Vanished by Joseph Finder
Nick Heller is tough, smart, and stubborn. And in his line of work, it's essential. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator--exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He's a guy you don't want to mess with. He's also the man you call when you need a problem fixed.

Desperate, with nowhere else to run, Nick's nephew, Gabe makes that call one night. After being attacked in Georgetown, his mother, Lauren, lies in a coma, and his step-dad, Roger, Nick's brother, has vanished without a trace.

Nick and Roger have been on the outs since the arrest, trial, and conviction of their father, the notorious "fugitive financier," Victor Heller. Where Nick strayed from the path, Roger followed their father's footsteps into the corporate world. Now, as Nick searches for his brother, he's on a collision course with one of the most powerful corporations in the world--and they will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.
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  • Published:
    Aug-2009 (Hardcover)
    Aug-2010 (Paperback)
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Lauren Heller is attacked while out to dinner with her husband, Roger. When she wakes up in the hospital, Roger has vanished.

Nick Heller is Roger's brother. He's a former Special Forces member and although he hasn't spoken to his brother in years, he agrees to help because he's fond of Lauren and her teen age son, Gabe.

Roger is a financial officer in a corporation. He bears the guilt of his father's crime. His and Nick's father is in prison for securities fraud and insider trading.

Lauren tells Nick that Roger has found some corruption but wouldn't say what it is. She thinks that he's been kidnapped.

As Nick searches, he finds a connection to a corporation similair to Blackwater who provides mercenaries and private security in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. They also use bribery as a way to get permission for their business.

As Nick comes up agains these military types there is plenty of action and Nick reminds me of Lee Child's character, Jack Reacher.

I look forward to the next story with Nick Heller and found this book entertaining and with good character development with a nice plot twist.
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