Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Book Review -- "The Missing Man" by Nathan Dylan Goodwin

Author Nathan Dylan Goodwin provided me with a review copy of his latest book (a novella, 95 pages in PDF), The Missing Man, last month and I have been reading several chapters almost every night.  This is the 5th Morton Farrier, Forensic Genealogy mystery and it is excellent.  

The summary of the book from Nathan's web page is:
"It was to be the most important case of Morton Farrier’s career in forensic genealogy so far. A case that had eluded him for many years: finding his own father. Harley ‘Jack’ Jacklin disappeared just six days after a fatal fire at his Cape Cod home on Christmas Eve in 1976, leaving no trace behind. Now his son, Morton must travel to the East Coast of America to unravel the family’s dark secrets in order to discover what really happened to him."
Morton Farrier is a forensic genealogist based in Kent, England.  In the last book in this series, he married Juliette, his long-time girlfriend who puts up with his genealogy addiction, and they take their honeymoon in Massachusetts, where Morton wants to do research to find his own father's family history.  

Morton was adopted, and he had recently found three unopened letters written by his biological father to Morton's mother in 1976.  His father had disappeared in 1976 at age 20, and his paternal grandfather had died in a fire at the family home in Hyannis Port then.  

As in the other books in this series, the scene shifts between several time frames - Morton is researching in the present, his father's family experiences in 1976, and his grandfather's family experiences in 1949.  

In Massachusetts, Morton visits libraries and town clerk offices, walks through cemeteries, searches online records, and visits the site of the family home that burned in 1976.  As he researches, he discovers some of the family secrets and unravels the mysteries of his father's life.  Does he findo ut what happened to his father?  I won't spoil the ending here.

I really enjoyed this book.  If you like genealogical research, historical fiction and family mysteries, you will love this book.  It is a quick read.

 You can read several chapters for free on the Amazon page (click on the cover image), and you can order the book for Kindle for $3.99 and in paperback for $7.99.  The reader reviews on Amazon are excellent.

Nathan has a website - the page for this book is http://www.nathandylangoodwin.com/the-missing-man.  He has photos of places mentioned in the book and document examples found on Pinterest (https://uk.pinterest.com/dylan0470/).  

My thanks to Nathan for sharing his book with me in PDF format -  I happily offered to write a review.


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