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Shredder    by Niall Leonard order for
by Niall Leonard
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Delacorte, 2015 (2015)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Niall Leonard continues his series for older teens (and adult mystery readers) that began with Crusher and continued in Incinerator. It just keeps on getting better.

The series protagonist is the dyslexic yet very enterprising young Finn 'Crusher' Maguire. In the first episode, he was suspected of his beloved father's murder. He was betrayed by the mother who had deserted them years before and also by teen Zoe. He met a crime boss, the Guvnor, uncovered a ring of sex traffickers, and inherited a small fortune.

In the second episode he was betrayed by his lawyer (notice a theme here?), and helped by Zoe, for whom he still cares deeply. He survived multiple arson attempts, turned up a human trafficking ring, and met the man in charge, the Turk, who threatened Zoe and demanded that Finn arrange a meeting for him with the Guvnor.

As Shredder opens, Finn warns Zoe of the danger she's in and they consult the only cop Finn trusts - Amobi who's with the National Crime Agency. He puts Zoe in protective custody, while Finn seeks out the Guvnor and arranges the meet. It's a massacre, but not of the Turk's forces. The Guvnor keeps Finn close.

Meanwhile someone is leaking information on terrorist plans to the authorities. Zoe is endangered once more and betrayals continue like a falling pile of dominoes. Finn finds a bomb factory, starts a riot, blackmails the authorities, and heads for Spain and a violent grand finale. And he's offered a job.

The series is gripping, fast-paced, with constant action and surprises - and betrayals - around every corner. I can't wait for more!

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