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Publisher Comments:

When two teenage brothers bungle a bank robbery, their attempt to hide the evidence is witnessed—aurally—by Terrence, a legally blind neighbor. Terrence tells his girlfriend, Nina, and her brother, who then disappears with a handgun. Nina is afraid of what he might do to the brothers. But she also has every reason to fear what the brothers will do to Terrence. 

Flash ingeniously interweaves the stories of two who are hellbent on a destructive path, two who stand in their way, and one whose actions may be the spark to set the whole thing off.

Review:

"Money is the main motivator in Cadnum's (Peril on the Sea) uneven crime drama. Siblings Bruce and Milton Borchard are looking to better their fortunes through bank robbery, while neighbor Nina Atwood's college plans are in jeopardy due to her father's financial difficulties. Her brother, Carraway, recovering from grievous wounds suffered while serving in Iraq, needs a lawyer to fast-track a medical discharge, and her nearly blind boyfriend, Terrence, may have a chance at improving his eyesight through expensive operations. After the Borchards pull off a bumbling robbery, they encounter Terrence, the only witness to their crimes, who tells the Atwoods what he knows. As Bruce and Milton plan to eliminate this loose end, Carraway plots ways to get his hands on the reward money, setting the stage for a violent confrontation. Though Cadnum works in some powerful, resonant lines, the narrative's innate tension is lessened by a heavy reliance on authorial omniscience, an excess of unfulfilled plot lines, and an ending that slams to a halt. Readers investing in these characters may be disappointed by the lack of resolution. Ages 12 — up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

A bungled bank robbery by two teen brothers unexpectedly intertwines the lives of four California kids and an Iraqi war vet over the course of one long, dangerous summer day.

About the Author

MICHAEL CADNUM lives in Albany, California, where this novel takes place. He is the author of many acclaimed titles, including Peril on the Sea, and The Book of the Lion, a National Book Award finalist.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374399115
Author:
Cadnum, Michael
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
Robbers and outlaws
Subject:
San francisco bay area (calif.)
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Law & Crime
Subject:
Social Issues - Violence
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Thieves
Subject:
Law
Subject:
Crime
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Historical/Military
Subject:
Wars
Subject:
Historical - Military & Wars
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.63 x 5.81 x 0.98 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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Product details 240 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374399115 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Money is the main motivator in Cadnum's (Peril on the Sea) uneven crime drama. Siblings Bruce and Milton Borchard are looking to better their fortunes through bank robbery, while neighbor Nina Atwood's college plans are in jeopardy due to her father's financial difficulties. Her brother, Carraway, recovering from grievous wounds suffered while serving in Iraq, needs a lawyer to fast-track a medical discharge, and her nearly blind boyfriend, Terrence, may have a chance at improving his eyesight through expensive operations. After the Borchards pull off a bumbling robbery, they encounter Terrence, the only witness to their crimes, who tells the Atwoods what he knows. As Bruce and Milton plan to eliminate this loose end, Carraway plots ways to get his hands on the reward money, setting the stage for a violent confrontation. Though Cadnum works in some powerful, resonant lines, the narrative's innate tension is lessened by a heavy reliance on authorial omniscience, an excess of unfulfilled plot lines, and an ending that slams to a halt. Readers investing in these characters may be disappointed by the lack of resolution. Ages 12 — up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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A bungled bank robbery by two teen brothers unexpectedly intertwines the lives of four California kids and an Iraqi war vet over the course of one long, dangerous summer day.
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