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The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno
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Feb 28, 12

bookshelves: fiction, mystery
Read in August, 2009

In this book, Billy is a boy detective who solves crimes with his sister Caroline and his best friend Fenton. But after a few years, Caroline commits suicide, and Billy has a nervous breakdown and is institutionalized until age 30. When he reemerges into the world, he attempts to continue to fight the forces of evil, but is often perplexed. He befriends two children who live near his halfway-house residence, and joins them in investigating a mystery filled with headless pets. Along the way, Billy tries to find the truth about Caroline's fate, unable to believe that she would take her own life.

The book is sprinkled with puzzles and codes that can help engage the reader - or may seem like a pretentious device. You choose.
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