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Running Girl [Kindle Edition]

Simon Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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"A superb crime thriller" (The Bookseller)

"Resourcefulness, logic, humour and suspense - this book has the lot!" (Charlotte Norman, Waterstone's Bath Waterstone' website)

"A fantastic book with examples of the best and worst of human nature, and everything in between." (Clare Maltby The Bookseller)

"Schoolboy sleuth Garvie is hugely appealing in a nihilistic sort of way (think Lisbeth Salander or Jesse Pinkman) . . ." (Charlotte Norman, Waterstone's Bath Waterstone's website)

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The first book in a fantastic new crime series for young adults (and adults) starring the elusive, laid-back, devastatingly attractive, Garvie Smith.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1580 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (2 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F5W7S2Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great character 14 Jan 2014
By Jonos
Format:Hardcover
This is a great read. One of those ideas where you think 'why didn't I think of this?' and bang your head against the table. Garvie Smith is a brilliant character - think cool and interesting like Jack Reacher. A page turning thriller but for teenagers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read more about Garvie Smith 29 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover
The mystery that gradually unfolds keeps you on the edge of your seat, but what makes the book special is the vividly drawn characters. I hope to read more about Garvie and the long-suffering DI Singh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and surprising 11 May 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great stuff! Running Girl is one of those books that you realise you want to read to the end from the moment you start reading. Having seen a cracking review of this book in Saturday's Guardian a few weeks ago, I bought it as a gift for a teenager but became intrigued enough by the central character, Garvie Smith, and his view of the world, to want to read it myself. So I did. Cover to cover. Rather quickly. And strictly speaking, therefore, I can't review this from a teenager's perspective as I have to admit to being a lot older than the teenage audience for whom the novel has clearly been written, but that didn't detract at all from the experience. On the contrary, I was wondering as I progressed whether there would be moments that would annoy or embarrass me, but none such moments happened. Mason keeps you on your toes with a steady stream of cliffhangers, multiple plot lines, red herrings, misleading clues and questionable loyalties, unfolding in a fast-paced narrative that manages to grip both when the action is happening thick and fast and you are seriously worried for Garvie Smith's safety, and also when Garvie is succumbing to a state of teenage paralysis and his long-suffering mother is once again unable to get him out of his bed.

Garvie is maddening and endearing, flippant and serious, funny and annoying, and smarter than all the adults around him, which of course is how all the best teenagers are! He's a good character. Garvie Smith strikes me as the sort of character we may well see more of. I must admit, I do hope so.

And now? Well, I am going to keep my copy of Running Girl on my own bookshelves and buy another one for the person I originally intended it for. Top marks Mr Mason!
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By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
There have been teenage detectives before. But not always done well. Sometimes they can be precocious, annoying, unrealistic. I would argue that Garvie Smith can be pretty annoying, but in a rather cool-and-misunderstood anti-hero type-of-way.

He's not Junior Bond. He's not Alex Rider. Garvie is a pretty normal teenager, lazy and anti-authority, cheeky and nosey. He does also happen to have a photographic memory, the highest IQ ever seen at his school, and a mind that channels Sherlock Holmes and Jonathan Creek.

This book rests on the believability and likeability of Garvie. He is placed smack in the middle of a Holmesian mystery when a girl from his school out running goes missing and is later discovered dead. Refusing to get out of bed to revise for his exams, to the frustration of his mother, a nurse, Garvie is galvanised into action to investigate the mystery. Much to the annoyance of the policeman in charge of the investigation, for whom Garvie keeps turning up like a bad penny.

And there's a great future twosome in children's literature here, as this is destined to be the first in a series. DI Singh is young, with a lot to prove to his superiors breathing down his neck. He's competent but restrained and not at all happy about the teenager who constantly seems to show up and know more about the case than he does. Their relationship grows and changes through the book and isn't just a straight man/funny man partnership. It will develop. Singh is also a great creation for YA fiction - it's not often we see Sikh policemen. Mason takes care to mention his bullet-proof turban, his prayers, tenets of his faith that flesh him out. Singh and Garvie start out as antagonists but by the end you can see much more mutual respect.

And the murder itself.
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