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Mar 07, 2012
| ISBN 9780375411625
Mar 07, 2012 | ISBN 9780375411625
The buyers find us. Establish their bona fides.Then, and only then, we run.Burdon Lane is a businessman living out the American Dream in a shiny suburb of Washington, D.C. His business card lists him as Executive VP of UniArms, Inc., a legitimate arms dealer that’s a front for a gunrunning empire. His girlfriend thinks he’s a salesman. His best friend thinks he’s a role model. His boss thinks he’s a good soldier. This weekend’s run should be business as usual — guns for money, money for guns — moving the product north on the Iron Highway from Dirty City to Manhattan. But this weekend is going to teach Burdon something he doesn’t yet know about who he is . . . and isn’t. When the meet in Manhattan turns into a five-alarm fire and an all-out war on the tenth floor of a New York hotel, there is only one way out: an uneasy alliance with a hard case named Jinx and the street gang known as the U Street Crew. And once the heat is on, with a cadre of killers and every police officer and Federal agent on the eastern seaboard on their tail, Burdon gets the chilling sensation that, one way or another, this so-called milk run may be his last. This is the story of the last run, the run where no one — criminal, cop, or civilian — is who or what they seem. Douglas E. Winter’s debut novel blasts into the dark heart of America’s culture of guns and violence with breathtaking velocity. Run is a streamlined tour de force of full-throttle action and high-tech weaponry, a brilliantly controlled ride through America’s most brutal terrain, with a surprising moral message — fantastically harrowing, relentlessly cinematic, impossible to look away from.
Douglas E. Winter is an attorney in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the editor of Prime Evil, a best-selling anthology of horror and suspense fiction. Run is his first novel.
"Instantly, I mean from the first paragraph, Run‘s language jumps off the page and sears itself into the reader’s consciousness. I opened the typescript at about ten and found that I had to go on reading it until three in the morning, when I reached the final sentence. I don’t think that has ever happened to me before. Original in every way, Run is a masterly redefinition of the crime thriller, one in which Douglas E. Winter has discovered a voice that seems to come up from his heels."— Peter Straub"Run doesn’t run, it fles. The style is terrific. What Winter does here is open a new school: how to writer thrillers with a pace that takes your breath away."— Elmore Leonard
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