The Boxer and the Spy

The Boxer and the Spy

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"When a shy high school student's body is found washed up on the shore of a quiet New England beach town--an apparent suicide--fifteen-year-old Terry Novak doesn't know what to think. Something just doesn't add up, so he decides to do some investigating of his own with the help of his best friend, Abby. It doesn't take long before they learn that asking questions puts them in grave danger, and surviving is going to be a fight. Fortunately, Terry has been learning a thing or two about fighting, thanks to a retired boxer named George, who teaches the boy to use his head and always keep his feet set beneath him--lessons Terry takes to heart in more ways than one. He will need to."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9780399247750
0399247750
Call Number: PARKER
Characteristics: 210 p. ; 24 cm
Subjects: Mystery fiction.
Boxing stories -- Juvenile fiction.
Alternative Title: Boxer & the spy

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OvergrownHobbit
May 14, 2014

I gave this multiple stars for readability. If you like Parker, teen fiction, and (relatively) low-key thrillers, it's a good read. And it's not fair that the central McGuffin torques my shorts.

But let's face it. when the characters need to find out about 'roids, and the good-student character, after surfing the web to no avail, says, "I mean, why can't [the adults] say, you know, some people think steorids do this, and some people think they do that, and here are the known facts," Abby said. "Why isn't there anyplace like that to go to?"

***headdesk***

Libraries, people! Librarians and libraries! We can find five places "like that" without breaking a sweat!

Other than that, occasional potty language, and the teen hero having to reiterate that he thinks the murder victim was gay, and he doesn't care about it (we know, you're a stand up kid, and we love you for it, but after the fifth time, it gets repetitive) it's a solid page-turner.

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Patron3563
Jan 16, 2009

I have enjoyed Parker's writing for years. This was a great read and a nice change from his Spenser novels

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