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Title:
Runaway
ISBN:
9781623657895
Publication:
New York : Quercus, 2016.
Physical Description:
327 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
Glasgow, 2015. Jack Mackay dares not look back on a life of failure and mediocrity. The heavy-hearted sixty-seven-year-old is still haunted by what might have been. His recollections of the terrible events that befell him and his friends some fifty years earlier, and how he did not act when it mattered most is a memory he has tried to escape his entire adult life. London, 2015. A man lies dead in a one-room flat. His killer looks on, remorseless. What started with five teenagers following a dream five decades before has been transformed over the intervening decades into a waking nightmare that might just consume them all.
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"MAY IS GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH... A WONDERFUL EXHIBITION OF JUST HOW GOOD MAY CAN BE." -- The Daily Mail
"Five of us had run away that fateful night just over a month before. Only three of us would be going home. And nothing, nothing would ever be the same again."
Glasgow, 1965. Headstrong teenager Jack Mackay has just one destination on his mind--London--and successfully convinces his four friends, and fellow bandmates, to join him in abandoning their homes to pursue a goal of musical stardom.
Glasgow, 2015. Jack Mackay, heavy-hearted sixty-seven-year-old is still haunted by what might have been. His recollections of the terrible events that befell him and his friends some fifty years earlier, and how he did not act when it mattered most is a memory he has tried to escape his entire adult life.
London, 2015. A man lies dead in a one-room flat. His killer looks on, remorseless.
What started with five teenagers following a dream five decades before has been transformed over the intervening decades into a waking nightmare that might just consume them all.


Author Notes

Peter May is the multi award-winning author of numerous crime thrillers, including the internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy. May started his career as a journalist and went on to become of Scotland's most prolific television writers, with more than 1,000 credits to his name. He eventually left television to pursue his first love, writing novels. Born and raised in Scotland, May now lives in France with his wife, writer Janice Hally.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

The scents of regret and squandered promise suffuse this well-crafted crime novel, about a group of senior Glaswegians attempting to make amends for past sins, from May (Entry Island). In 1965, they drove a stolen van to Swinging London to pursue dreams of pop stardom. Fifty years later, a small news item about a murder-of the fugitive prime suspect in a 1965 slaying, himself long presumed dead-draws together the group: the dying disbarred solicitor Maurie and one-time bandmates Jack and Dave (with Jack's depressed 22-year-old grandson, Ricky, as their driver), who all make a return trip to unmask the real killer. Deftly switching between the present and their previous journey, when the teens stumbled into the epicenter of the London scene as houseguests of well-connected but creepy Dr. Robert, May gradually reveals the expanding ripples of his story and the submerged horrors lying below. Like Ricky, the reader slowly comes to an appreciation of the still-passionate people obscured by old age and infirmity-but it's a sobering trip not everyone will want to make. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Aye, over here, young fella. Didn't notice me sitting here, did you? Did I ever tell you aboot the time me and my four mates headed up to London from Glasgow? That was in the Sixties, way before your time. We were all 17, in a band, and had visions of the Beatles dancing in our heads. Actually, we didna know our G-clefs from our Y-fronts, but that didn stop us-at least not for a while. We slept rough or not at all, saw Bob Dylan behind the Savoy Hotel, and John Lennon himself may even have told us hello. Then it all went sour, and three of us returned home. Those were memories we dined on for the next 50 years. Then, after all that time, the remnants of the group (one of our gang had terminal cancer) returned to London to try to clear us a murder and our various messes. Verdict For those who remember the Sixties, but aren't sure if they've taken their meds today, this tale of two nostalgia trips is for them; for others, it might seem akin to taking a road trip through unfamiliar terrain with their Uncle Pete, if it's kept in mind that Uncle Pete is a crackerjack storyteller. Still, readers who enjoyed May's acclaimed "Lewis Trilogy" may want this stand-alone.-Bob Lunn, Kansas City, MO © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.