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City of Lost Girls by Declan Hughes
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May 04, 10

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Read in May, 2010

Hughes, Declan. CITY OF LOST GIRLS. (2010). ****. This is Hughes’ fifth novel, and features Ed Loy as a private detective who gets a call from an old friend, film director Jack Donovan, to look into a series of what might be threatening letters he has recently received. Donovan is in Dublin to shoot his latest film, and is worried about his past catching up with him. Loy has worked with Donovan before, and even played a small role in one of his films set in L.A.. Although they had been close friends once, their relationship had cooled and neither had talked to the other for ten years after an argument in L.A. Loy agrees to look into the letters for his former friend, but isn’t keen on asking the questions he has to ask of Donovan’s friends and former lovers. At the same time, Loy learns that the L.A. police department has received information about the potential burial sites of the bodies of young girls in the L.A. area who were all connected to films made by Donovan while he was plying his trade in Hollywood. It seems that bodies of these young girls were discovered in lots of three, buried together and interred with a crucifix inscribed with their initials. Suddenly, two of the extras on the current film being shot in Dublin go missing. Loy holds his breath, knowing that a third will be a requirement of the serial killer. To Loy, the only potential killer had to be one of four people who were all intimately involved with the shooting of all of Donovan’s earlier films. Which one was it? We think we know the answer early on because of the inclusion of the killer’s thoughts as interjections into the body of the work, but do we really know the answer? This is another good addition into Hughes’ body of work, one that is well written and works the genre in new ways. Recommended.
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