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Run into Trouble Paperback – January 27, 2009

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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.
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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: 6 x 0.6 x 9 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: #6,045,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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A book to fill time with. Despite the stakes riding on the outcome as delineated by the author, there is little suspense or breath-taking action to grip the reader. Even the outcome of the million dollar race, which is the spine of the plot, is hardly ever a matter about which the reader will stew. Actually, I look at these qualities as a virtue in this book: there is sufficient interest to involve you, but it is of so little depth, that you can close the covers, when the train arrives at your station, and pick it up again with pleasure when you make the return trip home, without the stress of having something that you feel you must finish...NOW. The hero and heroine are likable, the other characters essentially straw men (and women), foils necessary for action. The plot is made of tin foil (well, aluminum these days)but it hardly matters.
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.
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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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