Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CHILL RUN by Russell Brooks

Title: Chill Run
Author: Russell Brooks
Publication Date: December 1, 2011
Format: eARC
Source: Author
To Purchase: Amazon

Description: You know a publicity stunt has backfired when someone dies.
Starving author Eddie Barrow, Jr, will do anything to get a book deal with a NYC publisher. Even if it means getting caught by the media while engaging in S&M with a female celebrity as a publicity stunt. What Eddie gets instead are details of a billion dollar fraud scheme from a suicidal client who's fatally shot minutes later. Now on the run from the law and the killers, Eddie seeks help from two unlikely friends—an alcoholic and a dominatrix.

With few resources, Eddie races to clear his name, unveil the fraud scheme, and expose the killers before he becomes their next victim

Review: Desperation creates inspiration in Russell Brooks’ Chill Run.

When Eddie Barrow, Jr. decides to use a publicity stunt to get a book deal, everything that can go wrong with it can and will. His client is murdered, and he is framed for it. Now he’s on the run with his two friends, but he soon learns that real life can be stranger—and more dangerous—than fiction.

Chill Run is a slow-starting thriller which picks up once the blood and bullets fly. The characters are intriguing from wannabe author Eddie Barrow, Jr. to his family and friends, and I found myself cheering them on and worrying about them. Without giving anything away, the villains contain some surprises within them. Brooks knows how to keep the twists and turns coming, and while reading, I was caught in several delightful surprises.

There’s no chilly reception here, and readers will run to the end along with Eddie and his friends. Writers will also definitely get a kick out of reading Russell Brooks’ Chill Run, although I recommend it to all.

Adult Warning, or rather non-warning in this case: Although S&M is mentioned, this novel isn’t erotic.