Running and fiction don't often mix well, typically because few authors...have been able to capture the authentic nuances of training and racing. But author Alan Cook has pulled it off with Run into Trouble...
--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
My novels don't usually star crime fighting professionals. The protagonist is everyman--or woman--thrown into a situation new to him or her, involving suspense, and often murder. They must rely on their wits and newfound courage to put their shattered worlds back together. The partial exception to the amateur theme is Run into Trouble, in which Drake and Melody are former undercover operatives.
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.