heart of the world


(Eleventh in the Carlotta Carlyle series)

St. Martin's Minotaur

ISBN: 0312997280

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Most kids who run away turn up.
Most kids who disappear reappear.
But there are girls who vanish and never come back, girls whose clean white bones are dug up years later in vacant lots and distant forests. Carlotta Carlyle's latest case — investigating the disappearance of her adopted little sister Paolina — could change her life forever.

Did Paolina run away, or was she kidnapped? How involved is Paolina's estranged father, a notorious Colombian drug lord? Carlotta's frantic search takes her from the underbelly of Boston to the streets of Miami, and then finally to the mountains of Colombia — the heart of the world.



Linda Barnes has for 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

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

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

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

With sensitivity and grace, Linda Barnes demonstrates why Carlyle [is] a treasured mainstay in the field of crime.
— Robert Crais

An astonishing installment in what was already one of the best private eye series ever.
— Harlan Coben