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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,043 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Rylander Narrator: Mike Rylander Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Do you need something? Mac can get it for you. It's what he does—he and his best friend and business manager, Vince. Their methods might sometimes run afoul of the law, or at least the school code of conduct, but if you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can pay him, Mac is on your side. His office is located in the East Wing boys' bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming.

Or at least it was, until one particular Monday. It starts with a third grader in need of protection. And before this ordeal is over, it's going to involve a legendary high school crime boss named Staples, an intramural gambling ring, a graffiti ninja, the nine most dangerous bullies in school, and the first Chicago Cubs World Series game in almost seventy years. And that's just the beginning. Mac and Vince soon realize that the trouble with solving everyone else's problems is that there's no one left to solve yours.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Here is an original—a story that really gets how guys are pals. It’s also funny, mysterious, and true to the heart of what really matters when you are in middle school. Do yourself a favor. Read it. Now.”

    Jon Scieska, author of the Time Warp Trio series

  • “Debut novelist Rylander mines a substantial amount of humor and heart from this combination hard-boiled crime novel and middle-grade character piece. A light and enjoyable caper.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Draws in even the most apprehensive young reader…A robust story rich in action, adventure, humor, and friendship.”


  • “Mac narrates the tale with the arch flatness of a 1940s satire of the noir detective genre…Excellent.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Catlopez | 2/13/2014

    " This was so cute. While I would say this is one of the young adult books for adults, my middle schoolers will love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debbie | 2/6/2014

    " I liked the book but I had a problem with the gambling issue in elementary school. Am I naive? I did like the characters and the way they interacted. I really liked Mac and his friends and their 'business' of problem solving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jordan Funke | 1/25/2014

    " The cover looks a bit like a horror novel which is deceptive. This is a boy humor book about a kid who runs a business out of the fourth bathroom stall getting kids what they need. Bullies, bodyguards, and baseball. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stephanie Western | 1/25/2014

    " Mac and Vince are 6th graders running a successful "problem-solving" business out of the school bathroom. When a little kid comes in with a BIG problem, they get in over their heads & must use all their wits and resources to outsmart a local crime legend. Written in a noir detective style, it's worth reading just for the hilarious character sketches of the bullies Mac hires. As a grown woman with a son who will one day be in school, this book stressed me right out. But boys (and girls) between 9-13 will love it. It's set up to be the first in a series and I already have kids in the library asking about the sequel. "

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