In the Pittsburgh Marathon, 18,000 people from all over the world will participate. Some 9,500 will run a half marathon, 4,000 will run in relays, while 4,500 participants will attempt the full 26.2 miles. Over 200 will quit before it’s over. More than 100 will be injured and require medical treatment. And one man is going to be murdered.
When Dr. Cyprus Keller lines up to start the race, he knows who is going to die - for the simple reason that he’s going to kill him.
Keller, a university professor of criminology at Three Rivers University and a former police officer, is an expert in criminal behavior and victimology. However, when one of his female students is murdered and his graduate assistant attempts to kill him, Keller finds himself swinging frantically back and forth between being a suspect and a victim. When the police assign a motive to the crimes that Keller knows cannot be true, he begins to ask questions that somebody out there does not want answered.
In the course of 26.2 miles, Keller recounts how he found himself encircled by a series of killings that have shocked the city, while he pursues - literally - his prey: the man who is behind it all.
©2013 J. J. Hensley (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“J. J. Hensley has tied together the world of distance running and crime investigation to create a book that fantastically explores the core concept of both: killer competition.” (Ryan Foster, Australian middle-distance runner and national record holder)
“Much like a marathon course, Resolve is full of twists and turns, and one never knows what will happen just around the corner. However, one need not be a runner to enjoy the thrilling story of crime and drama. Resolve gives the reader the chilling sensation that the story could happen to anyone, making it all the more real.” (Luke Watson, South African rugby footballer)
“Resolve provides a remarkably realistic and honest view into the mind of a long-distance runner. Hensley weaves his experiences as both a runner and a law enforcement officer into a good old-fashioned murder mystery. The result is a well-paced and absorbing book.” (Denny Mayo, StrideNation.com)
A clever plot-line that intertwines the realistic ups and downs of a marathon with the ups and downs of Keller's life. Authentic and well-written characters. Filled with both suspense and humor.Neil Shah does an excellent performance making the characters come to life. You feel as though you are right there running with Keller, and I am not a runner. Excellent first novel for Hensley. Would make a good movie.
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