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Boy Kills Man [Hardcover]

Matt Whyman
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18 Mar 2004
Shorty and Alberto are best friends. They live in the poor district of Medellin, where music, money and soccer are the three things they worship. It's also an area where guns speak louder than words. Slowly the boys are drawn into a dark world of threats, kidnaps and hits - both of drugs and guns. Shorty stays on the sidelines, scared, but Alberto strides right in, confident he can stay in control. But he can't and he doesn't, and soon Shorty is searching for his missing friend - and if that means picking up a gun, he'll do it...

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (18 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340881941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340881941
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,858,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Whyman is a bestselling author who has written widely for all ages across a range of subjects - in fiction, advice and memoir. His adult books include Man or Mouse, Columbia Road, Oink! My Life With Minipigs (published in paperback as Pig in the Middle), and Walking with Sausage Dogs (Hodder). For teens, he is the author of Superhuman, Unzipped, XY:100, Boy Kills Man, The Wild (Hodder), the So Below trilogy, Inside the Cage, Goldstrike (Simon & Schuster), The Savages & American Savage (Hot Key Books).

Co-writing with Michelle Misra, under the pen name of Jack Carson, Matt is responsible for the Battle Champions action series for younger readers (Simon & Schuster). He also writes as the Carnegie-nominated mystery and suspense writer, Lazlo Strangolov, author of Feather & Bone and Tooth & Claw (Walker).

Matt is married with four children and lives in West Sussex, England.

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SUPERHUMAN: 'When I first opened Matt Whyman's novel, Superhuman, I knew it was a book with a difference. It wasn't just his descriptions, but the style. Matt Whyman has a very unique style of writing He writes as if he is really there, reviewing what's actually happening and writing about it. Also, I like Whyman's humour and wit, which he uses to great effect in his teenage story. He gets his characters across to you in an excellent way, with their looks, personality and actions. Overall, I think this is a book worth reading. I recommend this book to other young teenagers.' (Ben Grose - teenage reviewer for Red House.)

Unputdownable and unforgettable. (TIME OUT)

Based on real events, this is a shocking novel, guaranteed to have you spellbound. (The Times)

Brilliant, powerful and pitiful. (Hampstead and Highgate Express)

Boy Kills Man is a fantastic piece of writing... I've no doubt that boys will love it. (The Times)

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Too young to die - old enough to murder. When Shorty's friend, Alberto, disappears, his only option is to follow Alberto into the darkness of the Colombian underworld.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting, powerful and chilling. 30 Nov 2012
By Chingy
Format:Kindle Edition
A gripping tale about young lives drawn into a world of drugs, guns, crime and corruption. Boy Kills Man is a story that will stay with you long after thrilling and dramatic conclusion. A truly powerful novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the inevitability of death 22 Sep 2013
This is a story about inevitability.

A story which through the eyes of the narrator takes us into the barrios of Medellin, places where it is very unwise to venture without heavyweight protection. The narrator is the boy, a 12 year-old, short of stature but with a genuinely heavyweight, if slightly older, very good friend who looks out for him all the time.

By a quirk of happenstance the two boys unintentionally come to the aid of their local corner shopkeeper. This results in the older boy being given a gun to look after.

Of course, from this point, their lives are changed forever. To survive in the barrios you do what you have to do. Bodies abound, drug masters run the community with only one rule: defy me and you're dead. In these barrios youngsters are used as guns for hire, since, if caught, they are too young to prosecute.

So, we can see where all this will lead. The author paints a very believable picture of the grim lives which barely exist on what little money can be eked out, unless and until, they take the money for payment for pulling a trigger.

It's a story which has an inevitable ending. Indeed, pretty much everything surrounding the poor lives of the youngsters is inevitable. Where the author pulls a masterstroke is exactly how the inevitability pans out. I suspect very few readers will be prepared for the ending. The narrator tells it like it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 14 Dec 2012
By crispin
Amazing book with an ending I did not expect. This book has a gripping story line which drags you in. A must read .
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5.0 out of 5 stars hard tpo put down 3 Feb 2013
By pete123
Well written, a shocking insight into the lives of the children of a drug riddled city.
Based on fact it shows what some need to do to survive.
Highly recommended.
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