By Holly Black
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2010. 310 pgs. Teen fiction
Cassel Sharpe lives in a world where curse workers (people with the ability to curse other people by touching them) are a constant threat). Cassel, whose family members are all curse workers, begins to suspect that he has been "worked" by his brothers and that they have been hiding a lot of things from him--including who he is and what really happened to his best friend three years before.
This book is part fantasy, part mystery with the mafia (made up of curse workers) thrown in. Full of twists and turns, this is a high-paced, attention-grabbing, makes you want to sit down and read it all at once type of book.