Books by Chris Lynch

THE RIGHT FIGHT by Chris Lynch
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"As he did with his four-volume Vietnam series, Lynch effectively takes readers back to the good war. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
All the sizzle, chaos, noise and scariness of war is clay in the hands of ace storyteller Lynch. Read full book review >
LITTLE BLUE LIES by Chris Lynch
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A worthwhile romp, if not quite a jackpot. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A lovelorn teen messes with the mob in order to save his blue-collar girlfriend in this unusual comedy of social class. Read full book review >
PIECES by Chris Lynch
Released: March 5, 2013

"Exceptional. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A teenage boy seeks connections with the people who received his beloved brother's donated organs in this darkly humorous novel by the author of Inexcusable (2005). Read full book review >
FREE-FIRE ZONE by Chris Lynch
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

The third installment of Lynch's Vietnam War series follows Rudi, one of four friends who enlisted at the same time and are now in separate branches of the military.

Friends since fourth grade in Boston, Rudi, Ivan, Morris and Beck pledged to not go to Vietnam voluntarily, but if one received a draft notice, they would all sign up, a friendship bond of a small band of brothers. Read full book review >

KILL SWITCH by Chris Lynch
Released: April 17, 2012

"Lynch's normally exciting work is apparently deep under cover on this mission. (Thriller. 13 & up)"
An Alzheimer's-fueled thriller fizzles. Read full book review >
SHARPSHOOTER by Chris Lynch
Released: April 1, 2012

"The best Vietnam War novels yet for this age range. (Fiction. 9-13)"
In the second installment of his Vietnam War series, Lynch follows 18-year-old Ivan Bucyk, one of four friends who pledged to go to war together once one was drafted. Read full book review >
CASUALTIES OF WAR by Chris Lynch
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"An excellent war saga that will leave readers feeling they have been through something monumental. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Lynch's Vietnam War series concludes with the final narrative of four friends caught in the chaos of war. Read full book review >
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE by Chris Lynch
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Morris is an innocent caught in the winds of war, and young readers will eagerly anticipate future installments in the series. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
In his nightmares, high-school senior Morris sees "torn flesh and burned flesh and the end of everything we know, all dying there in the scorching jungle of Vietnam"; he and his friends die, and it's his fault. Read full book review >
ANGRY YOUNG MAN by Chris Lynch
FICTION
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

Robert's younger brother Alexander (Xan) has always been an oddball, but as they shift into adulthood, Robert increasingly worries about Xan's ability to function in the world in this intense, intelligent work of realistic fiction. Read full book review >

HOTHOUSE by Chris Lynch
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

A concise exploration of manhood, heroism and the psychology of a small northern town in the aftermath of a fire that kills two firefighters. Read full book review >

CYBERIA by Chris Lynch
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

Lynch's latest, the first in a science-fiction series that can be described as a dystopian comedy, introduces protagonist Zane, who lives in a world where computer technology has all but eclipsed human relationships. Read full book review >

THE BIG GAME OF EVERYTHING by Chris Lynch
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Twelve-year-old Onion Jock's grandfather made a fortune inventing a golf-course-cleaning contraption and now runs his own 13-hole course, his barber father rebels against the system by discouraging haircuts and his brother is a finance-obsessed pugilist. Read full book review >

SINS OF THE FATHERS by Chris Lynch
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

Flanked by misfeasant and malfeasant priests, young buddies Andrew, Hector and the aptly named Skitz loyally stand shoulder to shoulder at the center of Lynch's typically funny, tragic, edgy Catholic School tale. Read full book review >

INEXCUSABLE by Chris Lynch
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

Lynch has hit a homerun with this provocative, important read about Keir, a self-proclaimed "good guy" headed for college on a football scholarship. Read full book review >

ME, DEAD DAD, & ALCATRAZ by Chris Lynch
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

Elvin's back in another frenetic adventure in everyday living. Read full book review >

THE GRAVEDIGGER’S COTTAGE by Chris Lynch
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2004

An old gravedigger's cottage and its nearby beach are the setting for this mournful, slightly creepy family story. Read full book review >

WHO THE MAN by Chris Lynch
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

The bittersweet story of Earl's week of school suspension, told from inside his mind, is heavy with pain and love. Read full book review >

ALL THE OLD HAUNTS by Chris Lynch
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

In ten terse, sometimes elliptical short stories, Lynch puts teenagers through harrowing—if now and again savagely funny—experiences. Read full book review >

FREEWILL by Chris Lynch
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 31, 2001

More straight-to-the-gut fiction from the author of the "Blue Eyed Son" trilogy, written in second-person singular, present tense, and featuring a profoundly wounded teenager haunted by questions. Read full book review >

GOLD DUST by Chris Lynch
FICTION
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

The versatile author of Gypsy Davey (1994) and the Blue Eyed Son trilogy weaves a subtle, challenging study of star-crossed friendship. Read full book review >

EXTREME ELVIN by Chris Lynch
FICTION
Released: March 31, 1999

PLB 0-06-028210-X Pudgy, frantic Elvin, introduced in Slot Machine (1995), takes a hilarious, roller-coaster plunge into Young Adulthood. Read full book review >

JOHNNY CHESTHAIR by Chris Lynch
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1997

Still reeling from classmate Monica's knockout punch five years ago, eighth-grader Steven gathers three other nerdy misfits into the He-Man Women Haters Club, also the name of the series of which this unsubtle satire is the first entry. Read full book review >

POLITICAL TIMBER by Chris Lynch
FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1996

The prospect of a blissful senior year darkens for a teenager when he's swept into the local political arena. With best bud Mosi, a one-man garage band, and Sweaty Betty, ``the most excellent girl since the beginning of girls,'' by his side, it looks like smooth sailing for Gordie—especially after Fins Foley, his ex-mayor grandpa, currently serving five-to-fifteen for racketeering, loans him a pristine 1963 Studebaker Gran Tourismo convertible. Read full book review >

MICK by Chris Lynch
FICTION
Released: March 31, 1996

When the bars, brawls, and trash-talk he's grown up with start to wear on an Irish-American teenager, he learns that it's not that easy to walk away. Lynch (Slot Machine, p. 1433, etc.) puts Mick's changing neighborhood under a pitiless, and (one may hope) parodic, light: Everyone drinks, all barroom conversations are pathetic exhibitions of narrow-mindedness and violent bigotry, the Cambodian and Gay Pride marchers in the St. Read full book review >

SLOT MACHINE by Chris Lynch
FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1995

Lynch (Gypsy Davey, 1994, etc.) lightens up in this story of three teenagers sent to camp at a seminary, ostensibly to prepare for high school. Read full book review >

GYPSY DAVEY by Chris Lynch
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 30, 1994

Slow-witted, 12-year-old Davey lived with his neglectful and sometimes abusive mother, Lois, and his older sister, Joanne, until Joanne moved out at 17 to get married. Read full book review >

ICEMAN by Chris Lynch
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 30, 1994

In his second novel, the author of Shadow Boxer (1993) again depicts two brothers grappling with a violence spawned by their father; again, the older (here, Duane, 17) has renounced a brutal sport (ice hockey) while the younger (Eric, 14) still pursues it. Read full book review >

SHADOW BOXER by Chris Lynch
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

In the five years since their father's death from accumulated boxing injuries, 14-year-old George has earnestly taught his younger brother Monty how to fight—but not how to stop fighting; now, to his dismay (and his mother's), Monty is growing up in his dad's image, with "the heart of a lion and the head of a starfish,'' sneaking away to Uncle Archie's gym to train, going off on his own, coming home with the marks of street fights. Read full book review >