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On the Run

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Fawcett (April 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449134334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449134337
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,331,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Knowing he does not have long to live, Tom Brower summons his estranged grandsons, Sid and George Shanley to his upstate New York home. Sid is a used car salesman working in Houston under an assumed name. Older brother George is a front man for the mob living in San Diego. Not only have the Shanley brothers lived their lives estranged from their grandfather, they are also estranged from each other. Complicating matters is the presence of the lovely Paula Lettinger, Tom Brower's nurse. Soon after Paula and Sid Shanley first lay eyes on each other, the sparks begin to fly and before long, a passionate all consuming romance is born.

On the Run is a short, fast paced novel of romance which plays out against a background of crime and betrayal. Written in the early 1960s by legendary author John D. MacDonald, this novel is not at all outdated. Especially appealing is the ending, which, for this reader at least, came as a complete surprise. Recommended to John D. MacDonald fans as well as readers of crime novels looking for something different.
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I read anything I can find from Mr. Macdonald. This book exceeds his other works! The raw emotion and power is breathtaking! Even some of the villians are remarkable.
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John D. MacDonald (1916-1986) was a prolific writer of noir and detective fiction, most memorably of the Travis McGee novels, each with a color in the title. "On The Run", from 1963, is one of his stand-alone novels.

A dying rich man, Tom Brower, wants to make amends to his missing grandsons, Sid and George Shanley, now adults. He sends his nurse Paula Lettinger to lure Sid back. There are complications: Sid is on the run from a mobster he beat and disfigured who keeps sending assassins after him. Sid and Paula drive back and fall in love. The situation comes to a head when George Shanley, the nurse's ex-husband, and an assassin all show up at the rich man's house at once. This being a noir novel, not all the good guys live, not all the bad ones die, and some things are left unresolved.

MacDonald was a marvelously competent writer but aside from Sid and Paula falling in love, there isn't a lot that happens in the book. That could be acceptable, but the book has aged badly on the relationships between the sexes. The couple meet and Sid opens their mating dance with the beginnings of rape, stops and, of course, not only does Paula let it go, she is aroused. Later, she has a long conversation with the grandfather where the grandfather suggests she ignore Sid's emotional immaturity and keep shoveling love and caring to him.

I see little in MacDonald's description of Sid Shanley that would make him a candidate for that kind of devotion. I don't claim to be particularly advanced in my understanding of relationships but in my humble opinion, any adult woman with a scrap of self respect would have shaken Sid's hand, sent him on his way, and looked for a mature person who respects women more.

For the lack of sympathetic characters, little action and the 'ewww' factor in the relationship, I give this two stars.
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Overall an easy and satisfying MacDonald read. I concur with other readers who question the quick romance development between the female and male protagonists, but one can't let reality get too much in the way of an entertaining story.
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