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The Last Child by John Hart
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Aug 17, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: hardboiled, mystery, read-in-2009, reviewed, thriller, award-winner-or-nominee, edgar-award
Recommended to Michael by: Enjoy the author.
Recommended for: Mark Twain fans, John Grisham fans, mystery fans in general
Read in August, 2009 , read count: 1

In reading about Johnny Merrimon's adventures in this book, I'm reminded of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" in the case where Tom and Huck Finn visit the graveyard and their dealings with Injun Joe.

In "The Last Child" Johnny's sister went missing a year ago and it seems that everyone else has come to the conclusion that his sister, Alyssa, is dead. Johnny doesn't agree and his mission is to find his sister. He takes a photo of her and has maps of the area and visits homes asking if anyone has seen Alyssa.

Johnny does have a friend like Huck Finn. Johnny's friend is Jack and Jack looks up to Johny and is often his helper. Another friend is Det. Hunt. Hunt knows Johnny has it hard. Not only with the loss of his sister but shortly after that happened, Johnny's father left and hasn't been seen since.

One night while doing his search, Johnny finds a motorcycle rider who has just been in an accident. The man tells Johnny, "I found her." Then hears the car coming back and tells Johnny to run.

When Johnny gets home he learns that there is another girl missing. Now he doesn't know if the man from the accident meant his sister or the new missing girl. Johnny leads the police to where they find the man's body. Will Johnny find his sister? The reader will have to experience this story to find out.

This is a wonderful story. Johnny is a heroic character and would be interesting in film. The plot was well drawn with many subplots that kept the reader's interest.

Highly recommended.

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