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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A completely new type of detective - fascinating...
The main character of this book is a woman named Bo Bradley who also happens to be a manic-depressive. Sounds strange at first - but it is fascinating. Seeing things through her eyes is educational and makes it hard to put the book down. I learned a great deal about the prejudices and tribulations that a person with this condition has to overcome - and the incredible...
Published on March 4, 1998 by K. Romine

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old served up as new
It is frustrating when Amazon serves up an old book as though it is new. The Bo Bradley series is over 20 years old, and I read them then. I recall that I enjoyed them, and was sorry when no more appeared, but I expect they are dated by now since the child welfare biz has changed a lot since 1990. Although this one is free on BookBub, and I remember the titles, if I...
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A completely new type of detective - fascinating..., March 4, 1998
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K. Romine (Boston, Massachusetts) - See all my reviews
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The main character of this book is a woman named Bo Bradley who also happens to be a manic-depressive. Sounds strange at first - but it is fascinating. Seeing things through her eyes is educational and makes it hard to put the book down. I learned a great deal about the prejudices and tribulations that a person with this condition has to overcome - and the incredible gifts that can come with it. The author never lectures, though - the book is a quick read. The ending was a little lame, unfortunately. Not uninteresting, just a bit overly complex and unlikely. Her other books are also very good.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate Ride on a Rollercoaster, March 24, 2007
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Mix a child-protection officer with her Irish grandmother's Gift of "knowing," an elderly Indian receiving beneficient messages from The Spirit, and the officer's bi-polar illness, and you have a marvelous ride on a merry-go-round. Add a French pediatrician, a cold-eyed Texan running for office, and the "severely retarded" child who unites all. Allow plenty of time, because you won't want to stop for bedtime. A rare treat.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Child of Silence, January 5, 2005
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Agrigento (Framingham, MA) - See all my reviews
I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down. Being Bipolar myself, I could completely identify with the main character, Bo's, inner challenges. The author has done a very, very good job of capturing and describing what goes on inside the mind of a high-functioning person struggling to stay sane, and she's done it in a way that brings a lot of humor. Bo is so likable, so determined, so admirable. The central storyline is very engrossing, and the whole southwestern setting and mystique are icing on the cake. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read the next one.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old served up as new, July 13, 2013
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It is frustrating when Amazon serves up an old book as though it is new. The Bo Bradley series is over 20 years old, and I read them then. I recall that I enjoyed them, and was sorry when no more appeared, but I expect they are dated by now since the child welfare biz has changed a lot since 1990. Although this one is free on BookBub, and I remember the titles, if I had paid for it and discovered that I already read it I would not have been a happy camper. It seems it would be better business, and more honest, if Amazon ran in a line in the description as to the original publication date, not just when the book became electronically available, which seems to be the recent date of publication attached to many offerings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Private Eye with Manic Depressive Illness, April 12, 2009
This book is an intelligent page-turner. The protagonist
is a child protection worker named Bo who has manic depres-
sive illness. The mystery deals with an abandoned deaf
child and Bo's attempts to rescue him and find some murder-
ers while in a manic phase and waiting for her lithium to
kick in. For thosee of you not familiar with manic depres-
sion, the manic phase is when you are all over the place -
needing no sleep, spending money you don't have, buying
things that you don't need, having grandiose ideas, etc.
Lithium is the medication that is used to stabilize the ill-
ness.)

This book provides a realistic and resectful portrayal of
someone with Manic Depressive Illness. On top of that, it
is a very good mystery. I also recommend The Caveman's Valentine.
It has a private eye who suffers from mental illness and is
a very well-written book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Labeling traps, June 12, 2013
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Judie Amsel (Mayfield Heights, OH USA) - See all my reviews
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Bo Bradley, a social worker with the San Diego's Children's Protective Services, finds more than expected as she investigates the case of a boy found tied to a mattress in an abandoned building on a Paiute Reservation. Because he doesn't communicate or seem to understand what is said to him, he is labeled "retarded" and the system proceeds to institutionalize him. Because of her family history, Bo realizes the boy, who calls himself "Weppo" is not retarded: He is deaf. Apparently, no one has attempted to teach him to speak or use sign language.
As she tries to locate his family, she encounters the powerful Rowe family who seem to be willing to do anything to keep her from resolving the case.
She also has to deal with her own bipolar health condition, trying to balance the benefits of using lithium with the side effects it causes.
The book explains how "the system" works, the effect of bureaucracy, the roles of the supervisors, and what a dedicated social worker has to do to best serve her client's interests. It also tells about the Paiute culture.
The first of a series of Bo Bradley books, CHILD OF SILENCE was well written and kept my interest. I found the main characters believable and cared about them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, September 7, 2011
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The first of five in the incredible Bo Bradley series. The first four are newly released on Kindle.

Bo is a child abuse investigator in San Diego CA, which means some of the details in the series can be intense. But this book was more of an old fashioned puzzle, then hunt and chase.

The real story is the lead character, a forty year old closet manic-depressive embarking on a manic episode. She knows what to do; the problem is surviving without revealing until the meds kick in. At the same time, she is assigned a case of an abandoned child who is being sought by killers, and her mania has her convinced that only she can save him. In the end, of course, she is right.

The author contends that the manic in manic-depressive makes Bo an human lie detector. No nuances get by her. The problem is too many details, any one of which can assume huge significance that only she can understand. By the end of the book, her thought processes are lyrical, often amusing and highly engrossing.

Note: These books were written in the mid-90's and tech-wise, they come across a little dated. No cell phone in every pocket, no quick Internet search to research something, no CDs or MP3s in the car, etc. Since these are character driven stories, it was note worthy, but not impactful. Another example of time passing is the label itself: manic-depressive, instead of bipolar.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE CHILD & ONE WOMAN ON A COLLISION COURSE WITH DANGER...., January 26, 2011
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In a complex world of the juvenile court system in San Diego County, bureaucrats and individual social workers struggle daily to save the children in danger. For one social worker, Bo Bradley, the daily battle is enhanced because of her own condition of manic-depression (bipolar disorder). Only one person with whom she works knows of this condition--her friend and colleague, Estella Benedict. But whenever the symptoms begin to reappear, a difficult job becomes almost impossible.

When one day a four-year-old boy, tied to a mattress in an old shack on an Indian reservation, is rescued by an old Indian woman, life just got a whole lot harder. Saving the boy, who turns out to be deaf, from whoever hurt him and is still trying to kill him, becomes a full-time obsession for Bo Bradley. Like a one-woman army on a hunt-and-capture mission, she digs into the clues at hand, flies to a neighborhood in Houston, Texas, and begins to realize that the only way to save the boy is to hide him.

Intermingled with the tale of rescuing the boy called "Weppo," the author weaves a bit of Bo's history, including the loss of her own sister--also deaf and plagued with manic-depression--many years ago. A Native American theme casts Child of Silence and its characters into a tapestry of mysticism and spiritualism that lends beauty and hope to the story of one child and one woman on a collision course with danger.

Five stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Child of Silence is one in a million, September 4, 2013
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I had not read this entry in the Bo Bradley series. I have read one or two of the others and found them very interesting. I absolutely love the character, she is flawed, knows she is flawed and deals with it in ways that other might find very confusing or impossible. The book about the deaf boy and how he came to be in a fallen down hovel is interesting from the very start as Bo follows trails that others would miss. Anyone who has read any of the other books in the series really should read this one. It's great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a first for me, March 30, 2013
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Jana Boardman (Fort Worth, TX United States) - See all my reviews
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as I've never read a novel of any kind where the main character was manic-depressive. Nor have I ever read any fiction where the character with a mental disorder was so real. Add a great mystery plot and you definitely have a winner. I would like to read more "case files"from this character.
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