Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Comier
Although this is a thin book (less than 200 pages), I promise it will leaving you thinking about if long after you’re done. Jason, who’s almost thirteen, is shy and has always been bullied at school. When his seven-year-old neighbor girl is murdered, he’s shocked and horrified. It’s especially scary because he was the last one known to have seen her alive. He wants to do whatever he can to help find her killer, so when the police come to his house, he tells them everything he knows. What Jason doesn’t realize is that Detective Trent has already decided in his mind that the teenager is the murderer. And Trent is known for getting confessions out of suspects, and in fact, has never failed to get one. The confrontation between these two at the climax of the book is terrifying, and shows what can happen when police pursue justice at any cost.
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to all readers. I could not get the ending out of my mind for day, and it made me wonder about how easy it is to manipulate young minds. It would be especially perfect for fans of television police procedural, like CSI:Miami and Law & Order.