"Lost Souls" begins with the discovery of the body of a small girl, dressed as an angel, concealed in a pile of autumn leaves. It looks as if the child might have been the victim of a hit and run. It's Halloween. The streets had been full of children. But how did a three-year old come to be hiding there alone in the dark, dressed only in her ...Read More"Lost Souls" begins with the discovery of the body of a small girl, dressed as an angel, concealed in a pile of autumn leaves. It looks as if the child might have been the victim of a hit and run. It's Halloween. The streets had been full of children. But how did a three-year old come to be hiding there alone in the dark, dressed only in her flimsy costume. And why were the child's feet bare! A ghastly crime, a bungled cover-up, several guilty secrets, innocence defiled, a community isolated, a lowering landscape across which a host of dysfunctional characters stalk, a twisting plot and Michael Collins's uniquely stylish and blackly humorous prose make this latest novel a gripping read. As always the landscape and people are vividly evoked. This novel is full of unforgettable images from its haunting and chillingly beautiful beginning to its brilliant denouement.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2004-07-26 Part police procedural, part piercing psychological character study, Collins's latest novel revolves around a series of lurid murders that threaten the equilibrium of the unstable cop who investigates the killings, as well as the unnamed Midwestern town where they take place. The narrator is Lawrence, an erratic, disgruntled cop who finds the body of a three-year-old girl while on patrol on Halloween night. The initial investigation indicates that the girl was killed in a hit-and-run accident by high school quarterback Kyle Johnson; as the evidence begins to pile up, the police chief and mayor pressure Lawrence to help cover up Johnson's role in the crime. Lawrence goes along, but is seized by guilt and takes off on his own, keeping watch over the mother of the dead child. Then Johnson's girlfriend, Cheryl Carpenter, is found murdered soon after the child's death. As more killings ravage the town, Lawrence becomes both suspect and potential victim in a bizarre series of plot twists. Collins's style, which alternates between the clipped prose of a cop novel and some surreally introspective passages, gives the book the prose feel of a David Lynch film. Exposing the seedier elements of smalltown life, the author continues to successfully mine the same territory that got his first novel, The Keepers of Truth, shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Agent, Kim Witherspoon. West Coast author tour. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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