The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel

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In a universe where humans and aliens have formed a loose government called the Earth Alliance, treaties guarantee that humans are subject to alien laws when on alien soil. But alien laws often make no sense, and the punishments vary from loss of life to loss of a first-born child. More
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About Kristine Kathryn Rusch

New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov’s Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.
Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Kris Nelscott mystery novels in their top-ten-best mystery novels of the year. The Nelscott books have received nominations for almost every award in the mystery field, including the best novel Edgar Award, and the Shamus Award.
She writes goofy romance novels as award-winner Kristine Grayson and futuristic sf as Kris DeLake.
She also edits. Beginning with work at the innovative publishing company, Pulphouse, followed by her award-winning tenure at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, she took fifteen years off before returning to editing with the original anthology series Fiction River, published by WMG Publishing. She acts as series editor with her husband, writer Dean Wesley Smith, and edits some of the volumes, as well.
To keep up with everything she does, go to and sign up for her newsletter. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (,,, She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.

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Reviews of The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Travis Siegel reviewed on April 28, 2021

I haven't read anything else in the retrieval artist series except for a short story published in Analog before this book, but I have to say that the series seems to be a very good one, and it's one I'll definitely be looking to read in its entirety.
(review of free book)
Dai Alanye reviewed on June 14, 2012

Rusch has a fine imagination and is a wonderful world-builder. The Disappeared is, I believe, the initial Retrieval Artist novel, and should make SF fans eager for the following books in the series.

Some minor typos, one or two instances of questionable logic, and ends in a somewhat Deus ex machina style, but overall well worth reading.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Bumblefish reviewed on April 11, 2012

Years ago i first stumbled across this book by accident. Even years after reading i sometimes thought about it. Not many books manage that.
I'm glad, i now found it as ebook.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
Nancy Beck reviewed on Dec. 6, 2011

What a fantastic story! I've been trying to read more SF lately, and this filled the bill...and then some! Miles Flint is a detective working on the Moon when a space yacht is found - with 3 dead people inside. Another space yacht, piloted by a young woman, comes into the Port, calling out a Mayday as she attempts to not crash the yacht. A strange coincidence? Or do these two events share something? And what's with all the aliens showing up, demanding human kids as payment for past wrongs perpetrated by the adult humans?

What first drew me in was the opening couple of pages, where we first meet that young woman; it broke my heart that she had to leave her fiancee behind...

In summary, this is a nice mix of SF and mystery. You'll keep guessing until the very end as to what Miles will do.
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)

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