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Little Girl Lost (Hard Case Crime (Mass Market Paperback)) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Richard Aleas
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31. Oktober 2004 Hard Case Crime (Mass Market Paperback) (Buch 4)
Miranda Sugarman was supposed to be in the Midwest, working as an eye doctor.  So how did she end up shot to death on the roof of one of New York City’s seediest strip clubs?

It’s John Blake’s job to find out – not just because he’s a private investigator, but because ten years earlier, Miranda had been his lover. Now he has to uncover the truth about the missing decade, about Miranda’s secret life as half of the strip club circuit’s hottest act, and about the vicious underworld figure she worked for. But the closer John gets to the truth, the more dangerous his investigation becomes, until a shattering faceoff in an East Village tenement changes his life forever.

Little Girl Lost is a stunning debut novel from a celebrated writer whose short stories have been selected for Best Mystery Stories of the Year and The Year’s Best Horror Stories as well as short-listed for the Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America.
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  • Taschenbuch: 221 Seiten
  • Verlag: Hard Case Crime; Auflage: Reprint (31. Oktober 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0843953519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843953510
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,5 x 10,5 x 16,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 446.483 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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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. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Die amerikanische Taschenbuch-Reihe Hard Case Crime veröffentlich neben Kriminalromanen aus der klassischen Pulp-Fiction-Ära (50er und 60er Jahre) auch neue Romane. Hierzu zählt der Debutroman "Little Girl Lost" von Richard Aleas. In der Tradition von Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett oder Ross MacDonald wird aus der Perspektive des "Ich"-Erzählers, der -- wie könnte es anders sein -- Privatdetektiv ist, eine düstere Geschichte über Freundschaft, Mord, Raub und Striptease-Clubs ausgebreitet, in der am Ende zwar der Fall gelöst, aber der Held der Verlierer ist: Er versucht die Hintergründe der Ermordung seiner Freundin aus High-School-Zeiten herauszufinden. Er findet ein Raubkomplott, Verbindungen zur Mafia, und am Ende erwartet ihn eine gefährliche Überraschung. Ein toller Kriminalroman und ein (vorläufiger) Höhepunkt in der Hard-Case-Crime-Reihe. Leider bisher nur im englischprachigen Original erhältlich. Trotzdem sehr empfehlenswert.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Nice guy in a hard world 16. März 2012
As the author of the book (his real name is Charles Ardai) is the founder of Hard Case Crime, I was particularly curious for the plot and style of the book. I liked that the protagonist of the novel is kind of atypical, compared to many other 'heroes' of HCC which in most cases are quite shady figures. 'Little girl lost' features a young private investigator who broke off his studies and is now seeking the killer of the love of his youth. He's not the savage kind of PI, so there is some, but not too much violence in the book. I liked this different style as it is easier to identify yourself with a plain guy than with a heartless killer. However I found him a little bit too greenly, which results in drawing the false conclusions until the very end of the book. All in all, 'Little Girl Lost' is a worthy member of the HCC family - I really enjoyed the fast read, although the author sometimes tries to make his words sound 'too pulp', making some phrasing over-ambitious. But that won't prevent me from giving Ardai's secong HCC book ('Songs of Innocence') a try.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Fine, Dark, Angst-Laden Tale of Love and Greed 9. Mai 2005
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LITTLE GIRL LOST is the debut novel of Richard Aleas, a new voice who already has won well-deserved critical and commercial acclaim for his short fiction. I mention that this is Aleas's "debut" novel simply to save you the trouble of trying to hunt down his previous books, something that you instinctively will be inclined to do after reading this fine, dark, angst-laden tale of love and greed. Make no mistake, however: Aleas, his first time out, demonstrates that he has the chops of a journeyman wordsmith.

The "little girl lost" of the title is Miranda Sugarman, the high school senior class sweetheart of John Blake. Sugarman and Blake parted ways after graduation, each with high hopes that ended in diminished results. Blake, who had planned to go on to college and be one of the world's great thinkers, became a private investigator for a competent but struggling investigation firm. He thought that Sugarman had pursued and caught her dream of medical school and an ophthalmology practice. His presumption is abruptly and irreparably shattered when he opens his newspaper one morning and reads that Sugarman --- working as a stripper at The Sin Factory, a tawdry, second-string New York City club --- has been brutally murdered. Though it has been ten years since he last saw Sugarman, Blake is compelled to investigate the circumstances surrounding her death, not only to bring her killer to justice but also to determine --- if he can --- what diverted her from her plans to practice medicine.

Blake brings a dogged, almost foolish, determination to the task, and soon finds himself forging an unlikely and uneasy alliance with Murco Khachadurian, the owner of The Sin Factory and a second-tier criminal whose penchant for cruelty is legendary. Khachadurian was robbed of over one million dollars by two guys who made the mistake of letting him live. When he caught up with them, Khachadurian got half of his money back, and a name: the hoods, with their last words, gave up Sugarman as the brains behind the caper. The problem is that someone got to Sugarman before Khachadurian did, and Khachadurian is betting that whoever this person was got the rest of his money. He accordingly wants Blake to find the murderer --- and he's not giving him much time to do it.

Aleas keeps a tight grip on his plot at all times. A strong, confident writer, he never loses track of his story while creating sympathy and understanding for Blake, who must rely more on brains than brawn to get through the puzzle surrounding his "little girl lost." Aleas also tosses in a number of welcome genre stereotypes, including a grizzled cop who has seen it all, a stripper with a heart of gold, and at least one very, very bad girl. There also are a couple of surprises lurking. While veteran fans of hard-boiled detective novels will see one of them coming halfway through the book, it's the one that you won't see coming that will really hit you.

LITTLE GIRL LOST is a keeper, and Aleas is a master. I can't wait for more from him.

--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely terrific read 4. Oktober 2004
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When the headline "Stripper Murdered" boasts a photo of his ex-girlfriend Miranda Sugarman, John Blake is floored. This is the girl who left their hometown to go off to medical school in Wisconsin to become an eye doctor. What happened that caused her to end up dead on the roof of The Sin Factory? The New York P.I. decides to use his skills to find out.

With the most striking first chapter in recent memory, Little Girl Lost, the debut novel of Richard Aleas (pseudonym of acclaimed writer, editor, and entrepreneur Charles Ardai), starts out strong and keeps up the pace (though I don't know that I'd have given my book the same title as a bestselling celebrity autobiography).

When your central character is a P.I., you've got to make him not like all the others to keep a reader's interest past the crime he's trying to solve. John Blake -- interestingly, given the genre -- is not your typical "tough guy." Instead of running headlong into trouble willy-nilly, he likes to avoid it, but not enough to appear weak. He's like Jackie Chan; he knows he can handle himself, he'd just like to get away with as few bruises as possible (Robert Parker's Spenser also comes to mind). Blake depends on his intelligence and quick wit to get him through. This makes him easier to identify with for a reader with no chance whatsoever of finding himself in such a situation (I hope).

The hero's emotional attachment to the victim recalls Dashiell Hammett's classic The Maltese Falcon and this makes him a more sympathetic character, as well as giving us a voyeuristic view into his conflicting feelings. Sitting idly by, we get to watch as Blake realizes that the Miranda who got herself two bullets in the head on a seedy rooftop on New Year's Eve is much different than the girl he loved ten years ago (as depicted through selective flashbacks).

With help from his boss Leo and a stripper named Rachel Firestone -- who finds that she has a surprising knack for detective work -- Blake descends into the underworld of flesh display and runs into trouble that goes by the names of Wayne Lenz and Murco "Catch" Khachadurian. Along the way, Aleas gives us an insider's view into the day-to-day workings of a private investigator. This attention to detail, a fast-paced plot, a terrific cover from famed illustrator Robert McGinnis (which continues the half-naked-girl-with-a-gun theme of Hard Case Crime's second entry, Fade to Blonde, and was reportedly even more revealing before the publishers had him "pull up her pants"), fascinating characters (who are seldom all that they seem), and Aleas' definite knack for the genre, all combine to make Little Girl Lost an absolutely terrific read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Aleas Has Hard-boiled Down 23. März 2005
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The low life. The seemy and the seedy. Desperate people in desperate situations. Pain and jaded glibness. A solid handle on the hard-boiled crime fiction style. This is the short list of what you'll find in Richard Aleas's first offering in the Hard Case Crime series, a series he helped create and is currently the editor of.

The last time John Blake saw Miranda Sugarman, they were comfy cozy in bed together, talking about their plans after high school graduation. Ten years later, John sees Miranda's face in the paper under the headline "Stripped Found Murdered." When Blake takes it upon himself to find out what happened to his good girl, his partner tells him "you won't like what you find." But Blake takes the case on anyway, out a sense of obligation to his high school flame. Blakes' boss was right: the Miranda he knew in high school is a far cry from the Miranda who ended up dead on the rooftop of a New York strip joint. Little Girl Lost tells us how she got there.

It's been awhile since I read any James Cain, but film noir is fresh enough in my mind to know that Aleas hits all the high points of the genre. It's told in current time using current technology but it's still crime noir, which reveals what we already suspected: technology changes, but human nature doesn't.

Ride along with John Blake and his associates (the good, the bad, and especially the ugly). He's faced with a moral dilemma near the end of the story, and he could go either way. But I won't spill it. You'll have to find out for yourself.

Little Girl Lost is a solid 4-star read.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Predictable 10. September 2006
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In his debut novel, Richard Aleas shows that he has learned his craft - he knows how to write the formula. Now what he needs to do is create more interesting characters and break up the formula enough to surprise his readers. The protagonist, John Blake, is a bit boring. He hasn't grown much emotionally in the ten years since he graduated from high school (for example, he's never had a serious relationship in all that time; he's still mooning for his high school sweetheart.) The ex-sweetheart, Miranda, apparently decided to ditch her plans to become a doctor and went on the road as a stripper instead because...(hint: it's not because she's deep.)

The surprise twist in the plot has been done in other mysteries and it's a great device, but it's not much of a surprise here (everyone in my book club guessed it.)

All in all, I'd characterize this book as "workmanlike." All the right elements are there, they've just been done better by more experienced writers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lost and Found 5. Oktober 2004
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This reader is a devotee of hardboiled crime fiction. Faves include George Pelecanos, Dennis Lehane, Daniel Woodrell, Walter Mosley, and now add Richard Aleas to the list. With Little Girl Lost Aleas mines familiar territory but with his own very unique take. PI John Blake discovers that his high school love, Miranda Sugarman, has been killed...on the roof of a Manhattan strip club...where she a stripper. Quite a jolt to Blake who'd thought during the ten years since high school that Miranda had most certainly finished her college studies and was a successful eye doctor. Embalmed with a serious need-to-know, Blake sets out to find answers. Who killed Miranda? How did she stray off the path of traditional success? Blake's boss and mentor, Leo, warns him early on "You won't like what you find." More prophetic words have never been spoken. Blake embarks on a journey of discovery and self-discovery. He finds a love interest. He is battered and bruised. He sells his soul to the Devil. And lastly in Aleas' bravo ending, Blake finds out something so shocking, so unbelievable, it throws everything about who he is and what he does as a PI into question. Aleas has star quality, what with his crisp writing, dead-on dialogue, and believable plotting. Find Little Girl Lost.
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