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Traces: Framed! (Traces: Luke Harding, Forensic Investigator) [Paperback]

Malcolm Rose
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21 Feb 2005 Traces: Luke Harding, Forensic Investigator
When there's a murder mystery to solve, The Authorities send in their top forensic team. Luke Harding runs fast, thinks even quicker and has the best detective instincts around. His right-hand robot is Malc, equipped with lasers, scanners and technology for finding clues at the toughest of crime scenes. Together, Luke and Malc have the talent to crack any crime - and a good joke, too. Welcome to the thrilling parallel world of Traces. Aged just 16, Luke Harding is the youngest person ever to qualify as a Forensic Investigator. Luke has barely had time to celebrate when Malc, his robotic sidekick, calls him to their first case. A student has been mysteriously shot dead with an arrow. An elusive killer is at large and all the evidence points to Luke himself...


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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd; First Edition edition (21 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753410494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753410493
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have one simple method of writing. I set out with the basic idea, the main characters and an exciting opening scene in my mind. Then I start to write and see what happens. The plot is totally flexible. I don't know the ending or the middle. I write my characters into situations and then watch how they react and get out of them. That way, rather than knowing where I'm headed and force my characters to go there, they decide. For me, the end result is more natural and unforced. I don't know who will survive and who will not, whether it will be happy or sad. Also, it's great fun for me, like the reader, to find out what's going to happen. It encourages me to keep thinking and writing because I really want to learn the ending.

I used to be told off at school for daydreaming. Now, as a fiction writer, I make my living from it! Turning daydreams into stories began while I was studying chemistry at university. It allowed me to be anyone, go anywhere and do anything. In my imagination, I am a devious murderer, a great musician, the best footballer, the world's leading detective, a very bright girl, and many other characters.

I write only about topics that make me passionate. That might be because I really like or really loathe them. I am inspired by things I like (science, medicine, nature, music, football, etc), and angered by things I dislike (the corrupting effect of money and politics, racism, bullying, cruelty, etc). I often get ideas by looking through newspapers and science magazines. There's a weird and wonderful - and sometimes horrible - world out there with plenty of inspiration for a writer.

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CSI meets SciFi – a deft, smart mix of murder, mystery and future mayhem. -- Graham Marks - Children's Editor, Publishing News

This is fast-moving storytelling in true thriller tradition, with enough subtext to leave a perceptive reader thinking. -- Jan Marks, Times Educational Supplement, March 4th 2005

About the Author

Malcolm Rose has written 22 novels for older children. A former professor of chemistry, he is a well-known crime and thriller writer. Malcolm has won many awards over the years including the Angus Book Award (Tunnel Vision) and the Lancashire Book of the Year Award 2001 (Plague). He has also been included several times in the annual Book Trust 100 best books for children. In the US he was shortlisted for the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award (The Highest Form of Killing) in the category of best novel for young persons. Malcolm lives in Sheffield.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely 'thrilling.' 10 April 2005
Format:Paperback
I loved this book! Absolutely loved it! I cannot describe how brilliant it is. Packed full of suspense, intrigue, conflict, hate, murders. This has to be the best book I've read this year! It's going to be a classic! I can't wait to read 'Lost Bullet.' So don't even think about getting 'Framed', just go out and get it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fandabbidoo! 23 Jan 2006
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Format:Paperback
This book it amazing!
It's about this 16 year old guy, called Luke Harding, who is a forensic investigator. And he has this little robot mobile thing called Malc which is incredibly helpful. but basically they solve all these murders! its a great Who-Dunnit, but even if you are hopeless, its a great read anyway!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely BRILLIANT 28 Oct 2007
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I've read a lot of books and the traces series are right up there. i loved this book, absolutely amazing and very well written. 'The Jem Star' by Karen Drury is another brilliant book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good and certainly worth reading 6 Sep 2005
By Team LitPick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In a futuristic Britain, Luke Harding is the youngest Forensic Investigator ever. On the day he is certified, Luke is assigned to a case that is too close to home. A student at the school he attends is murdered with an arrow, and the only fingerprints on the arrow are Luke's! With his robotic sidekick, Malc, Luke is equipped with everything he needs to deal with a world where people are `paired', cats and dogs are all but extinct, and people with white skin are jeered and teased. Luke must prove himself innocent of the series of murders that all point to him.

I enjoyed the book. Malcom Rose is clearly qualified to write the book, as he is a forensic teacher. The scientific facts are laced masterfully with an entertaining story. The only thing that the story lacks is character emotions. Though the development is fine, and we know exactly the disposition of each character, the feelings of the character leave a bit to be desired. All in all, the book is very good and certainly worth reading.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusually amazing 20 May 2014
By Giaxo Giaxo17 - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not a fan of mystery books
In fact, this is the first mystery book that I have actually enjoyed.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Forensic Adventure 29 Sep 2005
By Leslie Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have to say this is one of my favorite books. Framed is a fictional story about a 16-year-old forensic investigator, the youngest in his time. This book combines the normal adventure storyline with forensic sparks. I personally enjoy the combination of the two fields. Malcolm's book will keep you guessing the whole time. He leads you along an exciting tale, not letting you know who did it until the very end.

I ended up trying to skip classes to read this book. I hope he comes out with many more stories.

I would recommend this book to any of you who love mysteries with some journey. If you like problems you should adore this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Framed 29 Sep 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
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This book named Framed (Traces), is a wounderful book. It is about a kid name Luke, who is a forensic invesigator. He passes all of his tests. One day a boy name Crispin , bu his nickname is Crispy. He gets killed with a bow and arrow, when he was leaving his quaters, he got stabed. So now Luk has to investigate, on how Crispy dies.

Ever since Igot his book, I started to like it, and

I am not much of a reader. And if you are a person who likes a book that has challenging words, well this book is for you. The first day I got this book, I got to the 4th chapter. If you ever see this book on the shelf pick it up.
5.0 out of 5 stars Framed 29 Sep 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book named Framed (Traces), is a wounderful book. It is about a kid name Luke, who is a forensic invesigator. He passes all of his tests. One day a boy name Crispin , but his nickname is Crispy. He gets killed with a bow and arrow, when he was leaving his quaters. So now Luke has to investigate, on how Crispy dies.

Ever since I got this book, I started to like it, and

I am not much of a reader. And if you are a person who likes a book that has challenging words, well this book is for you. The first day I got this book, I got to the 4th chapter. If you ever see this book on the shelf pick it up.
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