When high school student Sheri disappears, the local community is devastated. Her boyfriend Anthony Shepherd, who’s been enjoying keeping on track with his homework, basketball, and hanging out with his friends, feels like his world is crumbling around him. He doesn’t know what to do, he doesn’t know how to cope. That’s until he meets Charlie Wolfe, a particularly resourceful teenager, and gets dragged along on their own private investigation of what has happened to Sheri.
It’s ironic that the back of the book says “They’re not the Hardy boys,” because that’s in one sense exactly what I would describe them as. I read a lot of Hardy boys when I was little, and this pulled me straight back to those happy memories. Anthony and Charlie are clever, funny, and to begin with they just aren’t quite sure if they like each other. There’s a lot of hilarious banter. But they get along, and they work so well together.
Counious and Gane’s writing is perfect. It’s never dull, though still detailed and complex, and it paints such a broad picture of everything that’s going on, while still driving the story. The pacing is excellent for a thriller. We hit the floor running and we’re off, but we still have time to take in the sights on the way there. It’s expertly done.
And the book is beautiful – I have the paperback – and the formatting and layout is really cool. It’s a nice little cherry on top of the excellent story.
To sum up, this is the kind of series you should get excited about. It’s something different. Shepherd and Wolfe’s adventures are hilarious and thrilling, dark but exciting. It’s a breath of fresh air. I wish I had these books around when I was a teenager. I’d be as much of a fan then as I am now.
Along Comes A Wolfe comes highly recommended from me. You won’t be able to stop.