Rose, Malcolm. Traces: Roll call.

Author:Cox, Ernie
Position:Brief Article - Children's Review - Book Review

ROSE, Malcolm. Traces: roll call. Houghton Mifflin, Kingfisher. 213p. c2005. 0-7534-5923-X. $5.95. J

Crisscrossing an English landscape of the future, forensic investigator Luke Harding works to solve a string of murders. Luke is the youngest Birmingham School of Forensic Investigation graduate, at 16, and faces challenges from his superiors and the general public during his investigation. He is assisted by Malc, a robotic Mobile Aid to Law and Crime. Together they analyze physical evidence, search public records, and keep notes. As Luke and Malc conduct their inquiry, a tsunami threatens London and the lives of all involved.

Quick pacing makes Roll Call a page-turner; it also blurs the finer details of this futuristic setting. While descriptions of the forensic evidence are detailed and interesting, many questions about...

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