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Little Girl Blue Book Review Summary

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Carroll & Graf, Jan 2002, 24.00, 320 pp.
ISBN: 078670943X

    The corpse of the preadolescent girl in wintry Central Park leaves its mark on all the law enforcement officials who saw the blue colored dead body. The Assistant ME and the Manhattan North Borough Commander simply want the culprit dead for such a vile act. Even NYPD Lieutenant Julia Brennan, normally a stoic ambitious cop, strongly reacts, but she knows she must contain her feelings to thoroughly lead the investigation.

    Julia and her team begin to make inquiries that quickly lead to pornography mostly focused on child prostitution and a link with international adoption. Obtaining the help of sex crimes expert Peter Foley, Julia personalizes this case in every possible way in order to see that the culprit who did this heinous crime to LITTLE GIRL BLUE faces justice.

    LITTLE GIRL BLUE is a strong police procedural that allows the audience to follow Julia and her cohorts as they dig deep into the underbelly of Manhattan to try to solve the crime. The exciting, well-written story line is a delight for sub-genre fans because the investigation is intelligently designed while keeping the readers' attention. The psychological impact on Julia, who has a teen daughter, adds depth though the author never allows his character's emotions to overwhelm her work. This strong tale will send readers investigating bookstores for previous works by Mr. Cray (see BAD LAWYER).

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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