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October 19, 2014



David Loogan
Book 3
Harry Dolan

(from Amazon)
  • Series: David Loogan, Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reprint edition (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English, ISBN-10: 0425273822, ISBN-13: 978-0425273821
David Loogan’s dark past is revealed in this prequel to Bad Things Happen—the critically acclaimed mystery that Stephen King called a “great f***ing book.”

On a rainy night in April, a chance encounter draws David into a romance with Jana Fletcher, a beautiful young law student. Jana is an enigma: living in a run-down apartment with only the barest of possessions, sporting a bruise on her cheek that she refuses to explain. David would like to know her secrets, but he lets them lie—until it’s too late.

When Jana is brutally murdered, the police consider David a prime suspect. But as he sets out to uncover the truth, he soon learns that Jana’s death may be related to an earlier murder, one that she was obsessed with during the last weeks of her life.

And as he retraces her steps, he begins to realize that he’s treading a very dangerous path—and that her killer is watching every move he makes.

This book is a "prequel" to Dolan's, David Loogan stories. Before he was Loogan, he went by the name of David Malone.  David leaves hurriedly after a fight with his fiancee. He meets Jana standing by the side of the road, quite upset because she had hit a deer.  They hit it off immediately and he moves in with her.  Jana thinks she is being watched (she had some hidden secrets) so David tries to find out who is watching her.  The clue he finds is a lot of Popsicle sticks.
 I don't want to give away anything so I'll leave the rest to you, the reader.  Does David have anything to do with a crime that has been committed?Other characters are introduced and the plot starts to speed along.
The author gives clues throughout the book, starting early on. Mr. Dolan keeps the reader guessing.  There isn't time to put the book down.  The suspense mounts and you have to turn the pages  to keep up with the story. I found one thing that made the book rather hard to keep up with.  The author kept going back and forth with the first two books and occasionally I would get confused with trying to keep the events and characters in line with each other. Other than that the book was interesting and attention getting.  The author lets the reader go along on the journey and adventure to find the  "Popsicle stick watcher".  You become a detective with a murder to solve.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE LAST DEAD GIRL from the author, Harry Dolan for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.  

I would give this book 3 STARS.

Harry Dolan
Harry Dolan is the author of BAD THINGS HAPPEN (Putnam, 2009), VERY BAD MEN (Putnam, 2011), and THE LAST DEAD GIRL (Putnam, 2014). He graduated from Colgate University, where he majored in philosophy and studied fiction-writing with the novelist Frederick Busch. He grew up in Rome, New York, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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