Little Girl Lost (Hard Case Crime (Mass Market Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Oct 2004
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About the Author
"Richard Aleas" is the pseudonym of an Edgar and Shamus Award-winning mystery writer and editor whose work has appeared in dozens of publications including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine as well as anthologies such as Best Mystery Stories of the Year and The Year's Best Horror Stories. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Doesn't make me want to read subsequent books.
Blake's most interested in how a future doctor could do such a striking way to the bottom of society. Blake begins to delve into the suspicious circumstances of the murder, gradually learning of the lives of the visitors and employees of seediest places in New York.
Aleas’s debut novel was written by the old paperbacks rules, adjusted for the fact that everything is taken serious. Every death is horrible and there is no feeling when you know well: the protagonist somehow will wriggle out of all his problems. A familiar background is here updated with modern technology: Blake uses the Internet and mobile phone.
The second and final novel about Blake a few years ago was rated by me so high that I named it one of the best recent mysteries in the field. Aleas knows how to stun the reader, and the novel’s final twist was so bold so for several days I wasn’t myself, turning the end in my head over and over. Little Girl Lost also offers a powerful finale, which strength is spoiled by some predictability.
The main Aleas’s achievement is the moral growth of his characters, which is very rare in serial books. Even Marlow, from novel to novel, remained unchanged. Blake by the finale is wiser and changes his way of life. And little gitl is lost forever.
This story is about a murdered stripper, missing money & a PI who is trying to piece everything together.
The writing is clever, fast flowing and has a good narrative.
If you haven't dipped into this series yet and you enjoy Pulp Fiction style stories this would be right up your street (or should that be alleyway?)