Crusher (Crusher Series #1)

Crusher (Crusher Series #1)

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by Niall Leonard
     
 

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THE FIRST PULSE-POUNDING FINN MAGUIRE THRILLER



Prime suspect in his father's murder, Finn Maguire must fight to prove his innocence and find out who hated his dad enough to kill him.


Scouring London's gangland for answers and exposing dark family secrets, Finn soon learns it's the people you turst who can hit you the

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THE FIRST PULSE-POUNDING FINN MAGUIRE THRILLER



Prime suspect in his father's murder, Finn Maguire must fight to prove his innocence and find out who hated his dad enough to kill him.


Scouring London's gangland for answers and exposing dark family secrets, Finn soon learns it's the people you turst who can hit you the hardest.


Includes bonus material - an extract from the sequel, INCINERATOR

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—After high-school dropout Finn Maguire comes home to find his starving-writer father (really his stepfather) bludgeoned to death at the dining room table, he makes it his mission to find the killer. Meanwhile, his lack of cooperation with authorities has some members of the police force pegging Finn as the suspect. Leonard introduces numerous characters as possible suspects, causing the story to take many twists and turns that leave readers guessing the identity of the murderer until the very end. Finn frequently finds himself engaged in battle with villains as he pursues leads into his father's death with a vengeance, carrying a feeling of suspense throughout the novel. Some of the British slang may throw American readers off, but overall the language discrepancies do not take away from the fast-paced story line.—Nicole Knott, Watertown High School, CT
Publishers Weekly
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.)
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An Edgar Award finalist for Best Young Adult Novel

" A hard-hitting adventure . . . travels at a gripping pace."—Publishers Weekly

"Many twists and turns that keep readers guessing."—School Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449817896
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Series:
Crusher Series , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,105,966
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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