The final novel in one of the most critically acclaimed PI series in the annals of crime fiction!
"Few writers working in any genre offer tales with such moral complexity, dark humor, and, most of all, heart." Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me
Drunk, alone, and racked with guilt over the tragic death of his girlfriend Pam, Moe Prager is destined for oblivion. But destiny takes a detour when a shadowy figure from Moe's past reappears to beg for Moe's help in locating her missing daughter. As a reluctant, distracted Moe delves into the case, he discovers that nothing is as it seems and no one involved is quite who or what they appear to be. This is especially true of the missing daughter, an early internet sensation known ironically as the Lost Girl or the Hollow Girl. The case itself is hollow, as Moe finds little proof that anyone is actually missing.
Things take a bizarre twist as Moe stumbles across a body in a trendy Manhattan apartment and the Hollow Girl suddenly re-emerges on video screens everywhere. It's a wild ride through the funhouse as Moe tries to piece together a case from the half-truths and lies told to him by a fool's parade of family members, washed-up showbiz types, uncaring cops, a doorman, and a lovesick PI. Even as the ticking clock gets louder, Moe is unsure if it's all a big hoax or if someone's life is really at stake. The question isn't whether or not Moe can find the Hollow Girl, but whether the Hollow Girl was ever there at all.
About the Author
Reed Farrel Coleman is a New York Times bestselling author that has been called a "hard-boiled poet" by NPR's Maureen Corrigan and the "noir poet laureate" in The Huffington Post. He has published more than twenty-five previous novels, including novels in Robert Parker’s Jesse Stone series, the critically acclaimed Moe Prager series, and the Gus Murphy series. A three-time winner of the Shamus Award, he has also won the Anthony, Macavity, Barry, and Audie Awards. He lives with his family on Long Island.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The final novel in the Moe Prager series demonstrates again why these books and their protagonist are so popular with readers. Moe, a dyed-in-the-wool Brooklynite, ex-cop, PI and homespun philosopher who has beat stomach cancer, undertakes his final caper when Nancy Lustig, a figure from his very first case, retains him to find her missing daughter Sloane, now renamed Siobhan. The daughter, as a teenager, who had gained notoriety and fame first as the Lost Girl in a series of performing art episodes on the internet, and then as the Hollow Girl as the happenings developed further, apparently is missing. Moe, who is wallowing in alcohol, still mourning the loss of his girl friend and soon-to-be-wife to an auto accident he witnessed from his apartment window, accepts the case, which gives him a steadying influence to help him emerge from his depression. Then the Hollow Girl begins to reappear after many years again on the internet, but this time in vicious attacks on her mother and father. Naturally, the case develops differently from the original premise, and it falls to Moe to discover the facts and reasons for the woman’s performances, a plot that is a fitting conclusion to a storied career. The deep philosophical musings characteristic of the series remain front and center, and some of the more amusing comments and situations of previous volumes are not present here, but that is no deterrent from a serious finale setting the stage for Moe’s retirement. Recommended.
I hope Coleman is not telling the truth and that this is not the last moe Praeger book. This has been absolutely one of the best continuing private eye series of the modern era and Coleman is a masterful writer of tone and character. Say it ain't so , Moe.
I have been passionate about Reed Farrel Coleman's Moe Prager series ever since I read the first one WALKING THE PERFECT SQUARE in 2011 (playing catch up), so it was with a feeling a bittersweet trepidation that I began to read an advanced reader's copy of the ninth and final installment THE HOLLOW GIRL. I need not have been worried. I was in the best of hands with the expert writing of Mr. Coleman from page one. The book is satisfying in the way that all of the other installments are (which is to say, very satisfying and a journey in which you are thrilled to take part) and it ends in a way (and, no, I will not give away any plot spoilers) that made me feel that I could say goodbye to Moe with a tear in my eye and a knowing smile on my face. If you haven't read this series, I urge you to start with the first one for maximum reading satisfaction and make your way through them all. It's reading time well spent. I've given THE HOLLOW GIRL here five stars only because Barnes & Noble doesn't have a way for me to award it with more. I would if I could. This book and the series will stay with me for a very long time. --Marjorie of Connecticut