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April 2007

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

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by Mark Haddon, 240 pages, $24.95, ISBN 0385512104, New York, NY, Doubleday, 2003.


Copyright 2007 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2007

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(4):421. doi:10.1001/archpedi.161.4.421-a

Christopher John Francis Boone is a 15-year-old living in Swindon, England, who likes machines, computer games, puzzles, and the police cell in which he is briefly imprisoned because it is almost a perfect cube. He knows “all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7507.” Because of his aptitude for puzzles, Christopher also enjoys murder mysteries, particularly the stories of Sherlock Holmes. When he discovers his neighbor's dog lying dead with a pitchfork through its body, Christopher wonders who killed Wellington and why. He decides to investigate Wellington's murder and to write a murder mystery himself, reporting his discoveries. In the course of his investigation, he inadvertently discovers a deeper, poignant secret in his own life.

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