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An Amazon Charts bestseller.
A broken city, a missing young man, and a lawyer searching for truth when nobody else cares.
Attorney Justin Glass’s practice, housed in a shabby office on the north side of Saint Louis, isn’t doing so well that he can afford to work for free. But when eight-year-old Tanisha Walker offers him a jar full of change to find her missing brother, he doesn’t have the heart to turn her away.
Justin had hoped to find the boy alive and well. But all that was found of Devon Walker was his brutally murdered body—and the bodies of twelve other African American teenagers, all discarded like trash in a mass grave. Each had been reported missing. And none had been investigated.
As simmering racial tensions explode into violence, Justin finds himself caught in the tide. And as he gives voice to the discontent plaguing the city’s forgotten and ignored, he vows to search for the killer who preys upon them.
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About the Author
Award-winning author J.D. Trafford, described as “a writer of merit” by Mystery Scene magazine, has topped numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including reaching #1 on the Legal Thrillers list. IndieReader selected his debut novel, No Time to Run, as a bestselling pick. Trafford graduated with honors from a top-twenty law school, and he has worked as a civil and criminal prosecutor, as an associate at a large national law firm, and as a nonprofit attorney. He’s handled issues of housing, education, and poverty in communities of color. Prior to law school, he worked in Washington, DC, and lived in Saint Louis, Missouri. He now lives with his wife and children in the Midwest, and he bikes whenever possible.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Little Boy Lost by J. D. Trafford tells the story of a lawyer, Justin Glass, who is down on his luck, gets a visit from a young girl looking for her missing brother, willing to pay for his help with a jar full of change. He asks around and eventually discovers that the missing brother is part of a mass grave full of many murdered young men. All of the victims were criminals in one way or another and the perpetrator seems like he could be some sort of vigilante. In the meantime, Justin gets an awesome paralegal, Emma. She’s from Bosnia and was a certified lawyer there. Since she knows about the legal system, she gets Justin and his office in tip top shape. While helping with this case, he’s dealing with being a single parent and feeling helpless when he discovers that his daughter is being bullied. Dealing with the murder case, he seems to be doing more investigating than the law enforcement is. With the help of his paralegal and her close-by relatives, Justin Glass is able to solve the mystery but this puts his life in danger also. A strong cast of characters and a suspenseful mystery that tugs at the heartstrings, 4 stars!
I loved the opening of this book. An 8 year old girl comes to Justin Glass, a lawyer, with a pickle jar filled with coins and a few bills. She wants to hire Justin to find her brother who has been missing for a month. When Justin decides that he will look into it, what he finds is shocking. Someone is kidnapping and murdering black teenagers and burying them in the woods outside of St. Louis. Their one connection? They have all been in and out of the justice system since a very young age. I really liked this book a lot. It reminded me of the Thomas Mullen books that deal with racial tensions and narrated by the blacks that are being prejudiced against. So there is actually a lot more going on in this book than just finding the little girl's brother. An enjoyable read that I just sped through. The first book I've read by this author and it definitely won't be the last. Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Little Boy Lost is one of those books that right from the start felt right. I instantly liked and later came to love Justin Glass, his daughter and the rest of his family, well perhaps not so much his brother Lincoln who is, to be honest, a bit of a jerk now and then. I also love the story. I mean it starts off with Justin being hired by a little girl to find her brother and she is paying him through money from a cuss jar. Yeah, I know, I was sold right from the start. This is the kind of book that is a true enjoyment from the beginning until the end, the case with the missing and then later found dead boy together with other dead boys are interesting, but I enjoyed as well everything that was going on around in Justin life, from his daughter getting bullied, to him getting a very assertive assistant that makes his working life much easier. The book deals with a lot of issues that plague our time, from racism to bullying. And, as Justin notice, a black man reporting a crime is most likely going to be treated as a suspect and it's awful to read about how violent the police are towards an unarmed man. That is one scene that is very disturbing because how many times haven't I read about a black man or a woman who is unarmed being killed in the US. Now, the ending was not a terribly surprising, but I liked it. It fitted the story. And, I would very much like to read more about Justin Glass and his family.
Justin Glass is struggling with the loss of his wife to cancer and depression. He also is running a struggling law practice. Then he is approached by a little girl, Tanisha that offers him her life savings in a jar to find her missing brother, Devon Walker. Justin decides to look into his disappearance and finds him in a pit with several other teenage black boys. Since the boys have some records the police never looked into their disappearances. Now it is clear that a serial killer is targeting them. Will Justin be able to stop them from taking another life? This story is filled with many things happening at once. Justin comes from a very influential political family that has ties with the Civil Rights movement. Justin has lost his wife to cancer and although he dances with depression he still has a wonderful 11 year old little girl, Sammy that is having trouble at school. He also just hired a paralegal that is going to add a great deal of humor to the law firm along with getting it in shape. But the real story revolves around discrimination. Although Justin is trying to find the serial killer he is also dancing around the political opinions, police procedures, and those that just get swept under the rug. Although the story is labeled as a thriller as you try to figure out who the killer is, this story is about so much more. I really enjoyed this book. It has a good mystery but encompasses so much more. This is one that I strongly recommend checking out. I received Little Boy Lost from Little Bird Publicity for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.