By Todd Ritter
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312622817, 368pp.)
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
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On the same night that Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, ten-year-old Charlie Olmstead jumped on his bike to see if there was some way he could get a better look. It was the last anyone ever saw of him. After Perry Hollow Police Chief Jim Campbell found Charlie's bike caught in the water above Sunset Falls, he assumed the worst. Everyone did--except Charlie's mother.
Years later, Eric Olmstead--now a famous author and Charlie's younger brother--has come back to Perry Hollow to bury his mother and fulfill her last request: Find Charlie. To do so, he goes to the current police chief, his former sweetheart, Kat Campbell, who happens to be Jim Campbell's daughter. Together they soon discover that Eric's mother was convinced Charlie was kidnapped, and that finding him--whether he was dead or alive--was her secret obsession. While she never succeeded, she did uncover clues that suggested he wasn't the only boy across Pennsylvania to vanish into thin air during that time.
The haunting story of a boy missing for forty years, and of a small town that found lies easier to believe than the truth, explodes into the present in "Bad Moon," Todd Ritter's excellent follow-up to his acclaimed debut.
TODD RITTER, author of Death Notice, is a career journalist and is currently at The Star-Ledger. He lives in suburban New Jersey. This is his second novel.