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Heart of the World

Heart of the World

A Carlotta Carlyle Novel

Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries (Volume 11)

Linda Barnes

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When private investigator Carlotta Carlyle is wakened by a late-night phone call, she discovers that her "little sister," Paolina, the child with whom she was paired years ago by a local mentoring program, is missing. Carlotta combs the Boston streets looking for Paolina, torn between anger at the thoughtless teenage runaway and anxiety that something has really happened to her.

Paolina is more than a sister to Carlotta. She's the daughter she never had, or never owned up to having. She's the one constant in Carlotta's life, more reliable than Sam Gianelli, her mob boss lover, a man whose always unpredictable behavior has become increasingly mysterious.

Heart of the World, Linda Barnes's most intense, personal, and suspenseful Carlotta Carlyle novel yet, follows Carlotta's trail from New England to Miami to Bogotá and beyond as she probes the connection between Paolina's disappearance and the corresponding disappearance of the Colombian drug lord father Paolina has never met.

A breathless and shocking read, Heart of the World is perhaps Barnes's best.

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The small man wore white from the tip of his pointed hat to the rolled-up cuffs of his baggy trousers. His shapeless tunic hung to his narrow hips. His feet were bare, and his mochila, the handwoven bag slung...

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Praise for Heart of the World

“An emotionally cliff-hanging ending.” —Publishers Weekly

“With every novel, Linda Barnes reminds us of two key facts—she was one of the first and she remains one of the best. Heart of the World has everything that Carlotta Carlyle fans have come to expect from this seminal series. Barnes has never been better, and that’s saying a lot.” —Laura Lippman, author of To the Power of Three

“Linda Barnes has long been one of the most skilled and artful writers of the crime novel. With Heart of the World she proves it and takes it up to a new level. This is her best.” —Michael Connelly, author of The Lincoln Lawyer

“Heart of the World illuminates the power of our deepest regrets and the fleeting chances we sometimes get to fill the emptiness in our souls. Writing with sensitivity and grace, Linda Barnes once more demonstrates why ex-cop Carlotta Carlyle has become a treasured mainstay in the field of crime fiction.” —Robert Crais, author of The Forgotten Man

“An astonishing installment in what was already one of the best private-eye series ever.” —Harlan Coben, author of The Innocent on Heart of the World

“This mystery has both timeless and contemporary appeal…a winner.” —Boston Herald

“The breakout book of the series…that will shock and surprise the reader. Essential reading.” —Library Journal

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About the author

Linda Barnes

Linda Barnes is winner of the Anthony and American Mystery Awards, an Edgar Award finalist, and the author of the Carlotta Carlyle mysteries, including Heart of the World and Lie Down with the Devil. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and son.

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