Based on the popular TV show Smallville, Gallagher's novel centers on a mysterious missile silo, potentially threatening to Smallville residents. Clark Kent is racing home from school one afternoon when he comes across an apparently choking farmer, whose eventual death is deemed to be from natural causes. Clark and his father harbor suspicions, though, albeit not identical ones. Clark's father believes that Lex Luthor's fertilizer plant had something to do with the death, while Clark thinks there is more to it. Clark's theory gains support when the investigator of the case turns up dead, along with a pile of rabbits in similar condition. Meanwhile, Sharon Farley, daughter of a scientist who is new in town, befriends Clark and Chloe to get on the staff of the school newspaper. She seems too keenly interested, though, which arouses Chloe's suspicion. The satisfying tale builds to an exciting climax that fans eagerly awaiting the start of Smallville's third season definitely will want to read. Kristine Huntley
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A mysterious death near an abandoned missile silo starts Clark searching for a new case of meteor mutation. But he doesn't know that underground, a scientist's meteor experiments are turning humans into murderous monsters. Original.