Following Robert Williams's prize-winning debut Luke and Jon, How the Trouble Started is a dark, gripping novel about childhood, morality and the loneliness of children and adults. Told with Robert Williams's characteristic warmth, humanity and deceptively light touch, it is a story about how our best and worst intentions can lead us astray, and the moments we can never leave behind.
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.
Most all of the staff at the Childrens Home, local police (to include, Chief of Police), a local Priest, and a Senator; are all caught up in the child abuse and murder. Making it very difficult for children who endure the abuse on a daily basis, to run away and turn them in; who can they tell when most everyone is involved. Running away ultimately culminates in their death. Hence the Status Quo.
A Department of Children Family Services (DCFS) Case Worker, a couple of children, and a brother who is a Special Agent of the FBI; diligently work together to make sure that everyone of the perpetrators get theirs!! And finally bring to a close the Status Quo.
Jon is massively strange. He wears 1950s clothes, has a side-parting and a twitch. The kids at school call him 'Slackjaw'. When Luke discovers his secret, Jon changes his life in more ways than he can imagine.
Luke and Jon is a coming of age novel about family, bereavement and how lives can change forever in a single second. Written with great power, warmth and humour, it signals a hugely engaging and original new voice. Compelling and emotionally acute, it is a unique debut.