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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
Posted April 30, 2013
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.