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Wrong Man Running PDF, ePub eBook A compelling new mystery from an acclaimed writer and director - Brilliant prosecutor Rick Corinth is the heir apparent to the District Attorney’s job in Manhattan. But when he is asked to handle a case involving a series of sadistic rapes, his life is changed forever. Rick soon discovers that all the victims are known to him. At first he shrugs this off as coincidence, bu A compelling new mystery from an acclaimed writer and director - Brilliant prosecutor Rick Corinth is the heir apparent to the District Attorney’s job in Manhattan. But when he is asked to handle a case involving a series of sadistic rapes, his life is changed forever. Rick soon discovers that all the victims are known to him. At first he shrugs this off as coincidence, but then the police start to treat him like a suspect. With the evidence mounting against him, Rick knows that he must find the real perpetrator before his whole world turns into a living nightmare . . .

30 review for Wrong Man Running

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vonia

    Expected this to be another paperback thriller that might be fun to read, but was ultimately relatively shallow. I am not saying that these sort of books are not fun to read. On the contrary, we all have our beach read books. What I am saying is that "Wrong Man Running" was far better than I thought. Not only was it a suspenseful page-turner with much peripeteia, but it also explored interesting issues like rape, marriage, sex addiction, an intimate look at the unfortunate ways of our justice sy Expected this to be another paperback thriller that might be fun to read, but was ultimately relatively shallow. I am not saying that these sort of books are not fun to read. On the contrary, we all have our beach read books. What I am saying is that "Wrong Man Running" was far better than I thought. Not only was it a suspenseful page-turner with much peripeteia, but it also explored interesting issues like rape, marriage, sex addiction, an intimate look at the unfortunate ways of our justice system, abuse and theories surrounding it such as Stockholm Syndrome and the tendency for the abused to abuse. Character depth was on par with many of the better contemporary literature novels I have read as of late. I really empathized with Rick Corinth- his unrequited love for his ex-wife Ali; his hated for her new beau, a semmingly great guy that he would prefer stay away from her and his children; his devotion to his career; his utter confusion when he is wrongly (?) accused of raping eight women, six of which he knew personally; his decision to go on the run; his automatic decision to trust Diane, one of the women he is accused of raping but who fully believes in his innocence; his acceptance but still bewilderment when he is told by almost everyone that he is the man they are looking for, the unfortunate man who suffers from a rare ailment of blacking out, with no recollection of his actions afterwards. His intuition tells him it is not him, even when he is blacked out, but all logic, all the evidence, points in the opposite direction. He accepts the guilty plea for institutionalization for several months. Throughout the story, suspects are numerous, but the main ones are 1) Rick Corinth himself, when he blacks out, supposedly becoming someone else entirely that he cannot recollect afterwards, 2) Roger Hazzard, the oresiding oartner in his old law firm, whom apparently has the erroneous suspicion that Corinth has something to do with his divorce, as well as some hidden involvement with alternative sex clubs, 3) Betsy Spaeth, the officer in charge of New York City's violent crimes department, after Rick following the first few rape victims, but befriending him/sleeping with him later, 4) A long time friend, Carter, whom he discusses has a sex addiction that he sees a psychiatrist for as well as a record of violent sex crimes when he was younger. For the record, there were several other suspects that also came up, but these were the ones that the most time was spent discussing. Therefore, they could or could not be guilty. Secondary characters include Leon, the Lisbeth Sanders equivalent hacker; Lou, Corinth's doorman that testifies against his alibi (Paid by someone?); Emma Spaeth, younger sister to Betsy, also abused in the past, now a drug addict; Corinth's good friend and boss with the District Attorney's office, Frank Seaton; Joe, his defense lawyer and his partner Nona. Anyways. I should leave the rest of this enticing package of fun for other readers to discover for themselves. If you wish to learn more, what else can I provide but these words: "But don't take my word for it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Lee

    I'm a sucker for a good crime novel. I love the plot; the twists and turns, the red herrings, the final unexpected twist in the tale. I love trying to unravel the mystery myself, the suspense the author builds throughout, feeling exhausted as I finally get to that last page and find out whodunnit! But most of all I love the characters, often complex, usually flawed in some way. Unfortunately, Wrong Man Running satisfied very few of these cravings. It tells the story of Rick, a rising star in the I'm a sucker for a good crime novel. I love the plot; the twists and turns, the red herrings, the final unexpected twist in the tale. I love trying to unravel the mystery myself, the suspense the author builds throughout, feeling exhausted as I finally get to that last page and find out whodunnit! But most of all I love the characters, often complex, usually flawed in some way. Unfortunately, Wrong Man Running satisfied very few of these cravings. It tells the story of Rick, a rising star in the DA's office, recently divorced from his wife and father to two small children. Rick is handed the case file for a series of vicious assaults on women, all known to him. What starts as a strange coincidence soon becomes a life changing experience for Rick, as the police turn to him as their prime suspect. As the evidence mounts, Rick must quickly find a way to prove his innocence and find the man he believes is framing him. It got off to a good start. It's an interesting storyline with a character that I genuinely started to build some empathy with. But for me, as the story developed I just found it harder and harder to really believe in the characters. Some of their reactions to events just didn't really ring true and in some cases actually felt quite implausible. The story also got to a point, for me, where it became a little predictable and the ending really came as no suprise. There were a couple of twists along the way, but overall I was left with a couple of unanswered questions and a feeling of deep disappointment.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jason Furman

    A fast moving, cinematic novel about a prosecutor who becomes a suspect in a string of horrific rapes. Alan Hruska's writing and plot is better-than-average for this genre, with the novel beginning as a gritty, realistic procedural and then turning into more of a thriller as the prosecutor flees the police. Hruska's psychological and other insights are probably worse than average, most egregiously when it comes to rape and sexuality where it borders on offensive. But all in all, worth a quick read A fast moving, cinematic novel about a prosecutor who becomes a suspect in a string of horrific rapes. Alan Hruska's writing and plot is better-than-average for this genre, with the novel beginning as a gritty, realistic procedural and then turning into more of a thriller as the prosecutor flees the police. Hruska's psychological and other insights are probably worse than average, most egregiously when it comes to rape and sexuality where it borders on offensive. But all in all, worth a quick read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    I must say that I was really disappointed with this book. I didn't like the writing of the story and thought there were areas where it dragged and was redundant. It also had a bit too much dramatic flare for my liking.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alyson Bryant

    I found the premise of this book very interesting but got confused by the number of characters and their relationships with each other. I thought the conclusion was a bit rushed and there wasn't the follow-up activity I would've expected.

  6. 5 out of 5

    kathy hunter

    Hmmmm It was confusing and quite boring. Wouldn't recommend. Actually stupid plot and forced myself to read it. The book sucks

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    Read this because of the promo by Lee Child. Not the best book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ken Hebenstreit

    Decent psychological suspense, but just too many improbabilities to be satisfying.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Enthralling with lots of thought provoking issues I really enjoyed this book, which I found enthralling. Character development was excellent, with insight into different types of personalities. For example, the police inspector reminded me of a composite of many of literature’s detectives, especially Poirot, and the TV series. The plot was very well developed, with twists in the tale that all interlocked in a most satisfying totality, so by the end very few loose ends left to wonder about. It was ea Enthralling with lots of thought provoking issues I really enjoyed this book, which I found enthralling. Character development was excellent, with insight into different types of personalities. For example, the police inspector reminded me of a composite of many of literature’s detectives, especially Poirot, and the TV series. The plot was very well developed, with twists in the tale that all interlocked in a most satisfying totality, so by the end very few loose ends left to wonder about. It was easy for the written words to create images, and even the film, in the mind, which was, for me, a really enjoyable aspect. Unlike some books, no grisly or graphic scenes of violence that I needed to skip over - I do avoid some authors for their focus on violence.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robyn Lindsey

    Total page turner. Could scarcely put it down. Excellent character development and the plot keeps you second guessing everything. Well written. I can't wait to see more from this author!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Riki Solanen

    This was a quick read that kept me guessing. I did not predict the ending, and I'm not sure I really believe it either. There were aspects of this I found fascinating though. If you have blackouts, and people accuse you of doing horrible things during those blackouts, do you believe them? How far do you suspend your belief in yourself in the face of outside feedback? Who do you trust?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda Clark

    Great read This is the second book I have read of Alans. I can't put them down. Great writing, tricky plots, read it !

  13. 4 out of 5

    Niki Greenberg

    Good Read Good story, many twists and turns right to the end. I am impressed and really enjoyed the way it flowed.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mike Owens

    Eric Corinth (Rick), chief assistant to NY District Attorney, Frank Seaton, is a young man on his way up the legal ladder. He left his law firm after only a couple of years to join the DA's staff, and is quickly making a name for himself. Of course, not everything is perfect. He is separated (still in love) from his wife, Ali, but remains on excellent terms with his two young children. Eric begins an investigation of a series of gruesome attacks against women. The victims are violated, humiliated Eric Corinth (Rick), chief assistant to NY District Attorney, Frank Seaton, is a young man on his way up the legal ladder. He left his law firm after only a couple of years to join the DA's staff, and is quickly making a name for himself. Of course, not everything is perfect. He is separated (still in love) from his wife, Ali, but remains on excellent terms with his two young children. Eric begins an investigation of a series of gruesome attacks against women. The victims are violated, humiliated and tortured, but not killed. They have one more thing in common: Eric knows each of them personally, with one exception. On very flimsy evidence, Eric himself becomes a suspect. When he agrees to appear in a lineup, each of the victims identifies him as their attacker. Adding more plot information would spoil the surprises that the reader has in store. What follows is a well-paced, intricately plotted narrative with enough twists and turns to satisfy the most ardent amateur sleuth. Hruska brings on a host of characters that, were they not so clearly portrayed, would be hard to keep up with. The story is driven by dialogue, and the author does an excellent job with it. His dialogue is reminiscent of Richard Price, an acknowledged master. I can say nothing better. Highly recommended. The reader will not be disappointed.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mal Warwick

    "Wrong Man Running?" I'm Tempted to Say, "Wrong Man Writing" Sometimes I wonder when I finish a book why I picked it up in the first place. This was one of those times. As thrillers go, Wrong Man Running works. It’s suspenseful (which probably explains why I felt compelled to finish reading it), and the protagonist elicited sympathy. Rick Corinth is a hotshot lawyer nearing 40 who currently serves as deputy DA in New York City, heir apparent to his long-incumbent boss. Mystifyingly, when a series o "Wrong Man Running?" I'm Tempted to Say, "Wrong Man Writing" Sometimes I wonder when I finish a book why I picked it up in the first place. This was one of those times. As thrillers go, Wrong Man Running works. It’s suspenseful (which probably explains why I felt compelled to finish reading it), and the protagonist elicited sympathy. Rick Corinth is a hotshot lawyer nearing 40 who currently serves as deputy DA in New York City, heir apparent to his long-incumbent boss. Mystifyingly, when a series of violent rapes begins to surface, the victims are all women he knows well, and in short order Rick is suspected of the crime. Once he is formally charged, he flees in order to devote himself to finding the real perpetrator. Then the plot thickens. Unfortunately, like so much pulp fiction, the tale hangs on a series of unlikely coincidences, and practically every character in this book is either drop-dead gorgeous (women) or just gorgeous (men) — or, in a very few cases, ugly. I don’t know about you, but I find this pandering to Hollywood producers tiresome. Oh, yes, we’ll probably see Wrong Man Running on the big screen one of these days. If you like looking at beautiful people and being shocked by what they do, you might consider going. Otherwise, save your ten bucks. (From www.malwarwickonbooks.com)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rogue Reader

    Alan Hruska's Wrong Man Running had me reading through the night. Rick Cornith is a successfull Manhattan attorney, just hired on at the District Attorney's office when he finds himself accused of serial rape and even murder. He's essentially a good man, well liked by colleagues of even brief acquaintance, and a stand up ex-husband to his kids and former wife. No one really can believe that Rick's capable of these actions, but he has this problem - he blacks out under stress. There's lots of twis Alan Hruska's Wrong Man Running had me reading through the night. Rick Cornith is a successfull Manhattan attorney, just hired on at the District Attorney's office when he finds himself accused of serial rape and even murder. He's essentially a good man, well liked by colleagues of even brief acquaintance, and a stand up ex-husband to his kids and former wife. No one really can believe that Rick's capable of these actions, but he has this problem - he blacks out under stress. There's lots of twists and turns, loyal friends that protect and support the accused, cops that assume the worst in the face of the obvious and several red herrings. Unlike most crime fiction set in New York City, Hruska writes of the the city lifestyle of those wealthy enough for radio cars, restaurants and doormen. I loved the feel of the city streets and neighborhoods, and for once, didn't miss the grime. Hruska is the co-founder of Soho Press, the husband of Laura Hruska who sadly passed away in 2010. A former trial lawyer, he's a successful playwright, screenwriter and director. Hruska's sense suspense and cinematic staging is clear and well executed in Wrong Man Running. -- Ashland Mystery

  17. 4 out of 5

    Annie Harrison

    I got straight into this book which ripped along at a great pace. I liked the clipped New York dialogue and the deepening plot. However, I became weary of the fact that everyone was beautiful, smart and had an amazing body. Then there was a plethora of normal people being revealed as warped sexual deviants. No-one ever seemed to suffer traumatic after effects of violent assault, and there were far too many co-incidences. Whilst most of the book was played out over a short time period, ten months I got straight into this book which ripped along at a great pace. I liked the clipped New York dialogue and the deepening plot. However, I became weary of the fact that everyone was beautiful, smart and had an amazing body. Then there was a plethora of normal people being revealed as warped sexual deviants. No-one ever seemed to suffer traumatic after effects of violent assault, and there were far too many co-incidences. Whilst most of the book was played out over a short time period, ten months was crammed into a couple of paragraphs towards the end, which I found irritating. However, the narrative was compelling and well-written, and I reluctantly found myself sticking with it into the early hours to finish it quickly. For me, this book promised something which it failed to deliver - a believable plot. Too far fetched and left me wondering what exactly is the role of the legal system in New York?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly_p

    This legal thriller starts from an interesting premise - a successful Manhattan prosecutor finds his life turned upside-down when he is fingered for a series of brutal rapes. However, the tale deteriorates thanks to a number of groan-inducing cliches. Feels like this book was written with a movie in mind, and this feels like as a reader you don't get to know or care about the protagnist too much. Quite disappointing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Goodness, where to start! Rick is an attorney who is accused of multiple rapes. I refuse to give details but suffice it to say he knows from the start he did not commit the crimes. There begins the twists and turns that this book reveals! The longer I read the more I thought I knew who did it, only to find out multiple times that I was wrong. Give this book a try and I don't think you will be disappointed. Just be ready for quite the adventure.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    Not terrible, but not great by any means. The characters are pretty thinly drawn, the action and plot sometimes confusing and a little far fetched, and the dialogue at times unconvincing. It keeps you turning the pages but there were just too many jarring notes which required more suspension of disbelief than I could muster.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dr Herbie

    A very poor effort. Totally unbelievable. The E-book even had one chapter (50) appear twice - once about 5 chapters earlier. I joined goodreads purely to steer people clear of this book. It seems that quite a few like it. If you like cerebral, well-written crime fiction, don't waste your time.

  22. 5 out of 5

    CuteBadger

    I read a lot of crime novels, but tend to enjoy British and European ones more than those set in the USA. I quite enjoyed this while I was reading it, but a week later I can hardly remember anything about it. So probably fine for anyone looking for a holiday read and not seeking too much depth.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hil Haddock

    Rick a lawyer is due to become the next DA but then a spree of brutal attacks on women occur and Rick knows all the victims. It is not long before the inevitable happens and he is a suspect. An enjoyable read with a few twists some predictable but others unexpected.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm LLC

    Read this because of the promo by Lee Child. Not the best book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan Patterson

    Really liked this book, interesting twist ending.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lida Boynick

    Fast paced with lots of unexpected twist and turns. Good writing with a compelling plot.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    So, it was okay. But, I am finding -- increasingly -- that these suspense novels are same old, same old. It wasn't hard to figure out and some of it was just ehhhh. Sorry Alan!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Judith Chandler

    This was an excellent book, I couldn't put it down, full of twists and turns.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jan Funk

    Super novel! Great book! So many hooks ,twists and turns. Kept me turning those pages rapidly. Read it you'll love it, too.

  30. 4 out of 5

    K.M. Daughters

    Absolutely addictive. Could not put this book down. A must read.

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