- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Pegasus Books (December 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1681775581
- ISBN-13: 978-1681775586
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma guaranteed to play havoc with both your brain cells and your heartbeat.”
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“Mosby is breaking the mold. Add doses of introspection, and one has a novel that mystifies while it spooks. A thoughtful entertainment, ideal for readers seeking the offbeat”
“One of a handful of writers who make me excited about crime fiction.”
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Thriller readers who yearn for intrigue, swift pacing, and surreal happenings will enjoy every word of Steve Mosby.”
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About the Author
Steve Mosby is the author of three previous novels, The Murder Code, The Nightmare Place, and The Reckoning on Cane Hill, all available from Pegasus Crime. His novels have been translated into nine languages around the world and have landed in the top ten on bestseller lists in France, Germany, and Holland. He lives in England.
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I will not waste time and space by paraphrasing what "You Can Run" is about. It is sufficient to say that Mosby writes very well. I've read all his books, and will continue to do so.
The Monster has never been present when the women have died, so he has no idea how long it takes. He’s done with them by then, so what does it matter?
The Worm is incapable of killing for himself, he’s spent years enjoying the Monster’s actions from a distance.
The Writer is racked with guilt about all the terrible things he’s done to the person he loves.
The Detective believes in pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists. His instincts are telling him that there is a connection between them, but how do they all add up to the Red River Killer?
This is one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. Mosby pulls you in by thinking you know who the killer is and then he adds a new twist that keeps you guessing. A refreshing story that renewed my faith in a great read!
YOU CAN RUN kicks off with an enigmatic prologue that hints at a part of the primary plot before treading surefootedly into the proceedings. Mosby stands the traditional serial killer novel model on its head by giving us a monster, known as the Red River Killer, who makes no real mistakes. Rather, his slow downfall starts at the beginning of the book when, through no fault of his own, he is revealed to be a nondescript mechanic named John Blythe. It’s a terrific opening that resonates throughout the entire novel. Mosby demonstrates that he is just getting warmed up as the lair of the Red River Killer is uncovered --- with the true extent of his madness exposed --- and the manhunt is underway.
Blythe is clever and prepared, but he is up against a Detective Inspector named Will Turner who, while shunning the spotlight, is quietly dogged and determined. Unknown to his colleagues, Turner has his own very personal reasons for wanting to bring down Blythe by any means necessary. Bringing an instinct that might (charitably) be called “intuition” to the hunt, Turner is somewhat of an odd duck to his fellow police officers, but is usually right, and never more so when it comes to hunting Blythe and... But that would be telling.
Suffice to say that Blythe is not without his own resources --- including, but not limited to, his canny intelligence --- and over the course of the book, we get a sense of why and how he has been able to turn patches of England into his own personal killing field, abducting women seemingly at will and making them disappear forever. Intrigued? You should be. To make matters even more compelling, there are actually two endings to the novel, which is smartly plotted and told from start to finish, and is also quite frightening in spots.
Mosby is adept at throwing twists, turns and spinners into the narrative. Some are major, others are minor, but all are unsettling. I hate to call him a British Jeffery Deaver --- a comparison that is unfair to both writers --- but it’s a good way to mark a reference point for an author who has been amazingly confident and steady since his first book and has grown more so with each and every offering. Mosby, as much as anyone and more than most, deserves to be on your “must-read author” list. He and the wonderfully told YOU CAN RUN are not to be missed.
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
When a car crashes into the garage of a residential home, police are shocked when they find kidnapping victim Amanda Cassidy barely clinging to life. Detective Inspector Will Turner and his partner DI Emma Beck are assigned to the case and they make a stunning discovery in the basement of the home: four barrels containing the decomposing bodies of women who have been abducted and murdered by the Red River Killer. Their attempts to locate homeowner and now suspected serial killer, John Blythe, result in a massive manhunt. Will is troubled by an unexpected detail after the bodies are removed from the barrels. However, it is his interview of Jeremy Townsend, the husband of victim Melanie West, that really sets his alarm bells ringing. Turner is also convinced that John Blythe might have someone helping him evade capture but will Emma believe his theory once the truth about his personal connection to the case is revealed?
Will is an excellent detective who greatly relies on gut instincts and feelings during his investigations. He easily picks up on nebulous clues that everyone else overlooks but his co-workers consider him to be a little weird. Will does not have the same career aspirations as his partner Emma and he sometimes feels like he is hindering her career. Will is not one to talk much about his personal life, but in the Red River Killer investigation, he is holding back vital information that could have far reaching implications for both of their futures. After Will has a rash confrontation in full view of his fellow police officers, he jeopardizes both his and Emma’s roles in the investigation.
While there is absolutely no doubt that John Blythe is the Red River Killer, there are plenty of twists and turns during the manhunt to capture him. There is, of course, a great of suspense surrounding Jeremy Townsend which leads to more questions than answers due to his somewhat bizarre behavior. Simon Bunting is also a rather mysterious addition to the cast of characters and it is virtually impossible to figure out exactly how he figures into the unfolding storyline. Will’s childhood friend Rob is a mystifying piece in this perplexing puzzle that will keep readers guessing how he fits into the Red Killer investigation.
You Can Run is an intricately plotted and suspense-laden police procedural that has a dazzling array of cunning twists and turns. Will and Emma are a well-matched investigative team that are more than capable of solving this increasingly complex case. Steve Mosby puts a fresh spin on the serial killer plot device and he keeps the tension high as the novel wends its ways to a jaw-dropping conclusion. I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend this un-put-down-able mystery to fans of the genre.
I received a complimentary copy for review.