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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (494 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Parker Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780739373033
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His name was Jason Green and he was dead. When a shy high school student’s body is found washed up on the shore of a quiet New England beach town–an alleged suicide linked to steroids–fifteen-year-old boxer-in-training Terry Novak isn’t quite sure what to think. Something just doesn’t add up. Artsy and withdrawn, Jason wasn’t exactly the type to be doing ’roids.

So Terry, with the help of his friend Abby, decides to do some investigating of his own. It doesn’t take long, though, before they learn that asking questions puts them in grave danger and that survival is going to be a fight.

Fortunately, Terry has learned a thing or two about fighting. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 2/17/2014

    " Second YA from the author of Spencer. Better than the first. Very readable for both young and old. If your a Parker fan, with kids these would be a fine choice to start them with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/24/2014

    " I found out that Robert Parker had written three (I believe) YA novels. It was fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/17/2014

    " An engaging story about a young man trying to learn to do the right thing. I'd pretty much read Parker's grocery list, so I may be biased, but I did enjoy this book a lot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zac Leonard | 1/7/2014

    " could have been better, but overall it was good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 1/3/2014

    " Typical Parker, in other words: enjoyable and a pleasure to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/31/2013

    " This is a great book that shows how good wins over evil. Two teenagers question the suicide of a classmate. That leads to more deceit among the teachers at their school. By working together with the help of other classmates, they expose their teachers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan Horkey | 12/22/2013

    " Good but maybe should have been labeled for young adults. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/13/2013

    " Quick read, solid moral story telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin Kemmis | 12/10/2013

    " decent book! definitely young adult fiction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/11/2013

    " This is the first YA book I've read in years; quick, great fun reading. Easily as good as his Spenser books, although I think he might have over simplified the plot a bit. Robert B. Parker's passing certainly a loss. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vi Louise | 11/19/2012

    " Teen mystery: who done it and why? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libriar | 8/24/2012

    " Quick mystery read that boys in grades 7th-10th who are interested in boxing will enjoy. I personally skimmed the boxing stuff but still found the mystery element of the book engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yeva | 1/13/2012

    " This book is a wonderful read for young adults. It cleverly crosses gender roles, and gives constant reader a glimpse into the emotional beginnings of a young love. Good Story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael crage | 1/3/2012

    " This book was supposed to be for teenagers, but the only difference from his adult books is that it was about teenagers. It was just as good as any other book he has written and was just as hard to put down. I ate dinner an hour late because I couldn't put it down until I finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bnschmid | 12/31/2011

    " This was an ok book.I read it in a few hours.It's kind of away from the norm of his other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky H. | 11/24/2011

    " Murder mystery for teens. Not my typical book has a lot of boxing. Terry learns to stand up for himself and for what he believes. When he tries to figure out what happened to a local school boy who died. The news said the cause was an overdose of steroids. Terry believes there is more to the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 8/26/2011

    " An enjoyable book, this one features freshmen students who set out to prove their friend did not commit sucide. In doing so they uncover corruption at a very high level. Good overcomes evil again!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Tongate | 5/11/2011

    " Great boy read on audio. (a death, boxing, romance, friendship, mystery) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valentino | 5/6/2011

    " it was a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/6/2011

    " This book was supposed to be for teenagers, but the only difference from his adult books is that it was about teenagers. It was just as good as any other book he has written and was just as hard to put down. I ate dinner an hour late because I couldn't put it down until I finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yeva | 2/4/2011

    " This book is a wonderful read for young adults. It cleverly crosses gender roles, and gives constant reader a glimpse into the emotional beginnings of a young love. Good Story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/2/2011

    " This is the first YA book I've read in years; quick, great fun reading. Easily as good as his Spenser books, although I think he might have over simplified the plot a bit. Robert B. Parker's passing certainly a loss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/17/2010

    " Quick read, solid moral story telling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bria | 12/4/2010

    " Quick mystery read that boys in grades 7th-10th who are interested in boxing will enjoy. I personally skimmed the boxing stuff but still found the mystery element of the book engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peta | 8/9/2010

    " Parker's writing style translated beautifully into this YA book. I just wish the sex references between the main characters weren't there so that I could recommend it to my fifth grade student, but then it wouldn't be the excellent read that it is. Perfect for middle, high school readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 7/20/2010

    " First Parker that has not been a Spencer or Stone book.
    Boy did I like this one. The teenage heroes were great, well-described and written. I highly recommend this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annamaria | 7/14/2010

    " I liked this one but not as much as Edenville Owls. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 5/17/2010

    " Readable entry in the list of Parker's YA titles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/20/2010

    " I read several Robert Parker books written for teens after his death earlier this year. This was the best - kind of a bumbling teenager solving a mystery by poking around, just like Spenser (but in a less dangerous way!). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/25/2010

    " I like the boxing, the setting in Massachusetts, and the characters. Terry and Abby make quite a team as detectives, targets of bullies, and a couple. "

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About the Author
Robert B. Parker recipient of the Grand Master Edgar Award, is a pillar of American detective fiction. He is the author of more than fifty books for adults, including the New York Times bestselling Spenser and Jesse Stone novels. The Boxer and the Spy is his second book for young readers. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, he and his wife, Joan, currently live in Cambridge, where Mr. Parker has on more than one occasion stepped into the boxing ring–but just for the fun of it.
About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.