Twenty years ago, four teenage boys left a baby behind in a crushed car after they caused the tragic accident that took the mother's life. Ever since, they've guarded the secret that would've ruined their lives and destroyed their future careers. But when one of them succumbs to illness, a blackmailer makes contact, and the survivors realize that, somehow, someone else knows. Now, everything that matters to them is at stake.
Las Vegas billionaire Wendell Logan is pursuing the role of political kingmaker, and he's selected his unsuspecting king: Alan Granger, governor of Pennsylvania. Granger confesses his closet skeleton to Logan, but the tycoon has invested too much time and money into Granger's future presidential campaign to let him and his old friends endanger Logan's power play.
It's time to run.
|Publisher:||Red Adept Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)|
About the Author
When not creating new plot lines for his novels, Dr. DeBoer pursues his interests in cooking, the cinema, and the amazing cosmos. He's an avid tennis player, and his yet-to-be-fulfilled goal is to achieve a level of mediocrity in the frustrating game of golf.
The father of two grown sons, he lives with his wife in North Carolina.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tightly written with good character development, this thriller was a page turner. I couldn't stop reading to the end, even though it caused me to eat dinner at 10:00 p.m. Just got another of his books and will await with anticipation for the other 3 books coming out in Nook format.
4.25 intriguing stars-4.25 stars---SKELETON RUN is a contemporary, adult suspense storyline from author John L. Deboer. Told from first person point of view-Dr. Jim Dawson- and several third person perspectives SKELETON RUN follows four friends who twenty two years earlier, during their senior year of high school, were involved in a car accident that killed a young woman abandoning her eighteen month old son alone and helpless on a cold winter's night. Promising never to speak of that night, our four friends will eventually find themselves the victims of blackmail when a deathbed conversation reveals too much information, and one of their own confesses the truth during a run for political office. John Deboer builds a story of intrigue and suspense using personal tragedy and guilt to reveal the different experiences and resulting fall out for each of our four storyline 'heroes', and I use the term hero rather loosely. We follow the successes and failures from physician, and football hero: to governor, and a young life cut short by a deadly disease; lives will be threatened and lost when blackmail and politics take center stage in a struggle for power and the ultimate control of man by the political elite. The world building follows four high school age students over a twenty two year period wherein the memories of that fateful night burrow into the sub conscious of each man but not everyone experiences the mind numbing guilt in similar ways. While three of the men are unable to forget about the child that was left behind, another presses forward as though nothing had happened to change the direction of his own life and that of his future plans. John Deboer's character development is thorough without the use of over the top romantic descriptive narration; their personal demons rarely ride close to the surface but the guilt is ever present and not easy to forget. The past will become their present when the future is clouded in what ifs and the possibility of what is to come. SKELETON RUN is a well written storyline of mystery and suspense. The premise will keep your attention until the very end; the characters are colorful, intriguing and charismatic. John L. Deboer builds an intense, imaginative and fateful storyline that could have been ripped from today’s headline news.
I love a good thriller. That is exactly what Skeleton Run is. The idea of four young men causing an accident that killed a woman and then leaving a baby still alive on the side of the road just to save themselves is sad. I understand that there is the scare of being charged with a crime, but WOW! It is just wrong. Then these four men had to live with their guilt and secret for the rest of their life. At least until others learned of what had happen. Watching these men grow up, become successful and finding relationships, while living with the guilt was interesting. As their lives go on, the secret haunts some of them while it seems not to bother others. Some of the characters I felt sorry for, others I wanted to shake and tell them to wake up and take responsibility for what was happening around them. Al was definitely my least favorite. He is exactly what I expect a politician with high expectation of his life to be like. The fact that this drama started and continued with him seemed to make total sense to me. I loved that Dr. Duncan became a pediatrician, I felt like that was making amends to leaving the baby on the side of the road. The others didn’t have as much of a story line, but seemed to feel the guilt and wanted to make things right. Skeleton Run is not a mystery. John DeBoer let the reader in on the secret from the very beginning and kept us in the loop. I knew who everyone was and what their secrets were. It was a different style of writing and I really enjoyed it. I like being in the know. I recommend Skeleton Run to my fellow thriller readers.