Invisible Boy

Invisible Boy

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Grand Central Pub
"Cornelia Read's darkest, most passionate, and most poignant book yet."
-Tana French, New York Times Bestselling Author

The smart-mouthed but sensitive runaway socialite Madeline Dare is shocked when she discovers the skeleton of a brutalized three-year-old boy in her own weed-ridden family cemetery outside Manhattan. Determined to see that justice is served, she finds herself examining her own troubled personal history, and the sometimes hidden, sometimes all-too-public class and racial warfare that penetrates every level of society in the savage streets of New York City during the early 1990s.

Madeline is aided in her efforts by a colorful assemblage of friends, relatives, and new acquaintances, each one representing a separate strand of the patchwork mosaic city politicians like to brag about. The result is an unforgettable narrative that relates the causes and consequences of a vicious crime to the wider relationships that connect and divide us all.

Baker & Taylor
Ex-debutante Madeline Dare is a fallen WASP with a stinging wit. The one-time newspaper reporter seems to find murder and mayhem wherever she goes. The mordant Dare discovers, in a New York cemetery housing her ancestors, the remains of what was clearly an abused boy. What cruel soul could have beaten three-year-old Teddy Underhill to death? High on the suspect list are the boy's deadbeat mother, Angela, and her equally unsavory boyfriend, Albert, who claims the child wandered off while he was taking a nap. Madeline finds herself immersed in the case, while her husband, Dean, spends his days working for Christoph, a neo-Nazi businessman--From Booklist.

Hachette Book Group
"Cornelia Read's darkest, most passionate, and most poignant book yet."
-Tana French, New York Times Bestselling Author

The smart-mouthed but sensitive runaway socialite Madeline Dare is shocked when she discovers the skeleton of a brutalized three-year-old boy in her own weed-ridden family cemetery outside Manhattan. Determined to see that justice is served, she finds herself examining her own troubled personal history, and the sometimes hidden, sometimes all-too-public class and racial warfare that penetrates every level of society in the savage streets of New York City during the early 1990s.

Madeline is aided in her efforts by a colorful assemblage of friends, relatives, and new acquaintances, each one representing a separate strand of the patchwork mosaic city politicians like to brag about. The result is an unforgettable narrative that relates the causes and consequences of a vicious crime to the wider relationships that connect and divide us all.

Baker
& Taylor

A work based on a true story finds outspoken socialite Madeline Dare prompted by the discovery of a three-year-old's body to examine her own troubled history in the public class and racial warfare of 1990s New York City society.
A provocative work based on a true story finds outspoken socialite Madeline Dare prompted by the discovery of a 3-year-old's body to examine her own troubled history in the public class and racial warfare of 1990s New York City society. By the author of The Crazy School.

Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446511346
044651134X
Characteristics: 418 p. ; 24 cm

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ilovewhippets
Dec 12, 2014

Well, this was not a mystery! Court drama. Very predictable! If u enjoy books written by a high-bred woman, u might like it. The writing style is Not for the general public, that's for sure. Lots of big words, innuendos and swearing, also. It felt like the author was trying too hard. I didn't like it that much.

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SusannahElf
Sep 15, 2010

Although this was mildly entertaining, when all was said and done I found this book irritating in many ways. First of all, the foul language and idiotic conversations between the main characters got very annoying, very fast. Secondly, the plot did not hold together and I didn't buy it for a second that two peripheral witnesses to a murder would be drawn deep into the investigation for no reason. Then there is a whole side plot that fizzles out with no explanation. Finally, the whole book seems to have been written so that the author could express her opinion of the Joel Steinberg/ Hannah Nussbaum case of several years ago, in which a severely battered woman failed to intervene in the abuse of her daughter. The author seems to believe that the only possible opinion, (as expressed by one of her charming characters) is to "hang the b-----!" Yes, that is how suble this book is.

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