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  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (Dec 1 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440205395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440205395
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1.4 x 18 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,967,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Marti's best friend Barry is dead and nearly all the evidence indicates suicide. Marti has good reason to believe that Barry was murderedbut the only person who will listen to her is Karen, a sympathetic policewoman. Because Barry's death has become the focal point of a national awareness campaign about teenage suicide, almost everyone to whom Marti turns has a great deal at stake in believing that Barry took his own life. Even well-meaning adults discount Marti's accurate detective work. Undeterred, she and Karen conduct their own investigation, unmasking the murderer just as he is about to strike again. The gradual revelation of the details behind Barry's staged suicide creates an atmosphere of enthralling suspense, even for those who have already deduced the killer's identity. And the moral that accompanies Marti's difficult but courageous stand is just as satisfying as the intricate plot. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 7-10 High-school senior Marti Lewis' world comes to a shattering halt when her childhood friend Barry Logan supposedly puts a revolver to his head, apparently another in a series of suicides at her suburban high school in Texas. Only Marti believes that Barry was murdered. Enlisting the help of young police officer Karen Prescott, Marti tracks down Barry's killer, all the while not realizing that she is setting herself up as his next target. The book goes in two directionsone dealing with the problem of teen suicide and the other with Marti's murder investigation. It goes astray on both counts. There is some factual and theoretical thought on the symptoms and causes of teen suicide smattered throughout the story, but not enough to be helpful or informative to readers curious about the subject. Nixon also masterfully denigrates any person who might be considered as a source of help or accurate information. The guidance counselor is condescending and incompetent; the suicide psychologist pompous and self-serving; the police, except Karen, bungling and insensitive; the clergyman preoccupied with his campaign against rock music lyrics; and the parents well-meaning but ineffective. And since she doesn't provide any alternatives, Nixon makes the message clear that for young people in need of answers about suicide, there is no suitable confidant. As for the mystery aspect, readers who even dabble in the genre will find many flaws. The identity of the murderer leaps out within the early chapters of the book, and the heinousness of the crimes he commits far outweigh his motive. The inefficiency of police forces has long been fair game in mystery stories, but this group's disregard for the most elementary forensic data will grate on readers. Readers will find both the mystery and the discussion of teen suicide very run of the mill. Joanne Aswell, Long Valley Middle School, N.Y.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on March 27 2002
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Marti Lewis can't take the fact that her best friend, Barry Logan, killed himself. Being the next-door-neighbor she is, Marti goes to the police for help. Although everyone else who is grieving along with Marti is saying that Barry was in a string of suicides, Police Officer Karen Prescott has agreed to help her investigate. With such help, Marti has gone in depth and done her best to solve the case of her friend. In this mystery, you will be surprise by the ending, but you will also be frightened when the mystery unfolds itself.
An entrancing book to read! This book has fascinating me, and being a mystery, allowed me to think along with the character. I have read a few other Joan Lowery Nixon's mysteries, and so far, I think that this one is one of her very best. It captivated me into thinking whether Barry did kill himself or not. Not to mention how I was able to capture Marti's feelings, and feel the same way she did about her friend's murder and to solve the mystery that lay underneath it.
There have been a lot of exciting moments throughout this entire book, but for me, the most intense and thrilling one is when the murder arrives at Marti's house towards the end of the book. Marti is terrified, yet she has the power to fight him off, for not only is he planning to kill her, but that he has also killed Barry. During this moment, you can really imagine yourself hearing the shouts of anger coming from Marti. She has come face to face with the murder, and this is the only time she can come forward.
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By A Customer on Nov. 29 2000
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this book was outstanding I have never read a book like it. when i started to read it, it was interesting right from the start. it is really neat how a friend would stick up for one who has been accused of suicide. she doesn't believe that a friend who looked forward to life would kill himself. and to tell you the truth i don't think he would have done it either. i think the officer was really putting her heart into what she was trying to do for Marti. its really bad how she was called crazy and everyone didn't believe her and said she was in denial.i think was but she knew the truth. I theink this book was really good about trying to get everyone aware of the the warning signs of suicide. i think Marti is a real hero by finding out who killed her friend and stopping many more deaths from accuring.i would reccomend this book to anyone who likes mysteries even the slighest bit.
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By A Customer on Oct. 25 2000
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I never have a book that attack me this must. The book was well written. I mean was well explanation. At the beginning is not that attractive, but as I went further inside of it; I wouldn't want to stop reading it. What I said further that mean pass couple of pages. There's only one thing that the author should fix a little bit is the main plot to make the book more like real story. Even I was fiction. It will be interesting if the readers' doubt about the story is fiction or real. There was some point that doesn't make sense. For example: when after the death of Barry's, Marti, Barry's friend didn't believe that Barry's death was by suicides. She believed that Barry was murdered. Marti was spend every second of her time to find the proof; everything else was step aside, especially her schoolwork. I don't want to talk about the conclusion. SO my point is if Marti couldn't find out the truth, does that mean her whole life is going down to the drain? As a reader I would want to know the positive and negative conclusion, unless the writer want to me to wonder.
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By A Customer on March 10 2004
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What happens when your friend you've known your whole life turns up dead? The police say it was suicide but you know he was murdered. In a small town called Farrington Park, Marti Lewis has that same problem. After one of her best friends is murdered, she must prove to everyone. Everyone says she's wrong and that she's going through the denial phase of death. She goes to the police station and talks to them. Karen Prescott, a police officer, is the only one who will listen to her. Later, Marti soon finds out that instead of just investigating she will be fighting for her life.
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By A Customer on Dec 1 2002
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This book like all of Joan Lowery Nixon's books was a thriller. Although, I believe that this wasn't one of her best books. The ending , which I am not going to tell, is dissapointing. The suspense builds until the ending of the book, and all of a sudden THATS IT the books over. I feel that she needed more detal in this book in the manner that she needed feelings, character description, and plot description. Over all , this book was better then worse, it had some good suspense parts, and great characters. The plot was also so-so.
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Ms. Nixon kept me reading all during school and up into the night with this one! The story strats out with Marti, who second guesses the police and everyone who believes that her best frined, Barry, had killed himself. Th only person who will believe her, however, is a young police woman by the name of Officer Karen Prescott. They uncover clues with the odds against them, and finally bring justice to the one that caused so much pain into everyone's lives. If you have the chance to read this book, then by all means, READ IT!
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