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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438923503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438923505
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,224,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

After spending more than a quarter of a century as a pioneer in the computer industry, Alan Cook is well into his second career as a writer.

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: "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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
How can so much balance on a race through the California coastline? "Run Into Trouble" follows the pair of Drake and Melody as they deal with an undercover mission for a questionable company during the cold war. It is 1969, and a race through California is about to be run with the prize of a million dollars. In what seems to be a harmless sporting event, Drake and Melody uncover something far more sinister. A fine mystery that genre fans will enjoy, "Run Into Trouble" is highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Dowdle VINE VOICE on March 4, 2009
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Oliver Drake and Melody Jefferson are paired up as a team in the race Running California. It begins near the Mexican border and continues up the California coast. Strange they would be paired together since they were spies together in Europe. No one should know. Do they?

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tjslinks on October 7, 2011
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Once you start reading this book, it is hard to put down. There is murder, a marathon, and spy stuff. You never know what is going to happen next; or who it is going to happen to.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty Gelean on March 21, 2012
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This book starts off with a bang, a car crash that is an obvious deliberate hit sending the car flying and landing in a field. Quick action is needed for the driver and Drake to escape before the car blows up, but both are groggy. The car is seriously damaged with doors jammed. Drake suddenly notices that the driver is now next to him in the back seat, semi-conscious and must get him out. The only way out is the broken rear window. Pushing the driver out head-first with great effort, he gets the driver fully through where he rolls off the truncated trunk, followed by Drake. With supreme effort Drake drags the driver away, narrowly escaping the fireball as the car blew up, just on the edge of safety where they feel the heat but are not endangered more.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Moore on February 8, 2012
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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 the names of characters and companies) do get a bit out there. But that's fine because the book is entertaining throughout and worth taking a look at.
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