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The accidental death of Rhiann Fahey’s second husband leaves her paralyzed by grief and her son Jimmy cutting school and drinking.The widow’s problems are compounded by the unwanted advances of her dead husband’s friend.

Rhiann does her best to cope, returning to work, dealing patiently with Jimmy’s misbehavior, telling Rory Sinter she’s not interested.

Then a mysterious

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Thomas Dunne Books
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M.I.A. (Novel/Susp-Rhiann Fahey-Illinois-Cont) – VG+
Dymmoch, Michael Allen – Standalone
Thomas Dunne Books, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780312373719

First sentence: My dad died the spring I was seventeen.

Rhiann Fahey’s state policeman husband was recently killed in an accident. Her 17-year-old son, Jimmy, is having a hard time dealing with his father’s death. Her new neighbor, John, seems to be helping Jimmy. Town policeman, Rory Sinter, even though married, makes Rhinna uncomfortable with his sto
Aug 02, 2011 Keith rated it liked it
Set in a small town in Illinois during the mid eighties, this is the story of a family that was and a family that could have been. The plot progresses as it’s seen through the eyes of each of the novels main characters. Rhiann is the single mother of a teenage boy and has recently lost her state trooper husband in an accident. Her son, Jimmy, narrates his view with the typical angst and confusion seen in many teenagers but he also feels the additional anger of personal loss compounded since his ...more
Jan 29, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Wow! I just noticed I haven't book blogged in 7 days--bad librarian! But I have a good one to talk about, so hopefully you'll forgive me. MIA is an adult suspense drama. Rhiann Fahey has just lost her second husband, a state cop. While mourning, a wonderful, beautiful, caring man moves next door and befriends her 17-year-old son. The son is what makes this a good novel for teenagers. Jimmy is getting into trouble because of his dad. He's drinking, cutting school, and getting into random mischief ...more
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Very much enjoyed this book - interesting characters, nice use of the Viet Nam war as background. I liked it well enough to search out a couple of her other books to read - wainting on the library to find them for me.
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Michael Dymmoch was born in Illinois and grew up in a suburb northwest of Kentucky. As a child she she kept a large number of small vertebrates for pets and aspired to become a snake charmer, Indian chief or veterinarian. She was precluded from realizing the former ambitions by a lack of charm and Indian ancestry and from the achieving the latter by poor grades in calculus and physics. This made ...more
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