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A community comes together when threatened by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate, tautly plotted novel of rich psychological suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mary Russell mysteries.

Career Day at Guadalupe Middle School: A day given to innocent hopes and youthful dreams. A day no one in attendance will ever forget.

A year ago, Principal Linda McDonald arrived at Guadalupe determined to overturn the school’s reputation for truancy, gang violence, and neglect. One of her initiatives is Career Day—bringing together children, teachers, and community presenters in a celebration of the future. But there are some in attendance who reject McDonald’s bright vision.

A principal with a secret. A husband with a murky past. A cop with too many questions. A kid under pressure to prove himself. A girl struggling to escape a mother’s history. A young basketball player with an affection for guns.

Even the school janitor has a story he dare not reveal.

But no one at the gathering anticipates the shocking turn of events that will transform a day of possibilities into an explosive confrontation.

Tense, poignant, and brilliantly paced, Laurie R. King’s novel charts compelling characters on a collision course—a chain of interactions that locks together hidden lives, troubling secrets, and the bravest impulses of the human heart. 

Praise for Lockdown

“A fine thriller, as timely as it is gripping.”Booklist (starred review)
“King delivers, providing both a drama-filled anatomy of the school and a chance for its community to show its best by the way it confronts the worst Career Day imaginable.”Kirkus Reviews
Lockdown [has] the tension of a ticking time bomb.”—San Jose Mercury News
“Dramatic . . . harrowing.”—Santa Cruz Sentinel
“King is a strong, purposeful writer with a keen eye for detail. . . . [This book earns] its page-turner status.”The Stranger
“Keeps readers guessing to the very end.”—Charleston Currents

Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group (T),, 2017
ISBN: 9780804177948
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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Oct 11, 2017

New principal of a middle school does a great job turning around the attitude and the performance of the student, armed attack occurs on Career Day. Odd flashbacks and interludes are mingled with the main narrative so it’s hard to really know what kind of novel this is. Felt jerky, fragmented but the end was unexpected and satisfactory. The Afterward explained this was a pastiche of some early short stories.

Sep 25, 2017

Laurie King moves in a completely different direction from her Mary Russell books, and does so with astonishing drive and narrative flair. There is a lot going on in this novel - is it a story of coming of age and aggression and school violence, or a thriller about a man with a past, or a teen romance, or a ghost story, a murder mystery, a gang courtroom procedural?
Each of a dozen well-crafted and intensely believable characters, originally conceived as short story subjects, gets equal share of the omniscient point of view, down to eight tellingly different reflections on the opening words of a speech. It is the task of the author to "show how things tie together," in the school principal's words, into a tapestry ... or a mosaic of jagged-edged fragments.

Sep 05, 2017

I found this a t\very good thriller and a telling comment on many high schools today. While I did get a bit confused about the characters in the first few chapters, the overview presented before the story started helped keep everything clear. The characters were well developed, the plot advanced quickly and the outcome was not at all predictable.

Aug 02, 2017

One of my favorite authors, so I hate to say that this really let me down. Other than a brief appearance by a character from another book, this was tedious. Every chapter has a new narrator--and many of the chapters are less than a page. It was a scattered story line and hard to follow, and the twist was, at best, lame. It felt as if she had merely collected her old short stories and tried to fit them together into a novel because she had no new ideas. It seems it felt obvious to her as she made a great point of that NOT being the case in her acknowledgements. This might be okay for young teens (middle school) with short attention spans but I would recommend it not be read without parental supervision and input. As usual, however, the characters were well developed, interesting and unusual.


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