Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Red Means Run by: Brad Smith

Mickey Dupree is one of the most successful criminal attorneys in upstate New York, having never lost a capital murder case. That is the upside of being Mickey. The downside—Mickey has a lot of enemies and one of them drives the shaft of a golf club through his heart, leaving him dead in a sand trap at his exclusive country club. 

The cops, led by a dimwitted detective named Joe Brady, focus their attentions on Virgil Cain. Just two weeks earlier Virgil told a crowded bar that "somebody ought to blow Mickey's head off," after the slippery lawyer earned an acquittal for Alan Comstock, the man accused of murdering Virgil's wife. Comstock, a legendary record producer, gun nut, and certifiable lunatic, has returned to his estate, where he lives with his wife, the long-suffering Jane. 

It appears to Virgil that the fix is in when Brady immediately throws him into jail with no questions asked. In order to set things right, Virgil escapes from jail, determined to find Mickey's killer himself. Aside from a smart and sexy detective named Claire Marchand, everybody is convinced that Virgil is the culprit. When Alan Comstock is discovered with six slugs in his body the day after Virgil's escape, his guilt is almost assured. Now it is up to Virgil to convince everyone of his innocence—by finding the killer before he winds up being the next victim.

My Thoughts:
I love it when I find a great new mystery novel, but I love it even more when I also find a great new author.  When I agreed to read/review for this book, I thought ok it looks good, the blurb sounds good, ok lets have a read.  Well I have to say it didn't take long for me to finish the book it was that good. I think I read it in a day and a half.  Brad Smith has written a show stopper that would make a huge blockbuster movie....I think anyway.  

Virgil is a quiet guy who has been through hell, his father -in-law died of cancer and then his wife was killed and the Lawyer that defended the killer and got him off for that crime is found dead on the golf course, and because Virgil happened to be in a bar at the same time as the Lawyer Mickey, and voiced is opinion that "Someone should blow that guys head off", the police focus their investigation on Virgil, a case of wrong place, wrong time and said words out of anger.  

After being arrested, and nobody willing to believe or help him prove his innocence, he has to take matters into his own hands and prove to everyone that he did not kill Mickey and the other bodies that keep piling up and evidence that is stacking up against him. There seems to be only two people that believe him but that's not enough, so Virgil escapes jail and sets out to prove himself right.

It's a fast pace novel, that will take you on a roller coaster ride you will not want to miss.  While rooting for Virgil and praying through the whole book that the only two people that believe him are willing to help him any way they can, without getting themselves into trouble of course. I loved Brad's style of writing, it's smooth, the plot is flawless and the characters fit extremely well together good and bad.  Virgil's determination, but sense of humor through out all the crap he has to go through, I'd have to say one of my favorite characters was a sexy detective Claire Marchand, and against her better judgement as a detective she tries to help Virgil the best she can.

I love how this novel waste's no time getting to the story, the twists and turns it takes you on and the big twits at the end of the novel was awesome.  Brad has written a huge hit and I can't wait for you all to read it.  I hope you all enjoy as much as I did and don't forget to watch the trailer below, if you don't already want to read this fantastic book you will after watching the trailer!!  Enjoy everyone!  

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