|Publisher:||Sunbury Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)|
About the Author
Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, and has written over twenty-five plays and novels and continuing profiles for Gannett Media.
A frequent contributor of articles on all facets of creative writing and acting, Shelly appears in numerous periodicals including Southern Writers Magazine. He is also a film critic and contributor to writers' blogs and websites in the U.S. and the U.K.
His fiction includes Twilight of the Drifter, The Twinning Murders,and Lilac Moon. His Hollywood crime caper Tinseltown Riff was released in March 2013.
Among his works of non-fiction are the acclaimed The Actors Studio and texts on The Art and Craft of Screenwriting and writing for the stage. Shelly lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
From the publisher: In this crime novel, a wayward handyman grapples with the suspicious death of his employer, a fragile choreographer who secluded herself in the Litchfield Hills. As the fallout mounts, the reader is taken to various locales in and around Manhattan, an escapade in Miami Springs and back again to the hills of Connecticut until this twisty conundrum is finally laid to rest. We are introduced to Jed Cooper, the protagonist of this novel, on the first page, as he answers the phone in his “junk trailer” which he has been house-sitting while doing a job for woman for whom he had started working four months prior. But the caller’s identity is unknown, and the call ominous. When Jed drives over to his employer’s house, he discovers her dead body. In very short order, the police enter the house and discover him, and the woman’s body. It is not difficult to imagine the cops’ reaction, and on whom their suspicions fall. It does not help matters much for Jed that the cops know him well, as he served time in a Juvenile Facility – well, a “place for troubled boys” - thirteen years prior, among other illegal things with which he was involved. There are also several references to “a woman whose lifeless body wound up in the water by the Jersey docks,” as well as the present-day killing of one of the male characters. Most of the rest of the book is a cat-and-mouse game among Jed, the local cops, and several nefarious men who seem determined to convince the police that Jed is the perpetrator, among other things. The action takes place up in the boondocks of Connecticut and surrounding areas, as well in various sites in and around Manhattan. This was all somewhat hard to follow. “Twisty conundrum” just about captures this novel, as this reader found it difficult to keep up with the plot. But it is indeed interesting, as are its characters, whose p.o.v. alternate through the book, only, I should state, adding to my confusion. There were some parts of the narrative that simply confused me, e.g., “The odds were getting better she was worth the candle.” But “Murder Run” is definitely a change of pace.
Murder Run is a dynamic, spellbinding offering that shows just how Shelly Frome, a member of Mystery Writers of America and former professor of dramatic arts, has earned the distinction of prolific playwright and novelist. Frome’s winding tale is centered on the struggles of Jed Cooper, an unsuspecting handyman who finds himself the main suspect in the murder of his employer, an attractive choreographer from NYC. As Jed strains to find out who killed her and why, he encounters a mélange of colorful characters – not the least of which is the Mafia itself. The more Jed presses to learn the truth about the murder, the more he’s forced to confront the truth about his own past – and if he isn’t careful, he could jeopardize his very future. Witty, engaging, and overflowing with action, Murder Run is the kind of read Sunday afternoons are made for. Through masterful storytelling and strong character development, Frome spins an engrossing tale sure to interest readers from all walks of life. You don’t have to be a student of film noir or a fan of Goodfellas or The Sopranos to be captivated by the subtle nuances that make Murder Run such a great read. Kudos to Frome for crafting such a fascinating true-life story in such compelling, realistic fashion. Highly recommended. Megan Latta Apex Reviews