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Thank you! Originally published a decade ago in Canada, this series opener set in Toronto hooks Michael—a troubled teen surrounded by poor companions and role models— up with his history teacher, quiet ex-cop John Riel. It also leads to an initially hostile but growing mutual attachment that culminates, following a second sudden death and nearly a third, in Mike gaining a steady new foster father. Look for more role modeling and crime solving in two sequels that publish simultaneously: Truth and Lies and Dead and Gone. The rescue of an at-risk adolescent with light and dark sides takes center stage, but the unfolding mystery adds a dramatic subplot.
At first glance year-old Mike McGill seems like a typical smart-aleck and slacker. In this intensely involving story, Norah McClintock, winner of four Arthur Ellis awards, demonstrates her mastery of the psychological mystery genre. Her potent central theme — how frighteningly easy it is to screw up your life from a couple of mistakes and how unstoppable that downward destructive spiral can be — is played out with insight and suspense generated equally from character revelations and plot complications. Behind the attitude and antics, Mike proves to be decent, caring, and well meaning despite lapses. When Mike gets into trouble with the police, his life begins to fall apart. In this well-crafted mystery, Mike discovers not just whodunit, but also, in an inevitable rite of passage, that the adults in his life, just like himself, are very human, fallible, and vulnerable. Subscribe: Digital Edition.
The police investigated the incident, but the person responsible for her death was never found. Ever since then Mike has been living with his uncle Billy who is only ten years older than Mike. Billy likes to party, is unreliable, and he certainly has no idea how to be a responsible adult who is the guardian of a teenage boy. Mike is not doing well at school and when he ditches a history class, the teacher, Riel, gets involved. Riel tells Mike everything he knows about the case, and Mike starts asking questions. He wants to know what happened to his mother. He needs to know.