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Dead Investigation by Charlie Price
Review by Gayle Surrette
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0374302278
Date: 20 October 2015 List Price $17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Murray Kiefer is a high school student with lots of problems. He thinks he's crazy but would prefer not to know for sure. He lives in the tool shed of a cemetery, which is good for him because he can talk to dead people and some of his best friends live in the cemetery. He just doesn't feel comfortable with people -- living people that is, especially Pearl, the daughter of Janocheck who runs the cemetery.

Pearl is fascinated by Murray's abilities and wants to run tests to see what he's capable of and doesn't seem to understand that his abilities scare him. She thinks he's a clairvoyant. Once she learns that he's hearing the voices of the dead just outside the fence on the far side of the cemetery, she won't rest until they go check it out.

Meanwhile, homeless people are disappearing and Deputy Roman Gates and Deputy Faraday of the Riverton Police Department are assigned to find out what's happening to the missing homeless people. Astute readers will anticipate that these two plot threads are going to somehow merge -- so it is no surprise when they do.

This is not just a simple case and before it gets solved there's enough tension to keep the pages turning as you hope that these two young people manage to stay out of the way of the police and the killers. On the other hand, there's more going on than just missing homeless. Much more, and some very powerful people don't want their secrets getting out.

A well done mystery, with the paranormal thread interesting and helpful to define the initial conditions, but not a substitute for the police investigation that is required to actually discover the information needed to get justice for the dead.

It appears this is the second book in a series and you can read it without having read the previous book.

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