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There Was a Little Girl [Mass Market Paperback]

Evan Hunter
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Oct. 1 1995
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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Matthew Hope has been mysteriously shot--by whom? As he lies in a hospital bed in a near-coma, his friends try to discover why his professional involvement with a small circus had murderous results. To do this they must traverse a web of sinister acrobats, kinky animal trainers, and beautiful businesswomen--one of whom is a ruthless killer. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment Feb. 26 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading the summary to "There Was A Little Girl" I couldn't wait to crack into the book.
To my surprise the novel was a little bit like a piece of gum when you first put it in, minty and refreshing. Then as you keep chewing it looses its appeal and then with even more chewing it is completely flavorless.
I also was not impressed by the racism, the judging and the language. Overall this book was a big disappointment.
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Being a big fan of Ed McBain's novels, I was very disappointed when reading, "There Was A Little Girl". It just wasn't as good as his other Matthew Hope novels. By putting his main character, Matthew Hope, in a coma I think McBain made a big mistake. True, it was an interesting twist watching his friends and colleagues try to figure out what happened to him while geting a glimpse into his head and learning what happened but, the mystery he was trying to solve was boring. The ending left me feeling empty. I hate to say that it was one of my least favorite McBain novels
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best, not even one of the good ones. July 24 1997
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Being a big fan of Ed McBain's novels, I was very disappointed when reading, "There Was A Little Girl". It just wasn't as good as his other Matthew Hope novels. By putting his main character, Matthew Hope, in a coma I think McBain made a big mistake. True, it was an interesting twist watching his friends and colleagues try to figure out what happened to him while geting a glimpse into his head and learning what happened but, the mystery he was trying to solve was boring. The ending left me feeling empty. I hate to say that it was one of my least favorite McBain novels
1.0 out of 5 stars info on book says published 10/23/2012 June 1 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Only read a few pages...realized this book came out in the late 90's... 0 stars is for Amazon pub date 10/23/2012 not Ed Mcbain wasted $4
4.0 out of 5 stars There Was A Little Girl April 22 2014
By paticia a jones - Published on Amazon.com
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A little hard to get into at first, and an open ending, which I do not like, as you don't know what book to get to complete this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ed McBain fan April 15 2014
By A. Strauss - Published on Amazon.com
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Really enjoyed the "nursery rhyme" series as well as the 97th Pct books. His continuing characters are like a neighborhood to which you may always return.
4.0 out of 5 stars Matthew Hope strikes again! Dec 5 2013
By C. Walts - Published on Amazon.com
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More complex and suspenseful than usual Matt Hope novels- fun to read and try to anticipate.Well crafted mystery with lots of trails to chase....Good Job!
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