Red Means Run

Red Means Run

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Brad Smith, a "funny, poignant, evocative" (Dennis Lehane) crime novelist, debuts a new series set in upstate New York featuring jack-of-all trades, Virgil Cain, who must clear his name of two murders while on the run from the law in this spirited country noir.

Mickey Dupree is one of the most successful criminal attorneys in upstate New York, having never lost a capital murder case. That is the upside of being Mickey. The downside: Mickey has a lot of enemies and one of them drives the shaft of a golf club through his heart, leaving him dead in a sand trap at his exclusive country club.

The cops, led by a dim-witted detective named Joe Brady, focus their attentions on Virgil Cain. Just two weeks earlier Virgil told a crowded bar that "somebody ought to blow Mickey's head off," after the slippery lawyer earned an acquittal for Alan Comstock, the man accused of murdering Virgil's wife. Comstock, a legendary record producer, gun nut, and certifiable lunatic, has returned to his estate, where he lives with his wife, the long suffering Jane.

It appears to Virgil that the fix is in when Brady immediately throws him into jail with no questions asked. In order to set things right, Virgil escapes from jail, determined to find Mickey's killer himself. Aside from a smart and sexy detective named Claire Marchand, everybody is convinced that Virgil is the culprit. When Alan Comstock is discovered with six slugs in his body the day after Virgil's escape, his guilt is almost assured. Now it is up to Virgil to convince everyone of his innocence--by finding the killer before he winds up as the next victim.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2012
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781451645514
1451645511
Branch Call Number: Mystery
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 21 cm

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MildredT
Aug 25, 2012

I like it because there is righteous justice in what happens to people.
In real life the good guys don't always win and the idiots don't always come across as stupid as they really are. I found this book very enjoyable, too because of the rural feel to it.

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dontbugmeimreading
Aug 24, 2012

I liked the character interactions but the mystery wasn't all that gripping. Wouldn't mind reading the next book to see how the relationships progress.

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