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Lost Girls Perennial Paperback – Apr 13 2000

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  • Paperback: 349 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 1st HarperPerennial Canada ed edition (April 13 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006480764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440235460
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,163,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"There is nothing more overrated in the practice of criminal law than the truth." So begins the first chapter of Lost Girls, Andrew Pyper's highly acclaimed debut novel. As the story opens, that maxim is embodied by its main character, Bartholomew Crane, an amoral, cocaine-abusing defence lawyer. His drive to win seems less a matter of competition or ego than some sort of neurotic imperative. Crane's unsavoury bosses, Lyle, Gederov, and Associate, (or Lie, Get 'Em Off, and Associate, as the joke goes), hand him his first murder trial, a grotesque case involving the disappearance of two schoolgirls in Northern Ontario. The accused is the doomed girls' English teacher, who recently ended up on the losing end of a custody battle involving his young daughter. When Crane arrives in Murdoch, Ontario, he finds his client, one Thomas Tripp, either unable or unwilling to cooperate. He must then contend with a variety of strange and very suspicious townsfolk as he attempts to unearth the facts himself. His discovery of the town's dark legend unleashes Crane's own demons, causing him to lose track of reality and the case and sending him down an unfamiliar path: a search for the truth.

Pyper's legal background brings authenticity to the story, but his real gift is for language. Beginning with its remarkably seductive prologue, Lost Girls is far more beautifully written than your average crime story. A national bestseller and a Globe and Mail Best Book of 1999, Lost Girls established Pyper as one of Canada's literary stars. --Moe Berg

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Toronto resident Pyper's spell-binding debut succeeds on so many levels--as a mystery, a legal thriller, a literary character study--that's it's obvious why it was a #1 bestseller last year in Canada. Breathing new life into a modern cliche, the lawyer in need of redemption, the narrator and proudly unlikable main character is do-anything-to-win Toronto attorney Bartholomew Crane, who is assigned the "lost girls" case by his firm, Lyle, Gederov (colloquially known as "Lie, Get 'Em Off"). Two schoolgirls are missing and presumed drowned in Lake St. Christopher, in the outback of Murdoch, Ontario. The man accused of their murder is one of the girls' teachers, Thomas Tripp. Crane quickly discovers that Tripp is uncooperative and seemingly insane, blaming the girls' disappearance on the legendary ghost of a woman who drowned 50 years ago in the lake. Since there's little more than circumstantial evidence against Tripp, Crane is initially confident that he can get the man off. But that confidence dissolves as he immerses himself in the case and the history of the region. Pyper uses Crane's almost vicious self-awareness to chart the crumbling of his self-image as he binges on cocaine, goes stir-crazy in the rural town, and confronts a long-repressed tragedy from his past that bears on the case. As Crane's devastating history unfolds, it's revealed how he became such a shark; as he accepts the truth about himself and his desperate need to solve the mystery behind the ghost story, his fundamental character is illuminated-gradually, with the same restrained suspense that makes Pyper's ingeniously tight plotline so compulsively appealing. BOMC/QPB featured alternate. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Paperback
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 bogged down by the psychological depth, mythical dimension, and gothic aesthetic. Andrew Pyper's book is a portayal of the darkness within a man's soul and man's connection between darkness and feminity, both holding fascination as well as horror. It is about the female aspect of a man's psyche coming up to haunt him because it was repressed for too long, taking on the form of ghosts, teenage girls, and strippers. It is about females in society also, and the way they are percieved and treated by the males who desire and fear them. Women represent certain psychological aspects of men, and in the book they take on mythical, archetypal roles. The symbolism of the lake around which the book revolves, of evil lurking beneath the surface of the water, is another representation of the murky, dark, psychological depths of man, which also correlates to women's sexuality. The main character is impotent and obsessed with young girls, and has a boyhood secret he has never been able to get over or deal with. The town he goes to in order to defend a man accused of killing two teenage girls also has a dark secret in its past: the townsmen got together and purposefully drowned a woods-dwelling prostitute they all had slept with, because they became afraid of and disgusted by her. It is a very timeless theme of literature and Andrew Pyper has a fresh, eerie take on it. Please do not underestimate this book, and do not read it if you want a formulaic, whodunit type thriller. "Whodunit" is not remotely the point in this book.
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Bartholomew Christian Crane is a lost soul of questionable lawyerly morality. His first murder trial is the case of the lost girls, two missing teenagers from Murdoch, an odd little town in northern Ontario. Barth relies on sarcasm and cocaine as he encounters strippers, a ghost and his strange client. Will he emerge from this trial unscathed?
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.
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No this book is not perfect. I am not sure if its marketed correctly. By reading the cover, I thought the book was either a court case or a ghost story. After reading the book, I was pleased to discover this book is so much more. Overall, the book is more about a man and the investigation into his past that has made him a ruthless, cutt-throat lawyer. I'll admitt the ending does not have the pay-off of a great, climatic thriller but the journey was one of the best I have come across in a couple years. Andrew Pyper is an interesting new author. His writing is sharp, witty, humorous and compelling. If he impoves from this first book, its hard to imagine how good of a writer he will be.
Treat yourself to Lost Girls.
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"Lost Girls" by Andrew Pyper is set in a
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.
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I picked up a copy of Andrew Pyper's LOST GIRLS at a yard sale, for the unbelievably low price of a dollar. The book jacket was covered with praise and accolades for Pyper's tale of murder and madness in northern Ontario, and I faintly remembered there being some buzz on the literary scene following its publication a few years ago. But I have had some bad experiences with book jacket blurbs as of late, and was cautious.
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.
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