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Title:
The man in the river
Author:
Duffy, James, 1923-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scribner's, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
165 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Twelve-year-old Sandy and ten-year-old Kate, whose father has become the town drunk, receive investigative help from a retired policewoman when their father drowns mysteriously in the river after beginning to make a new life for himself.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780684191614
Format :
Book

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Twelve-year-old Sandy and ten-year-old Kate, whose father has become the town drunk, receive investigative help from a retired policewoman when their father drowns mysteriously in the river after beginning to make a new life for himself.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. Agatha Bates, who so carefully pieced together the clues to Kate's kidnapping in Missing [BKL Mr 1 88], is involved with the Prescott family once more. This time their misfortune stems from the death of Mr. Prescott, whose alcoholism and abuse have resulted in a longtime separation from his family. It seems, however, that Mr. Prescott had reformed, at least according to his daughters, with whom he had reestablished contact. The circumstances of his death by drowning are unclear, but police theorize he had been drinking and slipped into the river. There are some oddities, however: a new $300,000 insurance policy and a strange note suggest all is not as it seems, prompting Agatha to make a closer examination. Duffy's choice of building the story around his characterization of Agatha as a shrewd, sensitive woman is a good one. Her motherliness is appealing, as is her low-key feminism; and, of course, she gets the job done. Mystery fans should enjoy this engaging, intelligent tale even if it seems that by using the Prescott girls as bait for the killer, Agatha plays things a bit too dangerously. Satisfying, nonetheless. --Denise Wilms


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-- A suspenseful, poignant tale. Twelve-year-old Sandy and ten-year-old Kate had just begun to reestablish a relationship with their father when he drowns mysteriously. He had recently given up drinking, started a new job, taken a renewed interest in his daughters--and taken out a hefty life insurance policy on himself. In this sequel to Missing (Scribners, 1988), Sandy and Kate again enlist the help of retired policewoman Agatha Bates, but the girls play a larger role in the story's solution. Agatha is a feisty old woman who benefits as much from the girls' friendship as they do from her attention. It is refreshing to have characters who are well adjusted, self-reliant, and happy despite their troubled family situation. A nice combination of realism and mystery, The Man in the River will appeal to a wide audience, and most readers will look forward to the trio's next adventure. --Jeanette Larson, Mesquite Public Library, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.