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(Mason Gray #1)

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Mason Gray is a walking cliche, complete with trench coat and fedora, and he knows it.

A former cop turned private investigator, he has a solid grip on the world around him. But when he finds a dead man in his apartment, he knows his career in on the line...again. The police are corrupt, he’s being chased by an assassin, and he learns that vampires might actually be real.
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Paperback, 180 pages
Published July 13th 2017
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L.J. Hayward
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The doctors were full of questions about my diet and what supplements I was taking. All I said was, “I drink a lot of gin.”

William Markham’s Missing is a noir mystery right down to the chain-smoking, trench coat and fedora wearing, disgraced ex-cop turned PI looking for a missing dame… eh, woman. ;)

Set in contemporary Chicago, the story isn’t all cliché, thankfully. Sure, when a dead guy shows up in Masson Gray’s home, he goes out on his own to solve the crime, finding himself mixed up in a miss
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Nick
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mason Gray is having a bad day. He's worked long hours at the office, the waitress in his local diner is taking forever to refill his coffee, and there's a dead man on the floor of his apartment.

And so begins Missing, the first book in a new noir / urban fantasy series by William C. Markham. I came to this novel without knowing much about it, but having read the blurb I was a little concerned that it might all be a bit... familiar. Ex-cop turned private eye; a missing persons case; and things th
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Bonnye Reed
Mason Gray is a retired cop, a Chicago PI, a man to watch. He's intelligent, kind to stray cats, does all of his Chicago commuting on public transportation and has outlived two assassination attempts in just the first few pages. Along with his boss Frank, they do their best to make a living helping people with the little setbacks in their lives. And sometimes, the big ones. Despite the peril involved, Mason can usually handle a mystery in just a day or two. But perhaps not this one. And who is M ...more
William Markham
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Clearly, I think its awesome. Since I wrote it. Available for purchase June 1st.
Rowena Hoseason
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This well-written gumshoe yarn takes a staple of the old-school PI genre and mixes it with something rather more… sinister.

The ex-cop protagonist is, inevitably, something of a loner, and author William Markham pays homage to all the genre requirements – an old-style diner, a fedora and a trenchcoat, a tame tech geek, a former colleague in the Chicago PD who still trusts him, and a lot of former PD colleagues who don’t – oh, and a dead body in his living room.

Markham pushes the pace along cris
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JohnMichael
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, entertaining read. Mason Gray is a little bit Magnum, PI, and a little bit Harry Dresden. Looking forward to the next book!
Luisa
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I won a copy of this book on goodreads in exchange for an honest review. "Missing" had a fantastic flow and was very well written. I read it in one sitting, it was an easy read with a good story. It was a old fashioned crime/detective story with perhaps a paranormal twist. I have read books that have had paranormal elements, either they were too out there for my liking, or when they tried to be subtle it just does not work; it works in this book (plus you aren't even sure if it really exists as ...more
Sharilyn Skye
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
why can't I give it a 4.5? This story combined a lot of elements that I love, It is a little bit gritty, a little bit dark, and a little bit humorous. "Every time a democrat was elected, he went out and bought another gun." Best line ever. That is my house, too, and it was hysterical to read that. I enjoyed the character development and Mr. Markham has put a lot of irons in the fire that will be enjoyable to watch come together. I can't wait to see where Mason goes. Is he a supernatural? Is he s ...more
Rachel Brune
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent mix of gritty urban fantasy and gumshoe noir. I enjoyed the action, and the characters. Can’t wait to read the next one!
Norma
( Format : Audiobook )
"A very dark world through the looking glass."
A detective noir with an hint of the supernatural.
After being thrown out of the Chicago police for irregularities in his proceedures, Mason Gray was picked up and given a job in his P.I.business by Frank and became part of his extended family, with wife, Nancy, and their two children. When Gray finds a dead body in his apartment and the computer files on a new missing person case completely disappear from the office computer, G
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Symmonie
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If Dashiell Hammett and Dirk Gently shared a cousin he would be Detective Gray. I was so fortunate to read an advance copy- I absolutely could not put this down! I read 3/4 of it in a single sitting, would have read all of it at once if my battery hadn't given out at chapter 23. The 2 hours I had to wait to get home to my charger so I could read the rest seemed like 2 weeks- this book is just that deliciously gripping!! ...more
Becky Shores
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good

Its like Lee Child's "Jack Reacher" character. I read it and started to see the resemblance except for the vampires. But it waz still good and riveting.
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Karen greer
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a detective story but so different and so unexpected. Mr. Gray is one very cool character. I really enjoyed this book. I liked the fast pace, the grittiness and the humor. All I can say is expect the unexpected and read it.
Cory Williams
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. Noir is not my usual reading fare, but I really enjoyed this novel. It is a compelling story that kept me interested until the end. Although the summary says that vampires are involved, it was interesting to see Gray encounter them as something completely unknown to him, and not discount what he has experienced as others might have. I was also intrigued while listening to this story because I really felt like I was in Gray’s h ...more
Jay
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Noir is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me and I had a good time going through this one. The audio book was narrated by Adam Barr and he did a great job of bringing the story to life. I could close my eyes and really feel like I was watching a movie play out. I never wondered what it would be like to have a gumshoe battle the supernatural. Now that I have experienced it, however, I want more.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiase
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Karen Hughes
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is not my normal genre but I met the author at a show & I'm all about supporting local authors. I really like the character development of the main protaganist. He's got that Bogart trait... even has the trench coat & fedora. It's an interesting vampire twist. I also bought his second book in the series, so I'm curious to see where the author will go with this character.

During this time of stay-at-home, support your local authors & read a book!
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Heather W
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Missing: A Mason Gray Case is an intriguing mystery with a paranormal twist. The characters are well developed and interesting. I love that Mason Gray actually wears the trench coat and fedora and feels like an old-fashioned gumshoe. The storyline is well written and captured my interest from the start. I loved this paranormal noir and cannot wait for the next one.

I received a review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Doug Heishman
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! I had to know how it ended.
David Taylor
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this book a little while and promptly put it away to be read later. Today I chose it without any clue what the story involved. Wow. This book blew me away, it reminded me of all the best old detective stories - Philip Marlow, Sam Spade - but for the modern era. The characters especially Mason Gray are well developed, and the plot line contains a sufficient number of twists and false leads that you can't be sure who the bad guy is until the very end, not to mention there is an interes ...more
Sentinelle23
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
💖💖AN INCREDIBLE READ !

Earl(Mason)Gray is a private detective working hard.
He has his own little habits.
He use to Wear a trench coat and fedora, to smoke cigarettes and drink black coffee.

One day, Mason Gray took a New case : a missing girl.
He doesn't know yet but his entire life is going to change...

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To be honest, I believe I almost fell in love with the main character Mason Gray. :-)

I loved EVERYTHING with this character (except trench coat, fedora and cigarettes).

I loved the enti
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Raya Whitehouse
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent novel that blends the supernatural world and with lots of mystery thrown in.

Book follows Mason Gray on his his search for the truth. The discoveries that he makes can be shocking, so sit tight and enjoy.

Narrator did a good job on the narration, but he seemed to use the same voice for each character so it was really hard to tell who was who if you didn't pay close attention.

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving am honest review.
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Brad
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written noir thriller with an urban fantasy element mixed in. The plot flows well and the story is entertaining. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.

The Narrator, Andrew Barr, gave an excellent performance throughout.

I received a free copy of this audiobook either from the author or a promotion or giveaway and am voluntarily writing an honest and unbiased review.
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Christina
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
This book is fun - it's a light, entertaining read and it's cinematic. The characters (especially Mason, of course) are interesting and diverse. And, the storyline is compelling and keeps you guessing (I'm still guessing, guess I gotta wait for the next installment!). ...more
Patricia Terry
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful blending of a mystery novel with an old fashioned vampire story from the days when the vampires were the villains. The author brought everything together perfectly in this thrilling tale. I received a free review copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.
paulette sarelli
Good story

This story had lots of twist and turns. Even though the story had a little bizarre thread of vampires in it, they did it in an entertaining way. The main character was a lovable, bumbling detective.
Hope
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a light simplistic story. I enjoyed if a fair amount. ...more
Marcia Campbell
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent!

A really good book! Keeps you guessing! I love mystery and the paranormal and this book combined them in an entertaining way!!
Alicia White
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book was a fascinating mix of old-fashioned noir PI mixed with a supernatural mystery.

It was a fun listen. The narrator, Adam Barr, was the perfect choice to read this book.
Matt McAbee
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Blurb: Mason Gray is a walking cliche, complete with trench coat and fedora, and he knows it.

A former cop turned private investigator, he has a solid grip on the world around him. But when he finds a dead man in his apartment, he knows his career in on the line...again. The police are corrupt, he’s being chased by an assassin, and he learns that vampires might actually be real. To solve this case, he must choose to go through the looking glass, wrestle with demons both figurative and liter
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Erin Monahan
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting and intriguing with a distinct voice, this read will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more! Markham has created a world one can truly feel immersed in and the plot keeps you guessing until the very end. Quirky characters and a unique blend of something familiar and something brand new make this a thrilling ride that I couldn't seem to put down! I was able to read an advanced copy, and I am already excited to see what Markham has in store for Gray next! ...more
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