When six-year-old Eric Allen vanishes into thin air one rainy morning after his dad drops him off at school, Detective Dave Munoz and FBI agent Craig Walker are called in to solve the case. But how can they even know where to begin without a single witness or a shred of evidence? As they increasingly become convinced that the bright, handsome youngster has been kidnapped, the two lawmen also come to realize that it's not only Eric's life that hangs in the balance, but also that of the boy's distraught father. Jonathan Allen is still grieving the mysterious death of his wife a few months earlier; now, the disappearance of his son threatens to destroy what's left of his world. Munoz and Walker grimly and painstakingly piece together a complex puzzle as their investigation draws them into a tangled web of dark secrets and sinister activity that seems to stretch from some of New England's seamiest neighborhoods to some of its most posh addresses. As the days pass, the likelihood of finding Eric alive rapidly diminishes. And it seems that the individuals who might have helpful information about the child's disappearance, keep turning up dead. Can the two lawmen crack the case before it's too late? Can they find where little Eric Allen has been hidden? Hidden takes readers on a tour through New England's roads-less-traveled, including its red-light districts, quiet suburban neighborhoods, and even its hallowed halls of justice. Along the way, it pauses periodically to pull back the picture-postcard facades to reveal startling secrets behind closed doors in the lives of seemingly ordinary citizens.
Based on a review by Amazon reviewer Tom McGee, I contacted the author and received a reviewer copy. I was not disappointed. This is one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time! The book held me from the first page on and I did not want to put it down. Tony Sarno is up to something "unscrupulous" when he is nabbed by the police. He had some ilicit materials in an email that was accessed via his cellphone. He has a counselor appointed to him (Jerry … more