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ALSO AVAILABLE FROM JOHN GRISHAM,Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer. JOHN GRISHAM,the abduction, DUTTON CHILDREN S BOOKS an imprint of Penguin Group USA Inc. DUTTON CHILDREN S BOOKS,A division of Penguin Young Readers Group. Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Group USA Inc 375 Hudson Street New York New. York 10014 U S A Penguin Group Canada 90 Eglinton Avenue East Suite 700 Toronto Ontario. M4P 2Y3 Canada a division of Pearson Penguin Canada Inc Penguin Books Ltd 80 Strand. London WC2R 0RL England Penguin Ireland 25 St Stephen s Green Dublin 2 Ireland a division. of Penguin Books Ltd Penguin Group Australia 250 Camberwell Road Camberwell Victoria. 3124 Australia a division of Pearson Australia Group Pty Ltd Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd 11. Community Centre Panchsheel Park New Delhi 110 017 India Penguin Group NZ 67 Apollo. Drive Rosedale Auckland 0632 New Zealand a division of Pearson New Zealand Ltd Penguin. Books South Africa Pty Ltd 24 Sturdee Avenue Rosebank Johannesburg 2196 South Africa. Penguin Books Ltd Registered Offices 80 Strand London WC2R 0RL England. This book is a work of fiction Names characters places and incidents are either the product of the. author s imagination or are used fictitiously and any resemblance to actual persons living or dead. business establishments events or locales is entirely coincidental. Copyright 2011 by Belfry Holdings Inc, All rights reserved No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by. any means electronic or mechanical including photocopying recording or any information storage. and retrieval system now known or to be invented without permission in writing from the publisher. except by a reviewer who wishes to quote brief passages in connection with a review written for. inclusion in a magazine newspaper or broadcast, The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or.
third party websites or their content,CIP Data is available. Published in the United States by Dutton Children s Books a division of Penguin Young Readers. 345 Hudson Street New York New York 10014 www penguin com youngreaders. Designed by Irene Vandervoort,Printed in USA First Edition. ISBN 9781101567722, Thewhenabduction of April Finnemore took place in the dead of night sometime between 9 15 p m. she last spoke with Theo Boone and 3 30 a m when her mother entered her bedroom and. realized she was gone The abduction appeared to have been rushed whoever took April did not. allow her to gather her things Her laptop was left behind Though her bedroom was fairly neat there. was some clothing strewn about which made it difficult to determine if she had been able to pack. Probably not the police thought Her toothbrush was still by the sink Her backpack was by her bed. Her pajamas were on the floor so she at least had been allowed to change Her mother when she. wasn t crying or ranting told the police that her daughter s favorite blue and white sweater was not. in the closet And April s favorite sneakers were gone too. The police soon dismissed the notion that she d simply run away There was no reason to run away. her mother assured them and she had not packed the things that would make such an escape. successful, A quick inspection of the home revealed no apparent break in The windows were all closed and. locked as were the three doors downstairs Whoever took April was careful enough to close the door. behind them and lock it on the way out After observing the scene and listening to Mrs Finnemore for. about an hour the police decided to have a talk with Theo Boone He was after all April s best. friend and they usually chatted by phone or online at night before going to sleep. At the Boone home the phone rang at 4 33 according to the digital clock next to the bed where the. parents slept Mr Woods Boone the lighter sleeper grabbed the phone while Mrs Marcella Boone. rolled over and began wondering who would call at such an hour When Mr Boone said Yes. Officer Mrs Boone really woke up and scrambled out of bed She listened to his end of the. conversation soon understood that it had something to do with April Finnemore and was really. confused when her husband said Sure Officer we can be over there in fifteen minutes He hung up. and she said What is it Woods, Apparently April s been abducted and the police would like to talk to Theo.
I doubt if he abducted her, Well if he s not upstairs in his room we may have a problem. He was upstairs in his room sound asleep undisturbed by the ringing of the phone As he threw on. blue jeans and a sweatshirt he explained to his parents that he had called April the night before on his. cell phone and they d chatted for a few minutes same as usual. As they drove through Strattenburg in the predawn darkness Theo could think of nothing but April. and of her miserable home life her warring parents her scarred brother and sister both of whom had. fled as soon as they were old enough April was the youngest of three children born to two people. who had no business having a family Both parents were crazy according to April herself and Theo. certainly agreed Both had drug convictions Her mother kept goats on a small farm outside of town. and made cheese bad cheese in Theo s opinion She peddled it around town in an old funeral hearse. painted yellow with a pet spider monkey riding shotgun Her father was an aging hippie who still. played in a bad garage band with a bunch of other leftovers from the 1980s He had no real job and. was often gone for weeks The Finnemores were in a perpetual state of separation with talk of. divorce always in the air, April confided in Theo and told him things he vowed to never repeat. The Finnemore home was owned by someone else a rental house April hated because her parents. had no interest in maintaining it It was in an older section of Strattenburg on a shady street lined with. other postwar homes that had seen better days Theo had been there only one time for a less than. successful birthday party April s mother had thrown together two years earlier Most of the kids. who d been invited did not attend because their parents wouldn t allow it Such was the Finnemore. family reputation, There were two police cars in the driveway when the Boones arrived Across the street the. neighbors were on their porches watching, Mrs Finnemore she went by the name of May and had named her children April March and. August was in the living room on a sofa talking to a uniformed officer when the Boones entered. rather awkwardly Quick introductions were made Mr Boone had never met her. Theo Mrs Finnemore said very dramatically Someone has taken our April Then she burst. into tears and reached to hug Theo He wanted no part of being hugged but went along with the ritual. out of respect As always she wore a large flowing garment that was more of a tent than a dress light. brown in color and made from what appeared to be burlap Her long graying hair was pulled into a. tight ponytail Crazy as she was Theo had always been struck by her beauty She made no effort at. being attractive quite unlike his mother but some things you can t hide She was also very. creative liked to paint and do pottery in addition to making goat cheese April had inherited the good. genes the pretty eyes the artistic flair, When Mrs Finnemore settled down Mrs Boone asked the officer What happened He.
responded with a quick summary of what little they knew at that point. Did you talk to her last night the officer asked Theo The cop s name was Bolick Sergeant. Bolick which Theo knew because he d seen him around the courthouse Theo knew most of the. policemen in Strattenburg as well as most of the lawyers judges janitors and clerks in the. courthouse, Yes sir At nine fifteen according to my phone log We talk almost every night before going to. bed Theo said Bolick had the reputation of being a wise guy Theo wasn t prepared to like him. How sweet Did she say anything that might be useful here Was she worried Scared. Theo was immediately caught in a vise He could not lie to a police officer yet he could not tell a. secret that he d promised he wouldn t tell So he fudged a bit by saying I don t recall anything like. that Mrs Finnemore was no longer crying she was staring intensely at Theo her eyes glowing. What did you talk about Sergeant Bolick asked A detective in plainclothes entered the room. and listened carefully, The usual stuff School homework I don t remember everything Theo had watched enough. trials to know that answers should often be kept vague and that I don t recall and I don t. remember were perfectly acceptable in many instances. Did you chat online the detective asked, No sir not last night Just phone They often used Facebook and text messages but Theo knew. not to volunteer information Just answer the question in front of you He d heard his mother say this. to her clients many times,Any sign of a break in Mr Boone asked. None said Bolick Mrs Finnemore was sound asleep in the downstairs bedroom she heard. nothing and at some point she got up to check on April That s when she realized she was gone. Theo looked at Mrs Finnemore who again shot him a fierce look He knew the truth and she knew. he knew the truth Trouble was Theo couldn t tell the truth because he d made a promise to April. The truth was that Mrs Finnemore had not been home for the past two nights April had been living. alone terrified with all the doors and windows locked as tightly as possible with a chair jammed. against her bedroom door with an old baseball bat across the end of her bed with the phone close. and ready to dial 911 and with no one in the world to talk to but Theodore Boone who had vowed. not to tell a soul Her father was out of town with his band Her mother was taking pills and losing. In the past few days has April said anything about running away the detective was asking Theo. Oh yes Nonstop She wants to run away to Paris and study art She wants to run away to LA and. live with March her older sister She wants to run away to Santa Fe and become a painter She wants. to run away period, I don t recall anything like that Theo said and it was the truth because in the past few days.
could mean almost anything thus the question was too vague to require a definite answer on his part. He had seen this time and time again in trials In his opinion Sergeant Bolick and the detective were. being far too sloppy with their questions So far they had not been able to pin him down and he had. not told a lie, May Finnemore was overcome with tears and made a big show out of crying Bolick and the. detective quizzed Theo about April s other friends any potential problems she was having how she. was doing in school and so on Theo gave straight answers with no wasted words. A female officer in uniform had entered the den from upstairs and she sat with Mrs Finnemore. who was again distraught and overcome Sergeant Bolick nodded at the Boones and motioned for. them to follow him into the kitchen They did and the detective joined them Bolick glared at Theo. and in a low voice said Did the girl ever mention a relative in prison in California. No sir Theo said,Are you sure,Sure I m sure, What s this all about Mrs Boone jumped in She was not about to stand by silently while her. son was rudely interrogated Mr Boone was ready to pounce too. The detective pulled out an 8 x 10 black and white photo a mug shot of a shady looking. character who gave every indication of being a veteran criminal Bolick went on Guy s name is. Jack Leeper a ten time loser Distant cousin to May Finnemore even more distant to April He grew. up around here drifted away a long time ago became a career thug petty thief drug dealer and so. on Got busted in California for kidnapping ten years ago sentenced to life with no parole Escaped. two weeks ago This afternoon we get a tip that he might be in this area. Theo looked at the sinister face of Jack Leeper and felt ill If this thug had April then she was in. serious trouble, Bolick continued Last night around seven thirty Leeper here walks into the Korean Quick Shop. four blocks away buys cigarettes and beer gets his face captured on the surveillance cameras Not. the smartest crook in the world So we know he s definitely in the area. Why would he take April Theo blurted his mouth dry with fear his knees ready to buckle. According to authorities in California they found some letters from April in his prison cell She. was his pen pal probably felt sorry for the guy cause he s never supposed to get out of prison So. she strikes up a correspondence We ve searched her room upstairs and can t find anything he may. have written to her, She never mentioned this to you the detective asked. Never Theo said He had learned that with April s weird family there were many secrets many. things she kept to herself, The detective put away the photo and Theo was relieved He never wanted to see the face again.
but he doubted if he could ever forget it, Sergeant Bolick said We suspect that April knew the person who took her How else can you. explain the lack of a forcible entry,Do you think he would hurt her Theo asked. We have no way of knowing that Theo This man s been in prison most of his life His behavior is. unpredictable, The detective added The good thing is that he always gets caught. Theo said If April s with him she ll contact us She ll find a way. JOHN GRISHAM THEODORE BOONE the abduction DUTTON CHILDREN S BOOKS an imprint of Penguin Group USA Inc DUTTON CHILDREN S BOOKS A division of Penguin Young Readers Group Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Group USA Inc 375 Hudson Street New York New York 10014 U S A Penguin Group Canada 90 Eglinton Avenue East Suite 700 Toronto Ontario M4P 2Y3 Canada a division of

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