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Arnold, Tedd.
New York : Sleuth Dial, 2007
ISBN 0803730209
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Todd and his friend Lee hear about the discovery of a dead body.  The motel is his family's business and also their home, so investigating the scene of the discovery has to wait until chores are done. Todd finds a stray puppy along the way, and Rat empathizes with him after witnessing a terrible accident. That's how he meets Rat, a Vietnam veteran.  Rat helps Todd get his first real job at a movie theater.    From finding the stray puppy and bonding with his new friend Rat, to a confrontation with a motel guest and surviving a flood throughout town, Todd unravels the mystery of the dead body and Rat's life.  (Angelita Wright, librarian, Angelita.Wright@SAUSD.US)
SUBJECTS:     Creative writing -- Fiction.
                        Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.

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