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Run into Trouble Paperback – January 27, 2009
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--Peter Rosato, Running Times Magazine
The plot is most unusual--a thriller set in a race from the San Diego coast...to San Francisco. Woven in among the action and intrigue are wonderfully described settings of the California coast.
--Marilyn Meredith, American Author's Association
Alan Cook is a wonderful writer and presents his characters in a way that readers can connect with them from page one.
--Carol Hoyer, Reader Views
I really like books by this author. This is another great one. The characters are interesting, and the plot is well laid out.
--Dawn Dowdle (see complete review below)
From the Author
I use both male and female protagonists, and in some cases, a combination. Following is a one-liner about the sex of the protagonist(s) and theme in each of my mysteries:
Dangerous Wind--(Carol Golden)--female--trying to stop world chaos.
Relatively Dead--(Carol Golden)--female--finding relatives who are dying and possibly scamming.
Forget to Remember--(Carol Golden)--female--amnesia mystery. Facing the world as a non-person.
Run into Trouble--couple--the Cold War turns hot on the California coast.
Honeymoon for Three--(Gary Blanchard)--couple--honeymooners with a stalker.
The Hayloft--(Gary Blanchard)--male--murder in high school in the fifties.
Hotline to Murder--couple--murder on a crisis hotline.
Aces and Knaves--male--murder in San Francisco.
Catch a Falling Knife--(Lillian Morgan)--female--sexual harassment and murder in college.
Thirteen Diamonds--(Lillian Morgan)--female--murder in a retirement community.
Series? Carol Golden is the protagonist in Dangerous Wind, Forget to Remember and Relatively Dead. Gary Blanchard is featured as the protagonist in The Hayloft, and ten years later, in Honeymoon for Three. Lillian Morgan, a retired math professor, is the protagonist in Thirteen Diamonds and Catch a Falling Knife.
More About the Author
Alan's short story, "Checkpoint Charlie," has been included in the anthology, "Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War," edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson.
His latest book for young people is the second Matthew and Mason adventure, "Pictureland," that takes place in a dystopian world behind a painting on their wall. The first Matthew and Mason adventure is "Dancing with Bulls," that takes place at Knossos Palace on the island of Crete, 4,000 years ago. It is illustrated by Janelle Carbajal.
Alan has written a number of mysteries, including the Carol Golden amnesia novels: "Good to the Last Death," "Hit that Blot," "Dangerous Wind," "Relatively Dead" and "Forget to Remember." He has also written "Run into Trouble," "Honeymoon for Three,"The Hayloft," "Hotline to Murder," "Catch a Falling Knife" and "Thirteen Diamonds." "Run into Trouble" received a Silver Quill award from the American Authors Association and was named Top Pacific West book by Readers Choice. "Honeymoon for Three" received a Silver Quill award from the American Authors Association and was named Top Mountain West book by Readers Choice. Alan's short story, 'Hot Days, Cold Nights,' appears in the Mystery Writers of America anthology, "A Hot and Sultry Night for Crime," edited by Jeffery Deaver.
Alan splits his time between writing and walking, another passion. His inspirational book, "Walking the World: Memories and Adventures," has information and adventure in equal parts. It has been named one of the 'Top 10 Walking Memoirs and Tales of Long Walks' by the walking website, walking.about.com. He is also the author of "Walking to Denver," a light-hearted fictional account of a walk he did. "Freedom's Light: Quotations from History's Champions of Freedom," contains quotations from some of our favorite historical figures about personal freedom. And "The Saga of Bill the Hermit" is a narrative poem about a hermit who decides that the single life isn't all it's cracked up to be. Alan lives with his wife, Bonny, on a hill in Southern California.
Top Customer Reviews
Giganticorp, a California company providing weapons to the military, is sponsoring the run. Casey Messinger, CEO, has high aspirations for himself as well as Giganticorp. Is there anything that can stop this race?
I really like books by this author. This is another great one. The characters are interesting, and the plot is well laid out. There are plenty of red herrings and twists to keep the reader guessing. The scenery of this book is great as well. I often felt like I was out there running with them.
I highly recommend this book.
I got this book, because the description sounded good, and it certainly is that. I also love mysteries. I would definitely suggest it to everyone.
I gave this book 5 stars.
Strangely, as memory reinstates itself, he recalls the driver of the truck suddenly hesitated, backed off just at impact so the crash was not as hard as it would have been, as though it was not meant to kill anyone. What a start to a book about a marathon, a foot race Drake is scheduled to start running the next day! And as we will soon learn, the sponsor will insist he run this race, even providing chiropractic sessions. Obviously, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Who would be looking for Drake at this late date of 1969? Though his past was dealing with covert operations, it was a long time ago and he can't make any sense of who might want him dead. The marathon is invitation only, and Drake has already been patched up as much as possible with a very colourful face and broken nose. When he meets with the sponsors from Giganticorp, he learns that the driver's expenses will be taken care of. It is at this point he learns that his old partner Melody Jefferson from his undercover agent days is his running partner.Read more ›
Yes. for the reasons set forth, I liked the book. In similar situations you are likely to do the same. There are times when Crime and Punishment is better left on the shelf; we all experience them; this is a book for those times.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Because my full review is at Front Street Reviews, I can't post it here. However, I found this to be a decent book with a pretty good story. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by T. A. Kleinhans
I enjoyed this book. It centers around a race without getting too ridiculous about the running descriptions, although some of the plot elements apart from the running (especially... Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by Blaine Moore
I am afraid "Running Into Trouble" was one of the hokiest, cheesiest novels I have ever read. I do not regret reading it. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by Krusher