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on 23 January 2013
This has got to be the best Danny Logan book I've read so far, if only because of the harrowing nature of the subject matter, and how skilfully the author has created characters in whom we can believe, whose reactions are all-too-realistically portrayed, and where the baddies get their well-deserved come-uppance. What makes it particularly poignant is the author's note, explaining why the subject, the numbers of victims within the United States (and let's not kid ourselves, child abuse and sexual slavery is happening throughout the world, not just 'somewhere else'), and the websites available to confirm the problem.

A sexually-abused young woman, a minor, has run away from that sexual abuse in her home, only to be apparently rescued, just to end up somewhere much worse. When Danny Logan and his team take up the investigation, because Isabel is a friend of the sister of one of his team, they find out firstly that the girl's mother - as is so often the case - knew about the abuse, but refused to acknowledge it, because of the implications it would have on her domestic situation. That, however, is really the tip of the iceberg, and the team move on through child shelters with their own abuse stories, until they come to realise that the city is inundated with gangs who control young people, forcing them into child prostitution, taking all the money, and kicking out the children when they're no longer useful.

It takes a great deal of skill to be able to deal with such a subject without too much emotion getting in the way, and M D Grayson has done a brilliant job of acknowledging the desire to rush in and eliminate the intermediaries without being close enough to destroy the organisation from the top. There's also a very telling exchange between Logan's team and the FBI, where the FBI don't really shine. I have to say, though, that one of the scenes which will stay with me, and which really should be pointed out loud and long in any discussion of child sexual slavery must be the one where the Reverend Art tells Isabel's story, and points out to his congregation that they know the people who are carrying out the slavery, and have a responsibility to stop them; that it is their own children who are at risk if they do not. The only thing he doesn't say, but should, is, of course, that they also know - and are possibly amongst those - who are using and abusing the children, and that the individual sexual predator should also be revealed.

This story is exceptionally well written, with enough ordinary banter to provide relief from the serious subject. There's even time for some office practical jokes - but I really didn't need to know about the tarantula!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 May 2014
Isabel's Run explores the themes of sexual abuse in the home and its connection with runaway children, both of which make an individual vulnerable to child sexual exploitation. This theme is dealt with sensitively but with a simmering sense of outrage.

The team at Logan PI are unanimous in their willingness to take on the pro bono investigation of a missing teenager whom, they have good reasons to believe, is in just this position. Their desperation to find her is almost palpable. Despite having virtually no information to work on, they quickly make great progress although they just can't quite make the final connections. They are able to draw on the resources of the Seattle Police Department, but essentially the investigating is up to them. When the FBI are drafted in, it becomes clear that they would rather look at the bigger picture than rescue just one girl.

An overheard, and misconstrued, conversation sets off a further chain of perilous events, which but ultimately leads to the required actions which could effect a rescue - but who will be rescued? This situation is dangerous and lives are definitely at risk, will Danny's team, and the police department be in time?

The, already well described, characters of Danny and Toni grow a little in each book in the series and as a reader, I engage with them more and more in each successive book. I have to confess here that if a character I am engaged with is in a dangerous situation, especially when they are wilfully walking into danger, I sometimes have to put the book down and walk around a little to break the tension. In this book, I have to admit to at least 2 walkabouts.

This is a hard book to read because of the background to the story and it seems strange to say that I enjoyed it, but I did, although I definitely appreciated the lighter moments and shared the humour which gets the team through. I desperately wanted the team to make the connections to achieve a satisfactory outcome, and was compelled to keep on reading to find out how it was all eventually resolved.
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on 4 August 2015
A good read, but a story that probably happens each and every day in real life. Isabel runs away from an abusive family background and falls in with some bad people Danny goes to get her out. A couple of nice twists and turns get you thinking you know what is coming but then the story takes a turn and you are left no further on. It raises some interesting questions about what you would do, would you just walk away or would you put everything on the line as Danny does in order to save one kid? It is easy to allow your mind to relate to the characters predicament. Defiantly worth a read but it could leave ufeeling just a bit uncomfortable, but that is no bad thing.
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on 18 April 2013
Book three is just as good if not better than the other two in the series. The author has really got in his stride with the Danny Logan character and the others in the team.

The book is a missing person story which is twisted on its head. I really enjoyed it and literally couldn't put it down and read it in a day. Would highly recommend
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on 24 October 2015
Good concept but not very well written. Far too much inane dialogue not pertinent to the story line. A long winded book that could have been written in half the time. Struggled to finish it. I had to skip masses of irrelevant pages to get to the end. I will avoid this author in the future.
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on 13 February 2013
Downloaded this as a freebie, and very glad I did!
Excellent fast moving story ,that's very believable.
Never got bored once reading this & enjoyed getting to know the characters.
Definitely worth a read
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on 4 July 2015
5 stars super fast paced tale with characters who are totally believable.
Would recommend this book to all thriller readers. This was un put down able had to stay up till early hours to finish it
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on 24 January 2013
A great book, real fast paced book, plot moves along quickly and draws the reader in. I have enjoyed all the Danny Logan books, but so far this is my favourite
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on 3 November 2014
enjoy this author covers hard core issues but easy to read style. would prefer a little bit of imperfection with main characters but still believable
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on 27 June 2015
As with all Danny Logan mysteries a very good read. If anything this was probably the best yet.

Enjoyed it very much.
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