Flying to America from London for a holiday, Stephanie Harker watches helplessly as her young charge, Jimmy, is kidnapped from the airport security checkpoint. But this is no ordinary abduction–Jimmy is the son of Scarlett, a reality TV star in London. Scarlett, dying of cancer, and estranged from her unreliable family, entrusts her son to her best friend and ghost writer of her biography, Stephanie. Assisting the FBI to recover the missing boy, Stephanie reaches into the past. Has Jimmy been taken by one of his own relatives? Is Stephanie’s obsessive ex-lover trying to teach her a lesson? Has one of Scarlett’s stalkers come back to haunt them? In Vanishing Point, McDermid draws readers into a country where afternoon tea and biscuits may differ from American fare, but her riveting read reaches across cultures.