Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

Paperback | May 6, 2014

byRobert Kolker

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A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of 2013

Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island, and presents the first detailed look at the shadow world of online escorts, where making a living is easier than ever and the dangers remain all too real. A triumph of reporting, a riveting narrative, and "a lashing critique of how society and the police let five young women down" (Dwight Garner, New York Times), Lost Girls is a portrait of unsolved murders in an idyllic part of America, of the underside of the Internet, and of the secrets we keep without admitting to ourselves that we keep them.

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A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of 2013Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island, and presents the first detailed look at the shadow world of online escorts, where making a living is easier than ever and the dangers remain ...

Robert Kolker is aNew Yorkmagazine contributing editor and was a finalist for the National Magazine Award. He writes about issues surrounding criminal justice and the unforeseen impact of extraordinary events on everyday people. He lives with his family in Brooklyn. This is his first book.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062183656

ISBN - 13:9780062183651

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from too dry to hold interest This book is about a devastating issue... but it was written so dryly that its message was lost
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking This book shines a bright light on the hardships some people face and the darkness where it leads them. The book itself was informative, even including a map, however I did find it to be written in a slightly confusing manner, as each chapter jumped drastically to a different victim, leading you to forget about which victims story you had just read and confusing one another.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad, but very interesting... This book may change my mind about legalizing prostitution. I never thought I would say or think that, but what happened to these women is horrendous and none of them deserved what happened to them. Very thought provoking and nicely written. I wish the list of families was in the front of the book, however!
Date published: 2013-11-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dry There was potential to portray this as an engaging real-life mystery, but the organization and writing fell short.
Date published: 2013-10-05

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Lost Girls is partly unsolved mystery...[partly]the intimate story of the five women… [and] a case study in the profound impact of the Internet, and particularly Craigslist, on the business of buying and selling sex.”