Cold Springs by Rick Riordan

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
The Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony award-winning Rick Riordan delivers a spellbinding novel of a man on an edge so extreme that his fall will destroy not only him--but all that he holds dear.

Cold Springs

Chadwick’s life was balanced on a knife’s edge--his career, his marriage, his
relationship with his dangerously troubled daughter. And then one autumn night, the worst possible thing happened….

Now, a decade later, Chadwick’s heart is on the mend. Working for an old military buddy, he saves kids for a living, escorting troubled teens to a Texas wilderness school that specializes in the toughest brand of love.

Until he gets a phone call that threatens to shatter his new life.

Mallory Zedman is taking the same terrible path Chadwick’s own daughter once took. Defiant and out of control, Mallory is determined to destroy herself and anyone who tries to stop her. No sooner does Chadwick snatch her off the streets than he discovers she is wanted for questioning in a brutal murder--a slaying that seems directly linked to Chadwick’s past.To save Mallory, tough love will not be enough. Chadwick must find the truth behind the murder--and in doing so revisit the infidelities, shattered promises, and violent passions that cracked his world apart. And he must jeopardize the one thing he still has left to lose--a slim hope of redemption.

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About Rick Riordan

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Author Bio: Rick Riordan ( is the author of three different mythology-based series for Disney-Hyperion: the best-selling Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus series. The first book in the Kane Chronicles, The Red Pyramid, was a number 1 New York Times bestseller. The five books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series have sold millions of copies, been published in more than thirty countries, and inspired a major motion picture. Rick's novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.
Published April 29, 2003 by Bantam. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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A chance for expiation comes when Ann turns to Chadwick for help with Mallory, now an obstreperous teenager all too reminiscent of Katherine.

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Chadwick, who blames himself for Katherine's death (he was about to leave his wife for Ann Zedman, the woman who runs Laurel Heights), is a complex and interesting character, and the pressures on him are believable and absorbing—especially when Ann's daughter, Mallory, becomes a Cold Springs cand...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Roger Chadwick, a teacher at a small private school in California, lost his daughter Katherine to a drug overdose, very possibly an intentional one.

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Reviewing the Evidence

They are testing Katherine and themselves by going out for an evening with their friends, Ann and John Zedman, while Katherine remains at home babysitting 6-year-old Mallory Zedman.

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Chadwick transports troubled teenagers to a military-boot- camp-like school in the Texas wilderness that teaches the teens love and respect for themselves.

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