Lost Girls Paperback – 2001
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Author Pyper's background as a poet is evident from the opening paragraph of this, his debut novel. The story is liberally sprinkled with Pyper's own brand of humor, spiced with unique imagery and the authentic flavor of the north. He had me hooked from the opening scene.
If you enjoy intelligent crime fiction, suspenseful fantasy or well-crafted stories, this book is a must-read. But be warned, this is not a typical court-room drama or a brain-candy upper. The story is soulful, depressing and riveting.
Treat yourself to Lost Girls.
forgotten, dirty and desolate Canadian town,
called Murdoch, not too far from Toronto. The
book is about--everything human I can think of. A
narrative recorded by a coke addicted lawyer,
Bartholomew Crane, who is sent by his firm to
this town to defend a school teacher accused of
murdering two girls, though the bodies have not
been found. The town is as gritty and numb to
itself as Crane is to himself and the world around
him. Crane, who has a need to hide from a very
real and melancholy innocence where the eye of
the tiger of lives for him as well as many of the
other characters. The novel, the writer's first, is
about so many things, so many layers that it
denies any juggling act of specificity. Though it is
very specific in what it does, it would be like
pinning down a snow storm. Impossible. Just
observe at first, from the outside. Then step inside
and be engulfed in its beauty. It is darkly,
artistically, intelligently written in a kind of
poetry that is purely Pyper's own.
To make Crane likable from the very
beginning, even though he is cynical as hell and
seemingly so smart and savvy and untouched,
(much as we, in other words), doesn't care about
truth, uses dishonesty when it suits him (much as
we in other words) and doesn't give much of a
damn particularly about those little girls, who
might still be alive, is the mark of a writer who
sees into sadness and comes up somehow with
diamonds. Crane is acerbic and funny as well. He
is a marvelous observer.Read more ›
So, steeled against disappointment, I plunged ahead, and was fortunate to discover that my dollar had not gone to waste. LOST GIRLS is a dark and moody thriller, a compulsive page-turner of high caliber. But for a novel that presents itself as more of a John Grisham-type foray into shallowly-drawn characters and legal machinations, LOST GIRLS is almost the opposite, a heavily character-driven story that has far more to do with acceptance of one's own past actions than it does the courtroom. LOST GIRLS is less a legal suspense story than it is a ghost story, where buried secrets threaten to overcome those unable to reconcile the past and the present.
LOST GIRLS follows the first murder case of Bartholomew Crane, a criminal defense attorney with few qualms about what needs to be done to successfully defend his clients. He is summoned up to the remote northern Ontario town of Murdoch, where Thom Tripp has been charged with the murder of two young girls. The drawback is, there are no bodies with which to confirm the murders, and anything that points to his client as a killer is circumstantial at best. But despite this clearly winnable situation, Crane slowly finds himself doubting his reasons for wanting to defend Tripp.Read more ›
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I'm a big fan of Pyper's books, and I have to say that this one really took it out of me. It's unique when put against his other books, and while it looks like it may be a horror... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nicholas Lane
Ashley and Krystal were best friends and one day never returned home. Both teenagers, they disappear in a small town by a lake in Ontario, Canada. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2009 by ELI (Italy)
This is the first time I have EVER stopped reading a book to the end. At page 198, boredom, ambivalence and irritation overtook me. Why? Read morePublished on June 27 2007 by sheiny
this book was a big dissapointment to me...it had the same basic outline as all the other mystery books... Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2003 by zara
It seems that this gorgeous book has been marketed totally incorrectly. The cover makes it look like a cheesy thriller, so people who want a fast, mindless read pick it up and get... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2002 by Jackson Pollock
I found this book to be fairly uninteresting. It was a very quick read, but I figured out who was whom early on and then just found it to be rather dull to get through the book.Published on Nov. 23 2001 by L. Cole
But that is not to say there is nothing good about this book. The epilogue was simply brilliant and unfortunately the story line got worse from then on. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2001
I was very disappointed in this book. He just continues to go on and on about his drug addiction and the details of him doing cocaine. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2001