell me they ain’t over!), this one about a one hundred-car caravan of bereft parents whose six year-old daughters have, over several decades, vanished. Inextricably tied in with Mallory’s childhood, the search for the serial killer leads through countless small scenes and details (a viciously incompetent FBI agent; Mallory’s dive into the past; Riker and Charles Butler in pursuit; an old flame; a tantalizing series of letters; the ever-hopeful parents) to a climactic scene in the
Painted Desert. And then the best part… I think this is one of the best: weird, quirky, filled with details that will make you giggle, gag, or cry. A 5.