Over the Edge

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9780061093678: Over the Edge

A Lesson In Evil

Bad things don't happen in Knollwood, an affluent, picture-perfect small town. At least not until a junior-high class trip to a state forest ends in the death of a revered teacher. Was it an accident, or something far more sinister?

No one in this tight-knit community seems to care except Meg Foley, the dead teacher's young replacement. Determined to find answers, Meg looks to the students--but if they know what happened, they aren't telling. Neither are their parents.

The deeper she probes, the more Meg unravels a tapestry of evil that goes far beyond this one death--and the more dangerous her situation becomes. Surrounded by enemies and running out of time, Meg turns to maverick police detective Dan Jarrett for help and protection. If they don't discover the truth fast, she just may be taking an involuntary leave of absence herself--permanently.

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Meg Foley's had three teaching jobs in the last four years, but when the comfortable, affluent suburban New Jersey school district offers her a post replacing a middle school teacher who died in a tragic accident, it looks as though she's finally found her niche. Her students--bright, motivated overachievers--are a far cry from the inner-city kids who were her last charges. But there's something going on in her classroom that worries her. Her eighth graders are keeping a secret about the way Mrs. Wilkens died, and when Meg tries to get to the bottom of it, bizarre things begin to happen. A stranger tries to push her car into the path of an oncoming truck; a pervert plays a sick joke on her; and a gang of marauding kids terrifies her. When Dan Jarrett, an L.A. cop who was her late father's partner, comes to her rescue, he's stonewalled, too--by the police chief whose grandson may be involved in Mrs. Wilkens' death, the principal and school board who want to cover it up, and especially the quiet little community that wants Jarrett and Foley to go back where they came from. The author is particularly skilled in evoking adolescent angst, and readers of this tidy little suspense novel will hope to encounter Dan Jarrett again in another outing by the author. --Jane Adams

About the Author:

Masterful author of A Hunting We Will Go, Hal Friedman delivers a dizzying, on-and-over-the-edge thriller about the heights of anger, the depths of violence, and the perilous trail of justice.

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