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Fadeaway Girl: A Novel
     

Fadeaway Girl: A Novel

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by Martha Grimes
 

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For waitress and cub reporter Emma Graham, tragedy defines where she lives. Spirit Lake, La Porte, and Lake Noir have been held in thrall by intertwined crimes: the murders of Mary-Evelyn Devereau, Rose Queen, and Fern Queen; the supposed kidnapping of a four-month-old baby from the Belle Ruin hotel twenty years previously; and, most recently, the attack on Emma.

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For waitress and cub reporter Emma Graham, tragedy defines where she lives. Spirit Lake, La Porte, and Lake Noir have been held in thrall by intertwined crimes: the murders of Mary-Evelyn Devereau, Rose Queen, and Fern Queen; the supposed kidnapping of a four-month-old baby from the Belle Ruin hotel twenty years previously; and, most recently, the attack on Emma. And with the arrival of an unexpected visitor and a drifter, it looks like the bad times have only begun...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A 20-year-old kidnapping with faint echoes of the Lindbergh case drives Grimes's convoluted fourth crime novel featuring Emma Graham, a direct sequel to 2005's Belle Ruin. Emma, a 12-year-old cub reporter who also helps out at the Hotel Paradise in La Porte, Md., where her mother's the cook, thinks that the accounts don't add up about the unsolved disappearance of Baby Fay Slade from the nearby Belle Rouen hotel. Emma's doubts center on the possible role of Fay's father, the shady Morris Slade; Morris's spoiled wife; his rich father-in-law; and his former neighbors. The abrupt reappearance of Morris Slade and the arrival of a smug new hotel employee raise further questions and end in sudden death. Grimes's strength is in her appealing characters, from the inquisitive Emma and her dipsomaniac great-aunt, Aurora, to the pretentious 16-year-old Ree-Jane Davidow and philosophical auto mechanic Dwayne, but gaps in logic, lack of red herrings, and frequent references to earlier entries in the series may put off some readers, especially those unfamiliar with the previous books. 4-city author tour. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451235640
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/07/2012
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
876,032
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Martha Grimes is the bestselling author of eighteen Richard Jury mysteries and also the acclaimed fiction Foul Matter, Cold Flat Junction, Hotel Paradise, The End of the Pier, and The Train Now Departing.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Washington, DC and Santa Fe, NM
Date of Birth:
May 2, 1931
Place of Birth:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A., M.A., University of Maryland
Website:
http://www.marthagrimes.com

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Fadeaway Girl (Emma Graham Series #4) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the third (or possibly fourth) book in the Emma Graham/Hotel Paradise series. It's also the most annoying and improbable. The book is peopled with unlikeable characters doing things that could never actually happen, in an area of Maryland that (to my knowledge) has never been much of anything, let alone a summer resort, a la the Poconos or the Hamptons. Emma is precocious to the point of being obnoxious, and the "pranks" she so loves inflicting on people, including an elderly guest, border on the psychpathic. Truly, she is not lovable, not believable, and not even plausible. If she were a real person, she would need serious.psychiatric intervention. Of course, so would many of the other.characters, including.the infamous "Ree-Jane." For a 12-year-old, Emma has a lack of supervision that borders on neglect, and yet none of the other adults in her life see fit to do anything about it. I gave this book one star because it isn't possible to give halves. I'm curious to see if this review actually gets posted, as there used to be a number of reviews from people who felt the same as i, and they have "mysteriously" (to quote Emma) disappeared. In short, this book is just this side of absolute crap.
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Janet Lydecker More than 1 year ago
All that's included in this sample are copyright pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no idea if I want to read this book. The sample ends before the book starts! I hope some one fixes that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the next in this series. I could not put it down.
MCHEATH More than 1 year ago
If you like Emma, then you will love this book. I hope we do not have to wait so long for the next one. There will be a next one. won't there?