Tuesday, May 24, 2011

RUNNING COLD, Harry Shannon

Running Cold (The Mick Callahan Novels)Running Cold by Harry Shannon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Counselor and former TV shrink Mick Callahan attempts to help a client resolve a gambling debt with some seriously bad people. It goes badly. Mick starts to investigate, with an eye toward payback. But the situation’s more complicated than he expects, and pretty soon he’s up against someone a lot more dangerous than a sleazy bookie. The dead client’s son, who blames Callahan for his dad’s brutal death, complicates things even further.

Mick’s got a few demons of his own to battle along with the bad guys, including some hefty anger and addiction issues. If you like your heroes flawed, complex, and multi-dimensional (and I do), Mick Callahan’s right up your dark alley.

Harry Shannon’s tight, clean prose keeps the story moving quickly, right up to an ending with enough double crosses, surprises, and gunplay to satisfy the most jaded thriller fan. A great read.

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Steve Malley said...

Okay, sold! :)

Anonymous said...

Mick Callahan... any relation to Mike, I wonder? :-)

JD Rhoades said...

Hah! You never know...