Sunbury Press, Inc.
August 15, 2015
Murder Run by Shelly Frome was a quick read for me as I finished in a couple of days. It held my attention because I just had to know what really happened, but I was never emotionally involved with the characters except the main character and only somewhat. The murder/death of a middle-aged choreographer who was afraid of unknown subjects was the center of the story. The protagonist, Jed Cooper, a young handyman who had worked for this nice woman (I didn’t know too much more about her except that she has a niece Jed’s age) was framed for her death. He was trying to clear his name for the better part of the book. Jed, a good guy at heart, raised in New York City, but shipped off to his grandparents in the Midwest at a young age because he cramped his mother’s style, was so easy-going that his life was spinning out of control before he knew what was happening. Jed travels back to New York to find out if his mother’s never-do-well con man of a boyfriend framed him. There he is re-acquainted with some neighborhood nemeses and meets an intuitive young teenage girl who actually helps him. The mob is involved in the story and I must say I was not impressed with any of the mob characters, including a mysterious man called The Brit.
The author, Shelly Frome, has some good credentials. I have not read any of his other books. From an article I found in his hometown newspaper, I learned that Mr. Frome’s wife had passed away a couple of years ago after a 50-year marriage and that his wife was a choreographer and dancer like the woman, Miss Julia, in this book. My condolences to Mr. Frome on his great loss as he seems like he and his wife had an extraordinary marriage. Also included in this book is a character with Alzheimer’s, a corrupt state trooper, and two clueless detectives. Rounding out the cast of characters were the hapless mobsters. I was glad to wrap up the story and finish, but I would probably just say this book was okay. I did not find engaging back stories or ever really root for anyone except the sad Jed who had little going for him.
I would like to read some of Mr. Frome’s other books to compare to this particular novel.
About the author:
Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also the film columnist for Southern Writers Magazine.
His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, and Tinseltown Riff. Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage.
Murder Run is his latest foray into the world of mystery/crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
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