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Flash

by Michael Cadnum

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Flash by Michael Cadnum
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2010
    240 pages
    Genre: Novels

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When two teenage brothers bungle a bank robbery, their attempt to hide the evidence is witnessed—aurally—by Terrence, a legally blind neighbor. Terrence tells his girlfriend, Nina, and her brother, who then disappears with a handgun. Nina is afraid of what he might do to the brothers. But she also has every reason to fear what the brothers will do to Terrence.

Flash ingeniously interweaves the stories of two who are hellbent on a destructive path, two who stand in their way, and one whose actions may be the spark to set the whole thing off.

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"Starred Review. Superb writing, with many a fetching turn of phrase and meticulous care given to plotting and characterization, makes this an outstanding commentary on our times. Ages 12+." - Kirkus Reviews

"Offering cool insight into the criminal mind-set, this is a perfect choice to challenge reluctant readers." - Booklist

"Starred Review. Cadnum tells a thought-provoking story full of rich, well-developed characters. He immediately engages readers' attention and brilliantly maintains the pacing; tension is enhanced as scenes end abruptly." - School Library Journal

"While the story's nonlinear movement is dramatically effective at times, abrupt transitions may confuse all but sophisticated readers." - Publishers Weekly

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Michael Cadnum

Michael Cadnum lives in Albany, California, where this novel takes place. He is the author of many acclaimed titles, including Peril on the Sea, and The Book of the Lion, a National Book Award finalist.

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