Theo thought the danger had passed, but he’s about to face off against an old adversary: accused murderer and fugitive Pete Duffy.
On a field trip to Washington, DC, Theo spots a familiar face on the Metro: Duffy, who jumped bail and was never seen again. Theo’s quick thinking helps bring Duffy back to Strattenburg to stand trial. But now that Duffy knows who he is, Theo is in greater danger than he’s ever been in before. Even when everything is on the line, Theodore Boone will stop at nothing to make sure a killer is brought to justice.
Genre: Middle Grade (or Young Adult)
Series: Theodore Boone, #5
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
This review was originally published on The Bluestocking Review, and the book provided courtesy of Writers Write.
The fifth instalment in the Theodore Boone series sees young Theo facing his most captivating case yet. A school field trip to Washington, D. C., turns into an FBI-led hunt for accused murderer Pete Duffy when Theo spots him on the subway. Once again, crime-obsessed Theo finds himself eye-deep in a dangerous situation, but he can’t seem to pull himself away. He knows that if this case goes to court, it will be down to him to ensure that the killer is put behind bars once and for all.
The Fugitive is a wonderful read for young adults seeking murder, mystery and mistrials. Grisham expertly deals with various current issues such as the death trial, undocumented workers and unreliable witnesses in a slightly simplified setting, but without insulting the intelligence of his readers. In Theo Boone, the “kid lawyer”, Grisham reintroduces the reluctant teen hero into serious young adult fiction, using him to set an example for his readers without seeming preachy or condescending.
Fast-paced and captivating, this is the perfect introduction to courtroom drama for younger readers.