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Book: The Vanishing (Detective Dean Cornell Series, Book 1) by David J. Delaney

Book: The Vanishing (Detective Dean Cornell Series, Book 1) by David J. Delaney

categories: Book, Mystery, Suspense, Murder, Kidnap, Police, Detective, Crime, Sydney, Thriller




David J. Delaney

Author David J. Delaneyabout this book: This book is a thriller involving the disappearance of a young girl. The detectives of Sydney homicide come across her case when similarities come to light between an active murder case and her disappearance. As the case progresses a wider mystery opens up dealing with multiple missing girls and murder.

This book offers readers a story with real everyday characters struggling with loss, investigative police work and the stress this imposes on them. It's a character driven thriller.

I was inspired to write the book as I have always loved James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Ian Rankin and others thriller and crime writers like them. They write characters that you care about and want to follow through to the end and then onto the next book.

Primary readers will be anyone who enjoys crime, thrillers, mystery and suspense but also want to follow characters with heart and soul. Wanting a character to grow and succeed means all the difference between good and bad books. I only hope The Vanishing falls into the former category.

It took 6 months to write, edit and polish the book. The title came about through brainstorming something that was simple but explained exactly what the book was about. My cover was designed by the brilliant Johnny Digges of Digges Creative.

The hardest part of writing was the editing of the book. It's hard to say goodbye to chapters and paragraphs that you love but didn't really fit.

I used Lee Lofland's 'Police Procedure and Investigation' for a lot of the gritty details of the police work. I is a fantastic resource for any crime writer.

What I learned from writing this book is how much time and effort is required to write a piece of work such as The Vanishing. It's labor intensive but so very worth it.

I hope readers enjoy the journey of Detective Dean Cornell and find something the love about the characters and story. Thank you for reading.


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