The Dead Run: A Novel

The Dead Run: A Novel

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by Adam Mansbach
     
 

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With thrilling chills and crackling suspense, The Dead Run is an edgy novel set in the netherworld of the Mexican-American border from Adam Mansbach, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F**ck to Sleep and Rage Is Back.
 
On both sides of the border, girls are going missing and bodies are beginning to

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With thrilling chills and crackling suspense, The Dead Run is an edgy novel set in the netherworld of the Mexican-American border from Adam Mansbach, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F**ck to Sleep and Rage Is Back.
 
On both sides of the border, girls are going missing and bodies are beginning to surface. It’s a deadly epidemic of crime that plunges a small-town police chief into a monster of an investigation he's not equipped to handle. An ancient evil has returned, and now everyone—the innocent and the guilty—must face their deepest terrors.

With The Dead Run Adam Mansbach delivers an eerie high-concept thriller, mixing horror, the supernatural, and suspense in a chilling, high-octane read.

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Library Journal
Getting across the border between Mexico and the United States is a tall order, especially for a criminal. For an American named Galvan, it becomes almost an impossibility. Released from a Mexican jail, Galvan is charged by an evil cult with bringing a relic of immense power across the desert and into the United States, where it will imbue the cult's messiah with world-dominating powers. Galvan is more concerned with seeing his daughter Sherry again. Unbeknownst to him, Sherry is also on the cult's radar, and they intend to kidnap her to help fulfill their dark prophecy. Pursuing the cult from the United States are a lawyer and a small-town cop, both of whom are unaware of just how large the stakes are in this confrontation. Mansbach (Rage Is Back) spins an exciting tale, an action thriller heavily infused with paranormal elements like ancient deities and an army of undead virgin sacrifices. The narrative twists among several disparate protagonists and keeps a lot of balls in the air without losing momentum. VERDICT Highly recommended for readers of supernatural action and horror. Also recommended for fans of more general action stories, if they don't roll their eyes at zombies. [See Prepub Alert, 4/1/13; for supernatural-fiction fans who enjoy the undead, see also Megan McArdle's zombie fiction roundup on p. 66.—Ed.]—Peter Petruski, Cumberland Cty. Lib. Syst., Carlisle, PA
Publishers Weekly
08/12/2013
In this taut and gritty adventure thriller with a supernatural element from Mansbach (best known for the satirical children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep), Jess Galvan, a contraband runner along the Texas-Mexico border with a heart of gold and a daughter he wants to free from his nutcase ex-wife, allows his protective instincts to get the better of him in attempting to save a prostitute from abuse. Galvan winds up in a Mexican prison, where he meets a shamanic figure who straps a box to his back with baling wire. Inside the box is the magically still-beating heart of a virgin. Galvan’s task: deliver this package across the border to a cult leader in Texas. The problem: doing so will end the world—Aztec style—and usher in an era of evil. The initially staccato narrative voice morphs in fits and starts into rollicking goofiness as the action builds to a finale that threatens to overwhelm all willing suspension of disbelief. Agent: Richard Abate, 3 Arts Entertainment. (Oct.)
Shelf Awareness
“Irreverent and entertaining. It’s a wild high-speed ride.”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Although violent, The Dead Run is first-rate entertainment based on a fascinating cultural mashup.”
Fearnet.com
“One of the best thriller/horror hybrids to come along this year. ... a lean, intoxicating funhouse of a book that is difficult to put down.”
Boston Globe
“Beautiful, funny, heartbreaking . . .Very few writers could have attempted all this. Adam Mansbach succeeds, brilliantly.”
New York Times Book Review
“Exquisite. Mansbach’s characters are sharply drawn.”
San Francisco Chronicle
Praise for Adam Mansbach:“Mansbach has a talent for writing full, memorable characters that seem untidy and complex. The prose crackles with insight.”
Jonathan Lathem
"Total genius."
Jeff Chang
“One of the most ambitious, insightful, and daring writers of our generation.”
Jonathan Lethem
“Total genius.”
New Yorker
“Nothing has driven home a certain truth about my generation quite like this.”
Booklist
“Both surreal and grounded in harsh reality, the novel is ambitiously plotted and powerfully written.”
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
A badass convict and a jaded Texas sheriff go head-to-head with an ancient Aztec demon in the latest from Mansbach (Rage Is Back, 2013, etc.). The novel is just as screwball and even more propulsive than the author's previous works. Jess Galvan is a smuggler who gets busted on the wrong side of the Tex-Mex border by a federale named Pescador while trying to raise 50 large to pay for a custody lawyer. Rotting away in prison, Galvan is chosen by El Cucuy, the ancient high priest of an evil Aztec order, to carry the magical beating heart of a slain virgin to El Cucuy's son Seth deep in the Montesajo Caverns. The only thing standing between Galvan and his team of fellow convicts is an army of threatening, dead virgins. Yes, this is certifiably some Weird Stuff. Meanwhile, a girl named Sherry Richards has been kidnapped by this cult, and she and a classmate are soon on the run from their murderous pursuers, with a tough Texas lawman named Nichols not far behind. Mansbach's enormous gift for language and a dedicated understanding of the genres involved--noir, horror, thriller and other tropes come into play here--make this wobbly machine work surprisingly well. This could have easily come off like a From Dusk Till Dawn rip-off, but it's far better than readers might be expecting. Galvan talks like Jules Winnfield out of Pulp Fiction, sure, but the plot is as hard-core as an episode of Breaking Bad, and Mansbach's desiccated prose is first-rate. A head-spinning mashup of genres, with a cast that includes bikers, hookers, demons and corrupt cops. It works.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062199676
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Series:
Jess Galvan , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
130,591
File size:
1 MB

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