Devlin Quick is the daughter of the NYC police commissioner. She, like her mother, has a nose for crime solving, so when a friend believes she has seen a page cut out of a valuable book in the NYC Public Library, Devlin is on the case.
This is the first in a new child detective series. I liked it okay but I didn't love it. Devlin is a strong girl character, but I didn't like how she was cavalier about rules. She seems pretty a-moral, and her friends have to keep reminding her that breaking the rules really isn't OK. What's more, her mother, the Police Commissioner, who you would think would be uber-strict about such things, was actually rather permissive. After Devlin totally disobeys her mother, and almost gets herself killed, her mother just beams with pride at her brave little daughter. I could see how kids might like it. Devlin gets to do all kinds of cool things, and never gets in trouble, so in that way it is a wish fulfillment story. Still, I don't imagine I will bother reading any more in the series. (312 p.)