Simon Baker

Simon Baker Considers a Quartet of First Novels

  • Phil LaMarche, 
  • Ruth Thomas, 
  • Jane Feaver, 
  • Joe Treasure

At the beginning of Phil LaMarche’s American Youth, a teenager accidentally kills his brother with a friend’s rifle. The question of blame seems straightforward; however, the friend, Ted, had loaded the rifle and left the brothers to mess around, despite knowing that they weren’t used to guns. Ted’s mother is sufficiently concerned to insist that her son deny any involvement.

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