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To my nephews, Jack and Jordan

And dedicated also to Daniel Morcombe, who disappeared while waiting for a bus, age thirteen.

Chapter One

No one noticed fourteen-year-old Jack Irwin-Hunter as he hiked his way up the steep slope towards Lake Como. No one noticed Jack, even though the road was busy with traffic as residents evacuated the town of Rumpole below in search of a mountain breeze. That summer was extreme with heat and the hottest recorded in Rumpole's history.

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