Innocent Monster

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Adams Media, Jan 15, 2012 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Seven years have passed since the brutal murder that tore Moe Prager's family apart and it's been six years since Moe's brushed the dust off his PI license. But when his estranged daughter Sarah comes to him with a request he cannot refuse, Moe takes a deep breath and plunges back into the icy, opaque waters of secrets and lies.

Sashi Bluntstone, an eleven-year-old art prodigy and daughter of Sarah's dearest childhood friend, has been abducted. Three weeks into the investigation, the cops have gotten nowhere and the parents have gotten desperate. Desperation, the door through which Moe Prager always enters, swings wide open. Just as in Sashi's paintings, there's much more to the case than one can see at a glance.

With the help of an ex-football star, Moe stumbles aroupd the fringes of the New York art scene, trying to get a handle on where the art stops and the commerce begins. Much to Moe's surprise and disgust, he discovers that Sashi is, on the one hand, revered as a cash cow and, on the other, reviled as a fraud and a joke.

Suspects abound beyond the usual predators and pedophiles, for it is those closest to Sashi in life who have the most to gain from her death. Cruel ironies lurk around every corner, beneath every painting, and behind every door. Almost nothing is what it seems.

Beware the innocent monster, for it need not hide itself and it lives closely among us: sometimes as close as the mirror.

  

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User Review  - jepeters333 - LibraryThing

Seven years have passed since the brutal murder that tore Moe Prager;s family apart and six years since Moe brushed the dust off his PI license. But when his estranged daughter Sarah comes to him with ... Read full review

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User Review  - robynkoz - LibraryThing

I got this book free for Kindle, and am glad I did. This is a great mystery/thriller with plenty of twists and complex characters. Although it is the first Moe Praeger novel I have read, it is far ... Read full review

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Contents

One
1
Two
7
Three
17
Four
21
Five
29
Six
35
Seven
47
Eight
57
TwentyTwo
169
TwentyThree
175
TwentyFour
181
TwentyFive
187
TwentySix
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TwentySeven
197
TwentyEight
205
TwentyNine
209

Nine
69
Ten
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Eleven
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Twelve
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Thirteen
109
Fourteen
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Fifteen
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Sixteen
125
Seventeen
133
Eighteen
139
Nineteen
147
Twenty
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TwentyOne
165
Thirty
217
ThirtyOne
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ThirtyTwo
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ThirtyThree
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ThirtyFour
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ThirtyFive
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ThirtySix
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ThirtySeven
259
ThirtyEight
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ThirtyNine
281
Epilogue
285
About the Author
292
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About the author (2012)

Reed Farrel Coleman's mysteries starring Moe Prager have won or been nominated for many of the crime fiction world's biggest awards, including the Edgar, the Shamus, the Barry, and the Anthony. The Moe Prager mysteries were named as part of Maureen Corrigan's Best Books of 2009.

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