Young adult novel

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The Shiny Guys Doug Macleod, Pen­guin, $17.95 Doug Macleod is best known for out­ra­geously funny books like The Life of a Teenage Body-snatcher and Sis­ter Madge’s Book of Nuns, so the reader should heed the dark cover of this one, and the pub­lisher’s warn­ing that it is “a se­ri­ous book with­out many jokes”. Fif­teen-year-old Colin’s con­vic­tion that he is re­spon­si­ble for the dis­ap­pear­ance of his beloved younger sis­ter has landed him in a psy­chi­atric ward where he makes both stead­fast friends and vir­u­lent en­e­mies and ne­go­ti­ates with gi­ant cock­roaches hov­er­ing at the edges of his vi­sion. He is also read­ing Kafka, and Macleod’s readers will get more out of the bleakly clever end­ing if they are fa­mil­iar with the most fa­mous of Kafka’s tropes. Katharine Eng­land

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