I have a question after reading this book. I am not familiar with the adult books by Paul Wilson, the Repairman Jack novels. I can certainly see wanting to target a YA audience. And, of course, your hero would have to be a child in a past setting. But why would today's teens want lots of details about being a kid in the 80s when it is the action and adventure that would be of more interest to them? Is this just me not getting it?
I read the book and I think the basic plot has appeal. Three kids out finding dead bodies and covert societies and killers on the loose in a small burb. But how do references to 8 tracks and other things help motivate them to want to read the book?