Invisible Boy by Cornelia Read
(A Madeline Dare Novel)

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"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.

About Cornelia Read

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Cornelia Read grew up in New York, California, and Hawaii. She is a reformed debutante who currently lives in New York City. To learn more about the author, you can visit her website at
Published April 2, 2010 by Grand Central Publishing. 433 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Set in 1990, Read’s superb third Madeline Dare novel (after The Crazy School ) finds the acid-tongued ex-socialite and her blue-collar husband, Dean, in Manhattan.

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Book Reporter

I think this began in the ’70s, when Jack Klugman played a heroic coroner in “Quincy, M.E.,” but it really started rolling back in 1991, when two of the top movies of the year --- Backdraft and The Silence of the Lambs --- featured extensive scenes in pathology labs, complete with horribly-mangle...

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Spinetingler Magazine

Maddie is a former socialite whose mother had gone “from deb parties to the verge of food stamps, [her] father from the floor of the Stock Exchange to a VW camper behind the Chevron station in Malibu.” She is now 27 years old, and after growing up in California and then living in upstate New Yor...

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Mystery Tribune

I hadn't read any of Cornelia's books previously and the following praise for the book on Publisher's Weekly made me curious: "In her superb third novel… Read expertly evokes the New York City of the period, from the nearly palpable grime of Chelsea to disturbing undertones of racism and classis...

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