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Three years ago, detective John Blake solved a mystery that changed his life forever-and left a woman he loved dead. Now Blake is back, to investigate the apparent suicide of Dorothy Louise Burke, a beautiful college student with a double life. The secrets Blake uncovers could blow the lid off New York City's sex trade...if they don't kill him first.

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Overview

Three years ago, detective John Blake solved a mystery that changed his life forever-and left a woman he loved dead. Now Blake is back, to investigate the apparent suicide of Dorothy Louise Burke, a beautiful college student with a double life. The secrets Blake uncovers could blow the lid off New York City's sex trade...if they don't kill him first.

Richard Aleas' first novel, Little Girl Lost, was among the most celebrated crime novels of the year, receiving nominations for both the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Shamus Award. But nothing in John Blake's first case could prepare you for the shocking conclusion of his second...
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Publishers Weekly

Aleas, the pen name for Hard Case Crime founder Charles Ardai, solidifies his reputation as one of the finer modern hard-boiled writers with his second John Blake novel (following 2004's Little Girl Lost). Blake, a young but already deeply scarred detective, has given up PI work-his last case cost him the life of his lover, and almost that of a dear friend, so Blake has taken a sedate job as an administrative assistant at Columbia University, where he's enrolled in a creative writing class. When a classmate and confidant, Dorothy Burke, dies in her bathtub, the police take one look at the plastic bag over her head and the copy of Final Exitnearby, and declare it a suicide. Dorothy's mother has other ideas and ropes Blake back into his old trade to pursue her suspicions that Dorothy was murdered. Before she died, Dorothy let Blake in on her secret life as a prostitute-information the police don't have-and he pursues that lead deep into New York City's violent underworld. Throughout, Aleas effortlessly channels the spirit of the pulps with crisp prose and an unrelentingly grim plot line, and his powerful conclusion will drop jaws. (July)

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A beautiful, and dead, college student draws Detective John Blake into New York City's sex trade in this sequel to Edgar and Shamus Award nominee Little Girl Lost. Aleas is the pen name of Hard Case Crime creator and editor Charles Ardai. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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A world-weary private investigator, the underground sex trade, and deadly men lurking in darkened bars give this layered, hard boiled work a Fifties pulp novel feel. However, cell phones, credit cards, and searching stored emails for clues set it in the present. Carrying the burden of guilt over a woman's death, John Blake turned his back on his private detective job three years ago. Flawed and brooding, he is marking time as an administrative assistant in Columbia University's writing department when a gorgeous student is found dead in a bathtub. The coed, an acquaintance of Blake's and an apparent suicide, led a secret life as a massage call girl. Noble yet naive, Blake digs into the cyberworld of the pay-for-sex trade, and he does not find a pretty picture. Determined to uncover the truth, he disrupts the business's cash flow, and bodies begin to pile up. Ironic phrases and wry dialog combined with an ending that leaves readers mouthing "wow!" make this essential reading for public libraries, especially where noir crime fiction is popular. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ3/1/07; Aleas is the pen name of Hard Case Crime publisher Charles Ardai.-Ed.].
—Rollie Welch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780843957730
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Series: Hard Case Crime
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2007

    Wow!!!!!!

    I've been reading hard-boiled series detective fiction for four decades but nothing has hit me in the gut like this book. You often read superlatives about the endings of books......nothing will prepare you for the ending of this book. It will stick with you for a very long time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    219 pages, book two, noir mystery, first person

    This noir mystery has 219 pages, is written in the first person and perfectly edited. There is some insinuation of sex, some alcohalism, no cursing, homosexuality, religion or romance, but there is lots of violence and murder. This novel picks up three years after the first novel ends. I liked it just as much as I did the first book. I do not care for first person narritive, but this book was so good, I can put up with it without complaining too much. I do not think there will be a third novel. This is the second book, I have read lately, where as a form of disguise, the main character shaves their head. I would have liked this series of books to continue. The ending was so fini, I can not see how the author could continue without ruining this book. For adults. Not chick lit. A rather convoluted ride. I can not use the word entertaining for this book, as it is not, a better word would be engrossing. Read, enjoy and be shocked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Shocker of an ender

    Just finished this book. Still in shock over the ending. Good read. Recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Meh

    Hated the ending.

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

    I¿m not sure how to classify SONGS OF INNOCENCE. It¿s easily cla

    I’m not sure how to classify SONGS OF INNOCENCE. It’s easily classified hard-boiled, or it’s not much of a stretch to have it by grab noir by the throat and strangle it. Either way, this book is one depressingly good read, filled with entertainment, action, and plenty of strong women and men. At some points, it even felt like a wrestling match was unfolding in my living room, and I found myself so engrossed in the story…well, let’s just say I’m glad I don’t have to think to breathe.

    John Blake is the ultimate tragic hero, a man filled with enough demons to start a touring circus, and Richard Aleas takes full advantage of his disastrous circumstances. Susan proves the perfect companion for John, even if he’s too blind to see it, and once she’s no longer a wounded bird, he doesn’t know to sustain the relationship. He’s a fixer throughout his life, which makes him the quintessential PI, and this novel serves as the perfect backdrop for his life.

    Instead of just being a sequel to LITTLE GIRL LOST, which would have worked well enough, Mr. Aleas knocked the bar to the mat and carved a new path three years later from the first novel, making it one enjoyable read from the first page to the last.

    It’s hard to find any fault with this novel, even though the ending, while fitting, added another level of tragedy to this already tragic novel. If you’re a crime fiction connoisseur, this would certainly make a nice addition to your collection.

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    powerful, riveting, & ultimately devastating

    "songs of innocence" is noir at its darkest

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