Escape from Shadow Island (Max Cassidy #1)
"Max is an ordinary north London schoolboy by day, but at night he performs sell-out public shows as an escapologist nicknamed The Half-Pint Houdini by the tabloid press. His father, Alexander, was also a world-renowned escapologist, who disappeared two years earlier in the Central American state of Santo Domingo. His body was never found, but Max s mother, Helen, was convicted of murdering her husband by a Santo Domingan court. One evening, after his show, Max receives a visit from a mysterious man from Santo Domingo. Lopez-Vega tells Max that his mother s trial was rigged and, if Max comes to his hotel room the following night, he has something to give him. When Max goes to the hotel, he finds Lopez-Vega dead, shot through the head. The room has clearly been searched by the killer, but what was he looking for? By chance, Max finds a piece of paper hidden under Lopez-Vega s wig. Written on the paper is a sequence of eight numbers 83521113. What do the numbers mean? Are they a code, or maybe the combination for a lock or a safe? Could they be the key to unlocking the mystery of his father s disappearance and getting his mother out of prison?"
Escapology is dangerous but not nearly as dangerous as real life ... Think Alex Rider meets Houdini and you've got Max Cassidy. Escape From Shadow Island is the first book in this fantastic, fast and furious action-adventure series now re-packaged with a striking, current package.
Paul Adam studied law but then decided to write, starting hiscareer as a journalist. He has written ten thrillers for a grown-up audience that have sold widely around the world and have been translated into several foreign languages. Reviews have called his adult books, 'Brilliantly imagined, fiercely authentic and wholly gripping'. Escape From Shadow Island is Paul's first book for children. He lives with his wife and sons in Sheffield.