The Adventures of Jack Lime

James Leck

Things might get rough, they might even get a little messy, but I was okay with rough and messy as long as I could shut the lid on this dirty case.

Meet Jack Lime, private investigator, who solves problems for his fellow Iona High students. Sometimes he falls for the dames who hire him, sometimes he falls in the river and sometimes he falls asleep (he's narcoleptic). But rest assured that whether he's tracking down a missing banana-seat bike or a kidnapped hamster, or cracking open a trivia tournament betting ring, Lime will follow every lead.

Readers will identify with this funny, cynical sleuth who has the makings of a top-notch PI, though his personal life frequently goes awry. In these three stand-alone detective stories, readers will immerse themselves in an offbeat fictional world populated with eccentric characters where everything is not as it seems.

978-1-55453-365-7 | Feb 1, 2010
List Price: USD $8.95, CAD $10.95
BW 5 1/4 x 8 128 pages
Grades: 5 To 9 / Ages: 10 to 14
978-1-77138-067-6 | Sep 17, 2013
List Price: USD $7.99, CAD $0

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Awards & Reviews

“With its tongue-in-cheek Raymond Chandler-esque first-person narration laced with gleefully clichéd slang, this one is perfect for Chet Gecko grads.”
— Kirkus Reviews, December 2009
“You don't need to reinvent the wheel for a great detective story, but you do need a terrific sense of style. Jack Lime's got it in spades.”
— Booklist, Starred Review, February 2010
“Leck cleverly retrofits the detective genre with kid-friendly noir touchstones in three short cases starring the narcoleptic, quick-thinking junior gumshoe Jack Lime.”
— Booklist, May 2010
2012 - Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed
2011 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2010 - Booklist Top Ten First Novels for Youth, Booklist, Winner

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