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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 1:00 am

'Running' leaves you breathless

Reviewed By JEFF AYERS | Associated Press

Former Detroit police officer Alex McKnight tangles with the FBI in Steve Hamilton's compelling thriller.

The FBI has been tracking a killer who keeps his victims for a prolonged period after their deaths before he leaves them to be found. Now they have caught a break when a man on vacation discovers on his webcam that an intruder left a body on his bed. A trap is set, and they capture the madman, Martin Livermore, who claims there is another woman, still alive. He will take the FBI to her on one condition: they bring along McKnight.

McKnight lives in a tiny Michigan town, and he hardly thinks at all about his past. He helps out with bail jumpers every once in a while, but otherwise his life is serenity and peace. He's about to capture another fugitive when he's grabbed and taken to a waiting private plane. When they arrive in Scottsdale, Arizona, McKnight sees the prisoner in person, and while Livermore knows everything including extremely personal details about him, McKnight has never seen Livermore.

The trek to the hiding place of his next victim sets up a horrible chain of circumstances that will shake McKnight to the core. What he and the FBI don't realize is that Livermore knew the house had a camera and his plan was to get caught and take revenge on everyone, most especially McKnight.

Hamilton has won numerous awards for his mysteries, and this is one of his best. A truly diabolical villain, a baffling puzzle and growing personal stakes make for a well-written and amazing reading experience.