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Publisher Comments:

A smart, tense murder mystery twined with an emotional investigation of the ways love, sex, class, and celebrity can forever change friendships.

Thoughtful Pete, tough Pauly, twins Eric and Nicole, strange Raymond: As kids they were tight; now they've grown up--and apart. They agree to get together one last time, but, twisted by personal histories and fueled by pharmaceuticals, old jealousies surface. The party's soon over, and the group splinters off into the night. Into the noise and heat and chaos of the carnival. Days later, a girl goes missing. The prime suspect in her disappearance? One of their own, one of the old gang. Pete doesn't know what to believe: Could one of his childhood friends really be a cold-blooded killer?

Review:

"Sinister yet seductive, this brooding thriller bears all the Brooks (Lucas) hallmarks, chiefly the British author's painful awareness of teenage alienation, made urgent by violent events; and a marked taste for ambiguity. Five teens precede a trip to a carnival with a visit to their long-abandoned hideout; as the narrator, Pete, explains, all five used to be friends, now they see one another as 'people you used to know.' The next morning, one of them is missing — Raymond, a borderline type who believes his black rabbit can talk to him — as is a local girl turned wild-child celebrity, seen taunting Raymond the previous evening. As the police hunt for the starlet, Pete alone worries about Raymond and begins trying to track him. Brooks calibrates the relationships among these characters with such subtlety that readers get swept up even by the MacGuffins, and it's in the characters' hidden histories that Pete finds his clues. A running motif about the relationship between close observation and intuition might encourage readers to pay unusually strict attention; it will equip them for the semi-open ending. Ages 12 — up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Thoughtful Pete, tough Pauly, twins Eric and Nicole, strange Raymond: As kids they were tight; now they've grown up--and apart. They agree to get together one last time, but, twisted by personal histories and fueled by pharmaceuticals, old jealousies surface. The party's soon over, and the group splinters off into the night. Into the noise and heat and chaos of the carnival. Days later, a girl goes missing. The prime suspect in her disappearance? One of their own, one of the old gang. Pete doesn't know what to believe: Could one of his childhood friends really be a cold-blooded killer?

PRAISE for KEVIN BROOKS on PUSH.COM

"I would read [your books] for hours--and that's not like me."--Alexa, 16

 

"As good as The Clash's Sandinista! And that is amazing!."--Sam, 14

 

PRAISE for BEING

*"...wraps high-speed, adrenaline-laced adventure around a thought-provoking exploration of the very notion of existence."--Publishers Weekly, starred

 

"...operates at top speed...takes the fantasy of being special and mines its dark side with grit, compassion, and intrigue."--Horn Book

 

PRAISE for THE ROAD OF THE DEAD

*"Brooks's feel for mood and setting is masterful...A haunting, tense drama builds from the first line..."--SLJ, starred

 

*"This bleak-yet-romantic tale is a whirlwind ride..."--Publishers Weekly, starred

 

PRAISE for CANDY

*"Gritty street smarts will keep thrill-seekers more than entertained, while [an] orphic rescue mission into the netherworld of addiction gives more thoughtful readers plenty to ponder."--Publishers Weekly, starred

 

"Joe's alternately love-drunk and rueful voice will keep readers engrossed...the questions that flicker across [his] consciousness will speak powerfully to the YA audience."--Booklist

 

PRAISE for KISSING THE RAIN

*"A believable, idiosyncratic voice...absorbing."--BCCB, starred

 

"Gritty and gripping."--Publishers Weekly

 

PRAISE for LUCAS

*"An edge-of-the-seat story.

Synopsis:

Thoughtful Pete, tough Pauly, twins Eric and Nicole, strange Raymond: as kids they were tight; now they've grown up--and apart. After a girl goes missing, the prime suspect in her disappearance is one of their own. Could one of Pete's childhood friends really be a cold-blooded killer?

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 "Edgar" 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780545057523
Author:
Brooks, Kevin
Publisher:
Chicken House
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
General
Subject:
Situations / Dating & Sex
Subject:
Social Issues - Dating & Sex
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
England
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 496 pages Chicken House - English 9780545057523 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sinister yet seductive, this brooding thriller bears all the Brooks (Lucas) hallmarks, chiefly the British author's painful awareness of teenage alienation, made urgent by violent events; and a marked taste for ambiguity. Five teens precede a trip to a carnival with a visit to their long-abandoned hideout; as the narrator, Pete, explains, all five used to be friends, now they see one another as 'people you used to know.' The next morning, one of them is missing — Raymond, a borderline type who believes his black rabbit can talk to him — as is a local girl turned wild-child celebrity, seen taunting Raymond the previous evening. As the police hunt for the starlet, Pete alone worries about Raymond and begins trying to track him. Brooks calibrates the relationships among these characters with such subtlety that readers get swept up even by the MacGuffins, and it's in the characters' hidden histories that Pete finds his clues. A running motif about the relationship between close observation and intuition might encourage readers to pay unusually strict attention; it will equip them for the semi-open ending. Ages 12 — up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Thoughtful Pete, tough Pauly, twins Eric and Nicole, strange Raymond: As kids they were tight; now they've grown up--and apart. They agree to get together one last time, but, twisted by personal histories and fueled by pharmaceuticals, old jealousies surface. The party's soon over, and the group splinters off into the night. Into the noise and heat and chaos of the carnival. Days later, a girl goes missing. The prime suspect in her disappearance? One of their own, one of the old gang. Pete doesn't know what to believe: Could one of his childhood friends really be a cold-blooded killer?

PRAISE for KEVIN BROOKS on PUSH.COM

"I would read [your books] for hours--and that's not like me."--Alexa, 16

 

"As good as The Clash's Sandinista! And that is amazing!."--Sam, 14

 

PRAISE for BEING

*"...wraps high-speed, adrenaline-laced adventure around a thought-provoking exploration of the very notion of existence."--Publishers Weekly, starred

 

"...operates at top speed...takes the fantasy of being special and mines its dark side with grit, compassion, and intrigue."--Horn Book

 

PRAISE for THE ROAD OF THE DEAD

*"Brooks's feel for mood and setting is masterful...A haunting, tense drama builds from the first line..."--SLJ, starred

 

*"This bleak-yet-romantic tale is a whirlwind ride..."--Publishers Weekly, starred

 

PRAISE for CANDY

*"Gritty street smarts will keep thrill-seekers more than entertained, while [an] orphic rescue mission into the netherworld of addiction gives more thoughtful readers plenty to ponder."--Publishers Weekly, starred

 

"Joe's alternately love-drunk and rueful voice will keep readers engrossed...the questions that flicker across [his] consciousness will speak powerfully to the YA audience."--Booklist

 

PRAISE for KISSING THE RAIN

*"A believable, idiosyncratic voice...absorbing."--BCCB, starred

 

"Gritty and gripping."--Publishers Weekly

 

PRAISE for LUCAS

*"An edge-of-the-seat story.

"Synopsis" by , Thoughtful Pete, tough Pauly, twins Eric and Nicole, strange Raymond: as kids they were tight; now they've grown up--and apart. After a girl goes missing, the prime suspect in her disappearance is one of their own. Could one of Pete's childhood friends really be a cold-blooded killer?
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