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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (11 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935597329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935597322
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,505,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aric Davis is married with one daughter and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he has worked for the past fourteen years as a body piercer. A punk rock aficionado, Davis does anything he can to increase awareness of a good band. He likes weather cold enough to need a sweatshirt but not a coat, and friends who wear their hearts on their sleeves. In addition to reading and writing, he also enjoy roller coasters and hockey.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By The Kimi-Chan Experience VINE VOICE on 6 May 2011
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12 year old Nickel is as precocious as Artemis Fowl, and just as jaded, if not more. Having been betrayed by adults in one of the worst ways possible, this streetwise kid lives on his own, makes a living growing weed and managing the distribution of it, and catches wanna be paedophiles (blackmailing them for money and turning them into the FBI anyway!). It is into his twilight fringe world that we accompany him on perhaps his riskiest venture yet. When a 12 year old girl goes missing, her older sister contacts the shadowy Nickel to come to her aid. Her parents think she ran away, but her sister Arrow is certain there is something else afoot. With his own sordid past and a deep seated need to avenge himself and fellow foster children who suffered at the hands of those who were supposed to care for them, Nickel accepts the case. Soon he is knee deep in troubles as this case forces him to rely not only on his own wits, but the few adults he can trust, all the while juggling other cases and his little side enterprises.

While Nickel is only 12 and the other protagonists are by and large under the age of 16, the nature of Nickel's activities and the depictions of sex related crimes make this a title decidedly for the over 15's. As an adult I found understanding Nickel's childlike emotions and growing self awareness as he experiences the first flush of his own approaching manhood, while as a parent I found myself horrified at his living conditions, the criminal acts perpetuated upon the children in the novel, and exasperation at the all too familiar common self-centredness of others. It did not fail to keep my attention, and I actually finished this in one sitting. One hopes that this is not Nickel's last case, and that we meet him again as he grows up and hopefully turns the tables on bad guys in ways that would have the Home Alone kid green with envy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Bond VINE VOICE on 15 April 2011
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Though a childrens book, with very clear entertainment agenda's, I found this to be an enjoyable read. Well structured and with just enough tongue in cheek humour to keep me interested. I'd not recommend this to an early teen, maybe someone aged 14 to 17 would really enjoy it.

Nickel is one eight Neo, one eight James Bond, one eight the A-Team and the rest is pure Columbo.

The read is very American, but no contemporary reader would struggle with this. I'm sure this will be a film sooner or later, jump in now and say "I read that in 2011".
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rosslock VINE VOICE on 14 April 2011
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As an adult, I found this book quite enjoyable. It is written in typical 'hard-boil' style, and moves along at a nice pace. It is not a thriller of the 'cliff hanger or twist at the end' style, it is quite a straightforward story.
However, I did find it difficult to relate the main voice narrative (it is written in 1st person) to a 12 year old boy. I understand this is an exceptional boy, one who has seen and experienced lots of trauma in his short life so far, but still I found the voice too mature.
From an story line perspective, it is quite entertaining, but it also deals with some pretty dark issues, and therefore not something I would recommend for a pre-15 year old audience.
Lastly - and this is more of a general comment - unfortunately the internet has now given authors a tool to use that replaces hard craft. What I mean is that whenever Nickel needs some information he just jumps on the internet, and hey presto - all he needs is there. I have seen this in other books as well, and I do see this as a slightly lazy way of overcoming the challenge of research and investigation. I am quite well versed in all things internet, but would struggle to mine for information quite as easily as Nickel does.

But all-in-all an entertaining read....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 12 April 2011
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Having spent his life in a series of abusive foster homes, and endured the death of the only foster father who cared for him, 12 year old Nickel knows what it takes to survive. Now he lives off the grid, earning money by blackmailing the paedophiles who prey on internet chat lines, taking on private investigation cases and selling marijuana to high school teens. It's a lonely life, but a necessary one to avoid the attention of the authorities who'll drag him back into the system he despises.

When 14 year-old Arrow asks for his help in finding her younger sister Shelby, who's gone missing, Nickel takes on the case for free. The police have written off Shelby as a run-away but Nickel knows that darker forces are at play. Soon he finds himself embroiled in a violent world where children are sold on the black market and men will stop at nothing to keep their secrets. Nickel will need all his survival skills if he's to make it out alive, let alone find the girl ...

Aric Davis's novel is a dark and gritty YA noir thriller with a hero who reads as a cross between Philip Marlow and Alex Ryder. Nickel has a wonderfully world weary voice - tough, savvy and cynical about the failings of the world, but there's also a loneliness about him and for all his self-sufficiency he needs someone in his life, which is partly why he's so drawn to the older Arrow, a classic woman in peril who badly needs his help.

I did have some quibbles about the story e.g. the way the police dismiss the disappearance of an 11 year old girl as a runaway is a bit too convenient.
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