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Jan 21, 2021

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner has been writing thrillers for the past twenty years. You probably know her best from her three book series, including the one with Detective D.D. Warren, but her latest novel, Before She Disappeared is a standalone novel. In Before She Disappeared, Frankie Elkin is a middle-aged woman who spends her life hopping between towns to try locating missing persons, with a focus on tracking down those who live in marginalized communities. She's a recovering alcoholic and a bartender, which sounds like an odd combo until you meet her. When police run out of threads in a missing person case, Frankie starts looking for them. In her newest case, Frankie finds herself in Boston, searching for a missing Haitian teenager. More than one person don't like her asking questions, and the police do not embrace her help at the start. Lisa details the type of work Frankie does for Carol during this week's episode. She describes the life of this woman, who is tied between average life and crime. She also discusses this book being a standalone, what that means for upcoming novels, and some of the challenges she had researching and writing modern day aspects of this thriller.

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