Books by Malcolm Rose

Released: Oct. 1, 2008

Designed as fodder for young CSI fans, this procedural account of a fictional murder investigation features an allusive diary, a matter-of-fact narrative report with quiz questions and answers in a "Crime File"—all presented in a split-page format and with appropriately wooden illustrations. A body found in a disused railyard storeroom sets off a full, if much simplified, enquiry that includes an autopsy, a meticulous "fingertip" sweep of the trash-strewn scene, interviews with several teenaged suspects, DNA testing, lots of convenient security-camera footage and, ultimately, a confession. The broad look at the many kinds of evidence that detectives can gather, from tiny fibers to cell-phone records, almost compensates for the rudimentary plot and near total lack of complications or equivocal information gathered by the police. Still, it's a popular topic, and kids will undoubtedly find it cool enough for one reading. (Fiction. 10-12)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

When a horribly disfigured dog washes up on a Devon beach, three concerned citizens are cast into a web of intrigue. After a sample of T42, a secret, spectacularly deadly biological substance stolen from a Ministry of Defense lab, falls into the hands of bright but impulsive Mark, his former lover Sylvia and her tutor Derek control their outrage that such a thing could be manufactured and reluctantly help authorities track him down. The author, a chemist, develops both story and people in believable ways—but the triangle he creates with the main characters and their frequent romantic reveries undercuts any dramatic tension that builds up. Meanwhile, Mark tries to blow the whistle, only to find that the press is in collusion with the government. Wild with frustration and jealousy, he breaks the vial of T42, dooming himself and Derek to gruesome deaths, quickly hushed up. In the end, Sylvia finds a slow but safer means of protest: publishing scholarly articles on the effects of chemical and biological warfare, gently influencing the tide of public opinion. A vital message, but delivered in a story that wanders between romance and thriller. (Fiction. YA) Read full book review >