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Scholastic Incorporated, 1997 - Detective and mystery stories - 325 pages
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Maggie Keene's mother is working day and night to restore the old courthouse in town. What Maggie and her mother don't know is that there's a terrible secret buried in the courthouse basement, and someone is dying to keep that secret hidden. Four years have passed since Dante Guardino disappeared from his jail cell after he was convicted of a brutal murder. For four years, everyone has thought that he escaped and went on to a new life, but everyone is wrong.

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Simply outstanding. A real pageturner, and great plot twists!

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About the author (1997)

Diane Hoh (b. 1937) is a bestselling author of young adult fiction. Born in Warren, Pennsylvania, Hoh began her first novel, "Loving That O'Connor Boy" (1985), after seeing an ad in a publishing trade magazine requesting submissions for a line of young adult fiction. After contributing novels to two popular series, Cheerleaders and the Girls of Canby Hall, Hoh found great success writing thrillers, beginning with "Funhouse" (1990), a Point Horror novel that became a national bestseller. Following its success, Hoh created the Nightmare Hall series, whose twenty-nine installments chronicle a university plagued by dark secrets, and the seven-volume Med Center series, about the challenges and mysteries in a Massachusetts hospital. In 1998, Hoh had a runaway hit with "Titanic: The Long Night" and "Remembering the Titanic", a pair of novels about two couples' escape from the doomed ocean liner. She now lives and writes in Austin.

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