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BLANK CONFESSION by Pete Hautman Kirkus Star


by Pete Hautman

Pub Date: Nov. 16th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4169-1327-6
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

A stranger rides into town on a battered old BMW motorcycle and with mad ninja skills stands up to the drug-dealing bullies in the high school, then walks into the police station and confesses to murder. In a tale reminiscent of Shane and The Lone Ranger (“Who was that masked man, anyway?”), three narratives intertwine to tell the story of Shayne Blank—his own statement to Detective Rawls, Rawls’s story and the story of Mikey Martin, the smallest kid in the 11th grade, whom Shayne protects from drug trafficker Jon Brande. Hautman weaves the narrative threads perfectly to provide back story and to advance the plot, expertly developing fully realized characters and, ultimately, pinpointing exactly where the stories don’t cohere, where all is not quite what it seems. Masterfully written with simple prose, solid dialogue and memorable characters, the tale will grip readers from the start and keep them reading in one big gulp, in the hope of seeing behind Shayne’s mask. A sure hit with teen readers. (Fiction. 12 & up)