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Candy from Strangers (August Riordan) [Hardcover]

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Caroline Stockwell has a secret: she and her best friend Monica are "cam girls." Soliciting cash donations and gifts via Outline wish lists from anonymous admirers, the young women have put up a web site featuring still photographs, video and web diaries (aka blogs) to help pay their way through art college. But when Caroline goes missing and her mother Ellen engages jazz bass-playing PI August Riordan to find her, Riordan discovers her secret and it appears to everyone that someone she met through the web site is responsible for her disappearance.

Set against the real-world backdrop of Internet predators using social networking sites like to find and ensnare their victims, Candy from Strangers is the first novel to explore the phenomenon of teenagers and young adults displaying themselves online in exchange for material favors--often without their parents' knowledge--which some are calling the newest form of prostitution.

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Pages   307
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.3" Height: 1.4"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2006
Publisher   Bleak House Books
ISBN  1932557164  
ISBN13  9781932557169  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Coggins earned two degrees and a Phi Beta Kappa key from Stanford University. He has worked for a number of Silicon Valley computer and venture capital firms, including Netscape Communications and three software start-ups.

Mark Coggins currently resides in San Francisco, in the state of California. Mark Coggins was born in 1957.

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August Riordan: what an attitude!  Feb 27, 2008
"Candy from Strangers" is a fast-paced, enjoyable read. I particularly liked the snarky attitude of private-eye August Riordan, who never, EVER passes up an opportunity to dish out a caustic one-liner. Mark Coggins is a talented mystery writer.
Fun and Easy Read  Dec 25, 2006
I enjoyed the first two novels by the same author quite a lot, so I was looking forward to Candy from Strangers. It did not disappoint. As with his previous two novels, there were many colorful characters -- with the Bay Area itself being an integral part of the cast. Coggins is very faithful to the mystery tradition of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, with a brisk plot and the right mix of humor and darkness. I think this may be his best novel yet (although it is a close call compared to Immortal Game) and I am already looking forward to his next one.

If you enjoyed Immortal Game as much as I did, I definitely recommend Candy from Strangers. And if you haven't read Immortal Game, you might want to pick it up too.
Another thriller from Coggins---do not miss!!!  Dec 17, 2006
Crusty old August Riordan is back and better than ever! Coggins continues to dazzle with his ingenious characters, spellbinding and delightfully suspenseful plots,laugh-out-loud humor, and mind-boggling knowledge of San Francisco and the Bay area!! I loved his first two books, but this surpasses even those!! Don't miss this one---take a walk on the wild side and enter a whole new dark and twisted internet universe. You will be crushed when the final page is turned and, like me, will have to wait for Riordan's next adventure!!
Great to have Riordan back  Dec 17, 2006
Since the second of Mark Coggins' mysteries only involved August Riordan peripherally, it's great to have him back on center stage in "Candy from Strangers". He's a great "alter ego" for San Franciscans tired of the hype and so-called sophistication that the city tries to generate. (I say that as a life long SF resident who deeply loves the place). Riordan navigates the city's familiar landscape in his battered Ford Galaxie with all of San Francisco's reputed tolerance and acceptance, but with an honest and refreshing blue collar sensibilty. And what's more, he figures out "who dun it"!

He's no Holmes or Poirot, our August. But he's tenacious and smart enough to get the job done, and he plays the bass! (I doubt he'd be interested in accompanying Holmes' cerbral violin playing).

So welcome back Augie. "Candy from Strangers" is great read, and I look forward to many more in the series.
2.5 stars - diverse but flat characters, no real suspense  Dec 15, 2006
San Francisco PI and part-time bass player August Riordan and his cross-dressing friend, lead singer and computer hacker Chris Duckwork escape a bar fight only to come across a dead girl's body bearing what seems to be the beginning of a tattoo. Riordan is hired by Ellen Stockwell, wife of an alcoholic suspended East Palo Alto policeman, to find her missing daughter. The case leads Riordan into the world of sexual websites, a doomed relationship and murder.

Coggins knows the streets of San Francisco better than MapQuest. He has created some interesting characters but doesn't develop them. I kept waiting to feel something for any of the characters, but never did. The plot begins with a coincidence and the motive behind it all was very thin. The dialogue was well written and did add to the flavor of the story and characters but I never had a feeling of suspense. For someone who is supposed to be an experienced investigator, Riordan did, or didn't do, things I found unrealistic. I had read Coggins first Riordin book and hoped I would like this one better. Unfortunately, I didn't. Sorry, but this just didn't work for me.

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