A Mug's Game

A Mug's Game

by C. D. Swanson

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On the night the richest boy in San Francisco is killed, seventeen-year-old Jimmie Barlow knows just three things--1) He was one of the last people to see the boy alive. 2) The suspect list not only includes himself, but his new girlfriend. 3) He can't trust anyone, maybe not even himself. As Jimmie sets out to clear himself from the charge of murder, he realizes he's in serious trouble. He's so caught up in playing a video game called CAIN, it's gotten inside his head, and he can no longer tell the difference between reality and fantasy.

Did Jimmie actually commit murder? It's time for him to face some important truths about not only himself, but the girl he believes he loves. If he doesn't figure things out, and fast, the consequences will be fatal.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148182573
Publisher: Back Door Books
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Series: Barlow Action-Adventure Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 846,619
File size: 761 KB

About the Author

C.D. Swanson is a non-fiction and fiction author. Her fiction is always based on real-life events, including her latest mystery, "A Mug's Game." The book's genesis was the all-out assault on Columbine High School by two high-school seniors, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris. Many people are still haunted by the question: why did they do it? "A Mug's Game," answers that question in a surprising way. C.D. Swanson's previous book, "Busting Loose: Cancer Survivors Tell You What Your Doctors Won't," was awarded the 2010 Living Now Silver Medal. Previously a resident of San Francisco, she lives in Kauai.

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A Mug's Game 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Richard_Bunning More than 1 year ago
This book is written in a lively, energetic style that bounced me through the story. The narrator is Swanson's main character, one Jimmie Barlow. The voice feels to me, though I am fairly long-in-the-tooth, to be a very authentic male teenage/young adult one. Seeing as the author is both female, and of nearer my age than a teenager, I consider her character's words have been delivered with a great deal of aplomb and credibility. In places, I could hear my own young adult children talking. To the outside world, Jimmie appears to have the profile of a classic off-the-rails young man. He is hooked on on-line gaming, dubious money-making enterprises, is often absent from school in which he has few friends, he associates with life's tragic and criminal cases, and he is not beyond being the part of almost any mischief. Nearly everyone underestimates and/or believes the worst of Jimmie. The plot has violent and tragic tones, an often irreverent humour, sad and dysfunctional characterisations, and all overlaying a serious subtext concerning social issues that impinge on nearly all of our lives. I am now a C.D. Swanson fan. There were a few copy errors in the version I read, but they were too minor to concern all but a 'precision-editing-fascist'.