There Was a Little Girl - Ed McBainLondon: Hodder & Stoughton, 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.
From the cover: “Ed McBain’s brilliant detective Matthew Hope — last seen in Mary, Mary — returns in his eleventh dazzling mystery, set once again in Calusa, Florida, against the exotic background of the American circuses that make their headquarters there. This time, though, Hope has a major handicap. He’s been shot, twice, and he’s lying unconscious in the intensive care ward of the local hospital. As the women in his life gather at the bedside, Matthew Hope’s colleagues and the police investigating the shooting frantically trace his movements in the week before he stepped outside the Centaur Bar and Grill in Calusa’s black ghetto. Like Hope, they are soon picking their way through a story of violence and greed and betrayal with its roots reaching back over the years. The Steadman and Roeger Circus — its owners, its performers, its hangers-on — conceals part of the story behind the murder attempt, and Calusa’s black community, too, holds pieces of the puzzle. Was Matthew Hope on the verge of unmasking a murderer who got away with it — or something even more shocking? There Was a Little Girl, with its fully-realized characters and its fascinating circus background, is one of the best novels that even grand master McBain has ever written.”