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The day Finn Maguire discovers his dad bludgeoned to death in a pool of blood, his dreary life is turned upside down. Prime suspect in his father’s murder, Finn must race against time to clear his name and find out who hated his dad enough to kill him.

Scouring the sordid, brutal London underworld for answers, exposing dark family secrets, and facing danger at every turn, Finn is about to learn that it’s the people you trust who can hit you the hardest. . .

Crusher is this year’s most talked-about debut thriller.

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"Irish-born screenwriter Leonard (husband of Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James) makes his YA debut with a hard-hitting adventure that plunges its hero into a bleak, crime-ridden London. Seventeen-year-old Finn Maguire's life is dismal — he's a dyslexic dropout with a criminal record, working at the seedy Max Snack restaurant. After his father, a washed-up actor-turned-screenwriter, is murdered and Finn becomes the primary suspect, he feels he has nothing to lose by hunting the killer himself. Convinced that local mob boss Joseph McGovern is to blame, Finn digs for evidence, even getting a job in one of his restaurants; when his life is threatened, he senses that he's on the right path. With both killers and police after him, Finn's only ally is the beautiful yet unpredictable Zoe. Leonard is clearly writing for the screen, with well-drawn action scenes, snappy patter, and a brand of noir undercoated with fast food grease. Last-minute revelations and a hasty conclusion diffuse some of the story's skillfully developed tension, but the thriller travels at a gripping pace, and has a thick-skinned, yet sympathetic protagonist at the head. Ages 14 — up Agent: Valerie Hoskins Associates. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The day Finn Maguire discovers his dad bludgeoned to death in a pool of blood, his dreary life is turned upside down. Prime suspect in his father’s murder, Finn must race against time to clear his name and find out who hated his dad enough to kill him.

Scouring the sordid, brutal London underworld for answers, exposing dark family secrets, and facing danger at every turn, Finn is about to learn that it’s the people you trust who can hit you the hardest. . .

Crusher is this year’s most talked-about debut thriller.

About the Author

Niall Leonard is a successful TV screenwriter with a long list of credits including international hits such as Hornblower, Wire in the Blood and Monarch of the Glen. Crusher is set in and around Niall’s patch of West London, where he lives with his wife and their two sons.

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Beverly B, August 30, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Crusher is an old school murder mystery in the best sense. There are multiple plausible suspects, a tenacious teen turned detective, scary bad guys, a mysterious beautiful girl who shows up out of nowhere, and nail biting action packed suspense. When Finn comes home from his depressing fast food job to find his father dead in a pool of blood, he is flummoxed. His father was an unemployed recluse, and they are too poor to have anything to steal. The police are flummoxed, too. That is why Finn is their only suspect. Finn decides the only way to save himself and get justice for his father is to find the real killer. Like many teens, Finn is well intentioned, but foolish and impulsive. He manages to get himself in several very scary situations. Luckily, he is also a quick thinker, pretty good liar, super fast long distance runner and excellent boxer. YA readers will have fun trying to put the clues together before Finn does. Rookie mystery genre readers are in for a couple of big surprise twists.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385743549
Author:
Leonard, Niall
Publisher:
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.57 x 5.64 x 1.23 in 0.96 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 336 pages Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers - English 9780385743549 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Irish-born screenwriter Leonard (husband of Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James) makes his YA debut with a hard-hitting adventure that plunges its hero into a bleak, crime-ridden London. Seventeen-year-old Finn Maguire's life is dismal — he's a dyslexic dropout with a criminal record, working at the seedy Max Snack restaurant. After his father, a washed-up actor-turned-screenwriter, is murdered and Finn becomes the primary suspect, he feels he has nothing to lose by hunting the killer himself. Convinced that local mob boss Joseph McGovern is to blame, Finn digs for evidence, even getting a job in one of his restaurants; when his life is threatened, he senses that he's on the right path. With both killers and police after him, Finn's only ally is the beautiful yet unpredictable Zoe. Leonard is clearly writing for the screen, with well-drawn action scenes, snappy patter, and a brand of noir undercoated with fast food grease. Last-minute revelations and a hasty conclusion diffuse some of the story's skillfully developed tension, but the thriller travels at a gripping pace, and has a thick-skinned, yet sympathetic protagonist at the head. Ages 14 — up Agent: Valerie Hoskins Associates. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , The day Finn Maguire discovers his dad bludgeoned to death in a pool of blood, his dreary life is turned upside down. Prime suspect in his father’s murder, Finn must race against time to clear his name and find out who hated his dad enough to kill him.

Scouring the sordid, brutal London underworld for answers, exposing dark family secrets, and facing danger at every turn, Finn is about to learn that it’s the people you trust who can hit you the hardest. . .

Crusher is this year’s most talked-about debut thriller.

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