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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408802015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408802014
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,743,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No one with even a marginal interest in true crime writing should miss this page-turner, by turns shocking and almost unbearably sad." -"Publisher's Weekly" (starred review)"A fascinating tale, making the costs of violence unequivocally clear. ...John's hard-won conclusion about vengeance--violence needn't be perpetuated because it would only damage his family more--holds a striking lesson for everyone, not just teens." -"Chicago"" Sun Times""""This riveting story will stay with readers, particularly its message that John's anger and desire for revenge were the hardest wounds to heal." - "Booklist""The book flows seamlessly back and forth from father's to daughter's perspective, each jump between narrators providing further explanation and insight and pulling readers deeper into the story." -- "VOYA" (Teen Reviewer)"This true-crime story manages to be suspenseful and reflective at the same time, and it will draw both leisure and reluctant readers." - "VOYA""A page-turner... Ultimately, a story of survival and triumph." -"SLJ"

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Cylin Busby is the author of several non-fiction articles as well as fiction books. A former editor with Teen magazine, she now lives in Los Angeles with her family. John Busby lives in an undisclosed location.

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This book is excellent, I was reading this book and it made me realise that people out in this world would do things like shoot people. I thought the book was also good because it had two peoples perspective on what had happened. It had cylin Busbys which was about how she coped with the situation and her dads point of view and of how he coped with his injuries and how he wanted to find out who did it to him.this book is so amazing to find out all the things this family had to go through just to be safe in the world. I would recommend this book to people who love a good true story, and i think that a lot of people who buy this book will enjoy it as much as i did.
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A very unusual book which follows the fortunes of a family, torn apart by the shooting of their policeman father, but which holds together in the end. Documents carefully their progression from ordinary family, to a family living in total fear to fugitives and beyond. Written through the eyes of the father and the daughter in alternate chapters. A true account which makes it all the more compelling and harrowing.
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
Appalling miscarriage of justice....amazing family. 6 Aug. 2008
By Amy K. Summers - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I preordered this book back in June and had forgotten about it until it arrived in my mailbox. I started reading it last night and am almost halfway through it. I grew up on Cape Cod, and never heard of this until a few years ago when the suspected shooter's wife was murdered. This story hits really close to home, because my father was a police officer, and my worst fear was that he would get hurt/killed at his job. This family is amazing. The hell that they went through, and the complete miscarriage of justice is appalling. There is no question that this case was completely bungled/covered up.

John Busby is an advocate for extending the statute of limitations on crimes against police officers. A few years ago, the brother of the suspected shooter admitted he was the driver while his brother shot Officer Busby, but because the statute of limitations had run out, he could not be charged.

Ironically, the suspected shooter has been in a mental institution because he suffers from dementia since 2001. Some call it poetic justice. Amazing and haunting, don't miss this book.
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Great read 3 Sept. 2008
By T. Maciel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I grew up in Falmouth during the time of 'Ray Meyers'. I remember the people in this book. I remember the pain of losing a friend that was murdered during this. I never knew many of the details about this time. Officer Busby and his daughter gave me those details in this book and helped me put order to the confusion from that time. I could not help but cry reading this book. I have to say I liked the way he and his daughter took turns writing the chapters. This book is a great perspective from a child's point of view when faced with awful, life-altering tragedy. Her perspective reminded me of how parents always tried to hide things from children back then. Officer Busby's story reminded me how truly horrible things happen to truly good people. He also reminded me why parents try to shield their children from those horrors.
This book is a testament to a family's strength of character and love for one another. They are the type of people we ought to look upto and use as role models, not folks who are celebrity for celebrity sake. This family never, never wanted any of this. They faced this with such strength and resilience that I can only stand in awe and complete respect for them.
For those who might find it interesting 48 Hours Mystery will be doing this story sometime in February of 2009. I would suggest you read this book and then watch the story.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Worth reading - for adults and older teens 3 Nov. 2008
By Kenneth Simon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Officer John Busby was on his way to work as a police officer on Cape Cod when he was ambushed from a moving vehicle. The injuries he sustained that day in 1979 resulted in months and months of painful reconstructive surgery and healing. Beyond the physical injury was the damage done to his family: he, his wife and three children were forced to live under heavy police protection, as the would-be killer might come after any of them at any time.

This tale of a family whose life is turned upside-down is told as a memoir, the chapters alternating between John's recollections and those of his daughter, Cylin, who was nine years old at the time of the events. This format works well, as we see the same chronology seen through different eyes: the rage and pain of the father, and the confusion and dismay of his young daughter.

The Year We Disappeared does contain some rather disturbing description of the shooting and the injuries sustained, and for some young readers this may be hard to take. But overall, this book is suitable for, say, tenth grade to adult. The writing is direct in a refreshing way: reading it, we feel as though we're getting the unadorned truth, not a literary effort. Cylin's writing, especially, is evocative, bringing in elements of childhood to which I could easily relate. That helps bring the family to life on the printed page.

This is a tale of adversity and of survival, with a good dose of suspense, since every bump in the night is a potential source of terror. Still, this isn't a thriller -- it's the story of a family determined to survive, together. It's well worth reading.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A Heartbreaking Tale 8 Aug. 2012
By WishesUT - Published on
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This is the story of a father and daughter who endure the trauma of a horrific shooting. John Busby was a Falmouth, MA police officer who stood up to the wrong bad guys and paid for it. He was mercilessly shot in the face and almost killed. This is the story of his recovery and the impact on his family. The story is told from his perspectiive and also from the perspective of his daughter, Cylin. I liked this format because it helped me understand how the adults in the household felt about their situation, but also how the children coped. Their story was eye opening to me because it gave me a whole new perspective about the sacrifices that police officers and other public servants sometimes have to make for the benefit of the public. I wished there had been more support for the Busbys, especially within the police department itself. This is a worthwhile read.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Former Falmouth Resident 26 Aug. 2008
By L. Roy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book was incredible. I could not put it down! When I finally finished it on one Sunday, my husband asked me "Are you finished? You haven't talked to me all weekend!"
It captured my interest as my family lived near, Reine's corner, the trash truck depot, the junk yard and the Busy's. I knew the selectmen and some of the officers mentioned.
This should become a movie! It reminded me of the type of story as "The Client".
The Busby's were so brave, I didn't realize what they were living through as my school bus drove passed their house each afternoon. I remember all of a sudden a tall stockade fence appearing around the house. I am still amazed at how Polly continued school through all of this!
Great reading!!
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