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Chill Run

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Publisher: Russell Brooks
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Fact-paced, interesting characters, intriguingly different mystery

  • Dec 5, 2011
Russell Brooks places immigrant Canadians Eddie and Corey in some intriguingly dangerous situations in his new novel Chill Run. Eddie wonders why his family ever moved from Barbados. He wonders why he paid four thousand dollars for a car that barely runs. And he wonders why his best friend and room-mate won’t get a job and pay the rent.
Eddie’s world in the back streets of Montreal is very convincingly portrayed, from French speaking policemen, to the difference between Trinidadian and Barbadian accents, to slang, to the desperate need for money and acceptance. Eddie’s parents don’t understand why he moved out from their comfortable home, but now he’s had enough. If they can’t accept his dreams, he’s moving on.
Beautiful Jordyn has her own way of raising money to finance her dreams. Best friend Corey’s big chance ended in disaster. But Eddie just plugs away sending out novels and taking in rejections. He knows in the end luck’s the biggest thing that determines a writer’s success, but how can he make luck?
Soon Eddie, Corey and Jordyn are on the road, fleeing a nightmare of dominatrices, dead bodies, police hunts and corruption in high places. Eddie’s last chance at reconciliation with his family seems doomed, and his hopes of being a writer might end with him writing his memoirs in jail.
Russell Brooks creates a classic action tale with this novel. Likeably inept characters are pursued by violent criminals. The only black guys outside of town, their pictures splashed over TV screens, the whole world against them, they race to solve the mystery of a dying man’s words. Well-written dialog, convincing point of view, and some clever twists and turns make this an enjoyable read, with occasionally over-introspective explanations easily forgiven. It’s a fast-paced story with a nice sense of right and not-quite-wrong, good character development, gritty danger, and satisfying conclusion.
Disclosure: The author gave me a free eARC of this novel prior to the Dec 1st publication in exchange for an honest review.

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December 06, 2011
I enjoyed your review. This seems like an excellent novel.
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