Release Date: 2005

In the final installment of her Lydia Strong series, bestselling author Lisa Unger, writing as Lisa Miscione, brings us her most shocking and emotionally wrenching case yet. An NYPD detective visits Lydia and her husband, P.I. Jeffrey Mark, to inform them that Lily, one of Lydia’s former writing students, has been missing for more than two weeks. Before she disappeared, Lily had tried to get in touch with Lydia, seeking her help. Could this have had something to do with the death of Lily’s brother, which Lily refused to accept as a suicide? If they want to discover the truth, Lydia and Jeffrey will have to follow the trail that Lily left behind, a trail of evidence that—like Lily herself—seems to disappear like smoke.


Lydia Strong wanted a cigarette to celebrate the defeat of her enemy. She leaned back in her chair and looked at the manuscript that sat fat and neat on her desk beside her computer. She felt like a prizefighter who had finally, after a brutal showdown, sent her opponent to the mat. The Lost Girl had taken her nearly a year to write and every page had been a battle. It was a first for her. Words were her tools, sometimes her weapons. Either way, she'd always wielded them with ease. But this book didn't want to be written. Every day the blank page had seemed like a taunt, a dare, a bully on the playground looking for her lunch money...


"Appealing characters with rich inner lives as well as intelligent and credible dialogue."

—Publishers Weekly 

"If you don't know this series, it's high time to get acquainted."

"There's much to recommend in this ambitious fourth series novel. Mount and Jesamyn, in particular, are sympathetic and interestingly flawed."
—Boston Globe 

"Miscione once again proves she's a master of suspense and thrills in this outrageously exciting outing... Don't worry if you've never read a title in this series, they're all strong enough to stand alone with their great characterization, excellent plotting, and simply solid writing. Another winner from an author who has her craft down solid, this one comes highly recommended."
—New Mystery Reader 

"What I found impressive with this novel is the way that Miscione develops her story in a way that all of the characters are fleshed out...This may be a Lydia Strong novel, but the two cops investigating also have lives. Being able to get a glimpse of their personal lives gives you a better appreciation of the book itself."


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