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Nat is an enormously likable protagonist. His decision to leave his small hometown in Colorado to attend Inverness College, an equally small but very prestigious liberal arts institution, will force him to question attitudes and ways of life he had always taken for granted. But such novelty can be disturbing as well as rewarding: when he meets fellow students Grace and Izzie Zorn, a pair of twins born with any number of silver spoons in their identically lovely mouths, Nat must struggle to reconcile their matter-of-fact acceptance of the omnipresence of money with his own frugal existence. Both dreamer and pragmatist, Nat immediately captures the reader's sympathy.
Abrahams frames Nat's growing awareness of the complexity of existence against the life and times of Freedy Knight, a thief, bodybuilder, and con artist for whom complexity means figuring out a method of acquiring both money and women. Freedy is Abrahams's masterpiece, and he plays with the convention of free indirect discourse to bring the reader right into Freedy's supremely self-satisfied and remarkably funny mind. After a stunning failure as a pool maintenance engineer in California--"Women liked brains, no getting around it. Brains meant sensitivity. For example, floating in the water near the filter was a little furry thing. 'Poor little fella,' you could say to some woman who happened to come by the pool. That was all it took: sensitivity. Combine that with the ripped part, the buff part, the diesel part--that bare-chested dude, wearing cut-offs and workboots, the skimmer held loose in his hands, was he himself, after all--and what did you have? The kind of dude women went crazy for, absolutely no denying that."--Freedy brings his arrogance and a powerful methamphetamine addiction back east. It's only a matter of time before his path and Nat's will cross.
When Freedy (searching for dorm room goodies to fence) and the Inverness trio both stumble upon the underground rooms of a long-gone secret society, and when his mother's unemployment means that Nat can no longer afford to stay at Inverness, greed, nonchalance, and fear unite. The three students are on a collision course with a desperately charismatic criminal; the twins' well-intentioned plan to keep Nat at Inverness by staging a kidnapping for ransom will go horribly awry. Nothing bad was supposed to happen: they were only crying wolf. Unfortunately, sometimes the wolf is real. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I love it when I have no idea where a book is going, which in a case like this is only possible if you don't read the blurb on the dust jacket. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2001 by Diane Davis
Have you ever seen a movie that felt like something was missing? Where you got the distinct feeling that something crucial was left on the cutting room floor? Read morePublished on July 17 2001 by Thomas A. Baker
This book really was not that exceptional, even from the beginning. But heck, I paid (price) for it, so I thought I would go ahead and finish it. That was a mistake. Read morePublished on June 3 2001 by T.F.H.
I'm not going to pretend to be an educated, experienced critic, but like 95% of you out there I enjoy a good book. Crying Wolf is not a good book. Read morePublished on March 24 2001 by Ideal Reader
...if they are still in high school, that is, but h.s. juniors will laugh out loud at how naive and pretentious this book is. Read morePublished on March 11 2001 by D. C. Carrad
In "Crying Wolf," Abrahams introduces to some really well-developed and interesting characters. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2000 by Michael Butts
I have read most of Peter Abrahams' books and was so excited to have this newest work to read. While he is still a good writer, this is not one his best. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2000 by V. Collins
This book is a victim of the author's previous works. Once you've read other offerings, you come to expect dynamic chacterization, a rock-'em-sock-'em pace along with a surprises... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2000 by Affaire de Coeur