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This Stranger, My Father Paperback – Dec 1989


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Grade 7-10 After school one day, high- school freshman Patricia Meely finds her fathera middle-class steel mill worker who loves bowlingsurround ed by threatening-looking men in gray suits. These are FBI agents and U.S. Marshalls who apprehend Patty's fa ther, charging that he is a convicted spy who escaped from a federal penitentia ry nearly 20 years before and has been living under an assumed name. With her father arrested, and her own identity in question, Patty's world is turned inside-out, and she finds herself first in a depressing and restrictive foster home, then on the run with her own, now unfamiliar, father. This is a well- written, fast-paced, and involving sto ry, and readers should be drawn into Patty's moral dilemma and awkward new relationship with her father. Seem ingly surrounded by greedy U.S. Mar shalls, corrupt federal agents, and friends who are unwilling to stick their necks out on her behalf, Patty is cut adrift on the wrong side of the law with no friends, no family, no way back to innocence, and $88,000 of her father's dirty money. She demonstrates that she also can be daring, resourceful, and cunning, and in the end her moral di lemma remains unresolved, leaving readers wondering if this girl is a poor victim of circumstance or truly her fa ther's daughter. A few implausible de tailsthe ease with which Patty ob tains a driver's license and later learns instantly to ride a motorcycleand some confusing final scenes mar the ve racity of the story, but do not dull the excitement. Deborah Locke, West brook Library, Me.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fast Paced, Intriguing story Feb. 21 2000
By "carolyn5000" - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of my favorite books. It is completely absorbing and believable. The book stands out because its a psychological study of this girl and her father. Her father is really hard to figure out and I've read it a few times since and I still think its mysterious. I would highly recommend it if you like mysteries and sort of "on the run" stories.
It was very well written. June 14 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book was so exciting that I never put it down and then I recommended it to all my friends. Even they said that they liked it, and said they would recommend it to their friends. I don't think Hawks should write a sequel, though, because of the way he put it together. It would ruin the mystery.
It was great...I want a sequal! Dec 2 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
this book is a real joy i read it in a hour and i couldent put it down the entire time. i wish there was a sequal because hawks is a wonderful writer and a great story teller!
Please.....this is not a summary. Oct. 24 1999
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Does anyone know where i can get a complete biography of Robert Hawks!???? please say!! Email me miller_up@yahoo.com A.S.A.P.!!
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Fast Paced, Intriguing story Feb. 21 2000
By "carolyn5000" - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of my favorite books. It is completely absorbing and believable. The book stands out because its a psychological study of this girl and her father. Her father is really hard to figure out and I've read it a few times since and I still think its mysterious. I would highly recommend it if you like mysteries and sort of "on the run" stories.

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