Kill Switch by Chris Lynch

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A gripping account of espionage and loyalty that Booklist calls “a compact, frayed-nerves bundle of brilliance,” from National Book Award Finalist Chris Lynch.

All Daniel wants to do is spend one last summer with his grandfather before he moves away for college and his grandfather’s dementia pulls them apart. But when his dear old Da starts to let things slip about the job he used to hold—people he’s killed, countries he’s overthrown—old work “friends” show up to make sure he stays quiet. Was his grandfather really involved in a world of assassinations and coups, or are the stories just delusions of a crumbling mind? On the run from the police (and possibly something worse) before he has time to find out, Daniel may have to sacrifice everything to protect his grandfather from those who would do him harm.

About Chris Lynch

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Chris Lynch is the author of numerous acclaimed books for middle-grade and teen readers, including the Cyberia series and the National Book Award finalist Inexcusable. He teaches in the Lesley University creative writing MFA program, and divides his time between Massachusetts and Scotland.
Published April 17, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 178 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Apr 30 2012

The narrative's meandering style and emphasis on emotional undercurrents over plot may perplex readers expecting a spy thriller, but in exchange, Lynch creates a suspenseful exploration of human relationships and the capacity to commit acts of brutality.

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The Book Babe

Jun 13 2012

One thing I really like was the running from the law aspect, because as you know, I completely dig that in a book.

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In Bed With Books

Below average
Reviewed by Liviania on Apr 27 2012

It was a pleasant diversion, a clever merging of the family drama and action thriller genres. But it was a bit too abrupt to really get under my skin.

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Reviewed by Booklover on Apr 22 2012

Don’t read the back of this book, just buy it and enjoy the ride.

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