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As I've mentioned before, Stuart Woods started his career at the top. Not necessarily in terms of sales or recognition, but certainly in terms of ambition and achievement.
Chiefs, a murder story that spans three generations in the American South, is just about as good as crime fiction gets. I can't think of another historical crime novelist, in fact, who takes the chances Woods does with this one. And he pulls them off.
In some ways, Woods's latest novel, The Run, returns to his roots, involving as it does the Lee family of both Run Before the Wind and Grass Roots. If this novel doesn't have the depth of the former or the sheer brute passion of the latter, it is nonetheless a quick, clever, and shrewd take on our political system involving a vice president with Alzheimer's and a comatose president. Not exactly a slow news day.
Our hero, and the man who must decide how to steer a course through these turbulent and muddy waters, is Senator Will Lee, who wants to be president himself. He has some tough decisions to make. Woods is particularly good at showing us the mixture of ego, cunning, and fear that goes into making the kind of decision that can end a political career if the least thing goes wrong. Talk about night sweats.
Woods has spent the last several years writing popcorn thrillers of a very high order. Lots of cliffhangers, lots of glitz, lots of derring-do. If you think making these things work is easy, try it sometime. Woods is an adroit craftsman.
The Run combines some of the dark introspection of Grass Roots with the dash of the recent thrillers. The fusion is a fetching one; it turns into one hell of a good read, and a very serious look at the fragile state of our political system now that it has been turned over to consultants and talking heads.
A very enjoyable and accomplished book.