Lost Girls

Andrew Pyper's debut mystery follows a silver-tongued trial lawyer defending an English teacher accused of murdering two local girls.

Andrew Pyper

Bartholomew Christian Crane is a criminal defence lawyer who wins. Thirty-three, silver-tongued and driven by a moral code that preaches "There are no such things as lies, only misperceptions," Barth is ripe for the first murder trial of his career. Two fourteen-year-old girls have gone missing and presumably lie on the bottom of a lake just outside an economically depressed northern town. Though everyone believes the girls' English teacher is guilty, no bodies have yet been discovered and there is little other substantial evidence. As Barth begins work on a trial that quickly slides into a nightmarish blur between dream and reality, he feels an uneasy connection to the victims — and to the ghost that haunts the lake's waters. (From Harper Perennial

From the book

Dead or alive something happened to them, and now all that's left is Laird's collected bits and pieces, a wrinkled envelope marked SOUVENIRS. Their handwriting speaks in my ear as I read it. The hair glints as though the dull light of the desk lamp is instead the brilliant luster of an afternoon sun. The bracelet warmed by an imagined wrist, its delicate pulses of blood.

Here and then not here.


From Lost Girls by Andrew Pyper ©1999. Published by Harper Perennial.