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Boy Still Missing

Review

Boy Still Missing

You
know how sometimes a sensitive film about emotional issues is
referred to as a "chick flick"? Well, John Searles's debut novel
BOY STILL MISSING is anything but. It runs on a heavy dose of
testosterone and ideas that we've seen examined in many a TV movie.
If you're interested in hackneyed stories about drunken dads,
mistresses, and the sons who sleep with them, then BOY STILL
MISSING is right up your alley.
Our
protagonist Dominick has a lousy life --- after all, it's swinging
1971, and he spends most of his time trying to make his mother's
life easier by dragging his bingeing dad out of any number of
sleazy bars. The dad not only has a penchant for the drunken bum
life but he also has a mistress, a steamy and seductive woman named
Edie. Dominick, of course, enters into a passionate affair with her
and ends up getting involved in a strange and mysterious murder.
Now, he finds out that his seemingly put-upon mom actually has some
nasty secrets of her own, and he goes to New York to discover what
they might be. Then he gets involved with a nice girl whose life he
also puts in danger. This guy is a walking time bomb.
BOY
STILL MISSING is part thriller, part erotic drama. Dominick means
well but never does anything particularly nice and continues to get
into more and more trouble. Each person he involves himself with,
whether it's family or not, ends up leading him into the darkest
places of his heart, rendering him virtually unable to do much good
for himself or anyone else. I found his character weak and not very
convincing, and his travails too Aaron Spelling-esque for their own
good. I'm sure Searles, Cosmo's book editor, might be better off
trying to listen to his own heart than recreating the melodramatic
TV versions of someone else's.
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Reviewed by Jana Siciliano on January 21, 2011

Boy Still Missing
by John Searles

  • Publication Date: March 1, 2001
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • ISBN-10: 0688175708
  • ISBN-13: 9780688175702