Dead Connection

Dead Connection

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Is Murray psychic? He talks to the dead and comforts them in their lonely graves, even as they provide solace for him--they are his best friends. When he hears a new voice in the cemetery, he's sure it's Nikki, the cheerleader who has been missing for months. But who will believe him? He's a loser. Can he even believe in himself?
Along comes Pearl, daughter of the cemetery caretaker, who befriends Murray and tries to enter his world. Together they may prove the astonishing possibility that Nikki is closer than anyone thinks.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 204.12g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0312379668
  • 9780312379667
  • 1,431,757

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"This superb debut novel concerns two very different individuals trying to discover the fate of a high school cheerleader who disappeared from a small California town. Even the people in supporting roles are extremely well developed, especially the cemetery caretaker and his daughter, both of whom play crucial roles in Murray's maturation. Readers will find themselves rooting for these characters."--"Publisher's Weekly," Starred Review "By delving into the adults' problems as they meld with the mystery of Nikki's disappearance, Price has given the book an adult veneer. Readers will like the edginess and be intrigued by the extrasensory elements as well as the darker turns the mystery takes. This is something different."--"Booklist" "There is a Crutcher-like sensibility in the balanced but unambiguous portrayals of adults--while some are brutal, negligent, and blameworthy, others show nothing but compassion and understanding for the kids that these former monsters have messed up. Amidst the damage, then, there is love and courage in this page-turning mystery with a supernatural twist."--"The Bulletin of the Center for "Children's Books""""
"What readers think they know is often challenged, and no neat resolution exists. Though the story ends in an unusual and slightly awkward fashion, the realistic complexities explored are ripe for discussion."--"Kirkus Reviews""" "Twists and turns in this multi-perspective mystery keep readers guessing, and the denouement is genuinely surprising."--"School Library Journal" (FOCUS)
"This will be an easy sell to mystery readers, and will have lots of appeal to those familiar with that genre only through television or movies."--"School Library Journal"
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About Charlie Price

Charlie Price is an executive coach and consultant, an avid reader, a pretty fair free-throw shooter, and a hopelessly addicted fly fisherman. His book Lizard People was inspired by his years of working with kids in at-risk schools, and mental institutions and psychiatric hospitals. He lives in Redding, California, with his family.
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Rating details

939 ratings
3.33 out of 5 stars
5 15% (137)
4 29% (276)
3 37% (344)
2 14% (132)
1 5% (50)

Our customer reviews

Murray is an outcast, who talks to the dead. He visits the cemetery every day to talk to his friends. He stays away from most living people until he meets Pearl, the graveyard caretaker\'s daughter. She finds him strange, but is also drawn to him. One afternoon, Murray hears a new voice. While he can hear her and sense her presence, he can\'t see her or talk to her. Meanwhile, the town scrambles to find out what happened to Nikki, a missing cheerleader. Murray and Pearl come to the conclusion that the new girl in the cemetery could be Nikki. Is it possible that they\'ve uncovered the biggest mystery in town? And if so, how can they tell someone who will listen to them and not think they\'re crazy? Broken up into short chapters, DEAD CONNECTION takes several character perspectives, letting the reader unravel the mystery. I recommend this one to reluctant readers and mystery more
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