Resolve [NOOK Book]

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In the Pittsburgh Marathon, 18,000 people from all over the world will participate. Over 9,500 will run the half marathon, 4,000 will run in relays while others plan to run brief stretches. 4,500 people will attempt to cover the full 26.2 miles. Over 200 of the participants will quit, realizing it just wasn't their day. More than 100 will get injured and require medical ...
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Resolve

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Overview

In the Pittsburgh Marathon, 18,000 people from all over the world will participate. Over 9,500 will run the half marathon, 4,000 will run in relays while others plan to run brief stretches. 4,500 people will attempt to cover the full 26.2 miles. Over 200 of the participants will quit, realizing it just wasn't their day. More than 100 will get injured and require medical treatment and one man is going to be murdered.

When Dr. Cyprus Keller lines up to start the race, he knows who is going to die for one simple reason. He's going to kill them.

As a professor of Criminology at Three Rivers University, and a former police officer, Dr. Cyprus Keller is an expert in criminal behavior and victimology. However, when one of his female students is murdered and his graduate assistant attempts to kill him, Keller finds himself frantically swinging back and forth between being a suspect and a victim. When the police assign a motive to the crimes that Keller knows cannot be true, he begins to ask questions that somebody out there does not want answered.

In the course of 26.2 miles, Keller recounts how he found himself encircled by a series of killings that have shocked the city, while literally pursuing his prey - the man who was behind it all.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Hensley, a distance runner himself, artfully combines details of running a marathon with an engaging mystery."
John Verdon
"J.J. Hensley's debut novel is a lean, fast-paced, suspenseful murder mystery — told with style, intelligence, and wit. It pulled me in immediately and kept me guessing from start to finish."
Publishers Weekly
"This impressive first novel from former police officer and Secret Service agent Hensley is an artfully constructed mystery."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016244785
  • Publisher: The Permanent Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 414,852
  • File size: 399 KB

Meet the Author

J.J. Hensley is a former police officer and Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service who has drawn upon his experiences in law enforcement and a love of distance running, to create a novel full of suspense and insight. Hensley graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Administration of Justice and has a M.S. degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University. The author is currently a training supervisor with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and lives with his beautiful wife, daughter, and two dogs outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Absolutely wonderful. I recommended it to my book club.

    A very creative format and a spell-binding story. I read it in one day.

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  • Posted August 19, 2013

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    This debut novel probably tells the reader more than he/she wan


    This debut novel probably tells the reader more than he/she wants to know about running a marathon and the various Pittsburgh neighborhoods in which it is run, but it ties together the plot of several murders. Dr. Cyprus Keller is the protagonist. He is a professor at a relatively undistinguished Steel City university and is one of several academics forming a running group in addition to their teaching responsibilities.

    When one of his students is found murdered, he becomes part of the police investigation. And then several more murders occur, and he is a common denominator. Deeply involved, he undertakes his own investigation into the crimes, and as a result is an active participant in the developments that arise. Early on, he discloses that he will murder one person during the marathon, and as the race progresses, the reader awaits the act and how Keller proposes to get away with the deed.

    Each chapter begins with a description of the various phases of the 22.2 mile race, sometimes dropping a clue, others just describing the neighborhood or the pain of running. The summary is then followed by a narrative of events leading up to the novel’s denouement. It is an interesting technique. While a reader can become bored by a lot of minutiae, the novel is cleverly written and for a first effort deserves praise. Recommended

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

    Suspenseful and deeply interesting form the from start until fin

    Suspenseful and deeply interesting form the from start until finish. The level of detail for all aspects of the story is awesome. I read the last 13.2 miles plus epilogue in one sitting yesterday. I could not stop. The premise of marathon and murder is so unique and executed so well, with everything happening quickly, during the race and as flashback. Balanced and full of action, without filler or frivolous description.

    Highly recommend to anyone, non-runners included.

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