Running from the Dead by Mike Knowles, ECW Press

Running from the Dead: A Crime Novel

Knowles, Mike

  • For fans of Don Winslow and readers of noir comes Running from the Dead, critically acclaimed and award winning author Mike Knowles’s newest crime novel


    “The best private detective novel I’ve read in some time … This one deserves an award.” — Bay Observer

    After his six-year search for a kidnapped boy ends in a suspicious murder, private detective Sam Jones is forced to take matters into his own hands: he must track down a missing girl and clear his name before the police track him down.

    Private detective Sam Jones’s six-year search for an eight-year-old boy ends with gunshots in a basement and cold bodies that would eventually lead the police straight to him. Jones had never promised Ruth Verne that he would find her son alive, but he knew deep down that she believed he would — worse, he had believed it too. Jones wasn’t ready to look Ruth in the eye and tell her he had failed. He wasn’t ready to admit that he lost everything and had nothing to show for it.

    But an unsigned note scrawled on a bathroom door gives Jones a second chance — a chance for redemption. Thirteen words left by a young girl in trouble give him someone to chase and a reason to keep moving before the cops move on him. Jones follows the trail from an idyllic small town to the darkest corners of the city, running from the boy he failed toward the girl he could still save.


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  • Mike Knowles lives in Hamilton with his wife, children, and dog. He has written seven previous novels: Darwin’s Nightmare, Grinder, In Plain Sight, Never Play Another Man’s Game, The Buffalo Job, Rocks Beat Paper, and Tin Men.

  • Published: June 2020

    ISBN: 9781770415195

    Dimensions: 5 x 7.75 in.

    Pages: 360

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“[A] brilliantly woven crime novel … The realistic, multidimensional characters evolve, as do their relationships with one another. With any luck, Jones will be back for an encore.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The noir world evoked by Knowles’ brutally clipped prose is so dark that the smallest victories seem like miracles.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The best private detective novel I’ve read in some time … This one deserves an award.” — Bay Observer

“Mike Knowles’ Running from the Dead is Sam Spade without the cigarettes, Mike Hammer without the misogyny and a humdinger of a read.” — Winnipeg Free Press

“Canadian novelist Knowles is a strong writer, with a real sense of what makes bad people tick and what makes good people risk their lives to catch the bad ones. His prose style is top-notch, too — lean, hard-edged, and brutally honest when it needs to be. As stories of redemption go, this one is particularly interesting … A must-read crime novel from a writer who deserves to be on the radar screens of a lot more genre readers.” — Booklist, starred review

“As we discovered in his most recent crime novel, Tin Men, Mike Knowles does noir really, really well. Running From the Dead is even better. It’s a smart, serious, carefully crafted gem that belongs in the rarified company of writers such as Dennis Lehane and John Sandford.” — Globe and Mail

“Readers in search of an uncompromising chronicle of our troubled times, exquisitely told, will find much to admire in Knowles’ new book, and will, I suspect, be drawn afterward to his earlier writing.” — The Rap Sheet

“It may have taken a while to get hold of a Mike Knowles crime novel — but now I’ll be watching hard for more.” — Kingdom Books