Seconds away
by Harlan Coben









Seconds away
by Harlan Coben

Summary
This action-packed second book in international bestseller Harlan Coben's Mickey Bolitar young adult series follows Mickey as he continues to hunt for clues about the Abeona Shelter and the mysterious death of his father--all while trying to navigate the challenges of a new high school.   When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey and his loyal new friends--sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon--find themselves at the center of a terrifying mystery involving the shooting of their classmate Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey need to keep himself and his friends safe from the Butcher of Lodz, but he needs to figure out who shot Rachel--no matter what it takes.   Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, but with danger just seconds away, it is going to take all of his determination and help from his friends to protect the people he loves, even if he does not know who--or what--he is protecting them from. From Kirkus Reviews : "Coben deftly weaves…multiple plot threads into a compelling whole. An involving thriller that moves like lightning." .

Characters
NameMickey Bolitar
GenderMale
AgeTeenager
OccupationStudent
AttributesInvestigates the shooting of a classmate along with his friends


Genre
Young adult fiction
    --
Mystery
    --Detective, Teen
Suspense
    --

Topics
High school students
Death
Shooting victims
Search for truth
Mysteries
Teenagers

Setting
New Jersey -- Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)

Time Period
2000s -- 21st Century





This action-packed second book in international bestseller Harlan Coben's Mickey Bolitar young adult series follows Mickey as he continues to hunt for clues about the Abeona Shelter and the mysterious death of his father--all while trying to navigate the challenges of a new high school.   When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey and his loyal new friends--sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon--find themselves at the center of a terrifying mystery involving the shooting of their classmate Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey need to keep himself and his friends safe from the Butcher of Lodz, but he needs to figure out who shot Rachel--no matter what it takes.   Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, but with danger just seconds away, it is going to take all of his determination and help from his friends to protect the people he loves, even if he does not know who--or what--he is protecting them from. From Kirkus Reviews : "Coben deftly weaves…multiple plot threads into a compelling whole. An involving thriller that moves like lightning." .





Harlan Coben was born in Newark, New Jersey on January 4, 1962. After graduating from Amherst College as a political science major, he worked in the travel industry in a company owned by his grandfather. He writes the Myron Bolitar series and Mickey Bolitar series. His other works include Gone for Good, The Innocent, The Woods, Hold Tight, Caught, Stay Close, Seconds Away and Six Years. Tell No One was turned into the multiple award-winning 2006 French film Ne le Dis à Personne. He is the first author to win the Edgar Award, Shamus Award, and Anthony Award. His title, Missing You, is a New York Times bestseller. (Bowker Author Biography)





Gr 7 Up-High school sophomore Mickey Bolitar is no stranger to mystery and danger and has a rap sheet to prove it. Flashing back to Shelter (Putnam, 2011), in which his father dies in a car crash and his mother is sent to a mental hospital, Mickey is now shown a photo of a Nazi named the Butcher of Lodz, who is a dead ringer for the creepy paramedic who whisked his father's body away the day of the accident. The owner of the photo is an Auschwitz survivor and eccentric neighbor known as the "Bat Lady," so when her house burns down and she turns up missing, Mickey is sure it all has something to do with his father. In a parallel plot, Mickey's classmate Rachel is wounded and her mother shot and killed at their home, by unknown assailants. Mickey's busy sports-agent guardian, Uncle Myron, is more focused on Mickey's chances of making the school basketball team than on answering questions about his brother's death, leaving the teen and friends Ema and Spoon the opportunity to investigate Rachel's shooting. Pulled in many directions by a plethora of red herrings, including the random appearance of Abeona butterfly symbols, a beautiful movie star neighbor, and a shady character named Shaved Head, it is clear that many contrivances will be needed to tie everything together. Action-loving readers, however, will enjoy the page-turning intrigue offered up by this otherwise typical teen hero spawned from the author's "Myron Bolitar" series for adults.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.





Action packed would be an understated description for Coben's novel-the second spinoff of his bestselling Myron Bolitar series featuring 14-year-old Mickey Bolitar. Picking up where the last book left off, Mickey is stunned by the news, supplied by the town's mysterious and scary old crone, that his father, whom he saw die in a car crash, is still alive. Before Mickey can begin to digest this information, his girlfriend is shot in the head, he's interrogated by the police, threatened, trapped in a burning building, and terrorized by two hit men-all while making time to try out for his high school's basketball team. Narrator Nick Podehl turns in an inspired performance, lending a youthful voice to Mickey that captures all his teen angst, confusion, and impatience. Podehl also effectively renders the book's cast of characters, from the snarling, bullying police chief to the screechy little nerd named Spoon. Ages 12-up. A Putnam hardcover. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.





Barely recovered from the adventures of Shelter (2011), Mickey Bolitar plunges full force into his second mystery when classmate Rachel's skull is grazed by a bullet and her mother is killed. With the help of Ema, a feisty goth, and Spoon, a kid with Asperger's-like behavior, the high-school sleuth resolves to track down the shooter at all costs. Meanwhile, there are ongoing questions surrounding his father's death, the Abeona Shelter's secret mission to save children, and whom to trust. When not saving his town from murder and corruption and getting to know more about his sidekicks in the process, Mickey hopes to make his school's basketball team, just like his estranged uncle. His uncle's imparted advice ( There are always consequences to being a hero ) help direct the teen's choices and slowly heal their awkward relationship. Mickey's fast-paced, first-person narration won't disappoint his growing fan base. The satisfying conclusion leaves enough open-ended questions to continue this gripping series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The only question is whether Coben's adult megastardom crosses over to youth. Given the big author tour and print and TV ads, we're betting on it.--Leeper, Angela Copyright 2010 Booklist






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