I was so drawn to this book by the cover I had to have it. I expected the story to center around those people who work alone at 24-7 stores, and it did but there was so much to the story. I was glad to see some attention drawn to the plight of these people who try to do their jobs in the face of danger. There was mention of the crime statistics and the laws that were not being upheld but the major focus was on characters and character development and a disappearance. Current material and oh, so believable, like it could happen to you or someone you know and love. Suspense and mystery. A very good read.
#4 (and as far as I can tell, the last) in the Mars Bahr police procedural series set in Minneapolis. This book tells a case that Mars & Nettie are working on as part of the Cold Case Unit, this one investigating three unsolved convenience store abductions from years previously. The one that intrigues and haunts Mars is the one where a body was never found, having occurred 19 years previously when a seventeen-year-old student named Andrea Bergstad disappeared from the isolated, rural One Stop where she was about to finish her shift.
There were precious few clues even back then, and Mars heads back to Redstone Township to talk with the then-sheriff, Sig Sampson, to get a better feel for the case. Of course digging in the past can often dredge up things that someone doesn't want brought to light, and it's not long before Mars believes there is a present-day tie to the case that might be dangerous for anyone looking to discover what really happened to Andrea.
This was an excellent entry in the series, although I have mixed feelings about the ending. I wonder whether the author knew this would be the last book--though with several things not resolved, I can't help but think not. It always saddens me when a series that I started out being slightly ambivalent about begins to blossom and then just drops off the face of the earth just as I'm getting truly addicted to it. I keep hoping there will be more.
Thought this was a very good mystery.