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Paperback, Random House, 2013, ISBN13 9780345540133, ISBN10 0345540131

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"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER
A resourceful runaway alone in the wilds of Los Angeles, twelve-year-old Billy Straight suddenly witnesses a brutal stabbing in Griffith Park. Fleeing into the night, Billy cannot shake the horrific memory of the savage violence, nor the pursuit of a cold-blooded killer. For wherever Billy turns--from Hollywood Boulevard to the boardwalks of Venice--he is haunted by the "chuck, chuck" sound of a knife sinking into flesh.
"Taut, compelling . . . Everything a thriller ought to be. The writing is excellent. The plotting is superior. The characters ring true."--"USA Today"
As LAPD homicide detective Petra Connor desperately searches for the murderer, as the media swarms mercilessly around the story, the vicious madman stalks closer to his prey. Only Petra can save Billy. But it will take all her cunning to uncover a child lost in a fierce urban labyrinth--where a killer seems right at home.

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"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER
A resourceful runaway alone in the wilds of Los Angeles, twelve-year-old Billy Straight suddenly witnesses a brutal stabbing in Griffith Park. Fleeing into the night, Billy cannot shake the horrific memory of the savage violence, nor the pursuit of a cold-blooded killer. For wherever Billy turns--from Hollywood Boulevard to the boardwalks of Venice--he is haunted by the "chuck, chuck" sound of a knife sinking into flesh.
"Taut, compelling . . . Everything a thriller ought to be. The writing is excellent. The plotting is superior. The characters ring true."--"USA Today"
As LAPD homicide detective Petra Connor desperately searches for the murderer, as the media swarms mercilessly around the story, the vicious madman stalks closer to his prey. Only Petra can save Billy. But it will take all her cunning to uncover a child lost in a fierce urban labyrinth--where a killer seems right at home.

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Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: Jan 2013
ISBN-13: 9780345540133
ISBN-10: 0345540131
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 520
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.64
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.25 x 7.5 x 1.5
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Novel about teenage homeless/murder/ hope!
7/15/2014

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4.0 stars 7/15/2014 by BevJohn70072
by BevJohn70072

Billy Straight is a 12 year old teenager who ran away from home. Billy used to live with his mother and her boyfriend (who is not Billy’s father). Billy’s mother was being abused every day by her boyfriend and the boyfriend mistreated Billy as well. Billy ran away and ended up at the park where he picked several locations within the park to hide and seek shelter. One night, Billy was at one of his hiding spots when he heard a car pull up. A man and woman begin arguing. The man stabs the woman to death and leaves. Billy sees the car and the license plate number. Billy is so afraid that he leaves the scene also leaving evidence that can trace to him. The story follows Billy as he lives as a homeless teenager until he gets help. Billy runs into people that challenge him as well as those he learns to trust. Does Billy ever get home? Does Billy survive being homeless? Does Billy become a witness to the murder? A must read for those who enjoy murder/ mystery stories.

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