Who wrote this book and when?
Eoin Colfer (Owen) published this in 2006.

Has there been a film version?

Who are the main characters?
Fletcher “Half Moon” Moon – a 12 year old who is a little on the short side, also a licensed private detective
Red Sharkey – the son of a notorious criminal, has the Sharkey traditional red hair
Herod “Roddy” Sharkey – the youngest of the Sharkeys, specializes in burglary and truancy
April Devereaux – one of the “Barbies” at Fletcher’s school, leader of “Les Jeunes Etudiantes”
May Devereaux – April’s cousin
Papa Sharkey – the leader and father of the Sharkeys
Hazel Moon – Fletcher’s older sister, a self-proclaimed drama queen
Murt Hourihan – a police officer and Fletcher’s link to the police

What’s it about?
Fletcher Moon is a licensed private detective. And he’s 12. Fletcher, or “Half Moon” as the kids at school call him because of his being vertically challenged, lives to solve mysteries. But when his first paying job and the theft of his prized silver detectives’ badge occur on the same day, Half Moon finds himself breaking the first rule of being a detective. Don’t become a part of the case. Now, Fletcher finds himself working with his worst enemy to solve a case which just seems to get bigger, and more dangerous, every minute.

Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
It’s a best seller because Eoin Colfer is famous for the Artemis Fowl series.

Do you recommend I read this book?
Yes. Although I’ll warn you, it’s not quite as intriguing as the Artemis Fowl series. There are no fairies or anything – just detective work, petty crime, and mortal danger.

How did this book make your list?
It’s by a great author.

Has it won any awards?

Favorite quotes:
“She had a point. But not one I particularly cared about.” – p 49

Anything else?
I hope this book is the start of another series. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Personal thoughts:
While initially disappointed at the tone of this book, mainly because I expected another Artemis Fowl, I eventually grew to enjoy it. It was Noir-ish enough to be funny and keep me interested but not so much that it became unbelievable this was a 12-year-old speaking. And the plot did tend to get a little ridiculous. I can’t really reveal HOW ridiculous without giving away some of the mysteries, but let’s just say I can’t really see this happening in our world. Anyway. Colfer has done a great job moving away from Fowl, and embracing another near-teen who doesn’t quite seem to fit in.