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Among the Missing

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,833 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
On a lonely road in the early morning hours, a beautiful woman drives a Jaguar wearing only a skimpy nightgown. She's left her husband in search of a man who is as daring and passionate as herself. The man stands in the woods, waiting patiently to be picked up. But he has wild plans of his own--for her and other women. Before long, headless bodies start appearing.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Leisure Books
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Laura von Eden
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bücher
Obwohl mein Lieblingsschriftsteller nun schon vor einigen Jahren verstorben ist, haben wir in Deutschland noch das Glück, dass viele Bücher noch nicht ins Deutsche übersetzt worden sind. So kommt es, dass meist zwei mal jährlich ein neues Buch von ihm im Heyne Hardcore Verlag erscheint. “Das Ende” ist original bereits 1999 erschienen, gehört also zu seinen späteren Werken.

Der Klappentext gibt wieder mal nicht sehr viel her, und passt auch ehrlich gesagt so gar nicht zum Inhalt des Buches. Von de
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich habe in den letzten Jahren bereits einige Bücher von Richard Laymon gelesen und war von denen meist auch begeistert, von daher war ich schon sehr auf "Das Ende" gespannt und hatte doch recht hohe Erwartungen an die Geschichte. Diese wurden zwar nicht gänzlich erfüllt, allerdings hat mir das Buch dennoch gut gefallen und konnte mich in vielen Momenten schocken.

Richard Laymon besitzt hier wieder einmal seine oftmals saloppe, sehr direkte und einfach gehaltene Sprache, die mir schon immer sehr
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am a huge Richard Laymon fan. This was one of the few novels he wrote that I hadn't yet read, so I dived in. I thought the story was weak. The author has writing talent and a few plot twists to carry it, but maybe I was expecting too much. This is the same author that has produced several books I could not put down.
In any case, this reads sort of like a mystery with a few weird characters and a bit of a plot twist. I felt it lacked the characteristic mood and atmosphere that mark the author's
Jeff O'Brien
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book kicked ass. Plain and simple. With Laymon, you should never expect the great American novel. But what you should expect is an extremely fast paced, nail-biting thrill-ride. That's exactly what this one was. Part horror, part mystery, part action. Nothing supernatural, or even too far beyond impossible happens in Among The Missing. I read this book in two sittings over two days. If you want a quick read that will satisfy you far more than a typical airplane paperback, this is the book y ...more
Paul Kohn
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
This did not feel like a classic Laymon novel to me.

It was incredibly predictable and didn’t flow very well. The plot was thin at best. I didn’t feel that I could view the story from any one of the characters, probably because there were too many characters to choose from, and the way they held the story together just didn’t make any real sense.

It wasn’t bad, but it wasn't very good either. It’s certainly not what readers of Laymon would expect…
Melanie Berg CuJo
Rezension von Melanie zu Das Ende von Richard Laymon Bücher

2,5 von 5 🌟 mich kann der neue Laymon leider nicht mehr so überzeugen, wie seine ersten Werke

Er wartet auf euch ... in schattigen Schluchten ... in dunklen Wäldern ... er lauert ... um euch alles zu nehmen ... euer Glück ... eure Liebe ... euer Leben ... Er kommt immer näher ... jagt euch ... bis zum Ende!

Ich bin ein echter Fan von dem Autor, und es ist traurig, das er schon so lange verstorben ist. Seine alten Werke ware
Jun 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
WOW!! What a terrific little tale of terror this one was! I've never had the pleasure of reading anything by this author, until now, but you can be assured I will hunt down more of his books. A real page-turner, Laymon is a master of story-telling in this genre.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: masochists
I've been wanted to read Richard Laymon for a while now, he's hard to come by in my neck of the woods. This wasn't exactly what I was looking for by him but I did find it at a used book store for two bucks. I don't think this book alone has made me give up on searching for more by Richard Laymon though. I'd like to take another shot at his work.

Onto the review! This seriously is hovering on the line of being really bad and not so bad. It was kinda bad kinda okay. But for me it didn't start to g
Gerhard Jason
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Unlike the splatterpunk horror that Richard Laymon is known and loved for, Among The Missing is an almost straightforward crime novel. It lacks not only the violence, gore, and sex that I would typically associate with Laymon, but something else as well: that indefinable charm that makes other books that I have read by Laymon, so great.

Among the Missing is ok, but not great.
Barry Anthony Morgan
Classic Laymon

R.I.P Richard Laymon,your work wasn't for everyone but I love it.

A great story with some genuinely well developed characters, something the late, great man wasn't known for.
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
This did not read like a Richard Laymon novel. There was no blood and gore and the storyline was ok. It was a fast and predictable read.
Michi Rollt
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mir hat es echt sehr gut gefallen und ich bin nur so durch die Seiten geflogen. Mehr gibt es dann wie immer in eine ausführlichen Rezension auf meinem Kanal.
Now I’m sure I’m in the minority here, but I hate the beach. I never go in the ocean, (Thank you Jaws) and after a day of seeing all those girls with nothing on but a piece of string and a smile – I’m left with nothing but a sunburn and low self-esteem. But I had just gotten Laymon’s book and I thought if nothing else, at least the day would pass quick. I could not have been more wrong! After 6 hours spent in the hot sun with nothing but 2 bottles of water and this book, I left with nothing but ...more
Robert Beveridge
Jan 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Richard Laymon, Among the Missing (Leisure, 1999)

Richard Laymon has been churning out suspense and horror novels since what seems like the dawn of history now, and yet is just this side of unknown in his native land. Across the pond, they can't get enough of him; few Laymon novels don't get a first press in England that outstrips his total American sales. (This, thankfully, may be changing; his 1998 novel Bite hovered around the edges of a few bestseller lists before fading into American obscuri
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: laymon
I've read a few, maybe two others, from Laymon. Enjoyed those so I anticipate enjoying this one that begins:

The Rendezvous
When he heard the car, the man stood up. He brushed pine needles off the seat of his jeans, then hurried out of the forest and trotted down to the roadside. As he neared the moonlit pavement, headlights swept around a corner to the south. They were very low and close together.
Could be a Jaguar.

Onward and upward.

Update, Finished, Monday evening, 8 P.M. e.s.t.

An okay read, alth
Keith Chawgo
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have been thinking about horror authors I used to read whilst I was growing up in the small town of Sackets Harbor, NY and remembered Richard Laymon. His books for me were fast paced action, sex, violence and revved up page turning material. The ultimate teen age reading as this was long before The Hunger Games, Twilight and the various teen reading fare that is available today. This was adrenaline rushed story telling that hit every major taboo that my parents would have been upset if they on ...more
Janie Johnson
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
One thing I like about Laymon's book is that they are so very fluid and easy to read. This book Among the Missing is no different. It was very fluid, and very interesting. It may just be one of my favorites. This book was an actual solid murder mystery without all the extra gunk that Laymon sometimes throws in. And as I have said before, Laymon is an acquired taste. He writes like Laymon and no one else. You either love him or hate him.

When I started reading this story, one, I could not really p
Another Laymon crapfest. When will I learn? In Among the Missing, a young couple sets out for a weekend canoe trip when they stumble upon a man cuddling up with the corpse of a decapitated woman. The man, startled from his necrophile nap, grabs the head of the woman and takes off across the river. This triggers an investigation into 'who dun it' and a soap opera horror story ensues.[return][return]I'll start with the positives. This was a quick read, fun at times, and Laymon managed not to have ...more
Alex Budris
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This five-star rating system is odd because it is very hard to compare books. Laymon is not for everyone, though, in his better work, he is one of the Grand Masters in the "splatterpunk" genre of horror-fiction. I also rated "Tender is the Night" by Fitzgerald four-stars, but would hardly compare this book to that one. I look at the rating system subjectively - "What type of writing is it?," "Who is the author and what else has he or she wrote?," "What is the style and genre, and what are they t ...more
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
‘Among the Missing’ is a delightful combination of horror, crime and mystery. It starts off with a romantic rendezvous which results in a headless female corpse and the police trying to figure out who the perpetrator is.

Contrary to the synopsis stated above, there aren’t that many headless bodies in the story. However, as expected of Laymon’s books, there’s plenty of gore with adequate descriptions for the reader to be able to picture everything. As Rusty and Pac team up to track down the kille
Stephen Holtman
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is about a woman who then turns around and kidnaps her after having killed before. Also intertwined in the story are Rusty and Bass a couple of guys who stumble upon the prisoner. I thought that the way the story played out was both cool, yet slightly drug out at the same time.On the one hand, you have the parts that feature the killer and the more horror laced parts with Pac, the female victim. The downside part of it was that the two guys who were supposed to be the heroes of the sto ...more
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A masterful page-turning, thrilling, suspenseful, horror novel. You won't want to put it down. I didn't. I read it in one night, all 393 pages, it was that good. And this does not happen often. Usually, it takes me AT LEAST two days to finish a book. Rarely is the case that I can finish a book in the same day I'd started it. The pages turn so quickly, the book is over before you know it and you're wondering where the time went.

Laymon effectively and successfully combines so many elements here a
Ashley James
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: richard-laymon
A bit diffrent to laymons usual books in terms of having a bit of mystery to it and a few decent twists towards the end this isn't one of laymons best but I would still rather read this than most other books when a headless body is found and the seeming killer spotted it seems as if it's just going to be a run of the mill laymon horror of a psycho trying to silence any witnesses before the police capture him but due to a couple of decent twists it manages to at least be a bit diffrent to a lot o ...more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I feel a little guilty writing a review for a Richard Laymon novel, simply because now I have to admit that I read them!

Call it a guilty pleasure? This is the second Laymon book I've read and both have been smutty, dirty, dark...and thoroughly entertaining!

Among The Missing is a little more mainstream than the first title I read and has a decent plot and is a solid mystery. Don't expect it to be earth-shattering, but it's not bad. And you can guarantee your chin will drop in horror at least once
J.C. Michael
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the first couple of Laymon books I read, and have been quite dissapointed by the most recent couple. This one sits somewhere in the middle. It's more of a thriller than horror, but that's not a big problem and there are a couple of twists and turns that keep it interesting. As usual there's an obsession with sex, which also affects nigh on every character, but at least it doesn't detract too much from the story in this case.
Overall it was worth reading, and as a short work i
Jack +The Page Runner+
I can really only give this book 3 out of 5 stars (technically 2.5 out of 5). While the late Mr. Laymon does not lack imagination, he way the tale unfolds leaves a lot to be desired. There really is no build-up, no suspense. It is all just kind of laid out before you, chapter by chapter. Big reveal moments are more "oh" than "aha!". There are some decent shocks for sure, a few cringe moments, and plenty of naughtiness in almost each chapter (for those who like the salacious bits). But it was a b ...more
michael kelly
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book

Although different from most of Mr Layman's work another really good read. This book is a murder mystery and a good one . It is filled with characters only this author can create horny, more horny and off the charts perverts. The slimy characters make for a fun ride in this twisted murder mystery. It took me a few books but I have come to enjoy this writer as much as any, once you read him a few times he becomes an addiction and I will be looking for my next Layman's book as soon a
Daniel Russell
Nov 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A very different outing from the master of splatter. Yes, a head is cut off very early on, but this is the height of the gore. If you can stomach that, then maybe this is a better Laymon novel for those readers who don't like crimson saturated books. What we have here is a different approach by Laymon but still using his lightning fast pace...a crime book. A surprise and one I can highly recommend.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: richard-laymon
In my opinion this wasn't one of Laymon's best titles but it wasn't altogether a waste of time. It started out very strong and pulled me in but the middle was a bit unexciting. The end, however, did pull this into a decent read. There was enough action and suspense to keep my attention. Laymon's characters were interesting but could have been a little more developed. Among The Missing felt like there was definitely something missing to me.
Effy Weasley
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
fern was something pale that might be found crawling in the moist dirt if you suddenly rolled aside a heavy rock. probably not dangerous, but vaguely repulsive and sinister.

a crime novel was not what i expected from laymon. but he made it work pretty well.

it wasn't as violent and gory and disgusting and perverted as his other stuff but i liked it nonetheless :D
also, i didn't know until the end who the murderer was...
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Richard Laymon was born in Chicago and grew up in California. He earned a BA in English Literature from Willamette University, Oregon and an MA from Loyola University, Los Angeles. He worked as a schoolteacher, a librarian, and a report writer for a law firm, and was the author of more than thirty acclaimed novels.

He also published more than sixty short stories in magazines such as Ellery Queen,
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