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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Feature; New Ed edition (16 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747266247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747266242
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 574,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Move over, Jack Higgins and Robert Ludlum, Reich has grabbed hold of your genre and made it sing (SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER)

'A pleasingly dramatic thriller' SX

'An original and highly inventive thriller' Mail on Sunday

Irresistible (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

'THE RUNNER is a wonderful novel, a sophisticated story of conspiracy, treachery and political intrigue populated by larger-than-life characters. Reich evokes the fascinating world that existed between the hot war and the cold war - he is a master of atmosphere and detail' Nelson DeMille, bestselling author of PLUM ISLAND and THE LION'S GAME

THE RUNNER is a wonderful novel, a sophisticated story of conspiracy, treachery and political intrigue populated by larger-than-life characters (NELSON DEMILLE)

Extremely entertaining (SHOWTIME)

'Reich, whose first novel NUMBERED ACCOUNT (1998) met with critical and popular success, presents a new work that's equally consuming... His intimate knowledge of international intrigue presents the reader with a genuine insider's look at historical diplomacy, reminiscent of le Carre. There should be big demand for this one' Booklist

[Reich's] intimate knowledge of international intrigue presents the reader with a genuine insider's look at historical diplomacy, reminiscent of le Carre. There should be big demand for this one (BOOKLIST)

'A thriller that takes your breath away' Northern Echo

Moves along smartly, Reich brings to life...the despairing postwar atmosphere of Germany in smoking ruins...with many sharply observant touches (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

'THE RUNNER is a fast-paced and compelling game of cat and mouse' Yorkshire Evening Press

'A fast-paced, tightly written, exciting thriller that has an excellent, powerful plot and a great hook that really grabs you' South Wales Argus

This is thriller writing on a grand scale...like Jack Higgins of Frederick Forsyth (DENVER POST)

'Moves along smartly, Reich brings to life...the despairing postwar atmosphere of Germany in smoking ruins...with many sharply observant touches' Publishers Weekly

'A fascinating book for anyone interested in exploring the postwar world, or the forces that drive men to seek both revenge and personal redemption' Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)

'The author of NUMBERED ACCOUNT...has another winner. The descriptive prose is different, effective and marches to a rare cadence. Passages fly by, and the author has a unique way of placing the reader at exact locations in Germany with his brief but realistic descriptions. The author packs a lot of history, geography, and action into short chapters. The man tells a great story' The Pilot

'This old-fashioned spy thriller stays terrific through the last page' Kansas City Star

'This intriguing story of vengeance combines the fierceness of war with the sophistication of politics' American Way

'An excellent work of historical fiction. Fast paced, filled with action' Midwest Book Review

''Move over, Jack Higgins and Robert Ludlum. Reich has grabbed hold of your genre and made it sing' Biddeford (Saco, Maine) Journal Tribune

'This is thriller writing on a grand scale...like Jack Higgins or Frederick Forsyth. It is to Reich's credit that he gives the White Lion character traits that make it easy to understand why his fellow Germans admire him and are willing to help him in his escape and mission' Denver Post

'Reich...makes it work so well as both a countdown and a revenge thriller. It also has one of the most audacious twists ever tacked on to the end of an already satisying story. Reich's debut novel, NUMBERED ACCOUNT, was a critical and commercial success, and this promises more of the same. It has the same combination of suspense, atmosphere, sharply etched characters and historical juncture. Extremely entertaining' Showtime

'Reich has written a hefty thriller, authentic-seeming in historic fact and melodramatic in plot and speech. It's as irresistible as a big postwar Technicolour movie, where you never forget that those swaggering folk on the screen are only actors but you can't stop watching them' Wall Street Journal

'Historical truth lies at the heart of THE RUNNER, whose first novel, NUMBERED ACCOUNT, enjoyed a long run on the bestseller list. THE RUNNER shows that he can just as imaginatively milk the past. Reich skillfully keeps us guessing' Chicago Sun-Times

'A fast-paced exciting novel. It brings to life a picture of post-war Germany that is very detailed and historically correct. He weaves historical figures of the time into the story, making it totally believable and credible. THE RUNNER is only Christopher Reich's second novel, and already he writes like a seasoned pro. THE RUNNER will no doubt stay on the best-seller list for quite some time' Times Record News

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FATHERLAND meets THE DAY OF THE JACKAL in a masterpiece of page-turning suspense

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Sep 2002
Format: Paperback
This one has it all. It's a sort of "Day of the Jackal" meets the "Eagle has Landed" meets "Fatherland" meets "The Dark Arena" and the result is a peculiar Welsh rarebit of a novel that is formulaic to the nth degree. No sense of atmosphere of the period is conveyed and the book as a whole, is clearly abysmally researched. "The Lame Duck" would be a better title.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Sep 2000
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As the cover claims, this book does manage to create a significant level of excitement, at least initially. Unfortunately it goes rapidly downhill and soon sounds like a third-grade American movie.
As an afterword the author thanks several Germans who helped him with his research. Unfortunately they didn't help him very much. The occasional bits of German are often laughably bad.
A host of other details show Mr Reich's lack of knowledge about Germany and Berlin and an inability to empathise with a city left in rubble in 1945:
Ingrid returns to a flat in Berlin having left it unoccupied for 6 years and finds it ...dusty! Given that there were few habitable buildings in the city, the chances of finding the flat undamaged and unoccupied were nil.
Eric runs up a Berlin street, registering the house numbers as he moves by. He counts 12, 14, 16 ... In Berlin, Houses are numbered sequentially, not evens on one side and odds on the other,
Nice idea though!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2001
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Like Harris before him with 'Fatherland', Reich has written a wonderful book revolving aroung Germany and the Second World War.
The book is fast paced with suspence on each page. Judge will just not give up the chase and the way that he and Seyss are continually on the move in many different disguises, kept me from putting it down.
A fantastic read and one that I have recommended to many people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sep 2001
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This is a great read and the kind of novel they don't seem to be writing too much anymore. I'm reminded of Eye of the Needle, The Eagle Has Landed and others like that. I loved the Post WWII setting and I felt I learned alot about the period. Best though is the breakneck paced, the way the author weaves true history with what might have been. A truly fine book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ZIGZAG WANDERER on 10 Nov 2009
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I enjoyed this easy to read novel. It does not take long for the plot to split and you find yourself with the dual story format waiting for the two threads to meet and twist together. The bad guy is far more interesting than the good guy who is hunting him through a war-ravaged Germany just after the close of the second world war. Descriptions of ruined cities are sparse and could have been more developed. All in all not a bad read but don't find any reason to recommend it. Berlin Noir is a far better book dealing with a similar scenario...that I would recommend reading. Berlin Noir ('March Violets', 'The Pale Criminal' and 'A German Requiem') (Penguin Crime/Mystery)
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By M. Prince on 11 April 2008
Format: Paperback
Not only is this book formulaic (as has been said), not very well researched (again already said) but the worst crime is the verbiage!
This is amongst the worst examples of over-use of the descriptive narrative.
After a very short time the author's descriptions begin to jar. Here's an example: 'Sonnenrucke glittered like a seashell in the morning sun.'
We are talking here about a château set in Bavaria. Something less like a seashell I find it hard to imagine. Somewhere further from any sea is likewise difficult to conjour (excuse the hyperbole).
Somewhere in this book is a decent story, if you can get beyond the poor writing you may be lucky and find it but it could so easily have been better had it been in the hands of a decent writer.
People should read this book if only for an example of shoddy writing.
Don't pay the full price though, you will only feel cheated. Do what I did and pay a few pennies for it in a charity shop (I'll be taking mine back to my local one so that someone else can have the "pleasure" of struggling through it).
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By taking a rest HALL OF FAME on 6 Mar 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is every bit as good as his first, "Numbered Account"; in fact I liked it even more.

Mr. Reich does not take the easy way out by using basic historical fact and fictionalizing the balance of his book. The result is still Fiction, but researched with a Historian's eye, and some clever "what if?" scenarios. The result is a hybrid that is truly interesting and not just entertainment. I believe this allowed him to bring "The Runner" to a reader that is fresh book, even though the main event it is based upon is not.

The book has some nice plot twists, what makes them so slick, is that they are not so transparent that they reveal the balance of the book when the first hint appears. When you think you may have the story line solved, another bit comes along, and Mr. Reich pulls the carpet from beneath you
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Mr. Reich is no one time winner. If this second effort is any indicator of the future, the next dozen will only continue his success.

Buy it. No regrets.
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By A Customer on 21 Nov 2000
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I was disappointed by this book. Two-dimensional characterisations, weak dialogue, factual inaccuracies... all gave the impression that this was a volume written to a formula, to a budget, and to a deadline that did not give Reich (or his editors, who should know better) enough time to hone what was an otherwise promising story into a readable novel.
Devlin Judge is a man with a mission - to avenge the execution of his brother, who died in the last days of World War II after surrendering to a Nazi unit commanded by our antihero, Erich Seyss. Devlin Judge? Let me guess, a New York Irishman, bit of a chip on his shoulder, tough childhood, pulled himself together through the good offices of a father-figure, also a New York Irishman... not terribly enterprising, really - all this has been seen and done before.
It's a shame, really, because it could so easily have been a thoroughly entertaining yarn; however, as a result of reading this book I won't be rushing out (or staying in...) to order Reich's next one.
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