Lost Girls by Robert Kolker audiobook

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

By Robert Kolker
Read by Lloyd James  and Sean Pratt

HarperAudio 9780062183637
11.15 Hours Unabridged
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New York Times Bestseller • Now a Netflix Film The bestselling account of the lives of five young women whose fates converged in the perplexing case of the Long Island Serial Killer. “Rich, tragic...monumental...true-crime reporting at its best.”—Washington Post One late spring evening in 2010, Shannan 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 Maureen Brainard-Barnes, last seen at Penn Station in Manhattan three years earlier, and Melissa Barthelemy, last seen in the Bronx in 2009. There was Megan Waterman, last seen leaving a hotel in Hauppauge, Long Island, just a month after Shannon’s disappearance in 2010, and 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, Backpage.  Long considered “one of the best true-crime books of all time” (Time), 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.

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Summary

Summary

One of the New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for 2013

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2013

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for July 2013

New York Times Bestseller • Now a Netflix Film

The bestselling account of the lives of five young women whose fates converged in the perplexing case of the Long Island Serial Killer.

“Rich, tragic...monumental...true-crime reporting at its best.”—Washington Post

One late spring evening in 2010, Shannan 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 Maureen Brainard-Barnes, last seen at Penn Station in Manhattan three years earlier, and Melissa Barthelemy, last seen in the Bronx in 2009. There was Megan Waterman, last seen leaving a hotel in Hauppauge, Long Island, just a month after Shannon’s disappearance in 2010, and 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, Backpage. 

Long considered “one of the best true-crime books of all time” (Time), 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Robert Kolker’s Lost Girls is reportage at the highest level; it’s miss-your-bedtime storytelling…It’s a wonder.” Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life
“Beautifully and provocatively written…Lost Girls will make all but the hardest-hearted empathetic. 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.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Robert Kolker unflinchingly probes the 21st-century innovations that facilitated these crimes…An important examination of the socioeconomic and cultural forces that can shape a woman’s entry into prostitution.” Kirkus Reviews
“Meticulously reported and beautifully written, Robert Kolker’s Lost Girls is a haunting and powerful crime story that gives voice to those who can no longer be heard. It is a story that you will not be able to forget.” David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z
“Terrific…vivid and moving…Grade: A-” Entertainment Weekly
“Through extensive interviews with the victims’ families and friends, Kolker creates compassionate portraits of the murdered young women and uncovers the forces that drove them from their respective hometowns into risky, but lucrative, careers as prostitutes in a digital age.” New Yorker
“Reading this true-crime book, you’re reminded of the observation that easy reading is hard writing.” New York Times
“Kolker indulges in zero preaching and very little sociology; his is the lens of a classic police reporter. And often in Lost Girls, the facts are eloquent in themselves.” Newsday
“Rich, tragic…monumental…true-crime reporting at its best.” Washington Post
“Captivating.” Boston Globe
“Kolker is a careful writer and researcher…[he paints] a far more nuanced picture of each young woman than any screaming headline could.” Miami Herald
“Kolker does not hold back in addressing the fact that there was dysfunction in these women’s lives. 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.” Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review
“By learning the intimate details of the women’s lives, seeing them as humans rather than victims, we see our similarities…Lost Girls is possibly the realest, fullest picture of what is happening with sex work in the US right now.” Guardian (UK)
Lost Girls is partly unsolved mystery…[partly] the intimate story of the five women… [and partly] a case study in the profound impact of the Internet, and particularly Craigslist, on the business of buying and selling sex.” National Post (Canada)
“Kolker’s empathetic and detailed portrayals of the victims, based on hundreds of hours of interviews with their families and friends, [makes for] an impressive and impassioned work of investigative journalism and a chilling commentary on the entangled influences of economics, race, technology and politics on sex and murder in the Internet age. Kolker, a reporter for New York magazine, is that rare-breed journalist who latched onto a difficult story and refused to let go. In this haunting tale, he bravely and meticulously recreates the lives of once hopeful but sadly forgotten young women, while shining a light on the economic hardships that pushed them to make tough, risky choices.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“A gothic whodunit for the Internet age…nearly unputdownable…[Lost Girls is] a horrific, cautionary tale…Kolker expertly chronicles the sad cycle of poor, uneducated white women faced with lots of kids and few resources.” New York Times Book Review

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Author

Author Bio: Robert Kolker

Author Bio: Robert Kolker

Robert Kolker is the author of Lost Girls, named one of the New York Times‘s 100 Notable Books and one of Publishers Weekly‘s Top Ten Books of 2013. As a journalist, his work has appeared in New York magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, the New York Times Magazine, Wired, GQ, O magazine, and Men’s Journal. He is a National Magazine Award finalist and a recipient of the 2011 Harry Frank Guggenheim Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 11.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English