"Along Comes a Wolfe"
Angie Counios and David Gane
The blurb on the back of “Along Comes a Wolfe” by Canadian authors Angie Counios and David Gane, a finalist in the Young Adult category of the High Plains Book Awards, informs us that Shepherd and Wolfe are not the Hardy Boys. Instead, using their background in education and screen writing, the authors have created a pair of young sleuths who could be direct descendants of Holmes and Watson, a cast of well-developed supporting characters, and a believable plot.
Tony Shepherd seemly has it all: a loving family, success in school, and his beautiful girlfriend Shari. When Shari suddenly goes missing, everything changes for Tony. He goes from being every parent’s dream to prime suspect not only in Shari’s disappearance but the murders of several other girls. As the body count rises, he unsuccessfully tries to find the killer himself. Fortunately, along comes slovenly, chronically truant, secretive (but streetwise) Charlie Wolfe. The unlikely duo joins forces and takes us on a wild ride through the teen haunts of Regina, Saskatchewan, the hometown of the authors, in search of a ruthless killer. In an interesting twist, from the very beginning we get short peeks into the bizarre world of the killer.
Working together, the boys eventually apprehend the killer and tie up the loose ends — well, most of them. Then why am I not totally satisfied? Like the Hardy Boys, Shepherd and Wolfe leave you wanting more. Counios and Gane, tell me there’ll be a sequel.