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Unaccounted For by Nan Willard Cappo

Unaccounted For

by Nan Willard Cappo

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Very entertaining and well written. there is an obvious twist, but was not sure which way the writer would go. ( )
  sdrobert | Feb 21, 2012 |
Really enjoyed this book. Think it is a great Teen book because it has mystery, adventure, detective work, and is more "wholesome" than many of the books that are currently avaiable. I would highly recommend. ( )
  ccvaug | Jan 25, 2012 |
Milo Shoemaker's father is dead; a victim of a suicide. When he finds books on how to commit fraud in his father's library, Milo wonders if his father is a cheat as well as a coward. But could his father have been conducting his own investigation of the mighty Wolverine Motors? Milo takes a year off from college and finagles a job with Wolverine. His best friend, Zaffer, is also hired so the two spend the summer infiltrating the Company. The book offers an array of suspicious characters: the owner of the company, Alf Farnon, the chief controller, Gordon/George Pearce, the owner's beautiful daughter, Ellie. There are stake-outs, chases, and a thrilling show-down. The ending is unsettling: the good guys and the bad guys are not all that they seem.

As in Cappo's CHEATING LESSONS, this book is a study in shifting loyalties and murky ethics. Cappo adds Midwest, rust-belt culture with a light touch. Astute readers will catch Michigan references. A little slow to start, the book gathers steam and becomes a who-done-it of the finest order. ( )
  mjspear | Nov 28, 2011 |
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"Don't rule out murder."
"Murder!" Milo was startled into laughter. "By who?"
"Whoever he owed money to. Isn't it just as likely that whoever he owed killed him, as that he killed himself? Come on, Shoe. He had a lot to live for. " Zaffer shook his head in world-weary wisdom at Milo's naïveté. "Moscow rules, buddy."
  Zaffer ticked them off on his fingers. "Assume nothing. Keep your options open. Don't look back--you're never completely alone. Only the best spies made it out of Moscow." "I don't think my dad knew Moscow rules." Zaffer pointed a finger at him. "Exactly."
   Of all the scenarios Milo had imagined taking place the night his father died, murder wasn't one. Tim Shoemaker didn't have any enemies.... And Valeene wasn't Detroit. Murders in Valeene were about as common as Ferraris. And yet... murder would absolve his father of all kinds of sins. Sloppy driving, poor judgment, forgetfulness. Cowardice. Murder would give Milo someone to blame.
His spirits rose.    

(Description) The time is southeast Michigan, present day. The auto companies are sinking faster than an SUV off Luna Pier, and the job scene is the worst in America. But ever since his father hired on as an accountant at flourishing Wolverine Motors, Milo Shoemaker has felt like a winner. Then his dad drives over a cliff in the fog. Someone robs their house during the funeral. Did his father really die by accident? To find out, Milo passes up college to take a job at Wolverine, where he uncovers dangerous truths about business, heroes, and the boss's daughter. Maybe some secrets should remain... unaccounted for.

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