This evening I have another apology to make, once again my flipping internet issues (thanks Virgin Media!) caused this post not to upload on time last week!
But better late then never right?
Without further ado, I will pass the blogging reigns over to Monty Marsden, author of Missing, who is bring us a character spotlight.
Here’s the blurb . . .
The search for a missing child reveals she is not the only one. . . A gripping thriller for fans of Jeffrey Deaver. In a little village in Lombardy, it’s a cold November morning when Ami, steps out of her house to go to school. . .and never comes back. As soon as her father raises the alarm, a frantic search begins. The investigation is led by Police Commissioner Sensi. His men immediately find a trail to follow, but it soon proves to lead nowhere. Three months later, Police Commissioner Sensi decides to visit Dr Claps, an old friend and a renowned criminologist, who guesses from his first few words the real reason for the visit. It’s not just about Ami; she’s not the only little girl to have disappeared.
The principal characters of Missing are completely fictional, some were born a long time ago in earlier novels, such as Sensi, Claps and Trevis; others, like Elaji, Elise and the predator are new and exclusively for Missing. I don’t remember how and where they were born… perhaps an evening in a cafe, or whilst driving, or swimming early in the morning… but I remember well how they grew and how they have been changed by the events of the story.
Let me introduce you.
There is Claps, a criminologist forced into resting for two years due to being struck by aphasia – a neurological disorder that makes it difficult to communicate with others. This was suffered as a consequence of a serious wound suffered during a precedent investigation narrated in a book not yet translated in English. Two years later Claps is finally improving, but he still has difficulty communicating. He has been called in to help his friend and police officer Sensi, who is investigating the disappearance of a child, Ami. This investigation will be a challenge for him to both stop the predator, and to prove to himself that he’s still capable of doing so.
Professor Trevis (also a protagonist in a precedent book) is an elderly psychiatrist and follower of the existentialist movement that was born with Laing in Great Britain in the sixties – a theory that psychiatric illness is largely the consequence of social conditions. Trevis’ current patient is Elise, a schizophrenic girl, with whom he has partially succeeded in communicating only through sketches. Elise, in her distant and desperate universe, has perhaps seen something that may help the investigation…
Elaji comes from Senegal, Africa; he arrived in Europe as a refugee at a very young age, but over the years he has regularized his position to be able to have a job, a house and a family. He’s a fierce, honest man; tall and mighty as a baobab and has two daughters: Ami, the oldest, and Alissa. On a foggy evening Ami disappears, and nothing will the same again for Elaji: he will succumb to one desire: revenge.
I saved the worst for last: the predator. He lives hidden amongst the people; observes the children, chooses one of them for his ignoble imaginations, follows her for days and finally abducts her. But he doesn’t know that Claps and Elaji are getting closer.
Thank you so much for bringing us some more insight into these characters Monty!
I am starting Missing at the weekend so keep an eye out for my review but, in the meantime, go buy your copy over at
About the author . . .
Monty Marsden, a Tuscan by birth, grew up in Milan, where he studied medicine and still works. He lives in the province of Bergamo, with his wife and four children.