This week on Tuesdays on the Run we’re talking about books.
What running books have you read that you loved? Training books, recovery books, fiction- whatever you’ve read that you think other runners would like, we want to hear about it!
Share with the class, please.
Runners: Read Resolve
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book, but no request for a review was made. But it was THAT good that I knew I would write one up anyway!
It’s marathon season and that means running is on everyone’s brain. If you aren’t running one, you are probably considering running one, amirite? Even I said this week that maybe another one was in my future. CRAZY TALK!
So running and reading might not go seamlessly together, but then, you’ve never met J.J. Hensley. He managed to put both together in a clever book that you are going to love. I read this book a few years ago but thought this was the perfect time to bring the review back out- oh, and read the story all over again!
Or at least listen to it again since I have it cued up on Audible for my long run later this week.
So here’s my completely honest review: this book is GOOD. Hey, why mince words?
If you have a runner in your life and aren’t quite sure what to buy them for Christmas, buy Resolve by J.J. Hensley.
If you are a runner and are looking for a good solid read during your taper madness, buy Resolve by J.J. Hensley.
If you are a runner and need something to listen to on those long runs, download Resolve on Audible. I bet you’ll go just a little farther to hear just a little more if you do!
If you aren’t a runner but like a good crime novel, buy Resolve by J.J. Hensley.
Author J.J. Hensley found me on Facebook a few years ago and offered me a copy of his debut novel.
Y’all, J.J. has us pegged. I assumed he stumbled across me & thought, “Running blog + running novel = possible book sales.” But by Mile 2 (which is Chapter 2 of the book) I clued in.
J.J.’s very, very smart. I’m pretty sure he figured if you like my smart-ass style, you’ll enjoy his.
Trust me, I don’t hold a candle to his wit and humor, but if I had the talent to write a novel … it would sound a lot like this.
But with a Texas twang. And probably boobs. Pretty sure my protagonist would be a woman.
But I digress.
Despite the subject matter and seriousness of the crimes, I laughed a lot and connected entirely with the marathon running former cop/current college professor.
After reading this one, I wanted more Dr. Cyprus Keller (and thankfully got that with Chalk’s Outline released February 2016).
But this is a review of Resolve, and it was so good, I know I could have finished this book in 2 days if I hadn’t been stuck at a freezing soccer tournament all weekend long. It was fast paced (heyo- runner terms!), intriguing, funny and smart.
In the Pittsburgh Marathon, 18,000 people from all over the world will participate. Over 9,500 will run the half marathon, 4,000 will run brief stretches as part of a relay. 4,500 people will attempt to cover the full 26.2 miles. Over 200 of the participants will quit, realizing it just wasn’t their day. More than 100 will get injured and require medical treatment. And one man is going to be murdered.
When Dr. Cyprus Keller lines up to start the race, he knows who is going to die for one simple reason. He’s going to kill them.
As a professor of Criminology at Three Rivers University and a former police officer, Dr. Cyprus Keller is an expert in criminal behavior and victimology. However, when one of his female students is murdered, and his graduate assistant attempts to kill him, Keller finds himself frantically swinging back and forth between being a suspect and a victim. When the police assign a motive to the crimes that Keller knows cannot be true, he begins to ask questions that somebody out there does not want to be answered.
In the course of 26.2 miles, Keller recounts how he found himself encircled by a series of killings that have shocked the city, while pursuing his prey – the man who was behind it all.
I enjoyed this story- my earlier gushing probably clued you into that. Hey, why be subtle?
The chapters are written in tangent with the miles of the Pittsburgh Marathon.
Every Mile (chapter) starts off putting us in the race with detailed information about where we are running and how Keller is feeling at that point in time. J.J. paints the marathon scenes realistically and honestly. It is clear J.J. has run a few marathons himself.
I cared about what was happening to Keller, I cared about his family, heck, I even cared about his dog.
Confession: I do this thing once I’m invested in a book that some would consider ruining a good book. I have to flip to the end. If they are going to kill someone off I love, I need to know before I allow myself to get too invested.
Yes. I know, I’m weird. When I flipped to the end and read something about Keller looking to get another dog, my heart sank! Please tell me nothing happens to Sigmund, the dog! (Spoiler- nothing does, the dog is good.)
If you don’t believe me that this is a good book, maybe you’ll believe Suspense Magazine? Resolve is listed as one of the Best Books of 2013 and is featured on page 52. You can also check out the reviews on goodreads.com.
There is also a version on Audible, my personal favorite coping technique for long drives or long runs during the holidays.
Check out all three of his novels, available on Amazon.