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Priscilla GilmanLawrence's framework makes for a curious, clever and very funny kind of unreliable narration. A preternaturally calm and serious narrator tells an exceptionally lively story. A recluse who hates novelty is deluged with it…I'm sure my action-loving 9-year-old, as well as my autistic 12-year-old, will love this buoyant story as it hurtles to a thrilling conclusion while being both moving and morally unsentimental. If, as P. K.'s foster mother puts it, "a Detective is someone who uncovers the Truth & brings Justice," then Lawrence, in doing a very modern justice to this 19th-century misfit, is being the kind of detective all good authors can be.
—The New York Times Book Review