Three young people begin to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding a series of deaths at the Ministry of Defense. “The novel, set in England, moves quickly; the characters are developed fully; and the theme of chemical and biological warfare offers interesting subject matter for individual or group response. Rose captures the structure of the mystery well, builds strong emotional ties among the three primary characters, and provides a compelling theme for young adult readers.”-English Journal
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Malcolm Rose is the author of more than twenty-five novels for young adults. A former professor of chemistry, he is a well-known crime and thriller writer. Rose has won many awards over the years, including the Angus Book Award for "Tunnel Vision" and the Lancashire Book of the Year Award for "Plague". His first book in the Trace series, "Framed!", was selected as a 2006 Best International Book by the International Reading Association.From School Library Journal:
Grade 9 Up-- After animal-rights activists break into a high-security laboratory run by the British Ministry of Defense, mysterious deaths start occurring. Sylvia and her ex-boyfriend Mark find a body, suicide note, and a stolen vial of something called T42, while Sylvia's university advisor , Derek Thorne , coincidentally becomes involved when his sister is reported as having been killed in a car accident at a nearby beach, though no body is found. Sylvia, Mark, and Derek, determined to investigate the ensuing cover-up, discover that the Ministry has created a chemical weapon that can wipe out an entire city with a single drop. Their romantic triangle (Sylvia is now sleeping with Derek) complicates their actions and eventually leads to a rash and dangerous attempt to blackmail the authorities by threatening to release T42 on an unsuspecting public. This absorbing thriller has a good plot but weak characters; their actions and thoughts are presented but they never come to life as people readers will care about, and their physical descriptions are disconcertingly given several chapters after they have been introduced. The novel is very adult in tone. As its strong point is its entertaining plot, it might have been more successful as a screenplay than as a work of literature. --Lyle Blake Smythers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
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