by David Handler
Cover Artist: Rob Wood
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781250011626
Date: 20 August 2013 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Links: Author's Website / Show Official Info /
David Handler's unique mystery, Runaway Man, is short, fast-paced, funny, and violent. These are adjectives that can also be used to describe its hero, Benjamin Golden. His mom affectionately calls him "Bunny". He has a very unusual family. His father, Meyer Golden, was an extremely beloved and respected New York City detective who married Abby, a former lap dancer. Meyer is deceased and Abby runs the family business, Golden Legal Services. Rita, the office manager, is also a former lap dancer; she is waiting patiently for her professional basketball player husband, Clarence, to be paroled from Sing Sing.
Another woman with big breasts is the oversexed kindergarten teacher, Sonya Posner. She also has a big crush on Benji. They have a romantic encounter. The next morning, Legs Diamond is driving Benji to an interview with Eleanor Saltonstall Kidd when he asks:
"Your voice sounds deeper today. Did you get laid last night?"
This is one example of the crude humor that permeates Runaway Man. The characters, especially the minor ones, are often hilarious. One of the tenants in Abby Golden's apartment/office building, which she owns, is the always whining, always complaining Mrs. Felcher, who looks like Albert Einstein in drag.
With Runaway Man, best-selling author David Handler gives his fans a must-read mystery that is on a par with his highly successful Mitch Berger and Des Mitry series (The Blood Red Indian Summer, The Snow White Christmas Cookie and the soon-to-be-released The Coal Black Asphalt Tomb). It is an enticing novel with enough violent deaths and shocks to keep my eyes glued to its pages. The raunchy humor and tender romance were big bonuses.