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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company; 1st, First Edition, First Printing edition (1 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060198761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060198763
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,962,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Follows events in the Las Vegas desert setting of Rarities Unlimited, an exclusive appraisal house where passion, danger, and suspense are part of everyday life. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jun. 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book tells the story of Risa and Shane (both mentioned in Elizabeth Lowell's previous book). Shane is a casino owner with an obsession for ancient gold and Risa the curator who finds him the artifacts he wants. A childhood friend of Risa's re-enters her life with a collection of gold and a number of thugs on her trail. Shane and Risa, with the help of Rarities Unlimited (also in the previous book) have to try to evade the people pursuing them and hold on to the gold.
This was an extremely good book that I very much enjoyed (although, I wish Elizabeth Lowell had made more than a passing reference to the Donovan family). In fact, I stayed up to 1:30 in the morning finishing it. I can well recommend it to anyone else.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Just OK - More Anne Maxwell than Elizabeth Lowell 1 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Being a long time fan of Ms. Lowell's I have been slightly disappointed with the Rarities series. While the ultimate plot of this book is okay, I feel that classic Lowell characterization is lacking. Ms. Lowell is generally very good at drawing readers into a story but, once drawn in, there is nothing to hold your attention to this story. I greatly missed her usual in-depth approach to writing about characters. I felt that in this story she was merely telling a story. Using the characters as simple vessels instead of attempting to bring them to life. For example, I would have liked to learn more about what made Shane and Risa unique as individuals. That more indepth characterization combined with the over all plot would have made a much better novel.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Running Scared is a Major Disappointment 3 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have long been a devoted reader of Elizabeth Lowell books, and especially loved her intrigue and romance series on the Donovan family. Unfortunately, "Running Scared" was a major disappointment to this loyal fan.
At least two-thirds of the book was devoted to describing the base thoughts and actions of several low-class criminals. The main characters in the book were virtually ignored. I barely felt that I knew them when the book was completed, and could hardly bring myself to care how their relationship turned out since it was treated as an inconvenient side-line in a story riddled with malignant cynicism and devoid of true meaning.
This book lacks the sensual discovery, mutual passion, devoted love, honor, and beauty that has marked Ms. Lowell's stories in the past, and replaces it with cold and calculated lust that seems easily slaked although it "suddenly" turns to commitment later in the book, with no believable foreshadowing or explaination as to why.
Give "Running Scared" a big miss and instead read her Donovan series for the kind of romance, intelligence and action that will keep you reading into the wee hours of the morning. Ms. Lowell should dump her current series and instead finish out books for the remaining two Donovan brothers.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Just Not That Absorbing 7 May 2002
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Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth Lowell's books seem uneven to me. I loved the Donovan books, the mediaeval trilogy, and the western historical novels. I think Tell Me No Lies is the best thing she's ever written. The Rarities series has just not compared to those in my opinion. The characters are sketchy and not appealing. I'm annoyed by the gratuitous references to the Donovans (and to the mediaeval trilogy in Moving Target).
I loved the well developed characters in many of her other books. In contrast, the characters in this book can be summed up in stereotypical phrases -- she overcame a troubled childhood, he's rich and needs love. Sex seems to be the entire relationship between the hero and heroine -- there's no emotional connection.
I also missed the large volume of background information that many of her books have. I learned a lot about jade, amber, pearls, chinese bronzes, mining tourmaline, etc. in other books she's written. I only learned a little about Celtic gold and Vegas casinos in Running Scared.
Also, the magical aspects of the treasure don't make sense. It's evil for some people and no problem for others. Touching it terrifies one character, sends another into a murderous rampage, and only causes a tingle for two others. It also seems like a waste to link the treasure with Merlin and then go nowhere with the connection.
I'm glad I borrowed it from the library instead of buying it in hardcover.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as Moving Target 3 Jun. 2002
By M. Colon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed Elizabeth Lowell's first entry in the Rarities Series with Moving Target, and of course wanted to read the second novel, Running Scared. I knew the protagonists would be Risa and Shane and that further added to my curiousity as they seemed really interesting in Moving Target. However, in reading the book, I found that Ms. Lowell did not do them justice. I found that most of the book centered more on the bad guys then the lead couple. You never really see their romance blossom until almost the middle of the book. I found there was very little characterization for the hero, Shane. You never really see what it is that makes him tick, why he was falling for Risa, or anything more except for the superficial. Risa was a little more fleshed out but on the whole I felt these two characters were left out in the cold. There is even a paranormal element in the book concerning Risa and Shane that simply was not elaborated on! Unlike Moving Target, where the evidence of paranormal and history is felt strongly throughout the book, and the growth between the couple is much stronger. More focus was needed on the romance in order to make the book more enjoyable.
However, as usual, Ms. Lowell does her research and the information on Celtic gold and Druids was interesting. Even the mystery was ok, even though a little too neat. The appearance of old characters from older books was really welcome.
All in all, I just think she should have balanced it out more, like she did with the first book in the series. Hopefully we will see more of this couple in the next book and see how there relationship has progressed. Definitely not her best, but I still look forward to Rarities #3.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Big Disappointment From Elizabeth Lowell 11 Jun. 2003
By Jana L. Perskie - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Elizabeth Lowell has written some of my favorite books, including her gem series, i.e., "Amber Beach," "Jade Island," "Pearl Cove." After "Moving Target," the first of the Rarities Unlimited series, I had hoped to continue reading more of Ms. Lowell's exciting, original plots filled with interesting information about gemology, ancient lore, authenticating antique jewelry, etc.. I was also hoping to read more about the fabulous characters that staff Rarities. So, I actually went out and paid full price for a copy of "Running Scared" and dug in for a rainy spring day read.
What a disappointment!! This is most definitely not up to par for an Elizabeth Lowell novel. My first thought, after about 50 pages, was that perhaps Ms. Lowell was pressured to meet a strict deadline...or that she had promised too much with this series, and the well went dry. The background research is there, as always. Her detail on Druid gold, the antiquities market and authentication, is meticulous. However, her characters are cardboard. There is little life in them. Risa Sheridan and Shane Tannahill are like collages of former characters, pieced together without much rhyme or reason - a bad paste job! Her secondary characters from Rarities are not nearly as interesting as they were in "Moving Target." She did not develop them any further in this sequel. The villains are flat, comic book characters. The hackneyed, formulaic plot barely held my interest, and I held in there longer than I should have.
I am tempted to give Elizabeth Lowell a free pass on she has given me so much reading pleasure in the past. But then I remember that I paid good money for that past pleasure, and so I wind up feeling cheated with "Running Scared."
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