City of Lost Girls (Ed Loy Series #5)
  • City of Lost Girls (Ed Loy Series #5)
  • City of Lost Girls (Ed Loy Series #5)

City of Lost Girls (Ed Loy Series #5)

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by Declan Hughes
     
 

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"Dublin PI Ed Loy tackles a case that takes him back to Los Angeles -- his home of twenty years -- and a past he'd rather forget in this gripping new novel in the Edgar Award-nominated and Shamus Award-winning series." "Ed Loy has laid his ghosts to rest. He's been back in his hometown of Dublin for several years, his work is wearing but steady, and he's in his

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"Dublin PI Ed Loy tackles a case that takes him back to Los Angeles -- his home of twenty years -- and a past he'd rather forget in this gripping new novel in the Edgar Award-nominated and Shamus Award-winning series." "Ed Loy has laid his ghosts to rest. He's been back in his hometown of Dublin for several years, his work is wearing but steady, and he's in his first loving relationship since the death of his daughter caused the ruin of his marriage six years ago. But when two girls go missing from a Dublin film set, Loy knows his past has caught up with him." "Loy's longtime friend, film director Jack Donovan, is shooting his next movie, an Irish historical epic. Donovan and his three right-hand men -- together, the Gang of Four -- have made numerous movies together spanning several decades, but the new film is primed to be their masterpiece. Production grinds to a halt, though, when not one but two female cast members fail to show up to work. Chances are they're party girls sleeping off a late night, but the circumstances feel familiar to Loy. A little too familiar. Twenty years ago, three girls disappeared from a movie Donovan was shooting in Malibu and their bodies were never found. Today, Loy has a sinking feeling in his heart: Those girls are gone." Knowing that one of the film crew -- maybe even Jack Donovan himself -- is responsible for the girls' disappearances, Loy races to uncover the truth before a third girl goes missing. And in order to find answers, he must return to L.A. and delve deep into his past. But while he's so far from home, a cunning killer seizes the chance to strike at what's closest to Ed Loy's heart.

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Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
Declan Hughes isn't just an­other gruff voice in the barking crowd of noir crime writers. His characters have depth, his scenes have drama, and his sentences have grace.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Shamus Award–winner Hughes stumbles in his fifth novel featuring Irish PI Ed Loy (after All the Dead Voices). Instead of playing to his strengths, Irish society and politics (as he did in All the Dead Voices), Hughes puts Loy on the track of a serial killer without offering anything new to the concept. Movie director Jack Donovan, who's filming in Dublin, hires Loy to identify the person behind some threatening letters, but the inquiry becomes much more complicated after two extras on the set go missing. These disappearances awaken unpleasant memories for Loy, who connects them with a series of similar events that occurred years earlier near another Donovan film shoot, making Donovan and some of his crew members obvious suspects. Clichéd sections from the killer's point-of-view and a contrived ending will leave series fans hoping this outing is an uncharacteristic lapse. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061689901
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Series:
Ed Loy Series, #5
Pages:
297
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.01(d)

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