Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Michael Northrop Week: Gentlemen

Gentlemen by Michael Northrop

First, check out the cover. Because it's a good one.  You get a sense of creepiness, right?  And that is relevant in this gritty, dark, occasionally brutal story about Micheal (misspelled on his birth certificate), Tommy, Mixer, and Bones and how things start coming apart after one of them goes missing.

These guys are all in the remedial classes at school--no AP stars in this group. No over-achievers here. They are misfits.  They have their issues.  But their English teacher, Mr. Haberman, calls them gentlemen and is teaching Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment.  Though all the kids in school have given up on them, Haberman still seems to be trying to reach them. 

But when Tommy goes missing and Haberman starts acting really weird in class, the other guys begin to wonder if their teacher had something to do with Tommy's disappearance. If he did, what are they going to do about it?  A test of friendship, a test of morals, a test of life.  How will each of these friends measure up?  Once you start reading Gentlemen, you'll be hard-pressed to stop until you turn the last page and discover the chilling answers.  

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