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Little Girl Lost (DS Lucy Black Book 1)

Little Girl Lost (DS Lucy Black Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Brian McGilloway
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'Effortlessly blending Black's personal woes into her professional life, McGilloway weaves a taut police procedural in an unadorned style that belies the stories complexity... McGilloway has tapped into a fascinating and febrile setting...It's an impressive statement of intent from an author whose reputation grows with each release' --Irish Times

'A little girl is found wandering in snowy woodland, wearing only her pyjamas and unable or unwilling to speak. Meanwhile, the search continues for another teenage female who has been snatched from her home....So begins the latest crime novel from the award-winning pen of Northern Irish writer Brian McGilloway - and it's an intriguing start to a totally engrossing read. McGilloway is best known for his extremely popular Inspector Devlin series, but Little Girl Lost is a stand-alone books featuring DS Lucy Black. Lucy has a complicated family life, and families - and their dysfunctions - are a recurring theme throughout the novel. The story is well-plotted, with a clear sense of place and history which sets it apart from the run of the mill. This is a highly-recommended read from a greatly accomplished author.' --Press Association

'This standalone thriller is cleverly constructed, packed with vibrant and believable characters and admirably free of the clichés of the genre... It confirms him as one of the most original voices in the notably expanding field of Irish crime fiction and this reviewer, for one, would like to read more of DS Lucy Black.' --Irish Independent

'Brian McGilloway's Little Girl Lost (Macmillan) is a police procedural set in contemporary Derry, as DS Black investigates the disappearance of a young girl who can identify a killer. A standalone from his critically acclaimed Inspector Devlin series, this is an assured and grittily realistic tale from an author who is being compared to James Lee Burke and Ian Rankin.' --Sunday Business Post

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Midwinter. A child is found wandering in an ancient woodland, her hands covered in blood. But it is not her own.

Unwilling – or unable – to speak, the only person she seems to trust is the young officer who rescued her, Detective Sergeant Lucy Black. Soon afterwards, DS Black is baffled to find herself suddenly moved from a high-profile case involving a kidnapping of another girl, a prominent businessman’s teenage daughter.

At home, Black is struggling with caring for her increasingly unstable father, and trying to avoid conflict with her frosty mother – who also happens to be the Assistant Chief Constable. As she tries to identify the unclaimed child, Black begins to realise that her case and the kidnapping may be linked by events from the grimmest days of the country’s recent history – events that also defined her own trouble childhood.

Little Girl Lost is a devastating crime thriller about corruption, greed and vengeance, and a father’s love for his daughter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 978 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0230747655
  • Publisher: Macmillan (6 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WDZZV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,604 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brian McGilloway was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974. After studying English at Queen's University, Belfast, he took up a teaching position in St Columb's College in Derry, where he was Head of English.

His first novel, Borderlands, published by Macmillan New Writing, was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger 2007 and was hailed by The Times as 'one of (2007's) most impressive debuts.' The second novel in the series, Gallows Lane, was shortlisted for the 2009 Irish Book Awards/Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year. The third Devlin, Bleed a River Deep, was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of their Best Books of 2010. The first DS Lucy Black novel, Little Girl Lost, became an Amazon Kindle No 1 Bestseller in 2013. The follow-up novel featuring Lucy Black, Hurt, is published in November 2013.

Brian lives near the Irish borderlands with his wife and their four children.

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275 of 278 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost unputdownable 4 April 2011
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I had never heard of Brian McGilloway until I received this book. 'Little Girl Lost' is a standalone police procedural set in Northern Ireland, and to be honest I have usually shied away from reading books with an Irish theme. In fact the only ones I have read previously have been those of Maeve Binchy. I found the storyline captivating, engaging, fast moving and once I started reading I found it difficult to put the book down. For me all the characters were believable. Why was the little girl found wandering in a wood only clad in her nightclothes and with her hands stained with blood? Why is she too traumatised to speak? Where has she come from? What secrets does little girl lost hold? When the police find little girl lost, they are in fact hunting for another missing girl. As the story unfolds other characters emerge including a old man with dementia who may or may not have a guilty secret, and a woman fallen on hard times through alcohol abuse. There are a few unpleasant surprises and a sting in the tail. To say more would spoil the story, but suffice to say that having read this offering I can't wait to read Brian McGilloway's Inspector Devlin stories. All in all a great read and one I would recommend to anyone who likes a good crime story.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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Brian McGilloway is a new name to me but I found this police procedural novel to be very readable and enjoyable (although at times it is quite distressing) and I'll certainly look out for more books by this author. DS Lucy Black is a very believable and sympathetic main character and one can't help wondering if this will be the first of a series featuring her. 'Little lost girl' has a number of intriguing, interlocking plots involving abduction and shady business deals, all with a background of the "Troubles" - that lovely whimsical Irish word to describe the bloody civil war in Northern Ireland. There was also the seemingly gratutious inclusion of a thread concerning neglected children, which was really heartrending.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read with plenty of twists. 7 May 2011
By Mark Booth VINE VOICE
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This is an intelligently written book, with short chapters making it easy to pick up when you have a few minutes spare. The story is quite enjoyable and has enough twists and turns, if only minor, to keep you wondering where it's going. Unexpectedly it also gave me an insight into the troubles of Northern Ireland from a perspective I had not come across before. I also liked the fact that everything was tied up nicely. So, although not ground breaking, I would happily recommend it.
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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 18 April 2011
By Tried and Tested VINE VOICE
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I'd never heard of Brian McGilloway before picking up this book, even though this is his 5th novel, doing a little bit of investigation it would appear that a number of the previous novels have been nominated for awards, always a good chance that this was going to be worth reading then!

This book had me hooked right from the start, it has short chapters wich I have found help to keep the pack moving along quickly but even without these the story had drawn me in and made me want to keep reading.

I found the timing of my reading this book quite ironic. It highlights the treatment of catholic police offices during the troubles but the shows how much safer it is for them in Northern Ireland now - I was reading this as the news was showing a car bomb that killed a catholic police officer.

I thought this book was a brilliant read, I couldn't wait to find out what happened next and how all the various threads actually hung together, I also like the fact that every time you thought they'd made a breakthrough it seemed to lead to a dead end and there was more investigation needed. There was a twist, which I could see being built up to for some time but there were other ones which I didn't see coming at all.

Being a crime thriller you expect there to be violence and deaths, in books like this they don't usually bother me but I have to admit that I found one so shocking it had me in tears.

I feel I've gushed quite a lot in this review but I honestly thought the book was that good! I'll definitely be buying the other books that McGilloway has released
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well paced crime novel 16 April 2011
By Sarah Lambert VINE VOICE
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I enjoyed reading this book and would like to read other books by Brian McGilloway. The plot moved along well with some interesting twists and turns and the irish setting brought a further depth to the story. The book starts with a little girl found in the woods and once you have started reading you want to find out what has happened to her. The storyline is quite grim in places but not graphic and there are some interesting and believable characters. The main character of DS Lucy Black is a policewoman trying to do her best at her job whilst also dealing with a difficult family situation, I felt the balance between details of her life and the plot worked well together and the integration added an extra dimension to the story. I felt that her father was a well written character and accurately reflected the sad decline of someone with alzheimers and the difficulties of relationships with them. The mother seemed a less believable character but, as more details about the family's background was revealed, I began to find her relationship with Lucy more convincing. This is a good book, it doesn't move along quite as quickly as a James Patterson but there is more background detail to the plot and I think this adds extra to the story. I think that this could easily evolve into a series of books and it would be good to see how the characters developed.
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excellent book, my first by Brian McGilloway but will definitely read more!
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book!! I liked how the author dealt with the Alzheimer's Lucy's dad had.I didn't guess how it would end!!!
Published 20 days ago by georgina cannings
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the setting in Northern Ireland
A straightforward police drama, and exciting with it. I like the setting in Northern Ireland, Derry, which I found interesting set against the history of the 'troubles' in that... Read more
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