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Runaway by Peter May

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Once started you will find this almost impossible to put down. Jumping between 1965 and 2015 it beautifully illustrates the differences in the periods; fascinating. Back in 1965 a bunch of lads from Glasgow formed a band and took themselves off to London to seek fame and fortune. We get some great adventures. Now, today, one is murdered, one dying of cancer and the rest are out for justice/retribution. More great adventures ensue in a terrific read. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Peter May you might also like to read books by Ian Rankin, Stephen Booth and Graham Hurley.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Forty-five years ago, crime writer Peter May ran away to London from Glasgow after being expelled from school. Busking and sleeping rough on the streets of the capital, he ended up filthy and starving, before an uncle put him on the train home. In his latest book, May channels that experience into a typically lacerating narrative, which starts with the flaying of a human body. Five teenage friends from Scotland (led by Jack Mackay) take a shot at a musical career in London, but, within a year, three have returned, damaged. Years later, a savage killing obliges the three men – now in their sixtiess – to return to England and come to terms with a decades-old secret. This is Peter May still stretching the parameters of the crime novel; it is as much a disquisition on friendship and the fragility of dreams as it is a thriller.
~ Barry Forshaw

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Runaway by Peter May

FIVE DREAMS OF FAME. Glasgow, 1965. Jack Mackay dares not imagine a life of predictability and routine. The headstrong seventeen-year-old has one thing on his mind - London - and successfully convinces his four friends, and fellow band mates, to join him in abandoning their homes to pursue a goal of musical stardom. FIVE DECADES OF FEAR. Glasgow, 2015. Jack Mackay dares not look back on a life of failure and mediocrity. The heavy-hearted sixty-seven-year old is still haunted by the cruel fate that befell him and his friends some fifty years before, and how he did and did not act when it mattered most - a memory he has run from all his adult life. London, 2015. A man lies dead in a bedsit. His killer looks on, remorseless. What started with five teenagers five decades before will now be finished.


'The two time streams are woven together skilfully and the book ends with an intensely moving glimmer of renewed hope' Spectator

About the Author

Peter May

Peter May was born and raised in Scotland. He was an award-winning journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six. When his first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BCC, he quit journalism and during the high-octane fifteen years that followed, became one of Scotland's most successful television dramatists. He created three prime-time drama series, presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland as script editor and producer, and worked on more than 1,000 episodes of ratings-topping drama before deciding to leave television to return to his first love, writing novels.

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30th July 2015


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riverrun an imprint of Quercus Publishing


432 pages


Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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