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P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man

Penguin Young Readers Group
4/18/2013

P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man Overview

Author Caroline Lawrence returns to the Wild West with another action-packed mystery starring Master-of-Disguise, P.K. Pinkerton. After vanquishing three notorious Desperados, twelve-year-old P.K. Pinkerton opens a private-eye business in Virginia City. P.K.'s skills are quickly put to the test: When a maid named Martha witnesses a murder, she hires the young detective to track the killer before he finds her too. P.K. enlists a trusted ally, Poker Face Jace, to help crack the case—but collecting clues and keeping Martha safe will not be easy. Cunning liars, rogue gunslingers and deadly foes lurk at every turn, and time is running out to bring the murderer to justice. Sharp, thrilling and vividly imagined, P.K. Pinkerton's second action-packed adventure will keep your heart racing through the very last page.


P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K. Pinkerton, a half-Lakota 12-year-old sleuth (purportedly related to the famed detective), opens up shop as a private eye in the rough and tumble mining town of Virginia City, Nevada. His first case gets off to a rocky start when a creepy stone doll is delivered with a cryptic message. Next, a frightened young servant who witnessed the murder of "soiled dove" Short Sally Sampson implores him to find the killer. Meanwhile, P.K. fears retaliation from his two enemies from The Case of the Deadly Desperados (Putnam, 2011). P. K. proves to be an endearing main character (and a surprisingly good detective) because of his "thorn"-a form of high-functioning autism that gives him a heightened sense of smell (he collects tobacco samples) and the ability to remember everything he sees. Prompted by his difficulty reading facial expressions and remembering what he hears, he records the details of the case using "ledger sheets," forming chapters. Western fans will especially appreciate the cast of colorful characters that includes gamblers, gunslingers, ladies of the night, Civil War deserters, and even a truth-bending rookie reporter named Samuel Clemens. Infused with humor and fast-paced action, this slightly gritty mystery has a satisfying resolution, making it an enjoyable historical romp.—Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews

In this quick-on-the-draw funny follow-up to The Case of the Deadly Desperados (2012), 12-year-old P.K. Pinkerton still roams the seedy streets of Virginia City of 1862…and he's still up to his eyeballs in trouble. The good news is his dream of setting up shop as a private eye has come true, even if the "eye" in his newspaper ad does look more like a potato. His first client is a runaway slave girl who witnessed the strangulation of a Soiled Dove named Short Sally Sampson and thinks Sally's killer is stalking her. P.K. is so absorbed in the case it's easy to forget his foster parents were murdered just two weeks before. As in the last Wild West adventure, our half-Lakota hero records his suspenseful story on ledger sheets and struggles with his "Thorn"--his inability to show or read emotion that today might be called high-functioning autism. P.K.'s straight-shooting personality, integrity and good heart make readers want to follow him to the ends of the Earth…if not directly to Short Sally's killer. Run-ins with the truth-twisting Sam Clemens and Civil War references tether this lively mystery to a colorful, if grisly time in U.S. history. A warm, wise, wild and woolly second offering in the Western Mysteries series. (1862 maps of the Washoe and Virginia City, glossary) (Historical fiction. 10-14)


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P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man

Book Info

  • Book Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13: 9780399256349
  • ISBN-10: 0399256342
  • Number of Pages: 320
  • Dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)
  • Approx Price: $10.99
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