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DARK ANGEL by David Klass

DARK ANGEL

By David Klass

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Oct. 11th, 2005
ISBN: 0-374-39950-6
Publisher: Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Secrets in a small town can be dangerous. Jeff decides that telling his girlfriend Beth that his brother is being released from prison is safer than hoping she’ll never know, but suddenly her Dad is being very strict. Absorbed by his own difficulty coping with a brother who has murdered someone and is now getting off on a technicality, Jeff is barely aware of the pain of his parents, but he remains adamant that brother Troy should never have come back to ruin their lives. Readers will wonder whether reformed Troy has learned his lesson and Jeff is being unforgiving, or whether Troy is hiding his evil under a facade. When Franchise Fraser, the most popular guy and most talented sports star at school, is seen with Beth, disaster is eminent. Fraser’s disappearance after a fight with Troy sets in motion the inevitability of the law while illustrating the intricacies of the situation. Sinister and thought-provoking, events and characters unfold in such a way as to ask readers to decide if evil is a genetic thing and therefore inescapable, or is it a choice? (Fiction. YA)