Something Missing:A Novel by Matthew Dicks
Published: 2009 by Broadway Books
Source: Borrowed from the library
If it wasn’t for the fact that we lived in different states, I could almost swear that I was a client of Martin Railsback. Martin is not your ordinary thief – he is extremely selective in whom he chooses as clients to keep their “business” he avoids smashing and grabbing and going for the high-ticket items like flat-screen TVs that would obviously be noticed if missing; rather he takes things that would not be immediately missed (if at all) – a few pounds of meat from the overstocked freezer, some aspirin from the Costco-sized bottle, a few cups of Liquid Plum’r – and leaves the house in the exact condition it was in when he arrived.
Martin has a method to his chosen work (ok, he is obsessive/compulsive, and a bit of a loner), and it has served him well for a number of years, until an incident at the home of one of his clients causes him to take a few risks in order to protect them. His valor continues with other clients, and Martin becomes more involved with people than he ever thought he’d be comfortable with.
This is a light read but at times also a page-turner as the author creates some great suspense. And although technically a criminal in the eyes of the law, Martin is someone you just can’t help but liking. The ending I felt left things wide open for a sequel and I hope Matthew Dicks has one in the works because I will definitely read it.