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Homicide Related (Dooley) Paperback – May 1, 2010
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Grade 10 Up—Ryan Dooley has a troubled past. However, following his release from jail, he begins living with his uncle, a retired police officer who is determined to keep him on track. Just when it appears that the teen is on the road to success, a mysterious murder and an old friend send elements of Dooley's past soaring back into his life. After being questioned by the police, Dooley is scared his answers may land him back in jail and decides to unravel the truth himself. His investigation reveals hidden aspects about his past, but more importantly facilitates personal growth, transforming him from a troubled teen into a respectable young man. Through his narration, which includes some strong language and sex scenes, characters are developed gradually along with the plot, creating a long list of suspects. Homicide Related goes beyond traditional mysteries, as Dooley purposely omits critical details, keeping readers guessing and the plot moving rapidly.—Mary-Brook J. Todd, The Ensworth School, Nashville, TN
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"McClintock, five-time winner of the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award, demonstrates her skill at creating complex, multi-layered plots that capture and engage readers of all ages. . . A compelling and complex plot, an intelligent and engaging protagonist, a cast of familiar and new secondary characters, well-paced prose, and vivid, albeit sometimes graphic dialogue combine to hold reader's attention to the conclusion. . . (Fans will) eagerly await the next episode in the planned trilogy.
-- CM Magazine
"Homicide Related goes beyond traditional mysteries, as Dooley purposely omits critical details, keeping readers guessing and the plot moving rapidly."
-- School Library Journal
"Homicide Related is an intriguing read of trying to do what's right when everything is going wrong."
-- Midwest Book Review
"The author does a wonderful job of showing us what Ryan's head and heart are going through. He is, in no way, a goody-goody, but at the same time, I found a strength and light in the Ryan character that made me want to see him succeed. This book is partly mystery but more importantly it is about a boy who has to make some very, very though choices in his life. This is a good, good read."
"A five-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Juvenile Crime, Nora McClintock has amassed a great store of thrillers for young readers. . . While this book can be read as a stand-alone, its many pleasures will be enhanced by acquaintance with its predecessor, Dooley Takes the Fall."
-- Globe and Mail
"The dialogue is completely realistic, sharp and witty, complete with the swearing typically found in the conversation of high school students. Dooley's introspective analysis of his situation- his internal self-talk- is particularly well done. Older high school students, especially boys, will be attracted to Dooley's flirting so closely with the criminal life, yet having the strength to stay clean and to help bring the villain to justice.
-- Resource Links
"Once again, Norah McClintock, a master-crafter of mysteries, gives readers a fast-paced plot that offers up tantalizing clues to the identity of the killer while also providing interesting insights into the story's main characters. . . Another winning mystery series that works equally well as a contemporary teen drama."
-- Canadian Children's Book News
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