The Fool's Run (Kidd Series # 1)

The Fool's Run (Kidd Series # 1)

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by John Sandford
     
 

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Kidd and LuEllen, the irresistible con artists from The Empress File, return. This time, their playing field is on the cutting edge of high-tech corporate warfare. Their job--a technological takedown of a defense industry corporation. But their string of successes turns into a noose when the ultimate con artists get conned.

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Kidd and LuEllen, the irresistible con artists from The Empress File, return. This time, their playing field is on the cutting edge of high-tech corporate warfare. Their job--a technological takedown of a defense industry corporation. But their string of successes turns into a noose when the ultimate con artists get conned.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Making his fiction debut under his own name--he used the pseudonym John Sandford for his detective novel Rules of Prey , published in July by Putnam--Camp offers a different brand of intrigue, with a multitalented hero as narrator. Artist, cat lover, student of karate and the tarot and freelance computer criminal, Kidd is jack of varied-enough trades to stoke many future adventures. In this one, he's hired by a dying tycoon to befoul the elaborate information systems of a rival aerospace outfit, ostensibly to avenge the company's theft of plans for an innovative defense design. With an attractive burglar as his sidekick, Kidd creates mayhem by stealing information, gathering dirt on the company's employees and implanting ``viruses'' (information-destroying programs) in their computers, but the real enemy turns out to have a different identity. The author's brisk style makes even the welter of technical information that he provides interesting, and the novel's climax is witty and almost cinematic. Whether as Camp or Sandford, he's a welcome addition to the ranks of suspense novelists. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Kidd, a computer-whiz-for-hire, accepts a risky, high-paying assignment to sabotage an aerospace corporation's computer system. A rival firm wants him to stall the company, which had gained unfair advantage by stealing secret plans for a missile-targeting device. Kidd sets to the task by enlisting a beguiling cat burglar, an unscrupulous journalist, and a mystery accomplice who can only be contacted by telephone for great stores of confidential electronic data. Thus, they are able to steal codes, con information, and buy downloads to advance their purpose. A double-cross and murder enliven the final third of the story, but the set up plods too slowly to hold readers' attention until the action starts. Public libraries should buy if marketing hype stirs demand. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/89; as John Sandford, Camp is also the author of Rules of Prey, LJ 7/89.-- Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.
From the Publisher
“Fast-paced action, high-intellect puzzle-solving, dandy characters…If you start guessing outcomes, you are fooled.”—Minneapolis Star & Tribune

“Crime fiction doesn’t have nearly enough droll master thieves like Kidd and his stunning partner in righteous crime, LuEllen.” —The Los Angeles Times

John Sandford grabs you by the throat and never lets go."—Robert B. Parker

“Gripping, ultramodern…fast-paced and suspenseful.” —Chicago Tribune

“John Sandford has created the kind of trimmed-to-the-bone thriller that hard to put it down.” —Chicago Tribune

"John Sandford has no peers.” —Associated Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805009903
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1989
Series:
Kidd Series, #1
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
256

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From the Publisher
“Fast-paced action, high-intellect puzzle-solving, dandy characters…If you start guessing outcomes, you are fooled.”—Minneapolis Star & Tribune

“Crime fiction doesn’t have nearly enough droll master thieves like Kidd and his stunning partner in righteous crime, LuEllen.” —The Los Angeles Times

John Sandford grabs you by the throat and never lets go."—Robert B. Parker

“Gripping, ultramodern…fast-paced and suspenseful.” —Chicago Tribune

“John Sandford has created the kind of trimmed-to-the-bone thriller that hard to put it down.” —Chicago Tribune

"John Sandford has no peers.” —Associated Press

Meet the Author

John Sandford is the pseudonym of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of the Prey novels, the Kidd novels, the Virgil Flowers novels, The Night Crew, and Dead Watch. He lives in New Mexico.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
February 23, 1944
Place of Birth:
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Education:
State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism
Website:
http://www.johnsandford.org

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The Fool's Run (Kidd Series # 1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
I don't know if I could have been more surprised. I have literally loved almost every John Sandford novel I have ever read. I was really looking forward to this first chapter in the Kidd saga. What I got however, seemed like it was written by a completely different author. Maybe it can be chalked up to it being an early novel of his or the "cutting edge" technology of the time is so outdated now, I don't know. The Prey series has always impressed me but this might put me off the rest of the Kidd series. The characters were so hodge podged and lame. It was weird compared to Lucas Davenport, Virgil Flowers, etc. If you want good Sandford you might want to skip this and look for the Prey novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great suspence book. Just as good as the prey series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband and I both enjoyed this book. The computer stuff is outdated due to when the book was written, but the interplay between the characters is great. The plot twists keep the reader guessing. anyone who enjoys John Sandford's other series should like this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down once I started reading. I had to find out who the guilty one was.
arlee50 More than 1 year ago
John Sanford has written so many books with characters that I want to know in real life. He also writes in such a way that I feel I am right there with them.
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