Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann announced today that the third printing of their book, The Girls Are Gone, has been ordered.
Brodkorb and Mann have appeared at over 20 events for their book in the last few months and more book events in Minnesota and other states will be announced in the next few weeks.
“We are thrilled that there has been such an amazing response to our book,” said Allison Mann. “Bringing such an important story to as many people as possible has always been the goal and it feels wonderful that is happening now,” said Mann.
The Girls Are Gone is published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing and was released on October 23, 2018. The book provides new details about the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki and the adults who conspired to keep the missing sisters and the truth hidden.
The book examines the events which led to Sandra Grazzini-Rucki abducting her daughters on April 19, 2013, during a custody dispute with her ex-husband, David Rucki. On November 18, 2015 – 944 days after they disappeared – the girls were found living on a ranch in northern Minnesota by law enforcement, headed by the Lakeville Police Department.
During the writing process which lasted nearly two years, Brodkorb and Mann 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.
The Girls Are Gone includes interviews with members of the Rucki family, including exclusive interviews with Samantha and Gianna Rucki.
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.
The book also discusses the connection between Michelle MacDonald, who was a candidate for the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2018, and two people convicted for their roles in the disappearance of the Rucki sisters: Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and Dede Evavold. MacDonald was labeled a “person of interest” by the Lakeville Police Department in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki but did not cooperate in the investigation.
The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook.
Allison Mann contributed to this story.