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The Resource The last girl : a mystery, Danny Lopez

The last girl : a mystery, Danny Lopez

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The last girl : a mystery
Title
The last girl
Title remainder
a mystery
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Danny Lopez
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eng
Summary
"After being laid off from his job as a newspaper reporter in a coastal Florida town, Dexter Vega meets a wealthy retiree who hires him to find his daughter who is supposed to be attending the local college. When Vega visits his client to inform him that his daughter is in Mexico, he discovers the man has been murdered. And Vega's prints are all over the murder weapon. As the police build a case against him, Vega flies to Mexico City to locate his client's daughter, hoping she will help him find the murderer and thus clear his name. But when he finds the woman, she tells him a very different story--nothing is as it seems. Beaten by thugs and ordered to leave Mexico, Vega returns home to find himself immersed in a web of blackmail, greed, and revenge. Still pursued by the cops--and now a target of evil predators."--
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  • We know we’re in noir-land immediately. The hole-in-the-wall bar is called Memories Lounge, the jukebox plays “real 45s,” and the ceiling is “black from decades of cigarette smoke.” A good place to seek oblivion if you’re a noir hero, bitter and broke and waiting for a mission to bring redemption. That’s Dexter Vega, just laid off from a reporter’s job at a Sarasota newspaper. He rescues an old man from a beating and is offered a quest: search for the old man’s missing daughter. Dexter finds her in Mexico. “Her entire person seemed to glow like the sun.” Or a promise of salvation. Her father, who perhaps isn’t her father, is murdered. This is the setup for a tightly written, beautifully paced thriller that doesn’t stop revealing its secrets until the final page. Kiddie porn plays a role, as does teen prostitution, and the nicely worked-out scenes play like good theater. Dexter, whose cynicism seemed sort of skin deep, finally opts out of noir-land. “Hope was not extinct,” he notes. But we—and the glowing girl—knew that. Good fun and, thankfully, without a bitter aftertaste. -- Crinklaw, Don (Reviewed 7/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 21, p28)
  • A chance encounter in a bar leads to a new career for Dexter Vega, a recently laid-off investigative journalist at Florida’s Sarasota Herald, in the pseudonymous Lopez’s uneven debut. Dexter takes pity and offers a ride home to Nick Zavala, who’s dressed like a bum but turns out to live in a stylish house on the bay with a museumworthy art collection. Nick, who admires Dexter’s journalism work, tells his guest that his college-age daughter, Maya, has gone missing. Despite knowing nothing about Nick (and doing no subsequent research into the guy), Dexter agrees to find Maya. From a Siesta Key con man who was living with Maya, Dexter discovers that she’s in Mexico. Things get complicated when Nick is murdered; Dexter becomes a suspect, and he decides to go to Mexico City in search of answers. Dexter takes a few beatings and unearths a lot of unpleasant things about Nick on the way to the contrived resolution. Too many unlikely developments weaken the plot, but Lopez’s assured prose suggests he’s capable of better next time. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed 05/29/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 22, p)
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10573427
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Lopez, Danny
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3612.O592
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Dexter Vega
Series volume
0001
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  • Private investigators
  • Missing persons
  • Murder
  • Sarasota (Fla.)
  • Mexico City (Mexico)
Target audience
adult
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The last girl : a mystery, Danny Lopez
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
229 pages
Isbn
9781608092529
Lccn
bl2017030270
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Label
The last girl : a mystery, Danny Lopez
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
229 pages
Isbn
9781608092529
Lccn
bl2017030270
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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