Little Boy Lost

Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,228 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a city divided and broken, this revelation will set it on fire...

Attorney Justin Glass's practice, housed in a shabby office on the north side of Saint Louis, isn't doing so well that he can afford to work for free. But when eight-year-old Tanisha Walker offers him a jar full of change to find her missing brother, he doesn't have the heart to turn her away.

Justin had hoped to find the boy alive and well. But all that was found of Devon Walker was his brutally murdered body - and the bodies of twelve other African American teenagers, all discarded like trash in a mass grave. Each had been reported missing. And none had been investigated.

As simmering racial tensions explode into violence, Justin finds himself caught in the tide. And as he gives voice to the discontent plaguing the city's forgotten and ignored, he vows to search for the killer who preys upon them.

©2017 J.D. Trafford. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Outstanding book from new (to me) author...

Justin Glass is a street lawyer, widower and father to a young daughter. He is also interracial with a black father who is a congressman and a white mother. He's broke and lives on his grandfather's (a former judge) property.
While searching for a teenage boy at the request of a young client the boys body is found along with eleven other boys. All African American and all have been in trouble with the law. All the boys had been reported missing but no investigation was ever done for any of them. The police want to keep it hushed up. They're afraid of the racial outfall.
In the meanwhile he has a screwy misdemeanor public intoxication case. The defendant wants a trial but evidence seems to be missing. There's a computer hacker who owes Justin his life and so much more...
With so many characters and three cases going on there's no confusion and it is actually a well thought out story with pieces that fit perfectly together.
Part police procedural part court room drama, EXCELLENT story.
The narrator JD Jackson is perfect for this book.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Excellent suspense mystery; marvelous narration

It can also be classified as a legal mystery. Little Boy Lost was a Kindle First selection which I read in July. It is a suspense mystery about the murder of 12 boys in St. Louis. The protagonist is a lawyer named Justin Glass and his law practice and his determination to find the serial killer although the police want him not to interfere with the investigation. Lawyer Glass is from a prominent family (his dad is a US congressman, his brother is in the Missouri senate, and his grandfather is a retired federal judge). His family is wealthy, but he is not. Glass has an almost-teen daughter Samantha (nickname Sammy) but is single because his wife died of cancer.Glass and Sammy live with his grandfather and grandmother.

This novel earns 5 stars on the strength of character development, interesting characters, a nice plot line, and a killer twist at the end. I like the audiobook more than the Kindle version because of the spot-on narration by JD Jackson.

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Great and Interesting Book

I really enjoyed this book. It had my interest in chapter 1. I was so curious to know what was going to happen in future chapters that I could not stop reading. Some chapters had me laughing and some had me wondering who had done the crime. I love books that make me feel like I'm a part of what I'm reading. I recommend this book to everyone because it will keep you interested.

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loved listening

This was very interesting. I couldn't stop listening. It gave me compassion for kids growing up in trouble. I recommend it.

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Not A Thriller

This book started with lots of promise. There are lots of five star reviews and I expected to love it, but ultimately I barely managed to get through to the end.

The description and title lead us to believe that the story centers around a murdered child, and, eventually, a group of murdered children. This is true only in the broadest sense. The children are a vague backdrop. We learn little about Devon Walker and pretty much nothing about the other dead boys. These dead children only serve to give the plot a launching point on the topic of racism.

We have several prominent subplots, giving this story a convoluted feel. We spend too much time on the issues of bullying, grief, extramarital affairs, and politics. These subplots distract from, rather than support, the main plot.

We also spend a whole lot of time on a local homeless man's court case that Justin Glass takes on. This case has absolutely nothing to do with the dead boys and, again, only takes focus away from what is supposed to be the main plot.

The issue of racism is the main focus throughout the book. By midway, this becomes too heavy-handed. Parts read much like nonfiction sociology books. The facts are correct and sad, and it's indeed a topic that needs to be discussed, but the writing feels preachy. Ironically, the author inadvertently ignores the dead boys in his effort to show that racism is responsible for everyone else ignoring the dead boys.

In the end, this isn't a thriller or even a crime novel; it's an exposition on racism within the police force and politics. Sadly, this comes at the expense of character and plot development.

JD Jackson was excellent with the delivery of the story and the only reason I finished the book.

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first time ever audio book

listening is better than reading with old eyes and the pictures the mind creates from words seems to be more dramatic and colorful!
Thank you for a great first time experience!

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Entertaining and introspective

The story is timely. You can almost see it in the news any day of the week. It kept me guessing until the last couple of chapters.

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Little Boy Lost

Great book with excellent narration. Appreciated the timely racial situation. This book helped me see the current events.

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Great book

The storyline was diverse and thought provoking. alot of "what ifs" and it kept my attention from beginning to end. no lag time.

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Good book!

Narrator was good and good story line. Kept you guessing who done it. Enjoyed the characters.

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  • Ann D
  • 08-07-17

Pleasent, but lost me part way through!

This is a nicely written book, with well drawn characters who I warmed to. Despite this, my attention began to waver 2/3rds through and eventually, I lost interest. I agree with an Audible American reviewer, in that it needs some twists and turns. I don't like twists to be overdone, but there is little here in the later chapters to maintain interest.

The narrator is excellent.

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  • Country lass
  • 04-12-19

Good story line

this book was based on the lives of the African American people in St Louis it was a good story but I was disappointed in the narration. would recommend it

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  • Yvonne fruin
  • 06-05-18

Little boy lost

Long winded and boring, also the use of foul language was in my opinion offensive u

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-22-17

bit dissapointed, hard to get into.

not really my type of book. bit boring, did not
keep my interest., will not buy anymore from this author sorry.

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  • Judy Lovelock
  • 09-09-17

Very very good

The conspiracy and intrigue kept my interest the whole way through, with a surprising twist to cap it all off , the narrator was excellent, putting great feeling into the author's great story

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  • Karen Croan
  • 09-07-17

Entertaining

I enjoyed this and found the main characters likeable & engaging, clearly a good set up for a series. I was a little disappointed with the amount of politics included & felt the main mystery could have benefited from a bit more attention but maybe I'm being picky.

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  • Mini Ward
  • 08-12-17

Little Boy Lost by J D Trafford

Excellent story by J D Trafford and nicely narrated by J D Jackson. Brought back memories of about 60 years ago when our English news told of how the first black lady dared to get on a white persons bus in America.

We were shocked in U.K. as it did and could not have occurred.

This author has told a moving story where I wanted to crawl in the pages and sort the white thugs out. However, not possible, it's fiction so I won't spoil the the good story of one black man, his daughter and his family, who seemed so real.
A good detective mystery until the very end which was very satisfying.

Well worth reading and, or listening to.