FLASH by Michael Cadnum
Kirkus Star


Age Range: 12 & up
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After a bungled bank robbery, Milton and Bruce Borchard drive off in a stolen Ford Taurus. Their ill-gotten money blows up, covering them in green smoke and scraps of currency, and when they hide the evidence, they are seen or, at least, heard. Now that they have buried the evidence, will they also have to bury the witness? In a return to contemporary novels, Cadnum (Peril on the Sea, 2009, etc.) weaves five voices into an intelligently scripted drama suffused with tension. The Borchard brothers would be comic if they weren’t so deadly. Carraway Atwood is a different person since he’s returned from Iraq, but is he as dangerous as his sister Nina fears? Will “practically legally blind” Terrence be the one to see things for what they are? Superb writing, with many a fetching turn of phrase and meticulous care given to plotting and characterization, makes this an outstanding commentary on our times—“hardly a courtly era,” Milton thinks—and the unpredictable resolution that brings the cast to the end leaves room for reflection on motivation and character in hard times. (Thriller. 12 & up)

Pub Date: June 22nd, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-374-39911-5
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2010


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