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The Interrogation of Gabriel James

3.05  ·  Rating details ·  248 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Eyewitness to two killings, fourteen-year-old Gabriel James relates the shocking story behind the murders in a police interrogation interspersed with flashbacks. Step by step, this Montana teenager traces his discovery of a link between a troubled classmate's disturbing home life and an outbreak of local crime. In the process, however, Gabriel becomes increasingly confuse
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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published August 10th 2010)
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Jay G
Feb 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
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1.5 Stars

Gabriel James is witness to a double murder. There have been multiple hate crimes, vandalism and drug sales going on in his small town recently. After the funeral of one of the victims, Gabriel decides to go to the police station and explain what he saw that night.

Although the book was fast-paced... I found the plot to be slow and a bit boring. It took a very long time for an
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Ann G.
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
There's a current (June 2011) to-do among those who read and critique young adult fiction over whether the genre has gotten too dark/grim/melodramatic/R-rated (or worse). Without getting into the fracas, I'll just say that proponents of that argument might hold up The Interrogation of Gabriel James as evidence.

Montana high schooler Gabriel James - middling cross-country runner and son of a single mom (with lots of unresolved issues about his runaway, now dead, father) - is in a police station, w
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Aleece
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was very well thought out and planned. I personally really liked how the whole book was Gabriel telling the cops the story. I thought that, that was an interesting perspective of the book.
This book is semi suspenseful so there for I enjoyed reading it. The end had a twist that I never saw coming until it was right there. Which was actually pretty cool considering most books will gradually lead up to stuff like that. Over all this book was really good! I personally really enjoyed it.
Rachelle Ballinger
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book #19 of the EBN Challenge at my Library.
Challenge Topic: A Book Written in the First Person.

This was pretty good and a quick read. Had a great twist at the end but didn't end the way I had expected.
Garrett Pope
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Personal Response: I thought that this book was pretty good, because it is basically a mix of a thriller and an action book. The only thing that I wish would be different it that the book could have been a little bit longer.

Plot: The Interrogation of Gabriel James by Charlie Price is a mystery book about two killings. The book starts at a graveyard, where a funeral is being performed. As soon as the funeral is done, everyone there turns and silently leaves. Gabriel James, our main character wh
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Karissa
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
This is one of the quickest reads I've had all summer. I read this is one day. It was a choice for my Young Adult Book Club so I probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise. Okay, that's a lie, I might have picked it up if I found it at the library.

I really liked the idea of this novel but I don't feel like it was executed very well. I didn't mind it jumping from interrogation to the events leading up to Gabriel James being interrogated, however I feel like some things were glossed over too e
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Ms. Yingling
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Gabriel is a witness to a shooting, and the police are questioning him. Gabriel doesn't seem entirely innocent, being on the edge of a variety of animal killings, fires, and stalking a girl whom he suspects is abused. His biggest mistake is getting too close to the remaining members of a hippie cult, a cult which has personal connections to his family. Although we know that two murders occurred, the mystery is that we aren't entirely sure who is responsible for them. It might even be Gabriel him ...more
Julie A
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This book had some interesting twists, but ultimately, it fell a little short for me. As I read, I was intrigued enough that I wanted to read more, but in the end, I was just "meh."
The story is based on Price's work in psych hospitals and alternative schools, and specifically on a case he heard of in that work. He wove into it issues he saw with racism against native Americans, homeless individuals living with mental illness, and research on cross country running.

The story is told in alternating
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Sam Davenport
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a action heavy entertaining book that you could read for hours. This book touches on many issues in America today like abuse and racism. This book is filled with action and suspense and it was not so long you had to pinch yourself to get it done. Overall this book was great and I would recommend it to anyone.
Sydney
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
very fast read not my favorite but is still a great book i didn't love the ending
Mike W
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not always sure where dividing line is between good YA fiction and adult fiction, but I do know that the blurrier that line is, the more I tend to enjoy a book. In "The Interrogation of Gabriel James" Price has written a compact thriller that demands your interest from the beginning and which treats its YA audience as adult more than it treats them as young. This respect for the intelligence of the reader makes the novel an excellent read for both the YA and Adult demographics, and it's easy ...more
Makail Crawford
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it
The Interrogation of Gabriel James by Charlie Pierce is a fiction book about the questioning of teen Gabriel James. Gabriel is being questioned due to the mysterious crimes and events that have been happening in his hometown of Billings,Montana. From here we learn through various questions and flashbacks the events that took place, which led to his interrogation.

Throughout my reading there are several things that I came across that I liked and disliked about the book. The thing that I liked ab
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Sue Wargo
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I know you aren't supposed to choose a book by it's cover, but while browsing the YA shelves I found this title and liked the idea of a mystery. As a high school librarian, I have seen that mysteries aren't the cool genre and I wanted to see what passes as mystery today. The book is set with a crime having happened and Gabriel is sitting at the local police department in the interrogation room with two officers going through not only the event surrounding the actual crime, but what led up to it. ...more
Angela Berg
Even though this novel has a fairly easy reading level it possesses content that could be deemed questionable. The story is told first person through Gabriel's eyes after the crimes have occurred. The way they are narrated through interrogation give an opening into Gabriel being able to discuss the events. He is considered a suspect and must convince two police not only of his innocence but also to care about issues that seriously need to be addressed within the life of a classmate.

As a student
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Jessica
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Even though this novel has a fairly easy reading level it possesses content that could be deamed questionable. The story is told first person through Gabriel's eyes after the crimes have occured. The way they are narrated through interrogation give an opening into Gabriel being able to discuss the events. He is considered a suspect and must convince two police not only of his innocence but also to care about issues that seriously need to be addressed within the life of a classmate.

As a student t
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Diane Ferbrache
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Gabriel James is being questioned by the police. There have been mysterious fires, missing and dead pets, and two killings. Gabriel knows what happened, and the police want to know what he knew, when he knew it, and whether he was involved or just another victim. His story is told in first person as the interrogation takes place, and the reader learns the whole story through Gabriel’s voice. By the end, the reader learns the whole story, and Gabriel learns some hard truths about his own life an ...more
Corey Ryan
Apr 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013, mystery, young-adult
I thought as an YA Edgar Award Winner, this would at least be a fairly good mystery. It wasn't. I enjoyed Rat Life. Read that one instead. As for the kids, this one will be a bit confusing and any reluctant reader most likely won't muscle through the transitions of the interrogation to the flashbacks and will become frustrated and bored with the lack of any hook and give up. I almost gave up too. There is nothing "challenging" in this book. It's not gruesome or bloody or sex filled. Once the mys ...more
Ellen
High school teen Gabriel James was a witness to two murders and this book is set in the police station where Gabriel is being interrogated by two police detectives. The story is told mostly in flashbacks as Gabriel gives a detailed account of events leading up to the killings. Hate crimes, animal cruelty, a strange deserted compound and drugs are all part of Gabe's narrative. His final statement settles the murder case but leads to more questions for Gabe himself about whether he might have some ...more
Laura
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
We meet Montana teen Gabriel James in a cemetery at a funeral. There are 2 dead, but the reader won't learn who they are until the end of the book. Using the format of a police interrogation, the story unfolds as Gabriel reveals what he knew about the deaths and moves seamlessly between the interrogation and the actions that led to it. Those actions include racism, kidnapped/murdered pets, a cult leader who is becoming more and more deranged, bullies, and a long-time secret of Gabriel's own fami ...more
Christina
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, realistic
A dark story that is very suspenseful but also confusing. Gabriel is being interrogated by police after a mysterious crime has been committed that led to two deaths. We do not learn who died until the end of the book! Gradually revealed through his view of the interrogation, as well as Gabriel's telling of the backstory in more straightforward fashion, is a complicated story about a girl he likes who hides a very odd home life from her classmates, and how he gets mixed up in it. There is a story ...more
Brandon Glidden
A dark story that is very suspenseful but also confusing. Gabriel is being interrogated by police after a mysterious crime has been committed that led to two deaths. We do not learn who died until the end of the book! Gradually revealed through his view of the interrogation, as well as Gabriel's telling of the backstory in more straightforward fashion, is a complicated story about a girl he likes who hides a very odd home life from her classmates, and how he gets mixed up in it. There is a story ...more
Jill
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I REALLY didn't like this book. It was very hard to follow with the many different characters and the constant flashbacks. Gabriel is being interrogated by two police officers because two murders have been committed. The reader is unsure if Gabriel is involved somehow with the crimes. I don't like the part of the story that discusses the Ray family and how the brother and sister have to take their clothes off upon entering the house and continue to be naked while their father is fully clothed. T ...more
Life Between Coffee Spoons
May 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
I picked up this mystery for class on the basis of it winning the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult this year but found myself disappointed. I was largely confused by the story about a 17-year-old named Gabriel James who is being interviewed by detectives about a crime he may know something about or be involved in. Each chapter starts in the present (the interrogation room) and then switches to flashbacks told from Gabriel's point of view about the problems going on in his town. While I didn't en ...more
Kristine Cook
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
I picked up this mystery on the basis of it winning the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult this year but found myself disappointed. I was largely confused by the story about a 17-year-old named Gabriel James who is being interviewed by detectives about a crime he may know something about or be involved in. Each chapter starts in the present (the interrogation room) and then switches to flashbacks told from Gabriel's point of view about the problems going on in his town. While I didn't enjoy it, I ...more
Claire
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: high school and boys
First person. Gabriel is in an interrogation room. There is a detective in the background and an officer interrogating Gabriel. He is not under arrest- yet. Two murders have occurred, Gabriel knows a lot about what happened, this is about finding out what he knows and learning Gabe's role in the tragic events. Plumbing the undercurrents of the high school and the families around town the trio search out some kind of truth as the past and present, hidden and seen swirl about them.
Lots of flashba
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Kristine
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
I picked up this mystery for class on the basis of it winning the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult this year but found myself disappointed. I was largely confused by the story about a 17-year-old named Gabriel James who is being interviewed by detectives about a crime he may know something about or be involved in. Each chapter starts in the present (the interrogation room) and then switches to flashbacks told from Gabriel's point of view about the problems going on in his town. While I didn't en ...more
SharonJH Harman
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Gabriel James is a Billings high school cross-country runner caught up in a web of events that will result in 2 deaths. The story is revealed through the police interrogation mixed with Gabe's flashbacks of his interactions with the townspeople involved. He doesn't think he is guilty, but do the police? As Gabe tries to get to the bottom of a rash of petty and hate crimes around town, he finds out more than he wants to know about a secretive family at the edge of town, a running buddy's new frie ...more
Mrs. Trimble
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-teen-ya
For me, personally, I felt the content of this book was inappropriate for young adult readers. I found it pretty disturbing and twisted throughout the whole book. Suggestions of sexual abuse, incest, murder, racism, animal cruelty, and cult-activity all rolled up into one story told by Gabriel in an interrogation room. And, oh yeah, there is a cross-country runner backstory as well. I feel like if the book dealt with just one or two of these issues, it would have made for a better story. It was ...more
Anna
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
This book is incredible! It starts out at a funeral, where we learn that two people have died. Through most of the book, you don't know who they are, and you certainly don't know who killed them. Gabriel James is taken in to tell police what he knows about what happened, and the story unfolds as he lays out his side for two officers. It's great suspense, but even more, it's great prose. The story of Gabriel's life is just as interesting as what led up to the murders. I could not put this book do ...more
Handd51
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading this for the writing technique - and it is a page turner, but it will take a weird kid to choose the book, at least in Middle School. The main character is a high school junior in Missoula MT caught up ina very odd set of circumstances. Throughout, he tries to do the right thing by everyone - but he doesn't keep any adults in the loop, and nearly gets killed in the process. He spends a day in police interrogation because of his involvement - to say more would be a spoile ...more
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