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Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann for "The Girls Are Gone"

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Join SubText Books on Wednesday, January 30th at 7:00 PM for an event with Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann for “The Girls are Gone.” Book signing to follow.

“The Girls Are Gone” tells the true story of two sisters who went missing, the father who kept searching, and the adults who conspired to keep the truth hidden.

On the evening of April 19, 2013, Samantha and Gianna Rucki disappeared. Two of five children born to David Rucki and Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, the teenage sisters vanished in the midst of their parents divorce. The girls father, David Rucki, worked tirelessly with law enforcement to search day and night for his two missing daughters, following every lead while raising three remaining children at home. Their mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, used her newfound freedom to vacation around the world, abandoning her children. And as the investigation intensified, catching the attention of the media, Sandra also disappeared.

On November 18, 2015 – 944 days after they disappeared – the girls were found living on a ranch in northern Minnesota by law enforcement. Criminal charges were filed against four people, including the girls’ mother, for their role in the disappearance of the Rucki sisters. “The Girls Are Gone” chronicles key events during the criminal trials of the people who were later convicted or pleaded guilty for their involvement in this heinous crime. The book examines the other adults who aided in the conspiracy to hide the truth and the Rucki sisters.

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann met during the 2016 Grazzini-Rucki criminal trial. Allison worked at a law firm representing David Rucki, the father, who was trying to find his girls. Michael was working for the Star Tribune, covering the story as the case developed.

Michael and Allison have spent the last two years working together investigating and researching to find the answers to many questions that had been left unanswered for years. They have analyzed court documents, reviewed investigative files, and conducted numerous interviews to provide a completed story about how and why two children vanished from their family and friends for 944 days. Their passion for following the case and connecting the dots to figure out the truth of what really happened led them to write “The Girls Are Gone.”

About Michael Brodkorb:
Michael Brodkorb has spent his professional career working in politics, communications, and public relations. Michael is currently a columnist for MinnPost and he previously worked as a special correspondent for the Star Tribune. He is a lifelong resident of Minnesota.

About Allison Mann:
Allison Mann is a mom, wife and paralegal living in Minnesota with her family. Allison began her career as a paralegal in 2001 after graduating from college. She spent one year working in a large firm before she found her home at a small office in the Twin Cities suburbs. Allison's dedication to research, investigation and writing have provided many clients with not only successful outcomes but also much comfort over her years as a paralegal. 

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