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Little Girls Lost (Carson Ryder, Book 6)

Little Girls Lost (Carson Ryder, Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

J. A. Kerley
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Praise for Jack Kerley:

‘A fascinating and frightening take on the genre’ Independent on Sunday

‘Superb… fantastic.’ Sunday Express

‘The master of the macabre’ Guardian

‘A chilling journey into a pitch-black mind’ Michael Marshall, author of ‘The Straw men’ trilogy

‘A sturdy hero with a clearcut mission and a setting that holds possibilities for fresh adventure. Kerley writes in a thrusting style that pushes the action from crime scene to autopsy table.’ New York Times Book Review

‘Kerley jacks up the tension effectively, building to an all-stops-out climax. The plot is a treasure chest of interlocked pieces.’ Booklist

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The fourth in the bestselling series of psychological thrillers featuring Carson Ryder, the detective with a unique perspective on serial killers.

Children are disappearing in Mobile, Alabama, the latest snatched from her own bedroom. There are no clues – and, as yet, no bodies.

Homicide Detective Carson Ryder is called in to investigate the abduction of little LaShelle Shearing only to find the case getting tangled up in murky departmental and civic politics. And with his partner Harry Nautilus fighting for his life after being viciously attacked, Carson is feeling increasingly isolated.

Public rage is now reaching dangerous levels, and Ryder’s bosses turn for help to ex-Detective Conner Sandhill whose uncanny ability to spot connections and details missed by others is legendary – but who left the department under a cloud.

Ryder and Sandhill form an uneasy alliance in the hunt for the missing children, a hunt which becomes all the more urgent for tragic personal reasons. But at the root of these disappearances is something truly evil… and its source is closer to home than either could have imagined.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 491 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (29 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002URYQ4M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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J A Kerley worked in advertising and teaching before becoming a full-time novelist. He lives in Newport, Kentucky, but also spends a good deal of time in Southern Alabama, the setting for his Carson Ryder series, starting with 'The Hundredth Man'. He is married with two children.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different to the rest, but still a good read 14 Mar 2010
By Phil Robertshaw VINE VOICE
This Jack Kerley novel was originally intended for publication earlier in the series, but was put back, one can only assume, due to disturbing similarities between aspects of its plot and the Madeleine McCann case. Girls are being snatched from the streets of Mobile, Alabama, and former detective Conner Sandhill is called in to help the investigation led by Kerley's familiar lead character, Carson Ryder.

Ryder's regular partner Harry Nautilus is reduced to a cameo role in this novel, recovering in hospital following an attack. This, combined with the removal of Ryder from his usual role as narrator, makes Little Girls Lost feel a little different to the rest of the series. It lacks Ryder's humorous observations, and the banter between Ryder and Nautilus is sadly missed.

However, Conner Sandhill is an interesting replacement. Dismissed from the force for reasons which are initially unclear but later explained, he gets involved following pressure and eventually, for personal reasons. His own maverick methods play a major part in the plot. While it is to be hoped that Harry Nautilus returns in a bigger role next time, this is an interesting diversion from the rest of the series. It isn't the best of the series but it's not at all bad either - Kerley still knows how to write a cracking crime novel.

I would recommend that newcomers to Jack Kerley start with The Hundredth Man and work through in order, rather than starting with this one, which is not a typical example of the style of the series. However, regular Kerley readers should still enjoy Little Girls Lost, and if you can stomach the disturbing (but fortunately not excessively graphic) aspects of the story, it's a very good read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much revealed too soon 11 Jan 2010
Young schoolgirls are going missing in Mobile, Alabama. Carson Ryder is the main detective on the case, working alone after his partner was attacked and left for dead. Conner Sandhill left the police department under something of a cloud, but everyone, or nearly everyone agrees that he was one of the best in tracking down criminals and he is brought in as a consultant on the case.

Add a dash of racial tension (all the missing children are black), a spoonful of power play between the higher-ups, two policemen with pasts they'd rather remain hidden, a pinch of corruption and stir well.

This book had the makings of a great thriller, but in the end it only passed as good for me. I've never read any Jack Kerley before, but I did enjoy the style of his writing and his characterisations. What let the book down for me was that we as readers found out a quite bit of information much too soon! The reader discovered a lot of the whos, whens and whys a lot earlier than the investigators did.

That works for some people, not for me. I want to read the book and find everything out at the same time as the detective, not lots of chapters before it. It could be a personal thing, but it was disappointing for me.

A good beach or holiday read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly below par for Kerley 8 Dec 2009
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I was looking forward to reading this, having enjoyed the preceding books in the series. This is thoroughly entertaining, but rather below Kerley's usual standard. Ryder has always been quite a well-defined character, but only in this book is it evident how much we have relied on his interplay with his partner, Harry, to gain insight into his character. Harry is largely absent here, and without him Ryder seems ill-defined. The new character (The Gumbo King, a magnificent creation) reminds me of one of Carl Hiassen's characters and is written with obvious fun, whilst Ryder seems cardboard in comparison.

My main gripe here, though, is that there is simply too little detection going on. Children are being abducted, and those charged with investigating it do none of the things that would be expected of any half-competent policeman. This hits the book's credibility, as does the contrived resolution in which everything is implausibly tidied up with hardly a breath drawn.
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I've never read a book by this author before and I found this one a little hard to get into at first - I certainly think it helps if you've read the authors previous books as it doesn't tell you much about the characters, assuming you are already familiar with them. I also found the racial tensions at the start of the book a little tedious - it's becoming a very well-worn theme in this type of crime/thriller book and frankly it's becoming a bit of a lazy plot device to try and spice up a story.

Happily though, I persevered and that aspect of the book does fade into the background and we meet some very interesting characters. Little black girls are disappearing from the streets, the black community is angry at a perceived lack of police action, and Detective Ryder has lost his usual partner and is facing internal departmental politics hampering his investigation.

There's nothing especially new there, but some of the characters make up for it. Ryder himself doesn't reveal much of himself here - I expect the loss of his usual partner means the author is focusing on other characters more. However, The Gumbo King, a disgraced ex-cop running his own restaurant, and the two men involved in the snatching of the girls, are very interesting characters and the local mayor is also a well-drawn and believable character.

There isn't quite as much suspense as is usual in this type of novel because you see a lot of the story from the point of view of the offenders, so there's no mystery in how or why the girls are disappearing - but the offenders are interesting characters themselves and the interplay between the two, and why they do commit the crimes, is explored in interesting detail without making excuses for their actions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good read
Published 1 month ago by frank
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Good story great plot thoroughly enjoyed reading this and will try more from the same author. would recommend it to friends
Published 1 month ago by sheila ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Gumbo Good !!!
Gripped right from the start, great story line and characters, will defiantly be reading more by this author. can't wait.
Published 2 months ago by cameron alan albert atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty
As good as all his other books, read them out of order but didn't matter.When is the next one out ???
Published 5 months ago by Mrs M Z Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Another great read from J.A. Kerley. Thoroughly looking forward to getting stuck into the next in the series. Highly Recommend.
Published 6 months ago by malachy campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
An enjoyable read that kept me busy for a week. Worth a read, you wont be disappointed. I have now read all his work.
Published 8 months ago by Ilpyondanshim
5.0 out of 5 stars good good book
Loved this story, two girls got to dance another day and the scumbags rotting either dead or jail, yippeee, great detectives too
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. P. A. Thornhill
4.0 out of 5 stars ideal for a Holdiay traveling
I have read, well more like devoured the previous books in the series. I found them quick yet gripping novels, and found this book to be no different. Yet... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Catwomanthegeek
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
As with all the others could not put it down. Very much enjoyed the new central character, The Gumbo King.
Published 13 months ago by Sophie Prentice
5.0 out of 5 stars really good book
A excellent story nail biting to the end recommend to all readers who like a good story about police detectives
Published 14 months ago by Will slow
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