Flash by Michael Cadnum

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When two teenage brothers bungle a bank robbery, their attempt to hide the evidence is witnessed—aurally—by Terrence, a legally blind neighbor. Terrence tells his girlfriend, Nina, and her brother, who then disappears with a handgun. Nina is afraid of what he might do to the brothers. But she also has every reason to fear what the brothers will do to Terrence.

Flash ingeniously interweaves the stories of two who are hellbent on a destructive path, two who stand in their way, and one whose actions may be the spark to set the whole thing off.


About Michael Cadnum

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MICHAEL CADNUM lives in Albany, California. He is the author of many acclaimed titles, including the medieval adventure The Book of the Lion, a National Book Award finalist.
Published June 15, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 240 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After a bungled bank robbery, Milton and Bruce Borchard drive off in a stolen Ford Taurus.

Dec 23 2010 | Read Full Review of Flash

Publishers Weekly

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Though Cadnum works in some powerful, resonant lines, the narrative's innate tension is lessened by a heavy reliance on authorial omniscience, an excess of unfulfilled plot lines, and an ending that slams to a halt.

Jul 12 2010 | Read Full Review of Flash


Two brothers plot a bank robbery that goes awry – the aftermath witnessed by their nearly blind neighbor, whose girlfriend’s brother has just returned from Iraq – for just an instant, each of these lives intersect.

Dec 26 2010 | Read Full Review of Flash

Chicago Tribune

Teenage brothers Milton and Bruce, long done with high school after graduating and dropping out, are in desperate need of some cash.

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