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"The Last Dead Girl" by Harry Dolan (Amy Einhorn/Putnam, $26.95) is a highly entertaining, exceptional crime novel.
Scheduled for release, it's a prequel to his two earlier compelling mysteries set in Ann Arbor - his acclaimed debut novel "Bad Things Happen" and its fast-paced sequel, "Very Bad Men."
In those books the main character, going under the name David Loogan, has gotten a job editing "Gray Space," a crime fiction magazine.
Dolan's new book is set in 1998, in the town of Rome, New York. Loogan is living and operating a small building inspection business using his real name of David Malone.
After viewing a sudden car accident, Malone comes to the driver's aid, helping beautiful Jana Fletcher, a young law student.
The chance encounter turns into a fast romance, but both lovers have their own dark secrets.
When Fletcher is murdered, Malone becomes a prime suspect; he decides to investigate and makes unnerving discoveries.
Fletcher was living in a run-down apartment with few possessions and had a nasty bruise on her face. Malone is also hiding the truth and is trying to figure out what to do about an unsettling, life-changing situation.
Detective Frank Moretti is working the case and doesn't want Malone's assistance - there are many other complications and more suspicious murders.
Dolan again has created a strong cast of likable and despicable characters and a clever killer with his own agenda.
The author deftly shifts viewpoints as the plot develops, with numerous surprises and deadly situations.
Dolan is one of America's best new crime writers; if you haven't discovered him, you're in for a real treat!
Ray Walsh, owner of East Lansing's Curious Book Shop,
has reviewed noir thrillers and crime novels since 1987.
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This review was originally published by the Lansing State Journal on Sunday, January 5, 2014.