A moment of violence—a snap judgement—a life changed to the core
Ed Runyon bolted from the NYPD after a runaway teen case fell through the cracks and turned into a nightmarish murder. Now, he's learned to bury the rage that consumed him, cope with depression, and enjoy life as a Mifflin County sheriff's detective in rural Ohio.
Ed is trying to relax on his day off when Columbus PD Detective Shelly Beckworth comes to Mifflin County in search of a girl who vanished after a pop-up party. The clues are scarce—a few license plates, a phone shattered on the roadside—but the trail leads to Ed's neck of the woods.
He tries to shove everything else aside to keep this case from ending in another tragedy, but a cop can't pick and choose which calls to duty he'll answer. Frustrated, Ed watches a happy ending slip beyond sight—this one he cannot run away from.
Charging forward, Ed breaks rules and takes risks leading to a bloody confrontation where everything he believes as a cop and every ghost in his head clash—a moment of avenging violence that will ultimately change his life to the core.
Perfect for fans of Robert Crais and John Sanford
While the novels in the Ed Runyon Mystery Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:
Go Find Daddy (coming 2023)
Former New York City cop Ed Runyon, the hero of this exceptional series launch from Goble (the Spider John series), has relocated to Ohio's Mifflin County for a quieter, less violent life as a sheriff's detective. Those plans go awry when he's asked to help with a missing person's case. High school junior Megan Beemer, an unlikely runaway with no family or school issues, was last seen at a party in nearby Columbus, Ohio, where a local band was playing. Runyon and Det. Shelly Beckworth of the Columbus PD, one of many distinctive supporting characters, track Megan's movements, questioning boys from the band and other suspects. As the days pass, the case burrows deep into Runyon's tortured soul and psyche, as it has too many similarities to his last case in New York, which continues to haunt him. Will Runyon be able to keep it together when he confronts Megan's assailant, or will he lose control? Goble matches a well-crafted plot with a deeply troubled lead who's unfailingly on the side of the victim if not always on the right side of the law. Fans of gritty, realistic crime fiction will look forward to seeing a lot more of Runyon.
Except for the Too many of the F word, I would recommend this book to everyone. Ole grandma