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Runaway Town (An Eoin Miller Mystery)

Runaway Town (An Eoin Miller Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Jay Stringer
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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"Old Gold, Jay Stringer's 2012 debut, was one of the strongest first novels I've read in years....(the follow up) Runaway Town is cracking read, lean, pacy and grimly realistic, exactly the kind of crime fiction I love, and as the series progresses and the character dynamics become more complex, it's only getting better."- Eva Dolan, loiteringwithintent

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After narrowly surviving a vicious knife attack, gangland detective Eoin Miller thinks he’s earned a break from hunting down thieves, runaways, and stolen drug money. But when crime boss Veronica Gaines tips him off to a particularly sensitive new case, his Romani blood won’t let him say no. A rapist is targeting immigrant girls, and the half-gypsy Eoin knows all too well just how little help an outsider can expect from the local police. Besides, his client isn’t looking for someone to arrest the bastard. He’s looking for someone to stop him—for good.

But the deeper Eoin digs, the more tangled he becomes in a web of corruption, racism, and revenge…especially once his troubled past threatens to derail the investigation by raising questions about his own loyalty and family ties. With his life teetering on the brink of disaster, Eoin realizes there is a fine line between justice and punishment. Now it’s up to him to decide just which side he’s on.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 781 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612183395
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (26 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097CI3TM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,448 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jay Stringer was born in Walsall, West Midlands, in 1980. He would like everyone to know he's not dead yet. He's worked as a zoo keeper, a bookseller, a video editor and a call centre lackey.

His work is a mixture of crime, mystery and social fiction, and Jay coined the term "social pulp" to describe the mix. He likes to write about the difference between the 'haves' and the 'have nots,' and to show that violence and crime are sharp and brutal acts that are done for a reason, and by those who have reason to do them.

His first novel,Old Gold, is due from Thomas & Mercer in July 2012, and he blogs every thursday at DoSomeDamage.Com. You can also catch him at Twitter under his own name.

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Second time not so lucky... 16 May 2013
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
After reading Jay Stringer's first novel about Eoin Miller, the gypsy detective from the Midlands, and not being really impressed but liking some aspects of the book I was interested to see if this second novel was an improvement. Eoin is an ex-policeman whose continuing desire to right the wrongs of his local West Midlands community is still strong and has led him to work for the shadier side of the underworld, where he is recruited to work for a club owner and notorious gangland boss. This leads him into a number of cases of rape of young immigrant girls and thus he becomes embroiled in an investigation that leads to uncomfortable revelations that are a little to close to his own past for comfort.

I like the premise of a crime novel set in the less familiar landscape of the towns of the West Midlands and the sense of place is quite well handled, and Stringer can string a sentence together (he is an obvious devotee of American noir fiction) but ultimately I could not warm to our 'hero' whose constant introspection and seeming self-pity became a little tedious. The story was quite slow to get going and the lack of tension made for a less than exciting read. Stringer seemed to introduce new characters at every turn and I ultimately found myself becoming quite confused.
I feel that a little less emphasis on the chief protagonist's self-pity and a bit more action would have improved this story no end, as ultimately I didn't care much about any of the characters.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Darker Side Of Town 29 Mar 2013
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Eoin Miller continues to live dangerously with the Gaines and Mann gangs vying for his operational skills (or his blood). Setting up a drugs-bust for the Gaines family ended with Channy Mann's brother dead and Miller stabbed, intensifying the animosity between the rival Wolverhampton (Black Country) mobsters. Miller is taken out of his comfort zone with the latest task incumbent on him, a rape investigation. This opens a can of worms with widespread repercussions that involve radical politics, ethnic and religious groups, immigrants and attendant violence. Miller struggles with his personal search for purpose, unable to maintain stable relationships with colleagues, wife (now a DCI on the back of her ex-cop husband's drug exposure), his family nor capable of dispelling his inner demons. Flashbacks and nightmares of fires plague him through his childhood gypsy (Romani) life. Continually moving and running away, he is happiest coaching football for local youths or attending his beloved Wolves team matches where he has some affiliation.

Jay Stanger doesn't let the pace drop from the opening pages. His characters are diverse, their descriptions clearly developed with the dialogue often snappy, witty with dry humour and touches of sarcasm. His representation of the locality with its clubs and pubs are realistic (brought up there) and his acceleration into the dynamic incidents that enter the narrative up the tension and excitement, being quite conceivable. Well-written and thoroughly enjoyable. A short read with memorable characters and events. Look forward to further publications.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on the mean streets of the Black Country 30 Mar 2013
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I am a fan of Jay Stringer's previous story (Old Gold) about Eoin Millar and so jumped at the opportunity to read this one. However there was also a sense of dread - I was not at all sure that any sequel could live up to Old Gold. Fortunately I was wrong. Set in the Black Country in the Midlands again and with the same characters plus a few new ones around, Runaway Town sees Eoin dealing with a number of interlocking problems, the solution to some of them are in direct conflict to each other. For the part gypsy, ex cop, involved in aspects of gangs, this story takes Eoin on a continuing journey concerning his past coupled with some very up to date current themes. As a warning the book does contain some moderate violence although perfectly appropriately for me.

I really like the atmosphere created by Jay Stringer in his books. He captures the feel of a rather bleak post industrial location which is now rather seedy and has a number of gangs operating in it. In Eoin he creates a (very) world weary "gumshoe" type character set very firmly in the towns of the Midlands. This is bare dark story which - for me - maintains an sharp edge throughout. Maybe not top literary stuff but a damn good read to me (again). I would recommend people to read Old Gold before this as some aspects from the previous book are developed but it is not really essential to the story. I'd love to see these stories on the TV as long as no one tries to sanitise them - think The Bridge - BBC Series 1 [DVD] or Spiral - Series 1-3 [DVD] rather than Midsomer murders please. Hope the next one is as good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good as Old Gold... 10 July 2014
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...brilliantly drawn characters, a gripping plot, a social conscience and an utterly believable underworld. Overall, a cracking read from Mr Stringer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 21 April 2014
By Vulcan
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I'm not sure about the basic premise of these books i.e. ex-police on the grey side of the law. Good enough story, but couldn't wanting the hero to be a goody!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 27 Mar 2014
By xenofan VINE VOICE
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Eoin Miller's wants out of the detective game for good, but convincing crime boss Veronica Gaines is easier said than done as she feels Eoin is just the man to locate a rapist who is targeting immigrant girls. There's just one problem: Veronica isn't paying for an arrest. She's paying for a kill. A great read and I now know there are more stories in the Eoin Miller series so will go in search!
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3.0 out of 5 stars "social pulp"
The author describes his work as “social pulp” and it fits the contents of a mixture of urban crime, mystery, and social fiction. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
A good read. The dark side of life. Easy to read and I found once I started could not put it down
Published 5 months ago by Alison Dorsett
5.0 out of 5 stars Runaway Town Ups The Stakes
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Runaway Town is the second novel from Jay Stringer, whom I've previously had the pleasure of interviewing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Neil Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
Quite enjoyed the book got a wee bit bit bored with some bits the fire went on for a while.
Published 6 months ago by jane sedorski
5.0 out of 5 stars good
I read a lot of crime novels and have a particular preference for UK police procedurals so I often find myself working out who and why-dunnit before the author reveals it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by redone
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the first story, and have started on this one, should be just as...
I read the first one and that inspired me to get this one, but I haven't read it through yet. I'm sure it will be intriguing.
Published 6 months ago by Edith Park
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Thriller
Jay Stringer is another new name to me, but he has certainly written an entertaining and exciting gangland novel in Runaway Town. Read more
Published 7 months ago by G. J. Oxley
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
I personally didn't like it, was too slow to start and never got off the ground, didn't finish reading it
Published 8 months ago by denzil
4.0 out of 5 stars Filled a couple of days
Pretty good. It's helpful that you don't have to read this series in any particular order. I will certainly read more of them.
Published 8 months ago by Patricia
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Sequel, worth the read
This novel is a follow up to Old Gold by the same author.
I bought the first novel because of two things: one, the story is based in the Black Country, Wolverhampton and two:... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Poetry Lover
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