Private detective Dave Strickland uncovers a variety of suspects in Azalea, California, when he investigates the disappearance of Billy Bauer, the son of the local pastor and a victim of Tourette's syndrome
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This absorbing first novel asks how much people should depend on God for guidance and protection during crises. San Jose private detective Dave Strickland, a lapsed Christian since his infant's crib death and his wife's suicide, is asked to find Billy, a Tourette's syndrome victim and the son of the Reverend Bauer. Strickland travels to Azalea, a small community where some of the church members view Billy's Tourette's-induced swearing fits as blasphemy rather than as the product of a mental disease. The detective cuts through the rife prejudice and ignorance to discover Billy's friends as well as Bauer's enemies. The reverend and his wife reluctantly help Strickland then shun him, saying that their faith should be enough to find Billy. But when they receive a ransom note, they allow him to coordinate the transfer of money. After Billy's body is found in a nearby lake, Strickland must track down the killer. Throughout, Davis traces the bond created between fundamentalists and nonbelievers by their love for their children. Mysterious Book Club alternate.
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YA-- Reverend Bauer's five-year-old son, Billy, has disappeared. The child suffers from Tourette's syndrome, a condition that causes him to twitch uncontrollably and scream obscenities. Dave Strickland, the private detective hired to locate him, has lost his own child to crib death and his grieving wife to suicide. Dave comes to the small community of Azalea, California, and quickly becomes involved with its residents, their secrets and, in some cases, their resentment toward their religious leader. The theological discussions between Dave and Bauer move the plot along and give great insight into each of the characters. This is a fast-moving mystery as Dave searches for Billy's abductors and then, sadly, his murderers. The ending is one that readers may suspect, but won't want to believe.
- Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Secondary School
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Book Description Walker & Co, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0802732054