Mickey Bolitar's life is a train wreck. His father has just died in a car accident and his mother is in rehab. He is in a new school where he doesn't know anyone and is living with his uncle with whom he doesn't get along.
He does meet Ashley, a very demure and beautiful girl, but she suddenly disappears.Mickey ends up trying to find her in a very seedy part of town with very unsavory characters. But just who are the bad guys? It's sometimes hard to tell.
This is what I would classify as a real old-fashioned mystery where the characters are in danger and detective skills are needed. There are no vampires or werewolves, just good old-fashioned storytelling driving the story forward at a break-necked pace. I read this book over one weekend and recommend it highly.