Private Investigations Books

Books About Child Abductions in Australia And Overseas

Here you find books, especially around child abduction and retrieval. Reading other’s stories can help you understand your own situation better. I am here if you have questions along the way.

My job is to find missing people and retrieve them to their rightful custodians. I have published my own book called the retriever. You can find the book further down this page or read more about it on my book-The Retriever page.

Feel free to contact me any time.

Thousands of Tears

Thousands of tears - true crimeNearly three hundred thousand children are abducted from their homes each year, either by strangers or by a parent. Accordingly, enormous media attention has been given to child abduction.

Television and radio broadcasts, and magazine and news publications have all investigated this problem of epidemic proportions. Parents are devastated by their deepest fears: that one day someone would abduct and likely harm their young child.

Flight of the Dragonfly

flight of the dragonflyIt was a case that made international headlines in 2006: two small girls, Cedar, 3, and Hannah, 5, were abducted by their Lebanesea-Australian father, Joe, and flown into Lebanon in the middle of a war.

Their distraught Canadian mother, Melissa Hawach, was left to figure out where her daughters were, if they were safe and what, if anything, she could do to get them back.

Taken in Contempt

private investigator bookTaken in Contempt is the extraordinary account of Robin’s family’s own loss woven together with the stories of other parents of abducted children. It is the full of heartbreak , danger and adventure, yet it is also a record of courage and inner strength, and of the crazy, life threatening risks people take int the name of love.

Chasing the Cyclone

private investigation storyPaul Francesco is an independent, successful single man in his late thirties.

Unknown to Paul, there is an evil plan to extort his hard-earned assets from him and in the process deny him the one thing that is more important to him than anything else in the world: to be an active part of his son Alex’s life.

Stolen Innocence

Stolen InnocenceThis is a story of the survival of two young children who were abducted by their mother. Lisa, nine and Sean, eight were abducted during a weekend visit on November 14, 1980. This is Lisa’s story of the worst five years of her life.

Lisa and Sean were moved back and forth across the U.S.A. and Canada. They were relocated every one to six months, in order to avoid being found. Stolen Innocence is a collection of Lisa’s memories of those five years.

When Parents Kidnap

When Parents KidnapWhat happens when a child is kidnapped from home by his or her own parent? What are the emotional and psychological consequences of living in hiding for weeks, months, or even years for a child? How does the parent left behind cope with having no knowledge of the child’s whereabouts or well-being?

And what could lead a parent to inflict such a painful existence on his or her own child?

Book Title: The Retreiver

The retriever book coverThe controversial and incredible story of the Australian private investigator who retrieves children illegally abducted by one of their own parents. A compelling mix of true crime, thriller and memoir that no parent should miss.

Australia has the highest per capita rate of parental child abductions in the world, with about 150 Australian children abducted each year, according to official figures.

Odzyskane dzieci

The retreiver in polishMy years as private investigator has brought me to Poland mulitple times to help parents retrevie their kids from unlawful kidnapping. I therefor colaborated with my publisher to make it easier for Polish people to read my stories. This is the Polish translation of “The Retriever” which was written by myself. Read about the Australian version.

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