Jessica Shaw

Created by Lisa Gray

Private investigator and road warrior JESSICA SHAW has been tracking down missing persons for seven years (“five in New York, and the last two on the road). She’s good at her job, but she’s hardened over the years, to the point where she casually divides adult missing persons into two simple, cynical categories: “Dead, or didn’t want to be found.”

Now her office is anywhere with “decent wi-fi,” which means malls, motel rooms, food courts and gas station restaurants. When we first meet her in Thin Air (2019), meet her, she’s made it as far as cut-rate greasy spoon in Simi Valley, just outside of Los Angeles, where she’s set up her laptop and ordered a grilled cheese and coffee.

And then someone sends her an email with a photo of a missing person attached; a picture of “a little kid, about two or three years old.” The girl in the picture was kidnapped from Los Angeles twenty-five years ago, and has never been found, but what really hooks Jessica is that she recognizes the little girl as herself.

Which adds a whole new category to his missing persons list: “Those who didn’t know they were missing.”

Amd so it begins; a promising start to what looks to be a promising series. In fact, a sequel, Bad Memory, followed Thin Air less than six months later.


  • “Holy sh*tballs! What an opening! My heart was racing as I read each line – until, well…you HAVE got to read it – #killerhook! Lisa Gray NAILED it!”
    — Noelle Holten (July 2019, CrimeBookJunkie)
  • “Lisa Gray explodes onto the literary stage with this taut, edge-of-the-seat thriller, and her headstrong protagonist Jessica Shaw, reminiscent of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, delivers a serious punch.”
    — Robert Dugoni


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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