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There Was A Little Girl (Matthew Hope #11)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  376 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Matthew Hope has been shot - taking two bullets outside a bar in Calusa's seediest neighborhood. With Matthew in a postsurgery semicoma, the men and women who know him best go to the places he went, talk to the people he talked to, and desperately try to find out who wanted Matthew Hope dead. The sexy, tough investigator called Toots Kiley, the world-weary cop named Morris ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Grand Central Publishing (first published September 7th 1994)
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Once again, this book is from the Matthew Hope series, which means that while it was written by Ed McBain, it isn't, in my estimation as good as the 87th Precinct series. Matthew Hope is in a coma--doesn't look good for him, so others have to pick up the clues as to what is going on in and out of the circus. Circuses tend to attract different, and sometimes weird characters. The question is: did Willa Winkie kill herself? and what happened to Peter Torrance? Morris Bloom and Warren Chambers look ...more
Well written, and non-pretensious detective novel. The plot is fairly interesting and the dialog is done well. I think this story is similar to what makes its way onto TV these days.

The story is told almost passively from the eyes of the primary character (who is in a coma) and the eyes of several detectives trying to figure out how he got that way.
I love it! I've read plenty 87th precinct novels with Steve i was a bit reluctant to read something was refreshing...Ed's a master!he does this with so much ease! But i love happy endings so the open end just depressed me..
Long time reader of Ed McBain and this was an interesting story with multiple characters well described. Plot was developed well and kept my interest. Will look out for more "Matthew Hope" novels.
Jeff Dickison
Good Matthew Hope tale. Matthew is shot outside a bar in the bad part of town and is in a coma. His friends and co-workers try to solve the case for him. A very good plot with quite a few surprises make this interesting. However, the main point of the story is unresolved at the end, presumably to be taken up in the next entry to the series. Well done. Recommended.
Kim Dempsey
This was a good fast read although I found it rather hard to follow. There were so many characters to follow. It was reminding me a little of Water for Elephants with the circus plot involved.
I love the idea of this book! The story is very involved or maybe it should have been more involved? There's a lot given that was 'draggy', words of description, mind rambling, etc that just was not needed. It took away from the path of the story. There were events that were presented that should have been better explained. I hated the ending. It felt like it had no ending.
This book has a nice mix of two mysteries to solve, an old case and a new one. Both were interesting enough and of course they end up tying in together. Lots of different threads and aspects to consider with there being no obvious solutions to the puzzle. A few nice subtle clues to the mystery that I appreciated.
There Was A Little Girl (Matthew Hope #11) by Ed McBain (Warner Books 1994) (Fiction - Mystery). Attorney Matthew Hope is in a coma after being shot in the chest. It's up to his friends to figure out why. Snore. DNF. MY rating: 2/10, finished 2004.
I think I mostly liked this book for the circus folk. I've tried to read McBain since then and couldn't get into it.
A história vale 4 estrelas, mas esta edição está cheia de erros de tradução e gramática, daí as 3 estralas atribuídas.
Carnies and drugs. What more could you ask for?
Chioma Uzoma
Different but nice...enjoyed it!
Chioma Uzoma
Good detective novel....enjoyed it!
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Ed McBain is a pseudonym of Evan Hunter, who was born and raised as Salvatore Lombino in New York City, living in East Harlem until the age of 12, at which point his family moved to the Bronx. He attended Olinville Junior High School, then Evander Childs High School, before winning an Art Students League scholarship. Later, he was admitted as an art student at Cooper Union.

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