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A failed Glasgow musician looks back on the half century that has passed since he convinced four friends to run away with him as ambitious teens and is haunted by the memory of a traumatizing event. Meanwhile a murderer in London embarks on a nightmarish spree.
Publisher: New York : Quercus, 2016
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781623657895
Call Number: FICTION MAY


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Jun 08, 2018

This is the first Peter May book I have read. Loved it!

Jul 18, 2017

I've read 8 of Peter may's books, and enjoyed them all. This was just plain awful. I big snore. Every 60 something, male citizen of the UK's wet dream. Ugh

Nov 19, 2016

I really enjoy Peter May's taut writing style, insightful characters,plots,and his wry, ironical humour. A group of teenagers runs away from the strictures of their lives in 1960's Glasgow seeking fame and fortune in the bright lights of London. They repeat the performance with generational assistance in old age to right a long- ago wrong. Runaway is a gem.

coroboreefarm Jul 11, 2016

Peter May writes riveting novels, and Runaway is no exception. In this remarkable stand alone adventure novel, May seamlessly toggles between past and present with the story of four runaway teenagers, members of a band, who leave Glasgow and head for London in the swinging sixties, only to return there as much older and more infirm men who seek to set right the consequencess of their youthful adventure.

Peter May has a genius for depicting time and place with an atmospheric reality that compels the reader. Emotional and full of great characters and lots of action, this story is no exception. It is a great read.

Jul 07, 2016

True to the title this novel is about Running Away ..
It wasn't what I expected from Peter May. However, I truly enjoyed this book & look forward to reading it again. It's an insightful and interesting story not lacking in suspense & mystery.
The novel is written in two time frames: 1965 and 2015, which are seamlessly woven together.
In 1965 four young men from Glasgow run away to London. Three of them come back to Glasgow after the disillusionment of London life.
In 2015 the same three now mature men run away from Glasgow to London to reconcile unfinished business.
Great read with an unexpected ending.
Highly recommended.

Apr 21, 2016

Excellent. Good atmosphere of the times and a good twist at the end.

Apr 01, 2016

Peter May is quite a capable storyteller and this book is proof of his ability. He has the same deft ability to create situations in interesting locales that are full of subtle twists and turns resulting in a good read. This story would be terrific made into a movie. His writing reminds one of Robert Goddard who is another superb storyteller with similar stories of mysteries within mysteries, all ending with the unexpected.


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