You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin

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He's come to do a job.
A job that involves a body.
A body wrapped in duct tape found hanging from the goal posts at the end of the football field.

You Killed Wesley Payne
is a truly original and darkly hilarious update of classic pulp-noir, in which hard-boiled seventeen year-old Dalton Rev transfers to the mean hallways of Salt River High to take on the toughest case of his life. The question isn't whether Dalton's going to get paid. He always gets paid. Or whether he's gonna get the girl. He always (sometimes) gets the girl. The real question is whether Dalton Rev can outwit crooked cops and killer cliques in time to solve the mystery of "The Body" before it solves him.

Sean Beaudoin (Going Nowhere Faster, Fade to Blue) evokes the distinctive voices of legendary crime/noir authors Dashiell Hammett and Jim Thompson with a little bit of Mean Girls and Heathers thrown in for good measure. It'll tease you, please you, and never ever leave you. Actually, that's not true. It's only a book. One that's going to suck you in, spit you out, and make you shake hands with the devil. Probably.
 

About Sean Beaudoin

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Sean Beaudoin is the author of three cutting-edge young adult novels, including You Killed Wesley Payne. The Infects is his first novel with Candlewick Press. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
 
Published February 1, 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 366 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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They add to Beaudoin’s ambitious, sharply scoped gumshoe universe, the complexity of which often overwhelms the plot and may leave many readers scratching their heads and leafing back to previous chapters to uncover who-did-what-when—though it’s so adeptly constructed one might legitimately wonde...

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Tampa Bay Times

This time he has picked up a job at Salt River High School, where Wesley Payne, a popular geek, has been murdered.

Apr 23 2011 | Read Full Review of You Killed Wesley Payne

Portland Book Review

Even Inference, the principal, and her band of Fack Cult T are wrapped up in Sean Beaudoin’s entertaining and enjoyable young adult crime noir novel, You Killed Wesley Payne.

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Rated the book as 4.5 out of 5