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The Hollow Girl (Moe Prager Mystery) Hardcover – May 18, 2014
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*Starred Review* After an ugly bout with cancer and the death of his girlfriend, Moe Prager (Onion Street, 2013) makes herculean efforts to drown himself in booze until a gut-twanging mystery lures him back to reality. Nancy Lustig, an unforgettable woman from his first case, begs Moe to find her missing daughter, Sloane Cantor. Sloane achieved fame years ago as the Hollow Girl when she launched a fabricated online video diary, ending in a faked suicide that caused mass chaos as enraptured viewers clogged 911 lines nationwide. Right after Moe starts poking around, the bodies of two of Sloane’s “friends” turn up, casting doubt on theories that Sloane may simply be taking a secret vacation. Then Sloane begins leaving messages for Nancy claiming she’s okay just as a new version of Hollow Girl launches online. Sloane is shown bound and battered, but viewers are warned not to intervene in the “performance.” Moe’s gut tells him she’s in danger instead of in character, and he begins one of his trademark determined but outwardly meandering searches. This is Moe’s final hunt, and he’s going to leave behind a slew of grieving fans, but his story is wrapped up perfectly here, filled with raw social commentary, nostalgia, and guarded hopefulness. Expect those attracted to The Hollow Girl by the reality entertainment elements to be hooked by Coleman’s airtight writing in this literary heavyweight PI series. --Christine Tran
"Coleman's solid ninth Moe Prager novel ... this entry will resonate even with newcomers by dint of Prager's eloquently expressed bleak worldview." --Publishers Weekly
"Coleman gives Moe an absorbing send-off in this hard-boiled series finale.... Fans of literary mysteries...will devour this book." --Library Journal
"This is Moe's final hunt, and he's going to leave behind a slew of grieving fans, but his story is wrapped up perfectly here, filled with raw social commentary, nostalgia, and guarded hopefulness. Expect those attracted to The Hollow Girl by the reality entertainment elements to be hooked by Coleman's airtight writing in this literary heavyweight PI series." --Booklist, Starred Review
"It's nice to report that Moe...is poised to escape his past at the end of this one.... Revelations...wind up this atmospheric, bluesy case." --Kirkus Reviews
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The Hollow Girl was an early internet sensation, a controversial performance artist who upset many people when she faked suicide online. Now her mother says she's missing, though it's not clear that she's not just taking a break from her cold, complicated family. Then bodies start turning up. Is the Hollow Girl a victim, or the perpetrator?
One of the best things about these nine novels is Moe's first person narrative. He's a philosophical smartass, and here he reminisces about previous cases and characters, which is a lot of fun. These books are intriguing mysteries beautifully written, and Moe Prager is a wonderful character. This American series can stand toe to toe with the best Scandinavian myseries out there.
Though this is called the "final" Moe Prager novel, it needn't be. Moe doesn't die. He's not even sick. I'm hoping that after taking a break, author Coleman may revisit this amazing series. There's no reason Moe couldn't take another case some day, and I hope he does.
Though these novels can stand alone, the series is best enjoyed in order because Moe's life takes many turns as the cases play out. In order they are: Walking the Perfect Square, Redemption Street, The James Deans, Soul Patch, Empty Ever After, Innocent Monster, Hurt Machine, Onion Street and The Hollow Girl. Dedicated to Moe's fans, this is modern noir at its best.
Moe books so I cannot rate this one as opposed to other ones. I enjoyed particularly the description of Nancy's relationship with Moe. The ending was very good. I get fed up when writers feel that they have to describe every punch and counterblow. its for me sufficient that Moe is in hospital. Hopefully Coleman can do a stand-alone novel. He is such master
as a fiction writer that superlative words don't adequately describe his ability.