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Kissing the Rainby Kevin Brooks
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From the acclaimed author of MARTYN PIG and LUCAS comes another compelling, edgy thriller about love, loss, and pivotal decisions. Now in a dynamic new Kevin Brooks repackaging!
Moo Nelson likes to be alone. Overweight and shy, Moo is constantly mocked and bullied by his cruel classmates. He's happiest spending time on a secluded bridge above the highway, watching the cars go by. One day, from his special spot, Moo witnesses a crime that changes his life forever. He sees a car chase and a murder--and suddenly Moo's a celebrity of sorts. The police, the lawyers, and even the bullies are now really interested in Moo. But so is one shady character who seems intent on tracking Moo down. Now all Moo has to do is find out the truth behind the crime...before it's too late.
"Brooks's gritty and gripping third novel shares the noir style of his first book, Martyn Pig, and also demonstrates the author's range. Here the attention-grabbing first-person narrative unspools as a funky, impressionistic hybrid of stream-of-consciousness and instant-messaging slang ('I dunno what it is — hate, monsterosity, badness — but whatever it is, whatever he's got, he wants to take it out on me'). The style may not be to everyone's taste, but it allows readers to get inside the head of 15-year-old narrator Mike 'Moo' Nelson. The book opens on the night before Moo is due to perform a mysterious deed (which is revealed only at the novel's end) as he whiles away the hours by recalling the complicated chain of events that has led him to this moment. Overweight and nearly friendless, the teen has always sought solace on a bridge overlooking the local motorway. Then one night Moo witnesses what seems to be a road-rage incident, culminating in murder. The good news is that being a key witness in a police investigation earns Moo a respite from his classmates' bullying. The bad news is it places him dead center between two powerful forces: a police detective with a shady agenda and a hardened criminal who will do whatever it takes to avoid prison. To his credit, Brooks provides no quick and easy answers here, no sudden character transformations, and no miraculous weight-loss makeovers. But some readers will be disappointed by an ending that leaves to readers' imaginations just how far Moo has evolved. The book's ambiguous conclusion does leave open, however, the possibility that — for better or for worse — Moo may be ready to stop simply enduring events and take an active hand in them instead. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Kevin Brooks is the groundbreaking author of the internationally acclaimed novels DAWN; BLACK RABBIT SUMMER; BEING; THE ROAD OF THE DEAD, a Mystery Writers of America \u201cEdgar\u201d nominee; CANDY; KISSING THE RAIN; LUCAS; and MARTYN PIG, which received England's Branford Boase Award for Best First Novel. Brooks lives in Yorkshire, England.
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