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A gentle and wise old drifter wanders into a small Idaho town where he beguiles and befriends an impressionable young teenager, Mutt, the only person to defend him against charges of murder
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  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 206 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0152175261
  • 9780152175269

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With a big grin and a cloudy past, Chip rolls into town (Gold Fork, Idaho) on a mission of mercy, towing a broken-down car full of Mexican migrant laborers into Mutt Taggart's uncle's gas station. Soon Chip is a good friend of Mutt and Uncle Jess and a rival of the town big shot's son Ben for attractive Yolanda Echeverria. And so when "transient" Chip is arrested for killing Yolanda's father Sam, young Mutt enlists a girl assistant and launches his own private investigation. In the course of his sleuthing Mutt is chased through night roads (and off the road) by Ben, the likely real killer, and is presumed dead when Ben runs Mutt's "borrowed" tractor into the lake. This affords Mutt the chance for further investigation and for observing his own funeral, Tom Sawyer-style. Surprises click into place, coming thick and fast in the adeptly managed final unraveling, but though Ben isn't the killer there's never a doubt as to who the baddies are and who the true. A good, straight, old-fashioned adventure-mystery, with a loyal and venturesome boy hero and a nicely rendered Western background. (Kirkus Reviews)
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