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Thursday, March 17, 2011

You Killed Wesley Payne

High School Fiction

G/M Beaudoin, Sean. You Killed Wesley Payne. Little Brown, 2011. 368p. 978-0-316-07742-2. 16.99.

In this noir style novel, teen detective Dalton Rev is hired to solve the mystery of Wesley Payne’s death at Salt River High. In order to do that though, he has to play all the different cliques against each other. Nothing is as it seems at Salt River: students are double agents or flat out liars, faculty and police are running their own scams and the cliques have their own agendas. The language (lots of slang) is a little off putting, but if you can get past that the story is good. The book includes lots of extras too, a clique chart and index, slang glossary and Dalton’s writing samples. Loren Spector, LAPL, Felipe de Neve

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