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You Killed Wesley Payne
by Sean Beaudoin

This is my favorite hard-boiled teen fiction novel by virtue of it being the only hard-boiled teen fiction novel that I know of.  Beaudoin’s innovative whodunit introduces us to Dalton Rev, a high school student investigating the murder of classmate, Wesley Payne.  Gathering clues requires navigating the various cliques of Salt River High.  This is a humorous read that plays off many of the tropes of both YA and pulp fiction.  It’s highly disappointing, and almost inconceivable that this didn’t become a series, but in a way that’s also its most endearing quality.  You Killed Wesley Payne is the perfect, fun standalone to cleanse your palate before tackling that next big franchise.

Mike Fair
December 5, 2018
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