(From the publisher):
Master Sergeant Roy Sands came home to San Francisco to muster out of the service after twenty years and to marry Elaine Kavanaugh. After a few hours on American soil, he mysteriously and inexplicably vanished.
Elaine is distraught and hires the unnamed San Francisco private detective who starred in the author's earlier novel, The Snatch, to search for her missing fiancÚ. The only clues to his whereabouts are three telegrams sent from Eugene, Oregon, to three of his Army buddies who had returned with him from Germany. They give no hint as to why he went to Eugene, or to his whereabouts. To Elaine, he had sent no telegram, nothing.
At first the job seemed like a relatively routine one to the detective, but it soon took on bizarre aspects. His apartment was boldly broken into and a seemingly worthless item stolen -- his life and Elaine's were threatened. Then Sands' duffel bag was found in a Eugene hotel, abandoned, and a missing Army major entered the picture, as well as an art gallery in Kitzingen, West Germany.
The search for Roy Sands leads the detective to Oregon and to West Germany and to a small town in the redwood country of Northern California. It leads him to murder and to a savage beating which provides the one major clue to unravel the mystery and to bring about a chiling climax.
Original title: The Vanished
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Noir