• Book Cover: Call of the Void by J.T. Siemens. A Sloane Donovan Mystery. A dirt road runs through a forest of tall, thin trees in bluish light. A woman stands with her back to the viewer, staring at a delipidated car with an illuminated interior. Cover blurb: J.T. Siemens proves he’s one of the best crime writers out there today. S.M. Freedman, author of Blood Atonement.

Call of the Void


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978-177439-086-3 | 2024 March | 384 Pages


Now a fully-fledged private investigator, Sloane Donovan is bored by her latest task of keeping a debauched starlet alive and out of the headlines as she films a movie in Vancouver.

When she and her partner Wayne Capson are contacted by a grieving mother looking to resurrect the cold case of her missing daughter, Sloane finds herself inexorably drawn into a clandestine world of disappearing girls, illegal narcotics and loose ends dating back forty years.

Careening from the hardest edges of the city to creepy rural backroads where cries go unheard, Sloane’s relentless quest places the people closest to her at risk, while her own personal demons threaten to devour her. Lightning-paced and unputdownable, Call of the Void cements Sloane Donovan’s position amid the new generation of hard-boiled sleuths.

    In this masterful follow-up, J.T. Siemens proves he’s one of the best crime writers out there today. Written with grit and heart, Call of the Void drops Sloane Donovan into Vancouver’s sinister underbelly as her search for one missing girl unearths secrets someone would kill to keep buried.”
    — S.M. Freedman, author of Blood Atonement, Globe and Mail Top 100 Best Books of 2022, Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence Finalist

    Call of the Void is a treat of a thriller! Gritty, relentless, flawlessly plotted action, and a ballsy, damaged PI heroine that we just can’t help cheering for.”
    — Iona Whishaw, author of the Lane Winslow mystery series

    “What Siemens has accomplished with Call of the Void is extraordinary. A brilliant, heart-wrenching, and inspiring sequel that not only raises the bar but also deftly explores the troubled psyche of a damaged yet heroic protagonist. A towering achievement by one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.”
    — A.J. Devlin, award-winning author of the “Hammerhead” Jed pro-wrestler PI novels

    Call of the Void begins with a race and ends with a race, and proceeds at a swerving, heart-pounding clip in between. Sloane Donovan is back, in all her compulsive, kick-ass glory, in a gripping, poignant, and darkly sardonic tale of missing women, dying dreams, paralyzing addiction, and the dingy underbelly that lies so close beneath the glitter of Vancouver.”
    — Frances Peck, author of Uncontrolled Flight and The Broken Places, Globe and Mail Top 100 Best Books of 2022 and Rakuten Emerging Writer Prize Finalist

    “A nimbly-paced mystery story ... Sloane Donovan is a character you will not soon forget.”
    — Valerie Green, The British Columbia Review (full review)