‘Little Boy Lost’ Is A Captivating Legal Thriller Ripped from the Headlines [REVIEW]

Protest in downtown St. Louis

As racial tensions rise, violence escalates in J.D. Trafford’s Little Boy Lost. (Photo by velo_city, Flickr)

When an African American boy goes missing in St. Louis, nobody pays any attention until his sibling decides to take matters into her own hands and makes a struggling attorney take notice in J.D. Trafford’s new legal thriller, Little Boy Lost. 


Thomas & Mercer

Justin Glass’s legal practice is almost nonexistent. If it weren’t for the small contract he has with St. Louis Public Defender’s Office, he’d have to shut the doors of his Northside office and go into the family business: politics.

So when eight-year-old Tanisha Walker enters his office carrying an old pickle jar half filled with change, he doesn’t automatically jump at the chance to help her find her missing brother, Devon. It isn’t that he doesn’t want to, but he can’t exactly take on pro bono work when he can’t even afford to get his air conditioning fixed.

Still, Glass has a daughter Tanisha’s age, and her plight pricks his conscience enough that he can’t simply turn his back on her, so he hesitantly starts to investigate. The search for Devon doesn’t come with a happy ending, however. Instead, it leads to the boy’s murdered body and a mass grave filled with 12 African American teens. All of them had been reported missing, but to date, no one has investigated.

In the wake of this jarring revelation, racial tensions rise and violence erupts across the city, and Glass suddenly becomes a voice for the city’s forgotten and ignored, determined to bring the killer to justice.

Ripped from yesterday’s headlines, Little Boy Lost is one of those stories that is as timely and relevant as it is suspenseful and engrossing. Reminiscent of John Grisham’s The Client and A Time to Kill, this is a book that seethes with anger and frustration over the injustices faced by the poor and downtrodden. It serves as a powerful reminder of all that is currently wrong in America, and demonstrates that one voice can make a difference if it speaks up loudly enough, even in a world where prejudice runs amuck and cover ups are easier than investigations.

Trafford is a gifted storyteller, one who knows how to hook readers and reel them in slowly, relentlessly, keeping the pacing taut until the climactic finale. Readers who devour legal thrillers by authors like Scott Turow, Lisa Scottoline, and John Lescroart will want to remember his name. This is legal fiction as it should be written: daring and perplexing, yet written with a graceful touch and captivating insight. Don’t miss Little Boy Lost. It will mark the beginning ofmany readers’ new love affair with a rising star of the genre.


J.D. Trafford

J.D. Trafford
(Photo courtesy Amazon)

J.D. Trafford is the award-winning author of the Michael Collins series, including No Time to RunNo Time to Die, and No Time to Hide. Named a “writer of merit” by Mystery Scene Magazine, his debut novel was selected as an IndieReader bestselling pick, and his books have topped Amazon’s bestseller lists, including Amazon’s #1 Legal Thriller.

In addition to graduating with honors from a Top 20 law school, J.D. Trafford has worked as a civil and criminal prosecutor, an associate at a large national law firm, and a non-profit attorney for people who could not afford legal representation.

Prior to law school, J.D. Trafford worked in Washington D.C. and lived in Saint Louis, Missouri. He worked on issues of housing, education, and poverty in communities of color.

He now lives with his wife and children in the Midwest, and bikes whenever possible. Visit his home on the Web at JDTrafford.com.

By J.D. Trafford
316 pgs. Thomas & Mercer. $15.95

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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