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Secret, Silent Screams [Mass Market Paperback]

Joan Lowery Nixon
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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.

From School Library Journal

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.

From the Publisher

Is Barry's death the latest tragedy in a string of suicides at Farrington Park High School? Or is it murder? Marti is sure her friend Barry didn't take his own life, but no one will believe her except Police Officer Prescott. But opening an investigation takes time, and Marti is determined to find her friend's killer soon. Because even now he could be planning his next crime....

From AudioFile

Teenager Marti Lewis can't accept the coroner's ruling that her best friend's death was a suicide--the gun was found in Barry's right hand, but he was left-handed. The only person who is willing to listen to her theory is a young rookie cop, Karen. As they investigate, Marti learns that Barry's friends had a lot to hide, and she must uncover the whole truth before she becomes the next target. Alexandra O'Karma produces all the necessary emotions in this complex suspense--frustration, fear, and grief. Because the story was written over ten years ago, the pop musicians mentioned may not be among the favorites of today's teens. However, murder is timeless, and listeners can still relate to Marti's plight. K.M.D. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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