Thursday, December 30, 2010
BLANK CONFESSION by Pete Hautman
Although Shayne and Mikey have only been friends for a week, they are both involved in a murder investigation. One of them has confessed, but is he really the guilty one?
Shayne describes Mikey as a "dink." Combine Mikey's tiny stature and the odd thrift store suits he wears to school every day, and you have a bully magnet. Their friendship begins on Shayne's first day in the high school when he comes to Mikey's rescue. The two couldn't be more different, but a tight bond between them soon forms.
Readers learn the short history of this unusual friendship when Shayne confesses to murdering a high school tough guy named Jon Brande. Mikey fills in the back story as he explains his accidental involvement in Jon's drug distribution ring and his sister's current fascination with "bad boys." Shayne's role in the story is revealed in his drawn out confession to Detective George Rawls. Together the two parts of the story intertwine to reveal each character's weaknesses and secrets.
Author Pete Hautman always seems to give his tales an unusual twist, and BLANK CONFESSION is no exception. This fast read will satisfy his many fans and probably earn him some new ones. If you are looking for something a bit different to kick off a new year of reading, try BLANK CONFESSION.