Gr 7-10 Although intelligent, 15-year- old Jim Taylor has slipped through the cracks of an indifferent society and be come a drifter. Underneath his cyni cism, though, he has a sense of con science and loyality which causes him to befriend Casey, a street kid who works as a gopher for the Collectivea black market syndicate trafficking in drugs. The two boys are hunted by the Collective after they inadvertently damage a computer disk containing the Syndicate's records. Their resourceful ness while on the run creates a sus penseful story that will grab the atten tion of even reluctant readers. After several close calls with men from the Collective, Casey decides to return home and destroy the Syndicate by bombing it. In a frantic effort to save his friend, Jim races to the Collective meeting only to find Casey seriously hurt. In anger, he attempts to set the bomb that Casey intended to explode, but his conscience prevails and he doesn't go through with it. The story ends with his hopeless feeling that run ning was the only answer, and that he must continue to run. There are several unrealistic situations and lapses in the plot, and readers may be put off by the lack of a concrete ending. However, the characters of Jim and Casey are sympathetically drawn, and the book is a page turner. Not an upbeat story, but entertaining nonetheless. Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukie, Oreg.