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Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014 A brand-new teen crime novel from one of today's great storytellers.
The Costa Award Judges said “For older teenagers, this is a fast-paced, gripping detective thriller that keeps you guessing. Unputdownable.”
Meet Garvie Smith: Charming, brilliant and completely bone idle. If anything can get his attention, it might just be a murder. What sort of girl was gorgeous Chloe Dow? Not the sort to disappear without a trace. What sort of policeman is workaholic Detective Inspector Raminder Singh? Not the sort to rush his first murder investigation. What sort of boy is Garvie Smith? Don't ask. At least, don't ask his mother. When Chloe's body is pulled from Pike Pond, the hunt is on for her killer and DI Singh has a chance to prove his worth. He doesn't need any 'assistance' from notorious slacker Garvie Smith, the boy with the highest IQ ever recorded at Marsh Academy, and the lowest ever grades. Or does he?
A superb crime thriller The Bookseller
Arresting, original teen detective novel Metro
The writing is excellent, and the story calls into being a very recognisable 21st-century urban world with a dash of social commentary, especially on relationships between adults and teenagers. -- Tony Bradman Guardian
Schoolboy sleuth Garvie is hugely appealing in a nihilistic sort of way (think Lisbeth Salander or Jesse Pinkman) ... -- Charlotte Norman, Waterstone's Bath Waterstones
A fantastic book with examples of the best and worst of human nature, and everything in between. -- Clare Maltby The Bookseller
|Publication date:||2nd January 2014|
|Publisher:||David Fickling Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners|
Simon has always been fascinated by crime novels and grew up reading the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle, Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie. To this day, he continues to be mesmerised by their most famous detectives: Sherlock Holmes, Philip Marlowe and Hercule Poirot. These are the characters who inspired Simon to write his first crime novel, Running Girl, introducing Garvie Smith, a young man with a brilliant brain and an obvious reluctance to use it responsibly. Maths was a subject Simon struggled with at school – so he made Garvie a maths genius. He also asked himself: what ...More About Simon Mason