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Billy Straight by Jonathan Kellerman
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Aug 05, 12

bookshelves: action-and-adventure, adult-fiction, mysteries-suspense-thrillers
Read from August 03 to 05, 2012

This is an outstanding mystery/thriller, the best of Jonathan Kellerman's novels I've read. The title character is an intelligent, moral, book-loving 12-year-old boy who has run away from an extremely bad home situation and is living in Griffith Park when he witnesses a vicious murder. He flees the park, and soon finds himself pursued by both cops and bad guys. There's plenty of suspense and fast-paced action in this twisty tale, but what I liked best was the cast of well-defined characters, especially the boy, who is a brilliant survivor, and the brainy, determined, compassionate woman police detective, Petra. This book is a stand-alone, but for those of you who enjoy the author's Alex Delaware series, that child psychologist does make a brief appearance at the end of this book
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