The Boy Detective Fails

The Boy Detective Fails

eBook - 2006
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Following the best-selling novel Hairstyles of the Damned (more than 100,000 copies sold) with a spectacular coming-of-age-30 tale, Joe Meno proves once again why he's the hottest indie author in America. Also check out Office Girl, Demons in the Spring, How the Hula Girl Sings, and Tender as Hellfire. In the twilight of a mysterious childhood full of wonder, Billy Argo, boy detective, is brokenhearted to find that his younger sister and crime-solving partner, Caroline, has committed suicide. Ten years later, Billy, age thirty, returns from an extended stay at St. Vitus' Hospital for the Mentally Ill to discover the world full of unimaginable strangeness: office buildings vanish without reason, small animals turn up without their heads, and cruel villains ride city buses to complete their evil schemes. Lost within this unwelcoming place, Billy finds the companionship of two lonely, extraordinary children, Effie and Gus Mumford?one a science fair genius, the other a charming, silent bully. With a nearly forgotten bravery, Billy treads from the unendurable boredom of a telemarketing job, stumbles into the awkward beauty of a desperate pickpocket named Penny Maple, and confronts the nearly impossible solution to the mystery of his sister's death. Along a path laden with hidden clues and codes that dare the reader to help Billy decipher the mysteries he encounters, the boy detective may learn the greatest secret of all: the necessity of the unknown.
Publisher: Chicago : Punk Planet Books, ©2006.
ISBN: 9781936070497
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Dec 31, 2014

As small children, Billy Argo hunted down clues to frontyard mysteries and solved neighborhood cases with his beloved sister, Caroline. But after Billy heads off to college, his sister, a disconnected goth, meets a tragic end by suicide. Billy is unable to believe his sister capable of such an act and as a result spends the next 10 years of his life in St. Vitus’ Hospital for the Mentally Ill. At the age of 30, Billy must now head out into the real world after the system has paid for enough electroshock therapy and counseling sessions. In The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno, Billy will venture forth on a quest to discover the truth about his sister’s death and the purpose of his own life.

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