Rust & Stardust: A Novel

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T. Greenwood’s fictionalized account of the true 1940s kidnapping that inspired Nobokov’s Lolita is enthralling. With the hope of being accepted into a popular peer group, eleven-year-old Sally Horner follows through with a dare to steal an item from the local Woolworth’s. While leaving the store with a composition notebook hidden under her shirt, Sally is approached by a man who goes by Mr. Warner, explaining that he is with the FBI and is placing her under arrest for theft. Believing Mr. Warner’s lies and afraid of her widowed mother discovering her misbehavior, Sally obeys Mr. Warner’s demands. Mr. Warner, whose real name is Frank La Salle, creates an elaborate cover story that puts him and Sally on a bus leaving Camden, New Jersey. When Sally’s family realizes the dangerous situation Sally is trapped in, they begin a desperate search to bring her home.

Wonderfully researched and written with stirring prose, Rust & Stardust is a gut-wrenching read. Greenwood conveys grief, innocence, love, and horror with such believable feeling and sensitivity. Readers should note that this novel does involve the sexual assault of a child, but while the subject matter is wholly unpleasant, this novel offers many moments of hope in the form of a few compassionate characters.


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Author T. Greenwood
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Publish Date 2018-Aug-07
ISBN 9781250164193
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Issue January 2019
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller
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