Gone the Next - Ben Rehder

Gone the Next

By Ben Rehder

  • Release Date: 2015-06-08
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,516 Ratings


Meet Roy Ballard, freelance videographer with a knack for catching insurance cheats. He's working a routine case, complete with hours of tedious surveillance, when he sees something that shakes him to the core. There, with the subject, is a little blond girl wearing a pink top and denim shorts—the same outfit worn by Tracy Turner, a six-year-old abducted the day before. When the police are skeptical of Ballard's report—and with his history, who can blame them?—it's the beginning of the most important case of his life.  

Edgar and Shamus Award finalist Ben Rehder's novels have made best-of-the-year lists in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Field & Stream. Reviews for Ben Rehder's novels:

“Murderously funny.” 
—Chicago Tribune

“Another of Rehder’s relentlessly twisted tales. Outrageous fun.” 
—Kirkus Reviews

“Wickedly funny.” 
—Dallas Morning News

“The odd cast of characters and bizarre plots and subplots make for a rollicking good read.” 
—Houston Chronicle

“Rehder has made the leap from writing skillful comic pleasantries to pulverizing satire.”
— Austin American-Statesman 

“Rehder writes with an assured hand and a knowing tip of the wide-brimmed cowboy hat to the ways and wiles of the characters that people his distinctly Texan landscape."


  • Gone the Next-Roy Ballard #1

    By Book 3 in the Cosega Trilogy
    Read several of Rehder’s novels, and they have all been very well written, with an interesting plot, a fair amount of action, believable and likable characters, and enough just humor. Plus I love it when I finish a book and the author looks like my mental image of the main character, and I can easily see Rehder in a big green Dodge and a game warden’s uniform, like Marlin from his Blanco County series. Roy Ballard is a divorced legal videographer with an amusingly sarcastic sense of humor and lot of baggage. While on routine surveillance for an insurance company to investigate and capture evidence of fraud, Roy believes he saw a missing kid from yesterday’s Amber Alert. After being dismissed by the police, who don’t see Roy as a credible witness he continues to search for the missing girl, using the tools of his trade.
  • Gone the Next

    By KristaMcPA
    This was an easy book to read and kept my interest. There was a mix of humor and mystery, and no REAL violence or hot sex which is exactly what I am looking for. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a book to read for entertainment.
  • Gone the Next

    By Dr. Hand
    Mystery was exciting to read. Author Ben Rehder words reveal how twisted his story’s characters become. Yes, I will now read all of his published books.
  • Outstanding

    By Seabeeclifton
    This was the quickest I have ever read a book. Mainly because I couldn’t put it down. I want to read more of this authors books. Great work!
  • Gone the next

    By Dnrtat
    Surprised me.
  • Gone the Next

    By Obwantomob
    Easy to read, great writing style.
  • What a great read!

    By Rankdn
    I am convinced that Ben Rehder is my new favorite author. I enjoyed his quirky first stories (I.e. Buck Fever) but have a new appreciation for the way he has developed his skills in story telling. I will be reading all of the Roy Ballard series and look forward to his future writings.
  • Gone the Next

    By @"'kin euvxrh
    Wonderful read. Funny and keeps your interest at all times. Great author.
  • Entertaining!

    By Vickles22
    This is my first book by this author and I couldn’t put it down. It’s a serious subject matter but the author is very witty and I had more than a few LOL moments. I’m ready for the next book in the Roy Ballard series!
  • Gone The Next

    By Lisa993
    Kept me intrigued even though the lack of investigation by the law and more by a videographer seemed a bit unusual. Enjoyed the storyline and the characters.