“Vanishing Act” by John Feinstein

17 Oct


For everyone who loved author John Feinstein's "Last Shot" — and for mystery fans, sports fans, boys, girls, and just about everyone else — here comes Feinstein's latest sports-oriented mystery, "Vanishing Act." Young sportswriters Susan Carol Anderson and Stevie Thomas are back, this time covering the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Flushing, Queens. When a teenage Russian phenom disappears on her way to a first round match, Susan Carol, Stevie, and their journalist mentor, Bobby Kellaher, start digging into the story. The group distrusts the official account, that Nadia Symanova was kidnapped by Russian operatives as a means of ensuring that she won't become a U.S. citizen. Susan Carol's uncle, rising sports agent Brendan Gibson, also seems involved in the Symanova case; Stevie catches Brendan in a lie about signing one of Symanova's rivals, and, later, both Stevie and Susan Carol see Gibson having dinner with Symanova's oily agent, her supposedly distraught parents, and a movie producer.

This book should grab most reader's attention and then, if you're like me, it won't let go! The plot rolls along quickly, there are real surprises and danger, lots of tennis figures (Andy Roddick, announcers Bud Collins and Mary Carillo) make cameo appearances, the tennis action itself is compelling, and the mystery of Symanova's disappearance is more complicated than it first appears. Just as importantly, Stevie and Susan Carol — friends who could maybe become more than friends — are smart, funny, capable, and daring, yet they still act like real thirteen year-olds.

Both boys and girls should find a lot to like in this exciting, enjoyable read.


Posted by on October 17, 2006 in Uncategorized


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3 responses to ““Vanishing Act” by John Feinstein

  1. Anonymous

    March 19, 2007 at 9:01 pm


    i love this book!!

    • mel1317

      March 20, 2007 at 12:58 pm

      Re: 🙂

      Me, too! Steve and Susan Carol will be back in “Cover-Up,” a mystery set at the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until August for the new book to come out. In the meantime, you can read about “Cover-Up” by clicking here. Thanks for your comment!

    • Anonymous

      February 28, 2008 at 11:26 pm

      Re: 🙂

      i know its so good 🙂


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