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The dispatcher [text (large print)] / Ryan David Jahn.

By: Jahn, Ryan David.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Leicester : Charnwood, 2012Edition: Large print edition.Description: 393 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781444810851 (hbk.); 1444810855 (hbk.).Subject(s): Large type books | Fathers and daughters -- Fiction | Kidnapping victims -- Fiction | Police -- Texas -- Fiction | Texas -- FictionGenre/Form: Thrillers (Fiction) | Large type books. | Detective and mystery fiction.DDC classification: JAH Online resources: Click here to access online Summary: Ian Hunt is the police dispatcher for the small town of Bulls Mouth, Texas. As his shift is ending he gets a call from his fourteen-year-old daughter, Maggie. Maggie, who has just been declared dead, having been snatched from her bedroom seven years ago. Her call ends in a scream. The trail leads to a local couple, but this is just the start of Ian's battle to get his daughter back. What follows is a bullet-strewn cross-country chase, from Texas to California.
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Police dispatcher Ian Hunt gets a call from his 14-year-old daughter, Maggie. Maggie has just been declared dead, having been snatched from her bedroom seven years ago. Her call ends in a scream. The trail leads to a local couple, but this is just the start of his battle to get his daughter back.

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Standard print edition originally published: London : Macmillan, 2011.

Ian Hunt is the police dispatcher for the small town of Bulls Mouth, Texas. As his shift is ending he gets a call from his fourteen-year-old daughter, Maggie. Maggie, who has just been declared dead, having been snatched from her bedroom seven years ago. Her call ends in a scream. The trail leads to a local couple, but this is just the start of Ian's battle to get his daughter back. What follows is a bullet-strewn cross-country chase, from Texas to California.

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Library Journal Review

The opening of this dark thriller grabs readers as Ian Hunt, a police dispatcher in Bulls Mouth, TX, gets a call from his dead daughter. Kidnapped when she was seven years old and presumed dead after seven years, Maggie, now 14, briefly escapes her captors and calls her father, sending Ian on a frantic quest to find her. The grotesque couple who snatched Maggie lead him on a chase across the Southwest. Jahn, a screenwriter whose previous novels (e.g., Good Neighbors) are based on well-known true crimes, uses shifting points of view to reveal the thoughts and emotions of characters on both sides of the law. Several graphically described murders, including Ian's own torture of a witness, provide a grim backdrop as he goes to lengths to regain his daughter-and perhaps redeem himself. VERDICT The constant use of the present tense, several unlikely or unexplained incidents, and some banal philosophy hinder what is surely a cinematic tale (No Country for Old Men, anyone?) of desperate acts and desperate people who repulse rather than intrigue us.-Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

At the start of Jahn's relentlessly grim vigilante novel, Ian Hunt, a police dispatcher in Bulls Mouth, Tex., receives a phone call from his presumed dead daughter, Maggie, who was kidnapped seven years earlier at age seven by Henry Dean, a twisted and sadistic neighbor who left no clues. The girl has just a little time to speak before she's cut off. Hunt goes on a determined and merciless quest to find Maggie, starting in Bulls Mouth, a truly benighted hamlet replete with faltering businesses and emotionally damaged citizens. The body count is high, but the suspense is minimal, since Jahn (Good Neighbors) keeps the reader privy to Dean's actions and plans. The inept, negligent police are usually drunk, and Hunt's stubborn and inexplicable insistence on not asking for aid in his single-minded pursuit of his daughter and her captor defies logic. Those with an appetite for unrelieved violence and gore will be most satisfied. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Ian Hunt, balding and big-bellied, is a chair jockey in a small-town police department in East Texas. He answers the phone and sometimes dispatches a cop car, but mostly he plays computer solitaire and mourns his daughter, who disappeared years ago. That mystery Was it abduction? Or murder? has cored out his life. His wife ditched him. He's estranged from his son. He inhales Guinness. Then his daughter calls. She's escaped her abductor; can Daddy rescue her from the bad man? It isn't that easy. But Hunt is on the trail. The rest of the book is so luridly violent that the publisher's comparisons to Tarantino and the Coen brothers seem perfectly appropriate. The writing has a sensory feel the texture of a dress, the gurgle of a drain but Jahn gets a little carried away, as when he revels in descriptions of body stink, of flicking belly-button lint and washing in saliva (somebody else's). Still, the chases, the gun battles, and the images of a sun-blasted land add up to a stunning read. But not before dinner.--Crinklaw, Don Copyright 2010 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

Good Neighbors (2011) offers graphic proof that he'll stop at absolutely nothing to track her down. Bullets and pages fly furiously as Ian pursues Dean, his fragile wife Beatrice and Maggie across the Southwest to Kaiser, Calif., where a final confrontation with Dean and his equally well-armed brother Ron awaits. "This isn't how it was supposed to happen," think Jahn's luckless characters over and over again. Wrong. For fans of action-packed suspense, this is exactly how it's supposed to happen.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.