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Furious Jones and the Assassin’s Secret by Tim Kehoe

Posted by Caitie F on April 3, 2014

Title: Furious Jones and the Assassin’s Secret18051141
Author: Tim Kehoe
Hardcover: 336 pages
Pub Date: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

When his dad’s book turns out to contain deadly secrets, twelve-year-old Furious Jones is thrust into a web of mystery and danger in this gripping page-turner.

Furious Jones, the twelve-year-old son of a famous thriller writer, lives with his grandfather after his mother was mysteriously gunned down right in front of him a year ago. Curious to know more about his estranged dad, he goes to see him speak about his upcoming novel to a packed audience—and to his shock and horror, he witnesses his father get shot as well.

When Furious discovers that his dad’s upcoming novel contains dangerous and fiercely protected secrets, he sets out to discover who killed his father, and what exactly they were trying to cover up


One genre that has been missing from middle grade books with a young adult crossover is the classic thriller. There are great mysteries, but not many that are more towards the thriller side. Furious Jones fills this gap really well and is a great book for the future fans of Baldacci, Flynn, and the like. Readers who like this will go on to read all the backlist of the most popular thriller writers, or it will remind those of us that are older that popular thrillers can be fun.

That said, there is murder and danger in this book, so know that going into it. It isn’t particularly graphic, but people get murdered by some pretty bad guys and it isn’t pretty. There are also several murders that are made to look like accidents. If a kid has a gory imagination, it could be quite gross. There were a couple images that haven’t left my mind – think Sweeney Todd, but into cat food or hay balers. *shudder*

This is a very fast-paced book. There isn’t much time to hunt down the bad guys and save the  people who spoke out against the organized crime. You will probably read it in one or two sittings.

The side characters aren’t all that well-developed, but it is what you expect in a book like this. If you like thrillers and middle grade books, this is a great choice and a great way to introduce readers to the thriller genre.


One Response to “Furious Jones and the Assassin’s Secret by Tim Kehoe”

  1. msyingling said

    There are some decent MG thrillers; S.T.O.R.M. By Young, Higson’s Silverfin, Coben’s younger books, and of course, Stormbreaker. This one was a bit more gruesome than I wanted, and I’m a little afraid of buying this because of I how Furious blows up his house. Will students try this at home? Still debating purchase!

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