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When O.J. was on trial, Kellerman said, "This wouldn't make a good novel," but some of Kellerman's toughest critics say this funhouse-mirror version of an O.J.-like case is his best, better than his famous Alex Delaware series. Psychologist Dr. Delaware has a bit part here, but the heroine is Detective Petra Connor, his distaff equivalent. Kellerman's main strength is his vivid invention of secondary characters and his skill at juggling subplots. When Petra's media-whore boss puts Billy's police sketch in the paper with a $25,000 reward, two marvelously sub-simian bounty hunters join the chase: a vicious Russian ex-cop and the vile biker boyfriend of Billy's stoned-out, trailer-park mom.
Like the kid hero of Russell Banks's Rule of the Bone, Billy enriches his author's customary milieu by viewing it from a new, low angle. The tale is more taut than Kellerman's 1997 bestseller Survival of the Fittest and more riveting than the O.J. case--the cops are smart and justice has a prayer. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I found the book intriguing because Billy was born into a bad home and environment, but somehow shines through as a good, smart person. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Joanna
This is one of Kellerman's better books, although it has its flaws.
Billy is a very bright 12-year-old boy stuck with a slutty, substance-abusing, trailer-trash mother... Read more
read this e-book in three days, hard to put down.
very good story by one of my favorite writers. read this e-book in three days. hard to put down.
I'm a fan of Jonathan Kellerman. I wish he'd felt capable of following up further with the Petra Connor series.Published 3 months ago by irrational John
This book kept me on the edge of my seat AND it made me think about how some people, including children, live their daily lives.Published 4 months ago by SusieQ
Billy Straight is a 12 year old teenager who ran away from home. Billy used to live with his mother and her boyfriend (who is not Billy’s father). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Beverly Johnson
I read this years ago, forgot all about it. I had to read it again. Couldn't put it down.Published 5 months ago by babsreader