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Title:
The forgotten girls
ISBN:
9780399174551
Publication:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
Physical Description:
360 pages ; 24 cm
Number in series:
6.
Summary:
"They are the victims no one has ever cared about, until now. Agents Stevens and Windermere return in the blistering new crime novel from the fast-rising, multi-award-nominated suspense star. She was a forgotten girl, a runaway found murdered on the High Line train through the northern Rocky Mountains and, with little local interest, put into a dead file. But she was not alone. When Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint FBI-BCA violent crime force stumble upon the case, they discover a horror far greater than anyone expected--a string of murders on the High Line, all of them young women drifters whom no one would notice. But someone has noticed now. Through the bleak midwinter and a frontier land of forbidding geography, Stevens and Windermere follow a frustratingly light trail of clues--and where it ends, even they will be shocked"-- Provided by publisher.
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Laukkanen, O.
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Summary

She was a forgotten girl, a runaway found murdered on the High Line train through the northern Rocky Mountains and, with little local interest, put into a dead file. But she was not alone. When Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint FBI-BCA violent crime force stumble upon the case, they discover a horror far greater than anyone expected-a string of murders on the High Line, all of them young women drifters whom no one would notice.
But someone has noticed now. Through the bleak midwinter and a frontier land of forbidding geography, Stevens and Windermere follow a frustratingly light trail of clues-and where it ends, even they will be shocked.


Author Notes

Owen Laukkanen was born in Vancouver. After graduating from university in 2006, he answered an ad on Craigslist for a summer job at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas as a "poker tournament reporter" for a poker website. At the end of the summer, they offered him a full-time job, and for the next three years, he traveled around the world, reporting from the most luxurious casinos of Monaco and Macau and Australia to the sketchiest card rooms of California and Atlantic City. In 2009, having seen his fill, he quit to concentrate on fiction.

His previous Stevens and Windermere novels are The Professionals , Criminal Enterprise , Kill Fee , The Stolen Ones , and The Watcher in the Wall . The Professionals was nominated for the Barry and International Thriller Writers awards for best first novel, as well as the Spinetingler Magazine Best Novel- New Voices Award. Criminal Enterprise was nominated for the ITW Award for best novel, and The Stolen Ones for the Barry Award.


Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Laukkanen's exciting sixth novel featuring Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint FBI and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension violent-crimes task force in Minnesota (after 2016's The Watcher in the Wall), the pair investigate the murder of Ash, a runaway of about 20, whose body was found in a snowdrift by railroad tracks in Boundary County, Idaho. She was evidently strangled while riding the High Line freight train that runs through the Northern Rocky Mountains. Though the police paid little attention to her death, Ash had a devoted friend-another train hopper, Mila Scott. When Mila learns that some sort of "ghost rider" has been preying on young women along the High Line, she refuses to rest until she has avenged Ash. Laukkanen is at his best in describing Mila's grueling travels through the frigid Northwest in pursuit of the killer. While the concluding manhunt isn't as gripping as the sections in which Mila stars, the interplay between Stevens and Windermere as they race to save Mila are expertly handled. Agent: Stacia Decker, Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

The sixth fast-paced entry in the Stevens-Windermere crime-fighting series (The Watcher in the Wall, 2016, etc.).Runaway Ashlyn Southernwood knows better: "You don't ever surf trains on the High Line," because "there's something evil up there" on the prowl for vulnerable young women like her. But she hops a High Line freight train anyway and doesn't survive the Prologue. Soon, police find cellphone photos suggesting that someone is killing a lot of girlsforgotten girlswhom no one knows or cares about. But the violent-crimes task force of Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere cares a lot. He's with Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, she's from the FBI, and thriller readers won't find a more dedicated series team anywhere. Windermere is the primary character, a "whip-smart" and beautiful African-American agent who's relentless in her pursuit of bad guys. There's no obvious sexual tension between her and the happily married Stevens, who is close to being her equal. But there's plenty of sexual tension in the "ghost rider," who just can't resist hopping the long-haul freight trains in search of more women to kill, especially the pretty ones. Stevens and Windermere know he's killed at least 25. The villain is a survivalist who thinks of women as "ignorant beast[s], simple and cruel," who have always rejected him. The former Army Ranger washout burns with anger and is "a damned evil soul" and "a creepy-ass dude" who finds killing to be fun. When one victim, Pamela Moody, barely escapes half dead from her injuries and the bitter winter cold, readers feel the chill. Maybe she can help the investigation, but only if she survives. Laukkanen combines great storytelling with deep compassion for the underdog. Despite brief references to earlier cases, you can safely read the novels in any order. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Young freight-rider Ash Southernwood hopped a High Line train in Chicago and wasn't seen again until a railroad crew found her beaten, strangled body in a thawing Idaho snowdrift. Bodies in Idaho aren't usually under the jurisdiction of the Minnesota BCA-FBI violent-crimes task force, but agents Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere (The Watcher in the Wall, 2016) get the case when photos of the woman's body are found on a Minnesota tractor salesman's phone. During intense questioning, the pair discover that the photo was uploaded to the cloud through a phone stolen from the salesman months earlier. Following the trail of sporadically uploaded photos, Stevens and Windermere delve into the freight-hopping subculture. As they work to flush out Ash's killer, their investigation points toward a serial killer preying on vulnerable, marginalized women along the High Line. Laukkanen develops the cast of freight-riders with compelling backstories as he tests Stevens and Windermere with punishing winter conditions for an eerie, suspenseful hunt.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2016 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere from the joint FBI-BCA violent crime force once again pair up to stop a killer in this sixth series entry (following The Watcher in the Wall). Runaway Ash was found dead in a snowdrift, near train tracks in Idaho. She was one of the many "forgotten" women who hopped open-air freight trains in the northern Rockies. As more disappearances are discovered and their search for a killer takes them to Montana, Stevens and Windermere team up with local police to find another missing girl, Mila, who has set out to find the killer and avenge her friend Ash's murder. Verdict Short, heart-pounding chapters move the story along quickly, while the frigid setting adds to the eerie atmosphere. Fans of the series will eagerly consume this latest tale, though having read the previous titles is not necessary for newcomers' understanding or enjoyment. [See Prepub Alert, 9/26/16.]-Nanci Milone Hill, M.G. Parker Memorial Lib., Dracut, MA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.