Entertainment Weekly announced today that Universal Pictures has purchased the film rights to Little Girl Lost, the 2004 Hard Case Crime paperback release by Richard Aleas (aka HCC editor Charles Ardai). As EW explains, “The novel centers on John Blake, an NYU dropout-turned-private-investigator who learns that his high school girlfriend who he thought went to medical school actually became a stripper and has been murdered.” Little Girl Lost was Aleas/Ardai’s first novel featuring P.I. Blake. The character appeared once more in the 2007 sequel, Songs of Innocence.
There’s a bit more information about this deal here and here.