Lost Souls Lawrence is a small-town cop with the usual litany of literary small-town-cop problems: an unfriendly ex-wife, a disconnected kid, and a love of the bottle.… Lost Souls Lawrence is a small-town cop with the usual litany of literary small-town-cop problems: an unfriendly ex-wife, a disconnected kid, and a love of the bottle.… 2004-08-01 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Viking
Book Review

Lost Souls (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Aug 01, 2004; Writer: Michael Collins; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Viking

Lawrence is a small-town cop with the usual litany of literary small-town-cop problems: an unfriendly ex-wife, a disconnected kid, and a love of the bottle. When a 3-year-old girl is found dead, the victim of a hit-and-run, Lawrence becomes involved in both the investigation and a cover-up that, as must happen in literary small towns, tears the community apart. Michael Collins is a gifted writer—spare and elegant in his prose, unsentimental about his rough and damaged characters. When the story in Lost Souls remains focused on the protagonists, it stays on track; the mystery, however, never rises above the cliché that people, even in small towns, aren't always what they seem.

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Originally posted Aug 20, 2004 Published in issue #779-780 Aug 20, 2004 Order article reprints
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