Books by Brian Tobin

Released: July 19, 1994

Ever since Willy Buchanan first saw Janine Smith back in high school, their wholesome, banal life together seemed like an impossible dream, and now that they've dropped out of college and gotten engaged, it's abruptly turned into a nightmare: Janine has vanished from their Hudson Valley hamlet—gone to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, as a little bit of detective work by a policeman also smitten with her shows. And the college friend she'd secretly taken off to visit, Susie Conover, is also missing, feared a victim of whoever raped and murdered bar-hopping Francie Heer just a few days earlier. Finding a trove of Janine's old diaries tells Willy more about her than he'd like to know, but not enough to make him turn away from her, and in the ten years it takes for him to learn the truth about her disappearance—beginning with the discovery of Susie's body and Janine's bloodstained sweater, and climaxing with the arrest of the drifter accused of killing her—he burrows deeper and deeper into his grief and despair. Tobin's grasp of the characters is so sure that the suspense doesn't let up even when we find out what happened to Janine back in 1973. Nothing in Tobin's lightweight first novel The Ransom (1991) could have prepared you for this somber, moving tale—a must for movie fans who liked The Vanishing or thought it didn't get far enough into its tiny, haunted cast. Read full book review >
THE RANSOM by Brian Tobin
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

Thoughtful, articulate ex-con Baker Wyatt, dreaming of the Big Score despite his budding romance with art director Vickie Travis, joins forces with car thief Tony Ramputti and pickpocket Hector Herraro to kidnap NY mobster Tito Benitez, who's one tough cookie. Why Tito? Because his family won't call in the FBI when he's snatched. Why a car thief and a pickpocket—and why does Baker set up the score by calling on a top diamond merchant? Ah, that would be telling—spoiling the biggest surprise of this tidy, zippy first novel. The other surprise: what goes wrong with the scheme. How Baker deals with disaster is no surprise at all, and a bit of a letdown. An entertaining How To Kidnap primer with no extra parts. Read full book review >