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There Was a Little Girl (Matthew Hope Series #11)
     

There Was a Little Girl (Matthew Hope Series #11)

by Evan Hunter
 

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After Matthew Hope slips into a coma—the result of a drive-by shooting—his friends, private eye Warren Chambers and police detective Morris Bloom—must follow in his investigative footsteps to discover why he was shot. All signs point to the local circus—an underworld of offbeat sex, drugs, blackmail, murder, and in the center of it all, there

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After Matthew Hope slips into a coma—the result of a drive-by shooting—his friends, private eye Warren Chambers and police detective Morris Bloom—must follow in his investigative footsteps to discover why he was shot. All signs point to the local circus—an underworld of offbeat sex, drugs, blackmail, murder, and in the center of it all, there was a little girl.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After 40 years and more than 100 books, McBain (aka Evan Hunter) continues to amaze and entertain. In this 11th Matthew Hope novel (Mary, Mary), the hero spends most of his time in a semi-coma after being shot outside a bar on the seedy side of Calusa, Fla., despite his vow to avoid the criminal side of his law practice. Meanwhile, Hope's PI pals Warren Chambers and Toots Kiley, as well as police detective Morris Bloom, try to reconstruct Hope's previous week, probings that are intercut with flashbacks to Hope's own investigation of the years-old suicide of a circus star. What emerges is an intricate, lurid tale of sex, blackmail and murder fueled by greed. ``Little girl'' refers to the dead circus star, a fully developed woman only three feet tall. Or it may be an old slang term for cocaine, in high demand among certain circus folk. Or it may even stand for lesbian child abuse-or all of the above. The tracings and retracings of Hope's trail among a large, colorful, unsavory cast are fascinating, and the final revelations-about some very nasty people-are stunning. This is the kind of book we hope for from a grandmaster like McBain. Major ad/promo. (Oct.)
Library Journal
A Matthew Hope courtroom drama from the prelate of police procedurals.
Wes Lukowsky
Matthew Hope, the protagonist of Ed McBain's "other" series (not the 87th Precinct), is a Calusa, Florida, lawyer who has survived via his wits and his sense of ethics. He's also a damn good lawyer. But none of those qualities can stop the two bullets that penetrate his body outside a bar in a bad neighborhood. He'd gone to meet someone, but who? As Hope fights for his life while in a coma, those closest to him--black private-eye Warren Chambers; Hope's significant other, Patricia, an assistant state's attorney; and his partner, Frank Summerville--pick up the pieces of their friend's case. It turns out he was investigating the possible murder of a woman connected to a local circus. What sets the novel apart is McBain's provocative use of alternating points of view. The story is presented through the eyes of Hope's three friends plus Hope himself. His is a disturbing, dreamlike vision that fades along with his irregular brain waves. The case is solved, but Hope remains on the critical list, suggesting that a sequel may be long in coming--or that Hope is about to become our first comatose sleuth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446517393
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
10/25/1994
Series:
Matthew Hope Series , #11
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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