Candy from Strangers by Mark Coggins
(August Riordan)

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Caroline Stockwell has a secret: she and her best friend Monica are "cam girls."

Soliciting cash donations and gifts via wish lists from anonymous admirers, the young women have put up a web site featuring still photographs, video and blogs to help pay their way through art college. But when Caroline goes missing and her mother Ellen engages jazz bass-playing PI August Riordan to find her, Riordan discovers her secret and it appears to everyone that someone she met through the web site is responsible for her disappearance.

Set against the real-world backdrop of Internet predators using social networking sites like Facebook to find and ensnare their victims, Candy from Strangers is the first novel to explore the phenomenon of teenagers and young adults displaying themselves online in exchange for material favors—often without their parents' knowledge—which some are calling the newest form of prostitution.

About Mark Coggins

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Published April 13, 2009 by Bleak House Books. 353 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Riordan’s friend, cross-dressing singer Chris Duckworth, locates a website on which Caroline and her roommate, Monica Mapa (the girls are known, respectively, as Goth Angel and Goth Succubus), cavort in an assortment of bustiers and solicit “donations” from viewers, Riordan suspects that one...

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The third gripping Augustus Riordan hard-boiled exploit (after 2002's Vulture Capital ) launches the very human hero into action when he stumbles on the fresh corpse of a teenage girl in a San Francisco alley after helping his cross-dressing friend and assistant, Chris Duckworth, avoid a beating.

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