THE LESS-DEAD by April Lurie

THE LESS-DEAD

Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

When his new friend and two other gay homeless teens are murdered, Noah, a nearly burned-out musician with a penchant for partying and a radio evangelist for a dad, decides to investigate the case. The Bible provides a heavy-handed and formidable backdrop: Arguments are waged, Christian rock concerts are attended, grisly murders occur and fingers are pointed. Other tensions arise between Noah, who likes girls, and his new friend (and a murder victim) Will, who likes boys. At the most basic level, Lurie has wrought a compelling, edge-of-your-seat, thriller that will keep readers riveted to the end, even if they can identify the killer early on. Her characters are for the most part believably developed and will help readers maintain the suspension of disbelief they’ll need in order to buy the plot. At times the religious themes feel didactic, but when the author adds everything up, the results fall somewhere between a fun, campy, teen horror film and a better-than-average afterschool special. (Mystery. YA)

Pub Date: Jan. 12th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-385-73675-6
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Delacorte
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2009




POLICE INVESTIGATIONS IN TEEN LIT:

ChildrenTHE RAG AND BONE SHOP by Robert Cormier
by Robert Cormier
ChildrenA NORTHERN LIGHT by Jennifer Donnelly
by Jennifer Donnelly
ChildrenTHE CIRCLE OF BLOOD by Alane Ferguson
by Alane Ferguson

MORE BY APRIL LURIE

ChildrenTHE LATENT POWERS OF DYLAN FONTAINE by April Lurie
by April Lurie
ChildrenDANCING IN THE STREETS OF BROOKLYN by April Lurie
by April Lurie

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenIN STONE by Jeremy Jordan King
by Jeremy Jordan King
ChildrenSUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS by Lynn Weingarten
by Lynn Weingarten
ChildrenRANDOM by Tom Leveen
by Tom Leveen