Midnight Baby by Wendy Hornsby

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Maggie investigates the murder of a strange young streetwalkerIn Los Angeles making a documentary about upscale day cares, Maggie MacGowen visits MacArthur Park to get contrasting footage of the pubescent prostitutes that populate its dark corners. There she meets Pisces, a fourteen-year-old hooker with manners that don’t match her profession. As they bond over a plate of pastrami, Maggie talks her into spending the night in a shelter. But Pisces comes with baggage: a nine-year-old hoodlum named Sly. Maggie takes them both to a convent, where they are fed, bathed, and tucked into bed, just like normal children. The next day, Pisces is dead, her throat slashed by an unknown hand. The Los Angeles Police Department has little time for murdered hookers, so it falls to Maggie to find the killer. The keys to the case are the young girl’s manners, and the fact that she died with her virginity intact.
 

About Wendy Hornsby

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Wendy Hornsby, Wendy Hornsby is a native of southern California born in 1947. She attended UCLA and California State University, Long Beach, and holds graduate degrees in Ancient and Medieval History. She went on after graduation to teach history at Long Beach City College for 10 years. Her first book, "No Harm" (1987), received critical acclaim. The Maggie MacGowen mystery, "77th Street Requiem," was named one of the six best mysteries of 1995 by Publisher's Weekly Magazine. Hornsby has written several mystery novels and short stories and has received the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Reviewers Choice Award for Best Contemporary Suspense from Romantic Times Magazine, the Mystery Scene Reader Award, the Orange Coast Fiction Award, and has been nominated for the Anthony Boucher Award. Wendy Hornsby added a new title to her Maggie MacGowen mystery novels in 2009- In The Guise of Mercy.
 
Published November 29, 2011 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The parents of a little girl who disappeared on a family outing 10 years earlier claim Pisces was their missing child, but Maggie and Mike identify the dead girl as the daughter of a wealthy Long Beach playboy.

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