An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
|Australian Pub.:||November 2014|
|Publisher:||Allen & Unwin|
|Imprint:||A & U Children|
|Subject:||Young adult fiction|
Some of your students may already be acquainted with Veronica Mars from the highly successful television series and movie, created by Rob Thomas.
Now, in conjunction with Jennifer Graham, Thomas has embarked on a book series featuring the feisty private investigator.
Returning to her home town of Neptune, California, after a decade’s absence, Veronica is in partnership with her father in his private inquiry business. Struggling to stay afloat financially, as her father recovers from an accident and pursuing only dreary matrimonial disputes and similar, Veronica is anxious for the future of the business.
Then spring break arrives and Neptune is flooded with hordes of young people from colleges all over hell- bent on drinking, drugs, and parties while generally creating havoc in the normally quiet though somewhat seedy town.
When a young girl disappears from a wild party, Veronica is employed to assist with the investigation much to the chagrin of the local inept and corrupt sheriff. When a second girl disappears, things get really messy as it turns out this second girl is the stepdaughter of Veronica’s long estranged mother. Veronica’s investigations uncover drug cartel ties with party hosts and links to some very unsavoury characters.
This was a real thriller in every sense of the word. Fast-paced with the action moving along at a great clip, believable characters and a good plot twist all engage the reader with ease.
The publisher suggests this is a novel for the 14-18 years bracket. However, I will be firmly making this Senior Fiction only in my library. Very plentiful strong language, sex and drug references would make me extremely hesitant to recommend this to readers in Middle School.
For readers who enjoy series reading, this is the first in what promises to be a very exciting, slick and sexy collection.
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