A Brilliant Death, Robin Yocum

Fantastic book. The historical setting--1970s Brilliant, Ohio--is 9/10ths of what makes this coming-of-age/murder-investigation story a terrific read. Yocum is a former crime & investigative reporter, and I particularly enjoyed the paper trail-aspect of the case. A really great washed-up detective, Tornik, pops in and out of the story - I would have liked to see more of him - but the main plot belongs to Mitchell and Travis, a likeable team of teenage buddies trading barbs and snappy dialogue as they reconstruct the cold case of Travis' missing mother.