Come Morning Hardcover – Mar 1986
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From Publishers Weekly
Gores has the distinction of winning the MWA Edgar in three categories: for his debut novel, A Time of Predators, a short story and a TV film. He is at the top of his form in this swiftly-paced tale about what happens when Runyan Elliot walks out of San Quentin, having served his sentence. Refusing the offered help of his brother Art, a labor-union leader, Runyan starts his new life, intending to recover the cache of jewels he had been caught stealing. But his plans are inhibited by many importunate people, greedy for the jewels: an insurance investigator ready to bargain for their return; a gangster willing to kill to grab the stones; Runyan's partner in the theft who had escaped prison, and others. Most important to Runyan is beautiful Louise Graham. Pretending to interview him for a book about ex-convicts, Louise becomes his lover and potential betrayer. Events engender seemingly endless chilling ramifications, the suspense, punctuated by the author's earthy wit. Louise and Runyan's brother, Art, play decisive roles in the drama; so does the fate of the buried treasure. 50,000 promo.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I’ll cut to the chase – everything I have read by Joe Gores has been brilliant and Come Morning is no exception.
The prose is top notch, the characters are interesting and the plot takes some nice twists & turns.
I always find Joe Gores books very readable. He really invests the reader in the story and has that quality that makes you keep turning the pages.
As for the story, Runyan is just released from prison after serving an 8 year stretch for a jewellery robbery.
Once outside he becomes the target for people who want to get their hands on the diamonds that Runyan hid before he was caught. Unfortunately for Runyan retrieving the diamonds proves harder than he imagined.
This novel was nominated for an Edgar back in 1986 and I definitely recommend it to fans of hardboiled mysteries, or just fans of great fiction full stop.