I loved Below the Surface, (See http://profitableprose.blogspot.com/2014/04/below-surface.html, so much that I ordered Tim Shoemaker's other books. I was not disappointed. Code of Silence was even better. I loved it!
After three friends witness the robbery and beating of their friend and owner of their favorite hang out, they barely get away. The criminals wore masks and even cop pants. One of the boys was seen and almost caught by one of the criminals who threatened the boy and his family.
Because the criminals wore cop pants, the kids had no choice but to lay low because they didn't know who to trust or who to go to, especially if there were crooked cops involved. Not knowing who to trust led them to make a series of bad choices and continue to keep a code of silence.
Unfortunately, in trying to keep the code, it meant not telling the truth. With every lie, the web just got worse. The kids found themselves questioning their character and their friendships as they discovered more and more difficulties uncovered by each of their lies.
Heart-thumping. Page turner. Although it's about eighth graders, it's definitely a great read for kids of all ages. I will pass these books on to my grandchildren.