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Review: Little Boy Lost by J.D. Trafford

Title: Little Boy Lost
Author: JD Trafford
Year Published: 2017

Genre: Adult fiction
Pages: 303
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map)USA (MO)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): In a city divided and broken, this revelation will set it on fire....

Attorney Justin Glass' practice, housed in a shabby office on the north side of Saint Louis, isn't doing so well that he can afford to work for free. But when eight-year-old Tanisha Walker offers him a jar full of change to find her missing brother, he doesn't have the heart to turn her away.

Justin had hoped to find the boy alive and well. But all that was found of Devon Walker was his brutally murdered body--and the bodies of twelve other African American teenagers, all discarded like trash in a mass grave. Each had been reported missing. And none had been investigated.

As simmering racial tensions explode into violence, Justin finds himself caught in the tide. And as he gives voice to the discontent plaguing the city's forgotten and ignored, he vows to search for the killer who preys upon them.

Review: I have heard such good things about this book and was first introduced to it by Bonnie and Bonnie's Books. The story takes place in St. Louis and I can imagine that it would be fun to read it if I lived there because the author describes the places in such detail.

This book has a lot going on. A mystery (who is killing the boys?), social issues (police arrests and mistreatment of African-Americans as well as bullying in schools), lawyer life, politics, and life as a single dad/widower. It seems like too much to take on, but it all fits well together and also helps the story move along at a great pace.

I liked the main character a lot; he is kind, interesting, caring, a good dad, and he knows his failings. His supporting cast is also fun: cops, judges, Justin's family members, lawyers, and the families of the dead boys.

The story is interesting and pulled me along right to the very end. I definitely recommend this novel.

Challenges for which this counts: none

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