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The shadow killer
2011
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"It's Father's Day weekend, and it looks like some of the well-intentioned wisdom that Charlie D dispenses on his late-night radio call-in show might blow up in his face. One young listener seems intent on killing his father and the rest of his family. Unfortunately, no one knows where he is. Time is running out, until Charlie's own long-estranged father enters the picture."--P. [4] of cover. - (Baker & Taylor)

After a listener threatens on the air to kill his own father and family, Charlie D, the host of the late-night radio call-in show, is met by his father as they both race against time to intervene. - (Baker & Taylor)

Late-night radio host Charlie D has only two hours to find a troubled young boy and then convince him not to kill his father and the rest of his family. - (Orca Book Publishers)

It's Father's Day weekend&;a tough time for Charlie D, host of a late-night radio call-in show that offers supportive advice to troubled listeners. For years Charlie has been alienated from his father&;a retired politician who was always too busy for his son when Charlie was growing up. The trouble is, his dad has chosen this weekend to attempt to reconcile with his son. Charlie is not keen to forgive. But Charlie's personal issues suddenly seem mundane when an email arrives from a young listener that outlines his very specific plans to kill not just his father but his entire family. The deeply troubled boy could be anywhere, and Charlie has just two hours to discover his identity and stop him from murder. - (Orca Book Publishers)

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"For all of us, being dead would be better than living with him. When Charlie said 'no man is a man until his father dies,' I knew what I had to do."It's Father's Day weekend, and it looks like some of the well-intentioned wisdom that Charlie D dispenses on his late-night radio call-in show might blow up in his face. One young listener seems intent on killing his father and the rest of his family. Unfortunately, no one knows where he is. Time is running out, until Charlie's own long-estranged father enters the picture. - (Orca Book Publishers)

mystery, family, fathers and sons - (Orca Book Publishers)

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"For all of us, being dead would be better than living with him. When Charlie said 'no man is a man until his father dies,' I knew what I had to do."

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Voice of Youth Advocates Reviews

It is Father's Day weekend and Charlie D is not in the mood for cheeriness. He is desperately trying to make contact with a young man who wants to "make life better for them all," once he kills his father. The only problem is time is running out for Charlie D and the young man's family. This is a quick read for those who like mysteries, but do not have the time to read something longer. The radio studio setting works well, but because this is the place the author chose to unfold the story, she could have put more focus on the mystery caller instead of on Charlie D's life. The climax of the story was acceptable, but almost to the point of being unbelievable. The most interesting and realistic character was the protagonist of the story. This is a good book for middle or junior high school readers seeking a pleasure read that is quick and easy—MaryAnn Harlan. 3Q 2P J M Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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