Twelve-year-old Aaron Broom is protecting his father’s car from repossession when he witnesses a jewelry store robbery gone wrong. To Aaron’s shock, his father, a struggling salesman in the wrong place at the wrong time, is fingered as the prime suspect in the murder. Aaron—precocious, plucky, not a little naïve—must seek out gangsters, diamond dealers, bootleggers, and street kids in order to prove his father’s innocence.
In his search for justice, Aaron draws upon the resources of a world-weary paperboy, an aspiring teen journalist, and a kindly lawyer. As they dig into the details of the case, these unconventional detectives reveal a cover-up that goes much deeper than a jewelry-store heist gone sour. Through it all, Aaron’s optimism and resourcefulness shine through. Hotchner’s latest is a rollicking ride through St. Louis at its lowest, as seen through the eyes of his most lovable narrator to date.
About the Author
A. E. Hotchner is the author of the international bestsellers Papa Hemingway, Doris Day: Her Own Story, Sophia, and his own memoir, King of the Hill. He has adapted many of Hemingway’s works for the screen, and he is the founder, with Paul Newman, of Newman’s Own.
“Hotchner’s storytelling is fast-paced, his feel for period detail sure-handed. . . . A brisk, winsome caper.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Storytelling that is sure to delight.” —Booklist
“A. E. Hotchner has created a wonderful, moving, action-packed novel. The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom will long remain a pillar of the American literary lexicon.” —Winston Groom, New York Times bestselling author of Forrest Gump
“Delightful. . . . Readers of all ages will enjoy the historical aspects of the novel.” —The Gazette