- File Size: 31640 KB
- Print Length: 80 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (June 26, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 26, 2013
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DACZTOC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There are some very, very good middle grade noir books that feature a middle grade Sam Spade style detective, and I like them because the tight plotting, snappy dialogue, and clean style is not only entertaining but a good model for young readers and writers. Well, this is basically a chapter book version of that that has the same virtues.
Here, we have the usual pals this time around, including Annie, psycho-dog Fang, Oliver the pest and strange Esmeralda.
The writing is crisp, which fits perfectly with the noir style and with an early reader's need for sharp, clean, punchy sentences. There is dry humor. There are appealing sidekicks and supporting characters. And, unlike a lot of sloppy mysteries, these books are built on real clues, rigorous logical thought, and common sense. On top of all that, Nate actually displays a bit of that Sam Spade weary hero character that makes noir so special. These really are amongst the most accomplished and stylish of the chapter books and are a happy find.
Please note that I found this book while browsing in our local library. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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