Red Means Run
Brad Smith
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Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM By Brad Smith

Brad Smith, a funny, poignant, evocative Dennis Lehane crime novelist, debuts a new series set in upstate New York featuring jack of all trades, Virgil Cain, who must clear his name of two murders while on the run from the law in this spirited country noir Mickey Dupree is one of the most successful criminal attorneys in upstate New York, having never lost a capital mBrad Smith, a funny, poignant, evocative Dennis Lehane crime novelist, debuts a new series set in upstate New York featuring jack of all trades, Virgil Cain, who must clear his name of two murders while on the run from the law in this spirited country noir Mickey Dupree is one of the most successful criminal attorneys in upstate New York, having never lost a capital murder case That is the upside of being Mickey The downside Mickey has a lot of enemies and one of them drives the shaft of a golf club through his heart, leaving him dead in a sand trap at his exclusive country club.The cops, led by a dim witted detective named Joe Brady, focus their attentions on Virgil Cain Just two weeks earlier Virgil told a crowded bar that somebody ought to blow Mickey s head off, after the slippery lawyer earned an acquittal for Alan Comstock, the man accused of murdering Virgil s wife Comstock, a legendary record producer, gun nut, and certifiable lunatic, has returned to his estate, where he lives with his wife, the long suffering Jane.It appears to Virgil that the fix is in when Brady immediately throws him into jail with no questions asked In order to set things right, Virgil escapes from jail, determined to find Mickey s killer himself Aside from a smart and sexy detective named Claire Marchand, everybody is convinced that Virgil is the culprit When Alan Comstock is discovered with six slugs in his body the day after Virgil s escape, his guilt is almost assured Now it is up to Virgil to convince everyone of his innocence by finding the killer before he winds up as the next victim.
  • Title: Red Means Run
  • Author: Brad Smith
  • ISBN: 9781451645514
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback

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Sue Smith Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
This book was a wonderfully surprising change for me - it wasn't what I was expecting it to be at all.First off, I was expecting this crazy chase-you-down who dunnit, with the hero dodging bullets and emerging victorious with the culprit in hand and a smug look of 'of course, I knew it all along' on his face. But, and let me say this, - thankfully - it wasn't like that at all. It was wondrously refreshingly different. Secondly, it had a nice touch of humor written into it. Not that goofy humor [...]
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Fictionophile Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
Brad Smith’s latest thriller “Red means run” set in rural upstate New York, exhibits good, sound story-telling and introduces a new and compelling protagonist. The title is from a lyric from “Powderfinger”, an old Neil Young song. The subtitle, ‘a Virgil Cain mystery’ ensured that every time I picked up the novel I found myself humming the classic Joan Baez tune “The night they drove old Dixie down”. Like the Virgil Cain(e) of the song this Virgil was not afraid of hard work an [...]
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Jeffrey Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
Red Means Run is the first book in Brad Smith's series of Virgil Cain Mysteries and its worth a read for the enterprising main character and for the beautiful detective Claire, who helps him set the record straight. Cain, a former ballplayer turned farmer, took over a local horse farm from his old coach who died of Lou Gehrig disease. Cain has a heroic mien and bent as besides helping out his old coach, has also been helping out the fiesty vet Mary, who has been seizing horses from other horse f [...]
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Natalie Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
I love it when I find a great new mystery novel, but I love it even more when I also find a great new author. When I agreed to read/review for this book, I thought ok it looks good, the blurb sounds good, ok lets have a read. Well I have to say it didn't take long for me to finish the book it was that good. I think I read it in a day and a half. Brad Smith has written a show stopper that would make a huge blockbuster movie.I think anyway. Virgil is a quiet guy who has been through hell, his fath [...]
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Daniel Kukwa Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
There are two interesting characters at the heart of this mystery, and they make for absorbing reading. But the rest of the overly-large supporting cast is variable, and written as very movie-of-the-week; suffice to say, they didn't hold my interst. To cap it off, the conclusion is very much the acme of an anti-climax, and had me shouting "that's it"? This is certainly much less impressive than the other Brad Smith novels I've been privileged to read.
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Ruth Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
Good new series. Strong characters, interesting twists.
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Wendy Greene Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
A fun fast read, but it's full of cliches: the fat, stupid, French-fry eating cop, the quiet stranger with a quick temper but an infallible moral compass, the lonely, gorgeous cop with good legs.
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Hella Comat Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
Kind of a tedious series of related murders, but I like Brad Smith's writing.
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Luanne Ollivier Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
I've added Brad Smith's previous books to my Canadian authors displays at the library in the past, but I admit I hadn't read this author until I picked up his new release - Red Means Run. And I really wish I had, because he's good - really good.Criminal attorney Mickey Dupree is found dead at the local golf course. It looks to be murder - the golf club shaft through the chest points to it. And the cops think the clues point straight to Virgil Cain. Once they've locked him up in jail, Virgil real [...]
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Jennifer Brown Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
I really enjoyed this one! It's not something that I would normally pick up, but my book club is reading it so read it I did :-) Without reading the synopsis for this, I didn't realize that Virgil was going to be the main character for the series. First I thought it was the lawyer, but then he died. Then I was thinking it was the cop Brady, but he was a jerk so I'm glad it's not. My husband and I just finished watching The Ranch on Netflix so when Cain came into the book, I kept picturing Sam El [...]
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Jennifer Rayment Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
The Good Stuff * Canadian author & not at all depressing (Yes I know I have an ``issue``) * Dialogue is hilarious at times * Lots of plot twists and turns that keep you guessing on whodunit -- I swore it was one person and it ended up being someone else * Interesting secondary characters * Claire reminds me of Beckett from the TV show Castle * Love how Claire and Virgil's back-stories are given in bits and pieces here and there - gives it a realistic feel * Suzanne was a fun character - enjo [...]
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Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read) Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
This review can be found on Cozy Up With A Good ReadI found this to be an interesting crime/mystery book by a Canadian (something I have not read before to be honest). I really enjoyed the characters that we get to meet throughout the story, especially Virgil Cain himself. He is a sarcastic guy and brings a touch of humour to the book. I enjoyed the idea of Virgil trying to find the killer when everyone already believes for him to be the killer, it always makes for an interesting story.The probl [...]
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Alan Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
Brad Smith was a new Canadian author to me. I picked up his book "Red Means Run" based on a blurb which described it as "country-noir." It was a fun read, but more along the lines of a Robert Crais smart-aleck type of mystery instead of the dark-tinged noir genre. I've grown to associate the term country-noir with the Ozark-based novels and short stories of Daniel Woodrell and I think he was the one who first coined the term. Woodrell's works are a lot darker and more closely fit the idea of noi [...]
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Ryan Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
I'll be honest: I don't understand the rave reviews for this one. The ending was so anticlimactic that I'm not sure I can, in good conscience, call it an "ending" at all. The pacing was rushed; the characters archetypical; the story all too predictable.(view spoiler)[Obviously you know Cain isn't the murderer. The author is way too heavy-handed in trying to prop up Joe Brady as an alternative theory in readers' minds. And he's also too forceful in trying to get the reader to loathe Suzanne. That [...]
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Annmarie Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
Highly enjoyable. Nice characterization. Kind of a dry sense of humor throughout. This is what the first Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child should've been. It's about a wrongly accused man trying to clear his name and solve the murder, a la Reacher, but instead of being a laconic ex-military type loner with mad fighting skills, Virgil Cain is a laconic ex-baseball player turned farmer salt of the earth type with some flawed but good relationships who is quite realistic. When he's arrested for the m [...]
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Shireen Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
I'm writing this review over a week after I finished this book, and I'm deducting a star from what would have been my original rating because I couldn't remember the story without looking at the book again, the title is that bad. Usually, titles tell you something about the book (well, that's the theory anyway) and help you remember the story. But this title is only explained quite far into the book, and even then doesn't really the theme or plot of the book, other than in the most generic sense [...]
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Anneka Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
I received my copy today as a First Reads winnerIn compliance with FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received this book for free through First Reads.I do have several books in line for reading first, but I look forward to reading and reviewing this book.So I finally read this book, and I have to admit I don't really know what I expected. I saw the trailer and I read the synopsis on the back coverbut I was only a little interested. Boy, should I have had higher expectations. It was an easy [...]
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Lisa Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
This book was a pleasure to read from start to finish. The more I read, the more I wanted to keep reading. It's an engaging mystery by any standards, but what really hooked me was the characters and the dialogue - sharp, snarky and at times hilarious. Virgil Cain is the owner of a local horse farm and something of a loner - which is the way he likes it. As the story opens, Virgil is arrested for the murder of a man who was on trial for killing Virgil's wife but walked. Claire Marchand is the lea [...]
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Cathy Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
The first in the Virgil Cain mystery series. Virgil is on the run from the law, being the primary (and only) suspect in the murder of two men. Just two weeks before, a crowded bar heard him say that “somebody ought to blow Mickey’s head off". Mickey (the first victim) was a slippery lawyer who had just gotten the man charged with murdering Virgil's wife acquitted. Everyone figures the killer has to be Virgil. He needs to find the real killer(s) before they lock him up and throw away the key. [...]
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Linda Fast Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
I had received Crow's Landing for free from and I was interested in learning more about Virgil Cain the main character in the book so I broke down and purchased "Red Means Run". I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even more than Crow's Landing.A lawyer named Mickey Dupree is found murdered on a golf course and since Virgil Cain mouthed off in a bar that "somebody ought to blow Mickey's head off" he becomes the prime suspect. Virgil is arrested but manages to escape while being transfered to jail. H [...]
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Peter Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
The first in a series of novels involving Virgil Cain, a Quebec native who has ended up living near Woodstock New York where he runs a 100 acre farm and tries to cope with being a decent honest individual. Cain is a throwback to a time largely pre-20th century who revels in hard work, true emotion and honest people without pretension. The creation of Canada's Brad Smith ( often with reason compared to Elmore Leonard) this series promises to be addictive in the extreme. In this particular novel, [...]
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Donna Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
First, I'd like to thank the author, publisher and GoodReads for the complimentary copy I received. Although I received it early in 2012, it was in my pile of "to read" books. I just read it and now wish I had moved it to the top of my pile! I was not familiar with this author but will now seek out his other books because I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The characters were believable, well developed and could be people we meet in our everyday lives. In my opinion, Brad Smith's writing style is si [...]
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Sarah (Workaday Reads) Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
This is the type of old school mystery story that you share with your dad. It's a straight-forward, fun ride that unravels and reveals slowly and reliably. It's a good read that is relaxing and somewhat familiar.Virgil is an old school farmer that reminds me of my grandpa. He has a simple, hard-working, happy life that fufills him without the drama and instant-gratification of most modern lives. I enjoyed being part of his adventure, especially his jail escape. That was quite exciting and remark [...]
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Deanne Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
I received Red Means Run for free through First Reads. I had not read anything by Brad Smith previously and was looking forward to reading this Canadian author's murder mystery. He did not disappoint.I enjoyed the characters and interactions within this small town. Sometimes, you suspect right away who "did it" but that was not the case here. At the same time, the actual killer made complete sense.Virgil knows he is in trouble and that being innocent is not enough when the police are not lookin [...]
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Brian Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
First I would like to thank the author, publisher and for this book that I received in the free giveaways contest.This book was a delight to read. It was written by a Canadian author, Brad Smith, whom I had never heard of before, but will be on the lookout for in the future. The book is a mystery book that is both entertaining as well as spellbinding. It is a real whodunit type of book. The characters are interesting, humourous and realistic.The story has a twist at the end that was not expect [...]
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Chi Dubinski Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
Mickey Dupree was an unlikable criminal defense attorney, one who never lost a capital murder case. In Brad Smith's "Red Means Run," Dupree's body is found on a golf course, the shaft of a club skewered through his chest. The local cops immediately arrest local farmer Virgil Cain, whose wife's killer had been found not guilty with the help of Dupree and some sloppy police work.The author does a masterful job of creating characters that come alive. Virgil Cain is a man of complex dimensions, as i [...]
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Laurie Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
Brad Smith's novel Red Means Run is funny, smart, & well written. I really enjoyed his characters & think it could have been longer as I wanted more interaction with them. Virgil is the kind of man on the run a gal could really fall for, he's got great handyman skills too! Hopefully Brad Smith plans on writing a series about Virgil. The pace was good & I didn't want to put it down but there are rules against reading on company time. Overall I would rate it a 3-1/2 stars on the syste [...]
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Leslie Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
This "upstate" New York novel is more crime novel than mystery, although mystery is a big part of the plot. There is a fascinating main character--Virgil Cain, who is accused of murder and ends up on the lam while trying to find out who really did it. One police officer might prove to be a romantic interest, and another definitely fills the incompetent/humorous slot. This is sort of gritty but kind characters in the novel (like the local vet and the night dispatcher) and funny moments keep it ab [...]
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Tiziana Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
When I began reading "Red means Run" it immediately caught my attention. The story seems that it could have actually happened. The characters are people you may come in contact with while waiting for a coffee in a line or at the supermarket. The story line is similar to other novels I have read however it kept pressing me to read on. The twist in turns in the story line kept my mind working on who did it? and usually I can guess but I was unable to figure this one out. I plan to seek out more of [...]
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Larry Oct 14, 2019 - 05:46 AM
Virgil Cain is arrested for the murder of the lawyer who got his wife's likely killer off scot free. He breaks out of jail to find the killer. Then the alleged killer of his wife is murdered. That basic plot is transformed by Brad SMith into a gripping mystery peopled with interesting characters, including a smart woman cop whose professionalism balances out the idiocy of one of her colleagues. The dialogue is sharp, the interplay of plot elements is skillful, and the outcome is both satisfying [...]
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Red Means Run By Brad Smith Brad Smith, a funny, poignant, evocative Dennis Lehane crime novelist, debuts a new series set in upstate New York featuring jack of all trades, Virgil Cain, who must clear his name of two murders while on the run from the law in this spirited country noir Mickey Dupree is one of the most successful criminal attorneys in upstate New York, having never lost a capital mBrad Smith, a funny, poignant, evocative Dennis Lehane crime novelist, debuts a new series set in upstate New York featuring jack of all trades, Virgil Cain, who must clear his name of two murders while on the run from the law in this spirited country noir Mickey Dupree is one of the most successful criminal attorneys in upstate New York, having never lost a capital murder case That is the upside of being Mickey The downside Mickey has a lot of enemies and one of them drives the shaft of a golf club through his heart, leaving him dead in a sand trap at his exclusive country club.The cops, led by a dim witted detective named Joe Brady, focus their attentions on Virgil Cain Just two weeks earlier Virgil told a crowded bar that somebody ought to blow Mickey s head off, after the slippery lawyer earned an acquittal for Alan Comstock, the man accused of murdering Virgil s wife Comstock, a legendary record producer, gun nut, and certifiable lunatic, has returned to his estate, where he lives with his wife, the long suffering Jane.It appears to Virgil that the fix is in when Brady immediately throws him into jail with no questions asked In order to set things right, Virgil escapes from jail, determined to find Mickey s killer himself Aside from a smart and sexy detective named Claire Marchand, everybody is convinced that Virgil is the culprit When Alan Comstock is discovered with six slugs in his body the day after Virgil s escape, his guilt is almost assured Now it is up to Virgil to convince everyone of his innocence by finding the killer before he winds up as the next victim.

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