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Lost Girls

Lost Girls

Author(s): Andrew Pyper

Location(s): Ontario

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): Modern

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Criminal defence lawyer Bartholomew Crane is despatched to a small lakeside town in Northern Ontario with a brief to defend a schoolteacher accused of murdering two teenaged girls. He assumes it will be an open-and-shut case and that he’ll be back carousing in Toronto before the month is out, for the girls’ bodies have never been found and the Crown’s evidence against the teacher is scant. But the deeper Barth digs into the teacher’s – and the town’s – past, the more disturbed and distressed he becomes. Peculiar visions haunt his imagination: telephones ring ceaselessly in the dead of night: the gargoyles above his hotel’s entrance seem to be watching him: and sometimes, out of the furthest corner of his eye – if he looks hard enough – he can see two identically dressed girls following wherever he goes …Is his mind playing tricks on him? Or has Barth been dragged into the town’s spiralling collective hysteria?

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A combination of court-room drama, psychological thriller, ghost story, character study, written in good prose.

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021