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The Resource Blacklands, by Belinda Bauer

Blacklands, by Belinda Bauer

Label
Blacklands
Title
Blacklands
Statement of responsibility
by Belinda Bauer
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Steven Lamb is an unhappy 12-year-old boy who lives with his mother, grandmother and five-year-old brother in Shipcolt, Somerset. Steven's grandmother is still haunted by the disappearance and suspected murder of her 11-year-old son, Billy, 19 years earlier. The authorities assume Billy was killed by pedophile Arnold Avery, who was convicted of six counts of murder and is serving a life sentence in Longmoor prison. Determined to find Billy's remains, Steven has been methodically digging up the moor near his house. Frustrated by his lack of progress, he writes a letter to Avery asking for information, and so begins a cat-and-mouse game that will have dire consequences
Summary
Twelve-year-old Steven Lamb digs holes on Exmoor, hoping to find a body. Every day after school, while his classmates swap football stickers, Steven goes digging to lay to rest the ghost of the uncle he never knew, who disappeared aged eleven and is assumed to have fallen victim to the notorious serial killer Arnold Avery. Only Steven's Nan is not convinced her son is dead. She still waits for him to come home, standing bitter guard at the front window while her family fragments around her. Steven is determined to heal the widening cracks between them before it's too late. And if that means presenting his grandmother with the bones of her murdered son, he'll do it. So the boy takes the next logical step, carefully crafting a letter to Arnold Avery in prison. And there begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game between a desperate child and a bored serial killer.
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Tone
Writing style
Award
Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year, 2010.
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334930
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
Blacklands, by Belinda Bauer
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print ed.
Extent
383 p. (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410425218
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009054049
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781410425218
  • (OCoLC)495475495
Label
Blacklands, by Belinda Bauer
Publication
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print ed.
Extent
383 p. (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410425218
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009054049
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781410425218
  • (OCoLC)495475495

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