Thomas Austin Crime Thrillers

The Vanishing at Opal Creek

Lights. Camera. Murder. Pre-order now!


Lights. Camera. Murder.

Amidst the rugged beauty of Oregon’s Opal Wilderness, a contestant from a reality survival show is found dead at the base of a cliff, his body shattered against the rocks. The show’s producers are spinning it as a tragic accident, but local police suspect murder.

While enjoying a leisurely tour of the Oregon wine country with friends and colleagues, Detective Thomas Austin is drawn into the mystery when he learns that the deceased man is a well-known author who lived minutes from his own home. As the cameras capture every grim detail, Austin must navigate a maze of conflicting stories from the show’s crew and contestants along with environmental protestors, celebrity-seeking paparazzi, a local tribe, and even a group of Bigfoot hunters.

In a world in which everyone is performing for the camera, the lines between truth and fiction blur. And when another contestant vanishes, the investigation takes a turn more twisted and sinister than Austin could have imagined.

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