The bestselling of the lives of five young women whose fates converged in the perplexing case of the Long Island Serial Killer. Now updated, with a new epilogue by the author. One late spring evening inShannan Gilbert-after running through the oceanfront community of Oak Beach screaming for her life-went missing.
No one who had heard of her disappearance thought much about what had happened to the twenty-four-year-old: she was a Craigslist escort who had been fleeing a scene-of what, no one could be sure. The Suffolk County police, too, seemed to have paid little attention-until seven months later, when an unexpected discovery in a bramble alongside a nearby highway turned up four bodies, all evenly spaced, all wrapped in burlap. But none of them Shannan's.
There was Megan Waterman, last seen leaving a hotel in Hauppauge, Long Island, just a month after Shannon's disappearance inand Amber Lynn Costello, last seen leaving a house in West Babylon a few months later that same year. Like Shannan, all four women were petite, in their twenties, and had come from out of town to work as escorts, and they all had advertised on Craigslist and its competitor, Back. Lost Girls is a portrait of unsolved murders in an idyllic part of America, of the underside of the Internet, and of the secrets we keep without admitting to ourselves that we keep them.
Long considered "one of the best true-crime books of all time" Timethis edition includes a new epilogue that speaks to developments in the case, including the shocking fate of Mari Gilbert, Shannan's mother, for whom this case became the crusade of a lifetime.
Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App? Quantity Add to basket. This item has been added to your basket View basket Checkout. Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. View other formats and editions. An important examination of the socioeconomic and cultural forces that can shape a woman's entry into prostitution. Add a baffling whodunit that remains, as the subtitle indicates, unsolved, and you have a captivating true crime narrative that's sure to win new converts and please longtime fans of the genre.
It's a wonder. Kolker is an outstanding reporter and a sensitive narrator who does justice to a horrible tragedy by paying exactly the kind of attention that no one else did, or would. And often in Lost Girls, the facts are eloquent in themselves.
Robert Kolker's new book falls into the latter category. But through detailed profiles of the victims themselves, Kolker has written a more provocative book-a book that is as much about class and economic pressures as it is about sex work and murder. It is a story that you will not be able to forget. Kolker expertly chronicles the sad cycle of poor, uneducated white women faced with lots of kids and few resources.
By humanizing the women, Mr. Kolker has produced a subtle indictment of the sex trade. Its really great on every front. Grade: A-" -- Entertainment Weekly "So masterful.
Lost Girls is possibly the realest, fullest picture of what is happening with sex work in the US right now. They were drug addicts and teenage mothers and petty criminals. They suffered. But he can also see that within those circumstances they had moments of strength and self-assurance.
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