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Gripping 'The Missing' advances with Hitchcock-like tautness

Gripping 'The Missing' advances with Hitchcock-like tautness

"The Missing," which begins Saturday on Starz, is a new miniseries about the disappearance of a child — the aftermath of the disappearance of a child, to be precise. It is eight hours long, and I watched it all in a single sitting.

Imperiled children have been central to other dark, quality cable series of late, including "The Killing," "Top of the Lake" and "Broadchurch." It does give a story a certain weight and heat. After having lived through so many murder mysteries, police procedurals and slasher films, what's one more grown-up murdered or missing? We carry on. A child victim shocks us back to attention, shifts the ground under our feet,...

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