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Little Girl Lost

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Fiction by Richard Aleas
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LITTLE GIRL LOST Proves To Be One Great Novel Found

  • Nov 19, 2010
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Readers of noir know how long the droughts can last between truly great novels. So much of what's getting explored in the mystery / crime scene today has been done so many times in so many better stories. It gets increasingly difficult to find a singular voice worth following from start to finish, but Richard Aleas does a stand-out job with LITTLE GIRL LOST.

The story: NYU dropout John Blake learns that Miranda, his high school sweetheart, somewhere took a turn for the worst in the last ten years, ending up shot dead on the roof of a seedy Manhattan strip club. Acting out of a sense of responsibility to bring some closure to her life, the PI begins his own investigation, and the truth brings him much closer to home than he ever would've guessed!

The prose is sharp and quick, gravitating somewhere between the worlds created by Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane (two authors I've always considered at both ends of the noir spectrum). The situations are down-to-earth. The characterizations are spot-on, and, if GIRL contains any shortcomings, it's quite possibly the shady-girl-with-a-heart-of-gold sidekick Aleas gives Blake along the way. Still, it's easy to overlook in this great debut that deserves to be read by not only Hard Case regulars but fans of mystery everywhere.

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