Little Girl Lost [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Little Girl Lost

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Overview

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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When Dorchester Publishing's new Hard Case Crime line launched in September 2004 (with Grifter's Game by Lawrence Block and Fade to Blonde by Max Phillips), it promised readers "the best in hard-boiled crime fiction." Hard Case Crime delivers another installment on that promise with an edgy, gripping and gritty modern noir: Little Girl Lost, a first novel by Richard Aleas.

Private investigator John Blake grew up in New York City, and he thought he'd pretty much seen it all. But he never expected to see Miranda Sugarman's yearbook picture under the Daily News headline "Stripper Murdered." Ten years ago, just before that dated photo had been taken, Miranda had been his first serious girlfriend. When they'd parted company right after high school, she'd had big plans for her future -- including college and a career as an ophthalmologist. Now John needs to know how she ended up stripping in a sleazy New York club with a future as dead as her dreams. Her gruesome fate is the final blow that pushes John Blake to reopen that lost chapter in his past, to learn the truth about Miranda's secret life and lay his conscience and his dead lover's memory to rest. Sue Stone

Publishers Weekly
A New York PI's attempt to track down the killer of his high-school sweetheart turned stripper, by Richard Aleas, the pseudonym of a Shamus nominee whose fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857683823
  • Publisher: Titan
  • Publication date: 4/20/2011
  • Series: Hard Case Crime
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 19,032
  • File size: 512 KB

Meet 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 includingEllery 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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2003

    Great book for fans for hardboiled detective stories

    I got a pre-release copy of this one, and it blew me away. Anyone who loves the work of writers like Ross MacDonald and Raymond Chandler has got to read it. LITTLE GIRL LOST tells the story of a detective whose former girlfriend, a woman he thought was safely ensconced in a conservative midwestern life, turns up murdered in a New York strip club. How did she get there? What happened to her in the ten years since they last saw each other? The detective peels away the layers of deception until he turns up the truth -- and it's one hell of shock when he gets there. Powerful, moving, very effective. Very highly recommended.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2012

    Great read!

    I bought this (nook) book by a friends recommendation and was not disappointed. It's really a great read, and I really liked the character of John Blake. I have Songs of Innocence in my queue now and can't wait to see what Aleas has in store for Mr. Blake this time

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2003

    Great PI story

    In Manhattan, private investigator John Blake is stunned to learn that Miranda Sugarman was murdered on New Year¿s Eve on the roof of the Sin Factory, a strip joint. John thinks back to making love with Miranda the night before they graduated high school and she went off to Rianon College in New Mexico. He is further shocked to learn that Miranda was a stripper not a doctor as he always assumed would be.................................... Unable to resist and ignoring the plea of his ¿assistant¿ former cop Leo Hauser to butt out, John begins making inquiries at the club and at Rianon College. He runs up against volatile club manager Wayne Lenz and drug dealing owner Murco Khachadurian, two thugs who tell him to stay out of their affairs and their club. Even worse cretins warn John off with his only ally besides reliable Leo being stripper Rachel Firestone.................................. Though John¿s obsession seems too over the top for a sane person, fans will appreciate this solid urban noir mindful of the Barbara Stanwick movie, . Once the reader moves pass the why he is doing this, they will appreciate a fun Manhattan murder mystery. The key to this tale is the delightful cast (with and without clothing) in which even the miscreants have personalities, albeit nasty ones........................... Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    First love, twice lost

    Very good style and story that matches the pinup cover art. Detective suffers nostalgia for first love 10 years ago blended with the grit of the girl's recent murder atop the roof of a stripper bar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    Delightful surprise!

    I'ts alwaya joy when you find a gem. Try it, you'll like it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    199 pages

    This novel was only 199 pages long. It is the first of a series and was very good. There were some extremely minor editing errors, one of which was left out letters, the only other gripe I have is this book was first person. First person bothers me, I feel as if I am talked to, while I am trying to read.this book is centered around adult topics and some pretty gory violence and murder. Thete are some lesbians. Drug deals, drinking, smoking stripping, mafia like gangsters, torture, beat em ups and of course murder. No religion, no romance. Getting past some of the incidents was like pulling teeth. I can understand the main characters frustration, he must have felt like a caged bird. I really liked the characters, plot, writing style, lack of detailed sex and keep em guessing who and why dunit. I bought book two. I really enjoyed reading this book. If it had not been first person. It would have gotten five stars from me. For adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    Good read

    Good suspense. Kept me guess how it was going to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Pretty good read!

    Liked it!

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    I never realized how much I enjoyed old hard-boiled voices, unti

    I never realized how much I enjoyed old hard-boiled voices, until I started writing words of my own. Even though LITTLE GIRL LOST was written just over eight years ago, it’s clear Richard Aleas feels the same way about the hard-boiled voices of yore. It’s a compelling read from the first page to the last, a rather quick read, and it’s a voice filled with smoky undertones, shady characters, and femme fatales that rival the strong male lead. It’s filled with secrets and lies and half-truths, and women that are just as dangerous as they are beautiful. In short, it’s everything I look for when I pick up a novel, so it’s one I had trouble putting down.

    This novel felt as real to me as sunrises and sunsets, and I found myself instantly connected to the world the author presented, so much so that I didn’t want the book to end. But I’m glad SONGS OF INNOCENCE is out there as well, because I can’t wait to see where detective John Blake takes me next.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Really good

    Totally enjoyed it

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