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When private investigator Carlotta Carlyle is wakened by a late-night phone call, she discovers that her "little sister," Paolina, the child with whom she was paired years ago by a local mentoring program, is missing. Carlotta combs the Boston streets looking for Paolina, torn between anger at the thoughtless teenage runaway and anxiety that something has really happenedWhen private investigator Carlotta Carlyle is wakened by a late-night phone call, she discovers that her "little sister," Paolina, the child with whom she was paired years ago by a local mentoring program, is missing. Carlotta combs the Boston streets looking for Paolina, torn between anger at the thoughtless teenage runaway and anxiety that something has really happened to her. Paolina is more than a sister to Carlotta. She's the daughter she never had, or never owned up to having. She's the one constant in Carlotta's life, more reliable than Sam Gianelli, her mob boss lover, a man whose always unpredictable behavior has become increasingly mysterious.  Heart of the World, Linda Barnes's most intense, personal, and suspenseful Carlotta Carlyle novel yet, follows Carlotta's trail from New England to Miami to Bogotá and beyond as she probes the connection between Paolina's disappearance and the corresponding disappearance of the Colombian drug lord father Paolina has never met.  A breathless and shocking read, Heart of the World is perhaps Barnes's best....

Title : Heart of the World
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ISBN : 9780312332877
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Heart of the World Reviews

  • Marleen
    2019-03-15 01:50

    Oh how I missed the Carlotta Carlyle mysteries! (And the writing of Linda Barnes). Sometimes it just happens you forget all about a particular author you enjoy, and then after years, out of the blue you come across another book of theirs in a TO-READ stack and you remember how much you like them.Carlotta Carlyle is definitely one of my all-time favorite female PI. She’s gutsy but not reckless, she strong but not heartless. She’s also very wise but never a know-it-all. There's so much more to her than what's written on the page. I think she’s one terrific lady. She’s lucky to have a few great friends too, who are very likeable recurrent characters of the series. In my opinion, recurrent characters often give more depth to a crime story and also give it a more human face. There’s a lot of subtlety to Barnes’ writing. I wouldn’t say that Heart of the World is the best installment in the Carlotta Carlyle series, but it’s certainly the most exotic, and maybe the most emotional one I’ve read so far. I liked how the author was able to give the reader a pretty good idea of life in Columbia, in Bogotá and in the jungle of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta without going overboard on the descriptive.Linda Barnes is definitely one of my favorite crime writers, together with Robert Crais, Harlan Coben, Faye Kellerman and Michael Connelly.

  • Jan
    2019-02-26 02:55

    A difficult read for me because Carlotta and Paolina were not on their home turf and were fighting some nasty criminals. It was also difficult to read knowing that only one more book will come. What will happen to Paolina? What will happen to Carlotta and Sam? What will happen to Mooney? What will happen to all the other wonderful characters? What will happen to the other hints she has been dropping?

  • Judy
    2019-03-17 03:33

    This book was interesting, with all the traveling she did to get to a foreign world and all the things she had to do to find a missing child

  • LJ
    2019-03-22 02:59

    HEART OF THE WORLD (Priv. Inv-Carlotta Carlyle-Boston/Miami/Columbia, SA-Cont) – GBarnes, Linda – 11th in seriesSt. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006, US Hardcover – ISBN:0312332874First Sentence: The small man wore white from the tip of his pointed hat to the rolled-up cuffs of his baggy trousers.Boston PI Carlotta Carlysle has reunited with her on-again, off-again lover San Gianelli, much to the disapproval of her friend and former boss, Detective Captain Joseph Mooney. Sam has been drawn back deeper into the mafia and is more secretive than ever. Carlotta’s ‘little sister’, Paolina, is now a teenager, has been receiving money and a gift from her Columbian drug-lord father who was thought to be dead. Paolina has disappeared, rather by running away or being kidnapped and Carlotta is determined to find her and bring her back.I’m beginning to have the same problem with Carlotta as I have with Sue Grafton’s character of Kinsey Millhone; neither character seems to really grow. With Carlotta, you know time has passed as she now has a cell phone and Paolina, of whom I am more than tired, is not a teen, but Carlotta really hasn’t changed much and is still dealing with the same relationship issues. The best part of the story was the information on Columbia and its history and the sense of place she creates. The pace of the story picks up toward the end and there is some good suspense. However, I felt the climax was projected and obvious and the end is a segue to the next book. It’s an invitation I’m not certain I’ll accept.

  • Kathleen Hagen
    2019-03-09 03:40

    The Heart of the World, by Linda Barnes. B.This book was self-produced by, and I didn't think it was very well-done. Audible is betterat providing books produced by others. That's where their expertise is.In this Carlotta Carlisle series book, her adopted “little sister” disappears from her home in Boston. Carlotta is panicked looking for her and her mother seems not to care much, as usual. Carlotta believes that Paolina’s father, a notorious criminal in Colombia, has kidnapped his daughter. She searches first in Boston, then in Miami, and finally ends up in Colombia where she finds Paolina’s father in a mountain retreat at “the heart of the world.” This book could be a transition book. There seem to be changes coming in Carlotta and Sam’s relationship. Sam is part of a mafia family. Also, there may be changes between Carlotta and her policeman friend, Sergeant Moon, whom she’s known since she was a cop herself before she became a private investigator. I actually found it hard to concentrate on this book. It was full of action and males on steroids, so to speak, and it didn’t grasp my attention as much as some of the other books have. We didn’t see much of the characters I like in her books, Roz and Gloria, for example. So this book was a disappointment to me.

  • Catherine Woodman
    2019-03-03 03:46

    I've been a reader of Linda Barnes's Carlotta Carlyle mysteries from the git-go, finding them one of the more enjoyable series going. In this book, we get a chapter from the viewpoint of Carlotta's annoyingly teenage "little sister" Paolina. Then, we find out that since the last book, Carlotta has gotten together again with her mobster on/off again boyfriend Sam Gianelli (the twists and turns of this relation have been a definite yawn for me). Carlotta does indeed take over from Paolina, Sam jets off to a mysterious meeting in Vegas, and we're left with our sleuthess sleuthing her way through Boston to Florida to Colombia. Surprisingly, to me at least, the action in Colombia is unabated, and the Colombian history and color is woven in seamlessly, and much deeper and more interesting than I expected. We even return to the scene of the Portentous Prologue, which now makes sense in context. The convolutions of the plot .. who is with or against who, where do Carlotta and Paolina fit in the complex world of what's going on in Colombia ... are devious and peel off layers like an onion. In the end, several threads of the series appear to be tied up neatly.

  • Therese
    2019-03-20 23:38

    This is from the Carlotta Carlyle mystery series. I've read all the books in this series and enjoy them. I love Carlotta and her friends, Gloria, Roz, Sam, and Paolina. This book focuses mostly on Paolina, Carlotta's "little sister." Paolina is kidnapped, and Carlotta travels first to Miami and then to Columbia to try and find her. Carlotta contacts Paolina's father, Roldan, to help her find Paolina. As it turns out, Roldan is the reason Paolina is kidnapped and held for ransom. I found this book slow at times. It didn't hold my attention as other books in this series have. Since most of the book took place away from Boston, I found myself missing Carlotta's friends, Gloria and Roz, as well as the setting (Carlotta's house, the cab company, etc.). Sam ends up in Columbia, helping Carlotta, which is good as I like Sam and Carlotta together. I'll keep reading this series; this book was not one of my favorites.

  • Mia
    2019-03-08 20:50

    I think I am officially sick of brazen female PIs who seem to stumble in and out of leads and successes with almost no ability to think or plan or research. It would be nice to see skill, creativity, or intelligence given as much attention as temperamentality. The resolution of the book was fine, and there was one plot twist that was actually surprising, but all and all, I think I'm going to quit this genre for a while. It's the sort of thing that might appeal to those looking for a vampire-free and more chaste Anita Blake.

  • Lain
    2019-03-16 01:47

    A chick lit book that involves knitting, written by someone who can really tell a story -- what more could one want? I adored this novel by Claire LaZebnik. Her main characters -- a trio of very different, yet joined-at-the-hip, knitters -- are much more developed than in the normal chick lit book. LaZebnik tackles the topics of mental illness, love, letting go of your past, and grabbing on to your present, all set against the backdrop of LA and knitting. Fun, touching, funny, and real. LOVE IT.

  • Deirdre S.
    2019-03-14 02:37

    I'd give this a 4.5, actually. A high-stakes plot, as Carlotta's little sister, Paolina, is kidnapped and taken to Colombia, the home of her birth father, a drug lord believed to have died in a plane crash. Is he really dead? Is he trying to reclaim his daughter, or has she been snatched to bring her father out of hiding? It will be interesting to see what effect the outcome of this book has on headstrong 15-year-old Paolina, not to mention on Carlotta's romantic relationships, which get a serious shaking up.

  • Ed
    2019-03-16 19:51

    #11 in the Carlotta Carlyle series. Carlotta is a 6', red-headed, Boston P.I., volleyball player, part-time cab driver and half-hearted landlady. She is a "Big Sister" to Paolina, whose mother is hostile to Carlotta. The Paolina episodes are my least favorite of Carlotta's adventures.Carlotta Carlyle is searching for her "little sister" Paolina. The trail leads to Colombia where her supposed drug lord father may still be alive.

  • Holly Booms Walsh
    2019-03-12 23:41

    Carlotta has come a long way from the emotionally-distant cabbie that we first met in the series. This is by far the most emotional and personal book in the series for Carlotta. The search for her missing "little sister" takes her to South America and into a lot of political and visceral danger. This book examines the bonds of fmaily - both biological and the family of friends we choose ourselves. I found it a bit unbelievable at times, but it was a decent read.

  • Barbara ★
    2019-02-19 22:43

    3 stars due to the subject matter not the content!I don't like books revolving around the South American drug trade or the mafia and this book had both. Without reading the flyleaf, I picked this up because I like the Carlotta Carlyle series. Carlotta "little sister" Paolini is kidnapped and Carlotta chases clues from Boston to Miami and finally to Colombia. It's a really good book if you can get past all the drug references and the guerrilla fighters.

  • Katherine Clark
    2019-03-09 20:32

    It has been many years since I read the Carlotta Carlyle series, and I think that is because I hate ending series, and I believe this is the last book. (I'll be checking SYKM right after I write this to see for sure.). What a great mystery series, and a terrific, perhaps last entry. I have to say that I really don't care that much for Paolina, but I do care for Carlotta. I think in the not too distant future I'll be rereading this series.

  • Krystal
    2019-03-16 20:35

    I had forgotten all about this series when I picked this up...I read the first few to like 4 or 5 and then just stopped having an interest in them. This was a good story in the private eye Carlotta's life. Her "little sister" goes missing and she tracks her down in S.America. I forgot how much I enjoyed the characters, and will now reup the reading of the series ;)

  • Olga Hebert
    2019-03-01 20:43

    I had a hard time getting into this story--kept falling asleep as I read, generally not a good sign! As in the other Carlotta Carlyle novels, the characters are deeply flawed. Perhaps I was feeling the flaws more this time and wondering a bit about why i should even care about them. At some point though, I decided to just go with and interesting story.

  • Bess
    2019-03-02 00:50

    Linda Barnes' Carlotta Carlyle books are fantastic - who wouldn't love a tough Boston ex-cop ex-cabbie who's sleeping with a hot mafioso? This installment, however, pales in comparison to prior books. Too much of a focus on the "little sister" story line, which has always bored me. Still, if you're a Barnes fan, it's worth reading.

  • Cindy S
    2019-03-19 20:54

    This time Carlotta Carlyle - PI and part time Boston cabbie - finds herself in Columbia searching for hersister. I like the characters and the insight into Columbia was interesting. The story was a bit far fetched.

  • Karen Dunaway
    2019-02-22 02:47

    I like Linda Barnes. Interesting details, though the action in this one is sometimes discombobulated. Too much soupy emotion about the little not-sister, and unlikely alliances and loyalties. Otherwise, very good.

  • Carol Jean
    2019-02-26 02:32

    I hadn't read any of Linda Barnes' work for a while, and I'm glad I checked to see what I'd missed. Tightly plotted, logically presented, and with strong emotional bonds among the characters, this is an excellent series.

  • Kimz Zahour
    2019-03-12 03:58

    Re-visiting this novel since I read it out of sequence.***Picked up this mystery novel by chance and enjoyed it. The characters are animated and likeable and I look forward to reading more by this author.***

  • Sandi
    2019-03-20 02:54

    Excellent. One of her best, I think

  • Michelle
    2019-02-22 03:41

    Read this for book club. September

  • Toesnorth's mom
    2019-03-10 23:48

    Carlyle, rather far out

  • Diane
    2019-03-16 03:43

    Another in the Carlotta Carlyle series. The six-foot red-headed former cop cab driver is a force to be reckoned with. Fans of Evanovich and Grafton will also like Barnes. Excellent summer reading.

  • Cathy Houston
    2019-03-17 00:47

    Carlotta Carlyle in Bogata is not as good as Carlotta in Boston but it was still a good read

  • Carol Stanley-Snow
    2019-03-17 22:38

    A book filled with twists, turns, excitement and every thing inbetween! Carlotta Carlyle is my hero!

  • Carol
    2019-02-23 21:31

    Another of my go-to female PI series authors. I've read a lot of this series, but I don't remember which ones.

  • Hermien
    2019-02-19 21:55

    I hadn't read any Carlotta Carlysle novel for a while and it was like visiting old friends. It is a bit slow in the beginning.

  • Pam
    2019-02-19 19:58

    rec from Becky -- b'dy group