A boy with a troubled past watches another boy plummet to his death off
a bridge, and soon he's the one taking the fall for it. Dooley Takes
the Fall is one part Hitchcock (innocent man must clear himself of a
crime), one part Chandler (serpentine, sometimes confusing plot), and three parts young adult.
I liked it quite a lot as a gritty, realistic YA thriller, although by
the end I was sometimes losing track of which pretty rich boy with a
dark side was which. Norah McClintock is a Canadian author whose name
wasn't familiar to me before Dooley hit my radar, and now I'm going to
make a point of finding more of her books.