Seventeen-year-old football quarterback Cody Laredo never considered himself a good student. He maintained grades just high enough to keep his butt off the bench, hoping that a college football scholarship would be his ticket to the NFL. But now that heâ€™s blown out his knee, lost his gorgeous upper-crust girlfriend Clea to boarding school and missed so many classes that he has no idea what is going on, heâ€™s decided to drop out. Which is why heâ€™s free to skip town and head east when he hears on the local news that Cleaâ€™s gone missing. When her beloved horse Bud comes back rider-less, the local authorities assume Clea was thrown in the woods and a search party is quickly assembled. Cody quietly joins their ranks, initially concealing his identity from the townies. But when Clea isnâ€™t found in a few days, the search is called off and Cody begins to conduct his own investigation, based on little more than commonsense and intuition. As he begins to collect clues about Cleaâ€™s disappearance, Cody struggles with who to suspect and who to trust. Among the possible perpetrators are: Ike, the crabby old stable hand at Cleaâ€™s fancy school who seems to know more than heâ€™s letting on; Sergeant Orton, the local fuzz who appears to be playing Cody just as much as Cody is playing him; and finally Townes, the rich boy who stole Cleaâ€™s heartâ€”and maybe more. One of these men know what happened to his best girl. And itâ€™s up to Cody to find out who before itâ€™s too late. Reality Check is a solid, satisfying mystery with an earnest, blue-collar teen sleuth at itâ€™s center. I love how Cody, who readily admits heâ€™s not the biggest intellectual in the world, operates from the heart and realistically struggles with putting the pieces of the puzzle together, instead of snapping his fingers and solving it all in one fell swoop. This is the first book Iâ€™ve read by mystery author Peter Abrahams, but you can bet it wonâ€™t be the last!