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Shadowmaker [Paperback]

Joan Lowery Nixon
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June 1 1995
A combination of a mystery killing and the toxic waste industry.

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From Publishers Weekly

Katie and her mom have come to Kluney, Tex., to escape trouble for a while, but trouble seems to be lurking around every corner. In her career as an investigative reporter, Katie's mom has run afoul of those who don't appreciate her efforts to bring to light the illegal dumping of certain toxic wastes, and now Katie, missing her city friends and ballet lessons, unwillingly finds herself involved in a puzzle of her own--the disappearance of the only girl to have befriended her. In her usual taut, thrillingly grim style, Nixon merges mystery with moral outrage and stand-taking; she develops parallel mother-daughter investigations deftly, allowing the mysteries to intersect momentarily and then dart off on separate paths. Strong female characters deliver a mandate to question authority and to adhere to personal convictions, even in the face of threats and ridicule. Affecting and fast-paced, this mystery delivers just the right amount of shivers to satisfy without eclipsing its message. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1994 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-Eve Gillian takes a leave of absence from her job as an investigative reporter to write a novel, and she and her teenaged daughter, Katie, settle temporarily in a small, Texas seaside town. Threatening letters and spooky nighttime visitors keep mother and daughter on edge; the local sheriff isn't sympathetic; Katie begrudges leaving her Houston high school; and the townspeople fear for their jobs at the local waste disposal plant once Eve starts poking around. Then two people are murdered, and Katie uncovers a cabal of teenaged boys dedicated to petty and not-so-petty crime. A few scenes are suspenseful, but overall the mystery just isn't very mysterious. The characters are flat, except for the pitiful murdered girl so desperate for attention, and the villain isn't very ominous. The workings of the plot are too transparent and the red herrings too red. The setting is surprisingly generic and lacks a convincing sense of place. Nixon has a long string of suspenseful page-turners, but Shadowmaker is, unfortunately, not one of her stronger efforts.
Kathy Fritts, Jesuit High School, Portland, OR
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you are a person who loves bonechilling mysteries with terror and suspense, you'll really love this book. Once you read one of Joan Lowery Nixon's books, you can't stop. This one in particular was probobly her best. In this book she gives you all the details, all the clues, all the suspects, and a surprising and frightful end. You can not put this book down, any spare time you have is definitely going to be spent reading this book. One word of caution: do not read "Shadowmaker" in bed at night. It's so good and so nerve-racking it made me sleep with the door open and the lights on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Feb. 19 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I rate this book five stars because of its great mystery. The book is about a daughter and her mom. The mom was a journalist, she was the one who mostly started the mystery. One night Katie ( the daughter) heard some noises coming fom outside, she got out of bed to see who or what it was. If you want to know who or what it was read the book Shadowmaker. The part I like in the book is when Katie heard the noises because I like the temptation of wanting to know what will happen. What I didn't like is the book moved alone to slow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best mystery of all times! Jan. 10 2000
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Format:School & Library Binding
A mystery that you will not be able to put down. It is about a girl, Katie, who's mom wants to write a novel and moves from Houston to Texas. Katies mom is also a reporter for the newspaper. When they are all settled in at Houston, they notice people prowling around their yard at night. They call the police more than once and they are never able to catch the shadowmakers. One night, Katie gets news about her friend who was murdered. Who murdered Lana Jean? Read this to find out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best mystery of all times! Jan. 10 2000
By A Customer
Format:School & Library Binding
A mystery that you will not be able to put down. It is about a girl, Katie, who's mom wants to write a novel and moves from Houston to Texas. Katies mom is also a reporter for the newspaper. When they are all settled in at Houston, they notice people prowling around their yard at night. They call the police more than once and they are never able to catch the shadowmakers. One night, Katie gets news about her friend who was murdered. Who murdered Lana Jean? Read this to find out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars shadowmaker Feb. 22 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Katie and her mother move to Kluney for 6 months. Every single night someone comes and tries to break in. Even with the locks they still try to get in. When a carnival worker was killed her best friend turns up missing. The leader of Blitz ask her out. Then they find her friends body and her boyfriend starts wanting her friends journal the soil is btoxic outside of Kluney and her mom investigates that. All Katie wants to do is go home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Jan. 26 2001
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This book was emotional and phyciological book which twisted and turned you. It starts that Katie hates living in Kluney so when she and Lana Jean go to the carnival things happen. A carnival worker is killed, then Lana Jean is murdered. Katie's confused and along with her mother's investigations she doesn't know what to do. Nixon takes the book from there and weaves you into a believable story that could happen. A very good book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars book review for "Shadowmaker" Dec 1 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Katie Gillian and her Mother, a famous newspaper writer, move from Houston to a small town in texas. The family recieves threats and when a lot of crime starts happening in the town the girls get involved. I would recommend all of Joan lowery Nixon's book to anyone. I thought this was one of my favorite, but the ending was kind abrubt. One of my favorites was " Murdered, my sweet".
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of best book she has ever written!! Oct. 19 1999
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I think the way that Joan captured the pain that Katie and her mom went through living in this town was as if she was really living through as if it were her.And how she was able to describe the boys mischief and what they did to torment everyone.And how she put detail into all the murders. Out of all the books she has ever written i think this is the best in detail and in realism.
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