A funny, suspenseful mystery and unlikely friendship story from New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman—perfect for fans of Swindle and Ungifted.

Keenan has lived all over the world but nowhere quite as strange as Centerlight Island, which is split between the United States and Canada. The only thing weirder than Centerlight itself is his neighbor Zarabeth, aka ZeeBee.

ZeeBee is obsessed with the island’s history as a Prohibition-era smuggling route. She’s also convinced that her beloved dog, Barney, was murdered—something Keenan finds pretty hard to believe.

Just about everyone on Centerlight is a suspect, because everyone hated Barney, a huge dog—part mastiff, part rottweiler—notorious for terrorizing the community. Accompanied by a mild-mannered new dog who is practically Barney’s opposite, ZeeBee enlists Keenan’s help to solve the mystery.

As Keenan and ZeeBee start to unravel the clues, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that dates back to Centerlight’s gangster past. The good news is that Keenan may have found the best friend he’s ever had. The bad news is that the stakes are sky-high.

And now someone is after them. . . .

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on January 7, 2020 by Balzer + Bray
ISBN-10: 0062798863
ISBN-13: 9780062798862
2 Book Reviews
  • rjoli2021
    rjoli202111 months55 starsFeatured
    Have you ever tried to solve a murder mystery and just find your self going in circles while the anwswer is stading right in front of you? In Notorious by Gordan Korman you get to experience boths of those situations from tons of different points of views. Keean, after coming down with tuberculosis, has just moved to centerlight an island that is half Michaigan and half Canada. Zeebee who has lived in centerlight found Keean a couple months after her tragic loss of her dog Barney. No one but Keean believes her when she says Barney was murdered. The antagonist in this book is the never ending evidence that points them in different directions but always meets in the same spot. Keean and Zeebee find conflicts from turning into enemies to overthinking it while the answer is right under their nose. Anyone that is looking for a mystery filled book that makes you find yourself trying to figure out the mystery before them this book would be a perfect book. I love this book, but this book has some strong language. I would recommend this book for 7th grade and up
    • belle252
      belle252over 1 year55 stars
      This is such a good book, a boy named Keenan is visiting his dad, well not exactly visiting but he's forced to stay at his dads house till he gets better because he has tuberculosis. He's really bored and has no friends at his dads town until one day he meets this girl names ZeeBee. At first he thinks she's kind of wack and crazy but later he realizes that she's actually not lying. She shows him the town and tells him all the history of where they live including that the two most famous gangsters lived in that very town. She tells him about the gold of gangster Tommy guns, but Keenan doesn't thing too much of it until he realizes people in his town are after that gold. ZeeBee and Keenan must find that gold fast but how. Read this book to find out how they search for the the most wanted gangsters gold with no-one to guide them.