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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Canadian Export edition (Jan. 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145167399X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451673999
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 10 2012
Format: Paperback
I've added Brad Smith's previous books to my Canadian authors displays at the library in the past, but I admit I hadn't read this author until I picked up his new release - Red Means Run. And I really wish I had, because he's good - really good.

Criminal attorney Mickey Dupree is found dead at the local golf course. It looks to be murder - the golf club shaft through the chest points to it. And the cops think the clues point straight to Virgil Cain. Once they've locked him up in jail, Virgil realizes that the only way to prove his innocence is to do it himself. So....he breaks out of jail and starts to work the case himself.

Smith's forté is the characters he has created. Virgil is described as a 'clever, laconic charmer' and I don't think I could say it any better. But I would add in sexy. Kind of a country Jack Reacher if you will. The two cops pursuing Virgil are poles apart. Joe Brady is an inept bumbler completely unaware of his deficiencies, certain that he is the man. But Claire Marchand is another story - she's a match for Virgil - maybe in more ways than one. Their cat and mouse game is fantastic. The aging vet, Mary, is a solid supporting character with many of her own tales I suspect.

But those characters are also carrying a plot that is fun, fast and furious. The run up to the ending (which featured a great twist) had me turning pages at breakneck speed. Okay, so the characters and the plot are great - what else? The dialogue - short and snappy, matching the pace of the action. The book is set in the US, but I enjoyed the sly Canadian jibes and references thrown in.

Red Means Run will appeal to all readers - Smith has provided strong protagonists of both sexes. I can't wait to read the next in this new series.

Just a fantastic read - highly recommended. (And I think there's more than a little of Brad in Virgil.... which means I'm a little bit in love with Brad too...)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great new series Jan. 10 2012
By Luanne Ollivier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've added Brad Smith's previous books to my Canadian authors displays at the library in the past, but I admit I hadn't read this author until I picked up his new release - Red Means Run. And I really wish I had, because he's good - really good.

Criminal attorney Mickey Dupree is found dead at the local golf course. It looks to be murder - the golf club shaft through the chest points to it. And the cops think the clues point straight to Virgil Cain. Once they've locked him up in jail, Virgil realizes that the only way to prove his innocence is to do it himself. So....he breaks out of jail and starts to work the case himself.

Smith's forté is the characters he has created. Virgil is described as a 'clever, laconic charmer' and I don't think I could say it any better. But I would add in sexy. Kind of a country Jack Reacher if you will. The two cops pursuing Virgil are poles apart. Joe Brady is an inept bumbler completely unaware of his deficiencies, certain that he is the man. But Claire Marchand is another story - she's a match for Virgil - maybe in more ways than one. Their cat and mouse game is fantastic. The aging vet, Mary, is a solid supporting character with many of her own tales I suspect.

But those characters are also carrying a plot that is fun, fast and furious. The run up to the ending (which featured a great twist) had me turning pages at breakneck speed. Okay, so the characters and the plot are great - what else? The dialogue - short and snappy, matching the pace of the action. The book is set in the US, but I enjoyed the sly Canadian jibes and references thrown in.

Red Means Run will appeal to all readers - Smith has provided strong protagonists of both sexes. I can't wait to read the next in this new series.

Just a fantastic read - highly recommended.(And I think there's more than a little of Brad in Virgil.... which means I'm a little bit in love with Brad too...)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining read April 13 2012
By MaryK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The only reason that I rated this book less than 5 stars was that I felt the premise wasn't enough to sustain the arrest and if that falls then the whole reason of the book--Virgil saving his own skin--is gone. Any good lawyer--how come he doesn't consult a lawyer--would have blown a hole in the whole arrest thing at the arraignment and had the charges dismissed. But then you wouldn't have the rest of the book. If you can look past that initial problem the rest of the book is a fast paced read with lots of characters that we'll see again, I'll bet. The other problem--and it's a problem with all series mysteries--is the "Cabot Cove" effect. Set the books in a small town and sooner or later you run out of victims and suspects. We'll just have to see how this series plays out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An entertaining read from a talented Canadian April 10 2012
By Mystery Tribune - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Brad Smith is a Canadian Crime Novelist who may not be as familiar as Louise Penny to the lovers of crime fiction, but we believe his work has definitely been overlooked in the last couple of years. We recently reviewed his latest work, Red Means Run, and found it a fun and gripping read.

Our Take:

What is different about this book? Well, we think it's the dialogue: Short and snappy, matching the pace of a very fast paced thriller...the author is definitely a gifted storyteller. The subplots in the book include abused horses and an angry vet, several murders, a crooked businessman, killer's parents, and a congresswoman looking toward retirement. All these parallel stories are mixed together in a masterful way and the reader is not distracted by each side story at all.

Overall, this is a thriller which appeals to all fans of mystery books.

Mystery Tribune
First book of my favorite new series Feb. 22 2014
By Marsha E. Lytle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Red Means Run by Brad Smith Scribner 2012

All Virgil Cain wants to do is get his crops in, but he soon finds himself on the run when he is accused of killing a lawyer he previously had a run in with during the trial of the man accused of murdering his wife. Cain leads the police on a long case after escaping custody to do his own investigation of the events leading up to the murder. Cain is very resourceful in keeping one step of the law and the attractive detective trying to bring him in. A great character and series.
Red Means Run March 29 2013
By S. Troute - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Smith is just plain good. Great characters, convoluted and well developed plots, terrific believeable characters, great music tie ins. The Whole Enchilada. Read 'em all !

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