Jul 202012

Red Means Run (Virgil Cain Mysteries #1) by Brad Smith
Source: Won from publisher from Goodreads First Reads giveaway
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

Mickey Dupree is one of the most successful criminal attorneys in upstate New York, having never lost a capital murder case. That is the upside of being Mickey. The downside—Mickey has a lot of enemies and one of them drives the shaft of a golf club through his heart, leaving him dead in a sand trap at his exclusive country club.

The cops, led by a dimwitted detective named Joe Brady, focus their attentions on Virgil Cain. Just two weeks earlier Virgil told a crowded bar that “somebody ought to blow Mickey’s head off,” after the slippery lawyer earned an acquittal for Alan Comstock, the man accused of murdering Virgil’s wife. Comstock, a legendary record producer, gun nut, and certifiable lunatic, has returned to his estate, where he lives with his wife, the long-suffering Jane.

It appears to Virgil that the fix is in when Brady immediately throws him into jail with no questions asked. In order to set things right, Virgil escapes from jail, determined to find Mickey’s killer himself. Aside from a smart and sexy detective named Claire Marchand, everybody is convinced that Virgil is the culprit. When Alan Comstock is discovered with six slugs in his body the day after Virgil’s escape, his guilt is almost assured. Now it is up to Virgil to convince everyone of his innocence—by finding the killer before he winds up being the next victim.

This is the type of old school mystery story that you share with your dad. It’s a straight-forward, fun ride that unravels and reveals slowly and reliably. It’s a good read that is relaxing and somewhat familiar.

Virgil is an old school farmer that reminds me of my grandpa. He has a simple, hard-working, happy life that fufills him without the drama and instant-gratification of most modern lives. I enjoyed being part of his adventure, especially his jail escape. That was quite exciting and remarkable.

Joe is the epitome of a stupid judgmental cop. He’s annoying and a hazard to everyone. He seems a bit like a stereotype, but that fits the type of story.

Overall, this was a fun read that would make a great gift for the older man in your life.

4 stars

Challenges read for:

The Canadian Book Challenge 6

The Canadian Reading Challenge

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