Running Dead by Ross Crothers
I am not a reader who often enjoys mystery and murder novels, they are just that type of genre that happens to always be a rerun of a previous storyline. Having said that, as I read ‘Running Dead’, I found the story interesting and intriguing, capable of engaging and holding the reader’s attention. Mr. Crothers writes well with confidence and a smooth flow that carries both the story and the characters easily along. His dialogue is engaging and the explanations are unstilted and relatable.
I enjoyed the scope of the storyline; the settings were varied and attention-grabbing. Ash Todd, an Australian Federal policeman is asked to assist Scotland Yard’s investigation into a case that involved a previous encounter and conviction of a fraudster. The plot twists and turns as Ash makes his way to different destinations across the world, following a string of murders which all seem to lead to one man. Things start to get sticky as Ash realizes that things are not as they seem, and as his search continues, things get more and more dangerous. Wherever he goes and whatever he does, he has a shadow – someone is sharing secrets and now Ash realizes he can only trust himself on his mission to solve the crime.
Written from the first-person perspective, the reader is allowed an opportunity to experience the adventure, journey and heart-ache with the protagonist. Ross Crothers is a fine writer who cleverly interwove his own experiences of international trade and finance to make this book a believable read.
For those who love a good mystery and intrigue – this is the book for you, it is an adventurous, nail-biting read, full of action, danger and conspiracy.